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Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Rome title

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ROME (AP) Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be.

After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.

It marked the first time in an Open Era-record 54 meetings, and in their 142nd set against each other, that Nadal won a set against Djokovic without conceding a game - otherwise known as a bagel.

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Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 12,115
2 R. Nadal 7,945
3 R. Federer 5,770
4 D. Thiem 4,845
5 A. Zverev 4,745
6 K. Nishikori 3,860
7 S. Tsitsipas 3,790
8 K. Anderson 3,755
9 J. Del Potro 3,145
10 M. Cilic 3,025
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2 S. Halep 6,117
3 A. Kerber 5,285
4 K. Bertens 5,115
5 P. Kvitova 5,050
6 E. Svitolina 4,866
7 K. Pliskova 4,786
8 S. Stephens 4,656
9 A. Barty 4,425
10 A. Sabalenka 3,500
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