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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SpainR Nadal66---
SwitzerlandR Federer13---

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  1. - - NADAL 6-1 6-3 - GAME, SET& MATCH! Nadal was not going to drop his serve twice in quick succession and finds a ferocious cross court forehand to bring up three championship points. He only needs the one though, finding another cross court forehand winner to secure the Rome Masters title for the seventh time in nine years!

  2. - - NADAL 6-1 5-3 - A sensational drop shot from Federer, just milimetres over the net, brings up two game points for the world number two. But he only needs the one when Nadal misses a forehand across court. The Spaniard will have a second chance to serve out the match next though.

  3. - - NADAL 6-1 5-2 - BREAK! Consecutive errors from Nadal, including a forehand into the net, hands Federer the first two points of the game. He quickly turns that into three break back points with a backhand winner across court on the angle. And Nadal nets a cross court backhand to hand Federer one of the breaks back. Federer is still alive but he will have to serve to stay in the match after the change of ends.

  4. - - NADAL 6-1 5-1 - BREAK! Federer saves it with a great forehand winner but Nadal earns himself a second and this time he does break, somehow finding a backhand passing shot winner from out of the tramlines and two metres behind the baseline! Nadal will serve for the title next.

  5. - - NADAL 6-1 4-1 - Federer brings up two game points with an ace - just his second of the afternoon. The first goes begging when Fed hits long off another forehand bullet from Nadal while another ferocious forehand return from the Spaniard sees Fed slice a backhand well short of the net to waste the second. Back to deuce. A Federer forehand goes long to hand Rafa another break point....

  6. - - NADAL 6-1 4-1 - Umpire Carlos Bernardes is called down from the chair for the first time as Rafa is convinced a Federer forehand went long. Bernardes confirms that it did and Nadal has another three game points. The first goes begging on a double fault (Rafa's first of the day) while Fed saves the second with a smash winner. But Nadal does hold at the third attempt afrer a vicious backhand passing shot that Federer can only volley into the net while dropping the racquet, such is Rafa's power!

  7. - - NADAL 6-1 3-1 - A much better forehand volley from Federer this time as he gets himself out of a potential spot of bother at 15-30 down. A forehand winner ripped down the line from Fed earns him a game point but Nadal does enough with a dipping cross court forehand that the Swiss can only volley wide to squander it. But a forehand winner followed by a backhand down the line that Nadal can only net and Federer does have his second game of the match!

  8. - - NADAL 6-1 3-0 - Rafa dances around his backhand to drill a forehand winner down the line before going on to hold to love with a big serve that Federer can only net in return.

  9. - - NADAL 6-1 2-0 - BREAK! Nadal breaks the Federer serve yet again, this time to 15 when he easily anticipates a cross court forehand volley winner and rattles the ball back across the court for a backhand passing shot winner.

  10. - - NADAL 6-1 1-0 - Federer takes the first two points of the set before a careless volley into the net. Nadal goes on to earn himself a game point only for Federer to batter a forehand return of serve winner down the line but the Spaniard fashions himself another game point with a backhand passing shot winner threaded down the line and this time he goes on to hold with a big serve that Federer returns long and wide.

  11. - - Wow! Emphatic from Rafa in that first set. Can Federer battle his way back into this match or will the second set by equally one-sided? Why not come say hi on Twitter? @pippawdavis

  12. - - NADAL 6-1 - SET! A cross court backhand return of serve winner which is also a passing shot sees Nadal go ahead 15-30. He goes long with a forehand to allow Federer to level up but Nadal quickly has a set point when Fed hits a backhand long. And sure enough, Nadal does have the first set when Federer pushes a forehand volley wide across court.

  13. - - NADAL 5-1 - Nadal holds to love to consolidate the break when Federer goes wide down the line with a backhand return of serve. Federer will have to serve to stay in this opening set after just 22 minutes.

  14. - - NADAL 4-1 - BREAK! Nadal marginally misses a forehand down the line, putting the ball just long, but he quickly makes amends with a great return to bring up another two break points. And he takes the first for a double break lead when he eventually finds the angle he's looking for on the cross court forehand winner after Federer had managed to get a series of shots back.

  15. - - NADAL 3-1 - Nadal races through a comfortable service hold to consolidate the early break. This is looking ominous for Federer already as Nadal has made a supreme start.

  16. - - NADAL 2-1 - BREAK! Federer's forehand half volley catches the very bottom of the tape before rolling up and over the net for the perfect drop shot before a service winner sees Fed level at 30-30 from 0-30 down. But Nadal is quick to earn himself a break point which he takes full advantage of with a length forehand that Fed can only return long of his own forehand wing.

  17. - - NADAL 1-1 - Federer produces a length return as he bids to fashion an early break point but Nadal is equal to the task with a forehand that Fed cannot deal with and the Spaniard goes on to hold from 30 for his first game of the afternoon.

  18. - - NADAL 0-1 - Federer opens the match with an ace - his 240th against Nadal! - before going on to hold for the loss of just the one point, when Rafa sends a brutal forehand winner across court.

  19. - - Nadal won the spin of the coin and opted to put Federer in to serve first so it will be the world number three to get the clash underway...

  20. - - Nadal is seeking his seventh title in nine years in Rome and his sixth title in eight tournaments since making his return from seven months of injury in February.

  21. - - This is the first time since 1999 that Federer has not featured in a tournament final until May, which is an astonishing stat!

  22. - - These two have faced each other a whopping 29 times before with Nadal leading the head-to-heads by 19 wins to 10. That becomes even more overwhelmingly 12-2 in Rafa's favour once you only take it down to clay court matches. Their last meeting came just two months ago when Nadal took down a clearly injured Federer in straight sets in the Indian Wells semi-finals.

  23. - - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from the final of the Rome Masters between world number three Roger Federer and world number five Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 03/06/1986
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

Roger Federer

Nationality SUI
Date of Birth 08/08/1981
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

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  1. Totally agree about SportTV in Portugal. They keep­ doing this, show live coverage of all the rounds up to­ semi finals and then tennis has to take a back seat,­ particularly so far as the finals are concerned. They­ have 4 channels - surely they can show the tennis­ finals live- come on Sport TV get your act together.

    From Diana, on Mon 20 May 10:17
  2. Why are all those derogatory comments from so many­ Nadal fans about Federer ? No class at all !!

    From Fat Tony, on Mon 20 May 8:30
  3. Well done and Congratulations Rafa Nadal. You have kept­ my expectation. Now go to Paris with lot of confident­ and beat the best ranking line ups so that you can­ occupy the top stop by the end of this year.But make­ sure you keep your self fit and keep practicing .­ Becareful of Djokovic . He is a tough guy to beat. Best­ of luck for French Open. Thanks for entertaining us.

    From Nagendra, on Mon 20 May 4:58
  4. SAMantha, my dear: Don't put words in my mouth. I­ am not saying Rosol is better than Federer. Rosol beat­ Rafa once but that is OK as players beat one another.­ Also Gulbis beat Federer once and that is OK for the­ same reason. Any player in the lower ranks can beat­ anyone at his best. I know you hate Nadal but there is­ nothing you can do as he owns Fed as proven by their­ H2H which is now 20-10 and counting. Stay cool, your­ idol Fed, also my favorite together with Nadal and­ Djoko, is the grand Slam Leader at 17 GS and that is­ hard to beat as many will help him as the leader if­ other players like Djoko, Murray,Berdych, Delpo, etc­ will beat Nadal. There are many young guns who could­ beat Rafa in their best. Again this is NOT a GS and it­ does not count for Fed. It only counts if Fed can beat­ Rafa in any tournament, GS or NOT. We will proceed to­ Paris and see if Rafa can defend his title. Djoko, Fed,­ Delpo, Tsonga, Murray, Berdych, Ferrer and all the­ young guns will be after him. Good luck to your idol at­ Wimby and remember he is not finished yet like Serena­ Williams at 31. Fed can be like Serena if he does not­ play Nadal.

    From EDDIE, on Sun 19 May 16:54
  5. Wow Rafa, congratulations you won it with style! So­ proud of you, lots of luck for the rest of the season.­ Lots of love ahoy xxxxxxxxxx

    From Ro, on Sun 19 May 16:45
  6. Well done to Rafa, I wanted Roger to win because­ everyone are saying he is on the down !!! How can he­ when he is Number 3 in the world.

    From KATHLEEN, on Sun 19 May 16:41
  7. Vamos!!!

    From rommel, on Sun 19 May 16:39
  8. Yes Rafa yes yes yes!!!

    From Avril, on Sun 19 May 16:36
  9. Never in doubt and roger looks like a beaten man when­ he ever plays rafa. One sided demolition job and you­ guys tell me you love watching this? There is only one­ rivalry in town djokovic v nadal the rest you can­ forget. Oh yes roger is like a training partner out­ there his backhand gets destroyed time after time and­ he can't handle rafas spin. He then makes stupid­ mistakes because rafa is in his head just like djoko is­ in rafas head. Please no more #$%$ about fed v nadal­ how great the matches will be roger will never beat­ rafa on any surface.

    From goran, on Sun 19 May 16:36
  10. THE KING IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE KING!

    From Dan, on Sun 19 May 16:34
  11. Wow.. Nadal locking it down nice and swiftly.. A master­ class by the King of Clay to match the Queen of Clay­ shutting it down..

    From UKSOUL-RENA'S ARMY, on Sun 19 May 16:32
  12. Sam P lives??? The major hairy vagina speaks??? LOL

    From dewald, on Sun 19 May 16:31
  13. This guy is awesome 7 months out on injury n coming­ back to haul 7 titles in space of how many­ months....for me I think he is the best!!

    From Mfonobong, on Sun 19 May 16:30
  14. Rafa is the GREATEST OF ALL TIME on clay ! He defeated­ the GREATEST OF ALL TIME once again. 20-10 Head ­ head. That surely cannot be a rivalry!!!???? LOL 24­ Masters titles at age 26. More to come!!! Watch this­ space!!! 2nd in all time leaders of clay titles... 6­ more to eclipse that one time GS winner Vilas'­ record once and for all!!! Djoko...sorry mate... ­ Federer outplayed in two sets in just over an hour!!! ­ Destroyed by a subliminal opponent!!!!

    From dewald, on Sun 19 May 16:30
  15. congrats rafa, the champ! never thought it's going­ to be this easy.

    From Nora, on Sun 19 May 16:30
  16. Wonderful Rafa never expected anything less so well­ done !! xxx

    From ELizabeth McCombie, on Sun 19 May 16:29
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    Eddie::: are u saying that rosol is better than­ federer? Cause nadal played last year and got destroyed­ by rosol! Ur hate towards federer is reaching new­ levels but I will get my revenge and remember payback a­ biach!

    From Sam parikh, on Sun 19 May 16:28
  18. Well done Rafa!!

    From Dee G, on Sun 19 May 16:28
  19. A one way traffic. Roger is still great but not on­ clay. Vamos

    From Mar, on Sun 19 May 16:28
  20. utterly destroyed,people were abusing me yesterday when­ i said beating people like janowicz,simon,starace is­ not impressive.for me it is wimbledon or nothing for­ fed and if plays nadal who is getting better every week­ plays he will lose

    From Breda, on Sun 19 May 16:28
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