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Rafael Nadal Avenges Loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas to Reach Rome Final

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ROME — After losing in the semifinals of three consecutive clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday.

It was a measure of revenge for Nadal after losing to Tsitsipas in three sets at this stage in Madrid last week. This victory should also restore Nadal’s confidence as he seeks a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.

“The main thing is I am playing better,” Nadal said. “If I play better, I know I’m going to have chances to be in finals and to win semifinal matches.