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The French Open champion's backhand around the net was just one of 59 winners on his route to glory 

Roman empire: Rafael Nadal celebrates as he closes in on a seventh Masters title in the Italian capital

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer set to renew old rivalry in Rome

For the last 10 months the talk has been of a new order at the top of men's tennis, but Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will aim to show here today that their time at the summit is far from over.

Thomas Berdych celebrates after beating Novak Djokovic

Thomas Berdych makes Novak Djokovic suffer on clay once more

Novak Djokovic says the French Open is his biggest target this year but the world No 1 will go to Roland Garros next week having made early exits from his last two build-up tournaments on clay.

Andy Murray is waiting for results of a scan on his back that forced him to quit in Rome

Andy Murray may miss French Open to focus on Wimbledon

Andy Murray is back home awaiting a scan on his back following his exit from the Rome Masters, but for some leading characters life here carried on as normal. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, the world No 1s, motored past their opponents with as much mercy as a Rome taxi driver, while Rafael Nadal stayed on course to win the title for a seventh time despite being pummelled in the first set by Ernests Gulbis.

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 16 May 2013

Ivanovic header seals European glory for Chelsea

Laura Robson hits a return during her second-round elimination by Serena Williams in the main stadium at the Italian Open

Laura Robson falls to power of Serena Williams but is not fazed by top billing

British 19-year-old puts up promising fight against world No 1 but eventually loses 6-2, 6-2

The women’s world No 1 position was up for grabs but it is no surprise that there were will not be a change when the updated rankings are announced

Serena Williams' latest success over Maria Sharapova saves top ranking

The women’s world No 1 position was up for grabs yesterday but it is no surprise that there were will not be a change when the updated rankings are announced today. Maria Sharapova would have regained top spot if she had won the title in Madrid, but unfortunately for the 26-year-old Russian she was up against Serena Williams.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray about to board the jet

Andy Murray joins the jet set in attempt to conquer Rome Masters

Scot uses private plane – and gives Tsonga a lift – for more practice time after Madrid Mastersexit

Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the Madrid Masters

Madrid Masters: Rafael Nadal's remarkable return secures home crown for king of clay

Rafael Nadal won his fifth title this year to continue his run of good form at the Madrid Masters

Laura Robson: 'Most people love those big matches because it’s always so easy to play when you’ve got nothing to lose'

Laura Robson: Wimbledon? Olympic gold? I'm not fussed

Britain's best female tennis player for more than two decades is keeping a level head amid the ups and downs of the circuit's merry-go-round. Paul Newman meets Laura Robson

Rafael Nadal reaches to volley a return to David Ferrer

Rafa Nadal climbs over 'The Wall' to reach semis in Madrid

Former world No 1 sees off compatriot after hitting himself in the face with his racket

Andy Murray plays Gilles Simon in Madrid

Madrid Masters: Andy Murray sees off Gilles Simon to earn a quarter-final meeting with Tomas Berdych

The British number one had to battle in Madrid

Laura Robson of Great Britain plays a backhand in her match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica

Tennis coach Zeljko Krajan makes parting dig at Laura Robson after the pair split

The British number one has been accused of lacking maturity and commitment

Andy Murray faces the media in Madrid

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal keen to beat rankings equation

Nadal's tough Madrid draw demonstrates the significance of places in the world order

Novak Djokovic stretches to make a backhand in the Monte Carlo final

Tennis: Novak Djokovic ends Rafael Nadal's epic run to fire French Open ambitions

Spaniard suffers first defeat at Monte Carlo in 10 years as world No 1 shows pedigree on clay

Andy Murray pictured during defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters

Dreadful Andy Murray beaten and booed at the Monte Carlo Masters

Scot to drop to No 3 in world after error-strewn defeat that denies him match-practice on clay

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