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Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic to meet in Italian Open final

Updated: Saturday, 17 May 2014 23:27 | Comments

Rafa Nadal powered to a 6-2 6-2 victory
Rafa Nadal powered to a 6-2 6-2 victory

The Italian Open will get its dream men's final on Sunday after Rafa Nadal's routine cuffing of Grigor Dimitrov set up an enticing match with Novak Djokovic that could be a barometer for the French Open.
              
Top seed Nadal has struggled through much of the tournament but was far too good for dogged Dimitrov, the Spaniard quickly powering to a 6-2 6-2 victory and a showdown with world number two Djokovic.
              
Serb Djokovic survived a three-hour dogfight and one-set deficit with big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to make Sunday's final. He was subjected to an onslaught of power but eventually came through to win 6-7(5) 7-6(4) 6-3.              

"It's a big win because it gives me strength and belief that I can hopefully carry towards the final and the rest the season," Djokovic, bidding for a third Rome title, said.
              
"I can't remember the last time I felt so helpless in a return game. I couldn't predict his serve at all."
              
In the women's event world number one Serena Williams gained revenge for her Australian Open fourth round defeat by Ana Ivanovic, beating the Serb 6-1 3-6 6-1 to set up a final against local favourite Sara Errani.

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