Nadal extends winning streak to 16 when Almagro retires

Rafael Nadal is the undisputed "King of Clay".

Rafael Nadal has moved through to the last 16 of the Italian Open after an injury to compatriot Nicolas Almagro. That will keep him in good stead ahead of the French Open, which is the second Grand Slam of the season.

While sources have neither confirmed nor denied, Rafa is said to have been so thankful to Federer for not playing this year that he is personally going to sign over the birthright of his first born son to Federer. Nadal has won the title in the Eternal City seven times. "And I have many". Because he didn't feel his defeat on this clay season even once and also he showing surprisingly impressive games on recent red surface games. Nadal immediately went to the rescue and helped his friend back to his chair before the match was cut short.

Incidentally, Federer has defeated Nadal on three occasions this season.

"I still can't believe it".

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Almagro had it strapped up on the showpiece court before leaving the arena and he will now be a doubt for the French Open. "If someone had told me at the start of my career that I would be in this situation, I wouldn't have believed it", added Ferrer, who is going to meet Japanese world number nine Kei Nishikori in the round of 16 of the Rome Masters.

"I know Guga win three French Opens, so now I am nearly four times better than him".

"I don't think being No 1 affects on play a little bit worse, no?"

Rafa was asked what he planned to do for the rest of the season after the French Open.

"Everybody knows I'm not a clay-court specialist", Kerber said. "Maybe I have a little bit less to lose than he does", Isner said. "But in general terms I am happy with the way that I played, obviously". "I think he's watched Rafa and seen the unbelievable form Rafa's in, and realised he'd have no chance of beating him on a surface on which Rafa has always dominated him throughout the years", the Aussie told Tennis Mash, via Yahoo Sports.

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