Nadal picks up fourth Rome title

The Associated PressMay 4, 2009 

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal won his record fourth Rome Masters on Sunday, beating defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (2), 6-2 for his third clay-court tennis title in three weeks.

Nadal has lost only one set over the three-week stretch in preparation for the French Open, which begins in three weeks.

The Spaniard will be aiming for a record fifth consecutive title at Roland Garros.

PORSCHE GRAND PRIX: Ninth-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova upset top-ranked Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3 in Stuttgart, Germany, to win her first WTA title since September 2007. The tournament was Safina's first since she rose to No. 1 two weeks ago.

WILLIAMS SISTERS WILLING: Venus and Serena Williams are interested in playing the Fed Cup final against Italy in November despite skipping the United States' victory over the Czech Republic on April 25-26.

"Serena and I would both love to play," Venus Williams said Sunday at the Italian Open, where both sisters are entered.

Italy will host the Nov. 7-8 final at a site to be determined.

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