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Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic

Updated: May 21, 2012, 2:42 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ROME -- Rafael Nadal showed he's still the man to beat on clay, defeating Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 Monday in a rain-delayed final to win his record sixth Italian Open and regain the No. 2 ranking.

After losing to Djokovic in seven straight finals -- including Rome last year -- Nadal has now won two straight against the top-ranked Serb after also capturing the Monte Carlo Masters on clay. Nadal also moved ahead of Roger Federer in the rankings with the French Open starting Sunday.

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