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Nadal set to face Ferrer in title match

Updated: May 1, 2010, 4:23 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Rafael Nadal withstood a serious test from Ernests Gulbis before finally wearing down his 40th-ranked opponent to pull out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win in the semifinals of the Rome Masters on Saturday.

It was the first time in nine matches on clay this year that Nadal dropped a set.

"It was a really hard match and I didn't play well," Nadal said. "It's really difficult to play against Gulbis. His serve was really unbelievable."

Routinely putting first serves in at 133 ...

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