Nadal to renew rivalry vs. Djokovic in Rome final

ROME (AP) Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic will renew their rivalry in the Italian Open final on Sunday.

Having been stretched to three sets in his opening three matches this week, Nadal finally put in a complete performance with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals on Saturday.

Earlier, Djokovic took his time before figuring out Milos Raonic's massive serve for a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory.

Nadal holds a 22-18 career edge vs. Djokovic, and has beaten the Serb three out of four times in Rome. However, Djokovic won their last meeting for the Sony Open title in March in Key Biscayne, Florida.

For the women's championship, top-ranked Serena Williams will face Sara Errani, the tournament's first Italian finalist in nearly 30 years.

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