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Sports log: Nadal, Williams win Italian Open titles


After all these years, Rafael Nadal still knows how to dominate Roger Federer. In their 30th meeting, Nadal controlled the final from the start and won his seventh Italian Open, 6-1, 6-3, on Sunday 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 against Federer, and showed once again that he’ll be the player to beat when the French Open starts next Sunday. It was the fifth-ranked Spaniard’s sixth title since returning from a seven-month layoff because of a left knee injury. In the women’s final, Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title in impressive fashion, beating Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 6-3. The top-ranked American will go to Paris on a career-best 24-match winning run. Williams held a 41-12 edge in winners and served nine aces to Azarenka’s none.

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