Nadal beats Djokovic, to seek 8th Italian Open title in final

Indo Asian News Service

Rome, May 19 (IANS) Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, the World No. 2, beat Serbia's Novak Djokovic 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Saturday, and is to seek his eighth Italian Open title in the final.

Top seeded and a seven-time champion in Rome, Nadal needed one hour and 56 minutes to beat his Serbian opponent, currently World No. 18, reports Efe.

Nadal, the recent champion at the Monte-Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open, earned his 25th victory out of 51 matches against Djokovic, himself a four-time champion in Rome.

In the final, Rafa is to face the winner of the match between Germany's Alexander Zverev, world No. 3, and Croatia's Marin Cilic, world No. 5.

--IANS

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