Nadal, Serena Triumph at Italian Open
Next week: French Open
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2013 11:03 AM CDT
US Serena Williams returns the ball to Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 19, 2013.    (Andrew Medichini)

(Newser) – Rafael Nadal controlled the Italian Open final from start to finish, beating Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3 today in the 30th meeting between the two stars. Nadal improved to 20-10 in his career against Federer, and won the Italian Open for the seventh time. He also showed once again that he'll be the player to beat when the French Open starts next Sunday. It was Nadal's fifth title since returning earlier this year from a seven-month absence due to a left knee injury.

In the women's final, Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in impressive fashion, defeating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3. The top-ranked American will enter the tournament at Roland Garros on a career-best 24-match winning run.

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