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Rafael Nadal Rolls In Rome
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Sunday, May 3, 2009 9:39pm PST USA
Rafael Nadal Rolls In Rome, Lawn Tennis Magazine Rome--(lawntennis.org) Today the world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrated a record fourth Rome title as he defeated the third ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-6(7-2), 6-2.

The Italian victory over the Serbian defending champion marked Nadal's third claycourt title in as many weeks. In the prior weeks this month, Nadal took claycourt titles in Monte Carlo, Monaco and Barcelona, Spain.

Today's win also gave the Spaniard his fifth title this year after taking wins earlier

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Rafael Nadal has won his last 30 claycourt matches in a row.

in the year at the Australian Open and at Indian Wells.

The win also cemented Nadal as the heavy French Open favorite as if there was ever any doubt. The French Open begins May 25th at Paris.

Nadal will seek a record fifth consecutive French Open title after winning in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The left-hander has never lost a match at the French Open, where he has defeated the second ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland in the championship match the last three years.

"Every tournament is completely different," said Nadal, who competes at the Madrid Masters before Paris.

"In Roland Garros we will see. Important thing is (to) play well. If I am playing well, Iím going to have a lot of chances to have good results in both tournaments. But you never know what can happen. Tennis is always like this."

Last year at Paris, Nadal destroyed Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 before also taking titles at Wimbledon and the Summer Olympics.

Nadal, who executes an aggressive baseline game with heavy topspin, has won his last 30 claycourt matches in a row.

The world number one also holds a 25-1 record in clay court tournament finals and is undefeated in 45 best of five set matches on clay.

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