Rafael Nadal dominated Roger Federer on Sunday with a 6-1, 6-3 victory.
Rome, Italy (Sports Network) -
Even the great Roger Federer couldn't quell Rafael Nadal's momentum.
The fifth-seeded Spaniard dominated his rival on Sunday and captured a seventh Italian Masters title with a 6-1, 6-3 victory.
After Federer held to open the match, Nadal won nine straight games to seize control.
One to watch: Benoit Paire
By Scott Riley, Tennis Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
French tennis has certainly picked up the pace in recent years -- well, on the men's side anyway -- and the latest of its quality ball-strikers is Benoit Paire.
With a win Friday in Rome, Paire surged into his first-ever ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal. He has been a steady climber over the last two seasons.
The 6-foot-5 Avignon native, who turned 24 on May 8, was ranked 95th in the world at the end of 2011, finished 2012 at No. 47 after being one of the most-improved players for the year and currently rests at No. 36 as his stock continues to rise. He's climbed in the rankings in each of his seven professional seasons.
Is he as good as some of his fellow countrymen, like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon?