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Nadal extends clay streak to 73 games

Updated: May 9, 2007, 3:27 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Despite feeling dizzy, Rafael Nadal extended his clay-court winning streak to 73 matches with a 6-4, 6-2 victory Wednesday over Italian wild card Daniele Bracciali at the Rome Masters.

Andy Roddick, playing for the first time since injuring his hamstring in a Davis Cup win last month, defeated Gaston Gaudio 6-1, 7-6 (8). James Blake lost to Nicolas Massu 7-6 (3), 7-5.

Nadal is attempting to become the first player to win the tournament three consecutive times.

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