Sports Log: Nadal, Williams win Italian Open titles

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After all these years, Rafael Nadal still knows how to dominate Roger Federer. In the 30th meeting between the tennis greats, Nadal controlled the final from the start and won, 6-1, 6-3, for his seventh Italian Open title in Rome. It tied for the second most lopsided win in the series since Nadal also lost just four games, but over three sets, in the 2008 French Open final against Federer. At the tour finals in London in 2011, Nadal allowed Federer just three games. Nadal improved to 20-10 in his career against Federer. It was the fifth-ranked Spaniard’s sixth title since returning from a seven-month layoff due to a left knee injury. In the women’s final, Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in impressive fashion, defeating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 6-3.

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