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Tennis: Nadal to battle Djokovic, Serena to meet Errani

Published on May 18, 2014 6:02 AM
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in their men's singles semi-final match at the Rome Masters tennis tournament on May 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - Rafael Nadal said he expects a tough battle with Novak Djokovic for his eighth Rome Masters title on Sunday after sweeping aside Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-finals.

Nadal came through a tough clash with British number one Andy Murray late on Friday but the world number one had little trouble dispatching Dimitrov in what was an error-strewn performance from the 12th seed.

Nadal has won at Rome a record seven times and, going on statistics, will be tipped for an eighth on Sunday, as defending women’s champion Serena Williams meets Italian Sara Errani in a bid to defend her title.

Overall, Djokovic has won 18 of his 40 previous meetings with Nadal, including the last three although they came on hard courts.
But of the duo’s 16 meetings on clay, Nadal has won 13 including their last meeting on the surface at the semi-finals of the French Open in 2013.

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