Nadal, Serena Triumph at Italian Open

Next week: French Open

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 19, 2013 11:03 AM CDT

(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.

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.
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)
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka returns the ball to Serena Williams, of the United States, during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 19, 2013.
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka returns the ball to Serena Williams, of the United States, during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 19, 2013.   (Andrew Medichini)
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.
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)
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka reacts after losing a point during her final match against Serena Williams, of the United States, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 19, 2013.
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka reacts after losing a point during her final match against Serena Williams, of the United States, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 19, 2013.   (Andrew Medichini)
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