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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 May 2006, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Rome Masters photos

Roger Federer (left) and Refael Nadal

World number one Roger Federer meets number two and clay-court nemesis Rafael Nadal in Rome

Rafael Nadal

A high-quality first set goes to a tie-break and Federer draws first blood with a run of seven points without reply

Roger Federer

And it's Federer who has the better of the second set - but Nadal digs deep to take it to a tiebreak

Rafael Nadal

Nadal looks to have broken Federer's spirit when he takes the third set and forges a chance to break serve in the fourth

Roger Federer

But as the shadows spread across the Foro Italico, Federer rediscovers top gear to roar back into the match

Roger Federer

The world number one is twice one point away from the title and his first ever win over Nadal on clay

Rafael Nadal

But Nadal finds yet more reserves of energy to fight back in the final-set tie-break and take the title

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Federer congratulates Nadal after a fourth straight defeat to the 19-year-old Spaniard

Rafael Nadal

Nadal's victory sees him retain the Rome title and equal the record of 53 consecutive wins on clay



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