Rafa Roundup: May 18, 2013

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Entering Rome, Djokovic had won 130 points more than Nadal in 2013, but with the Serbian bowing out, Nadal has an opportunity to win an additional 690 points should he claim his seventh title at the Foro Italico.

Nadal, with three-set wins over Gulbis yesterday and Ferrer today, has done a lot of running this week, and if he’s going to win in Rome, he’ll do a lot more this weekend. The good news for Rafa is that he’s into the semis tomorrow; the better news is that he’ll face Berdych, rather than Djokovic, when he gets there. Nadal has won his last 13 matches against the Czech.

With Rafa playing brilliant clay-court tennis at the moment and his favorite major just days away at this point, Nadal is all set to cap off a memorable few months with an eighth French Open championship.


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