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Federer, Nadal to renew rivalry in Rome final

Updated: May 18, 2013, 4:47 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will renew their rivalry in the Italian Open final Sunday -- exactly a week before the French Open starts.

In Saturday's semifinals at the Foro Italico, Federer held off a stiff challenge from Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (5), 6-4. Six-time Rome champion Nadal defeated sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, a day after Berdych rallied to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

It will mark Nadal's eighth consecutive final since his return earlier this year ...

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