Tennis: Nadal brushes past Opelka into 12th Rome final

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Posted at May 16 2021 02:52 AM

Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his semi-final match against Reilly Opelka of the US at the Italian Open on May 15, 2021. Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the Italian Open final for the 12th time on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over American Reilly Opelka.

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The Spaniard will play either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Italian Lorenzo Sonego in what will also be his 52nd Masters final.

Playing his 500th clay-court match, Nadal staved off break points in the fourth game of the first set and did not look back to win through in 1hr 32min.

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