Rafael Nadal Beats Novak Djokovic To Reach 10th Italian Open Final
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Rafael Nadal Beats Novak Djokovic To Reach 10th Italian Open Final

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Rafael Nadal closed in on an eighth Italian Open title as he dismissed old rival Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final for a record-extending 10th time. The last-four success will give the Spanish top seed added confidence ahead of the French Open, where he has won a record 10 titles. Nadal, still unbeaten in semi-finals at the Foro Italico, unleashed a trademark clay-court attack after winning a tight first set lasting well over an hour.

"I need to be able to play my best tomorrow," Nadal said of a Sunday final against either defending champion Alexander Zverev or Croatian Marin Cilic.

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