5/19/13 10:10 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer knows that the taming of Rafael Nadal on clay requires a superhuman effort after the Spaniard beat him 6-1, 6-3 to win a seventh Rome title in nine years and a sixth from eight starts this season.
"It is difficult to beat Nadal in Paris," said the Swiss, who has yet to win a Rome trophy. "Novak (Djokovic) did it once in Monaco (last month) and so he knows how to. Nobody has beaten Rafa in Paris except (Swede Robin) Soderling (2009 when Federer won Roland Garros) and he is not here.
"But it's seven matches you have to win. If your opponent is Rafa then you need a good game plan. He is playing well right now and I'm happy for him. He's super-consistent and improving what he already does well."
Nadal's Rome title was the 56th of his career against 76 for Federer, who now stands 10-16 in clay finals. The Swiss won his last trophy last August in Cincinnati over Djokovic and has claimed at least one ATP title every season since 2001. The Spaniard now stands 20-10 over Federer after his second win of the season over the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
"It felt a little ..... one-sided. It didn't go how I hoped," said Federer. "I was missing too many easy forehands and crucial points. I played pretty good tennis but perhaps it was too quick a turn around and Rafa was playing really well. It was Rafa's day. But I'm still pretty satisfied with how most of it went."
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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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