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Nadal beats Djokovic to make Rome final

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ROME (AP) The latest installment in the rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met expectations for one tight set.

Then Nadal pulled away for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday.

In their 51st meeting but first in more than a year, Nadal's court coverage eventually proved too much to handle for Djokovic, who is still regaining his form from a persistent right elbow injury.

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1 R. Federer 8,670
2 R. Nadal 7,950
3 A. Zverev 6,015
4 G. Dimitrov 4,870
5 M. Cilic 4,770
6 J. Del Potro 4,540
7 K. Anderson 3,660
8 D. Thiem 3,545
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4 E. Svitolina 5,505
5 K. Pliskova 5,425
6 J. Ostapenko 5,282
7 C. Garcia 5,080
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