Nadal's streak, mastery of Federer are intact

Updated: May 18, 2006, 3:23 PM ET
By Whit Sheppard | Special to ESPN.com

ROME -- The Streak is alive. But only by the slimmest of margins.

Nineteen-year-old Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal continued to etch his name into tennis history Sunday at the storied Foro Italico, defeating world No. 1 Roger Federer, 6-7 (0), 7-6 (5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5) in five hours and five minutes to win his second consecutive Master Series Rome title. Nadal staved off two match points serving at 5-6 in the final set before going on to earn his 53rd consecutive win on clay, equaling the ...

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