Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts against Fernando Gonzalez, of Chile, during the gold medal match in the singles tennis competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
ROME (AP) - Rafael Nadal has won a record fourth Rome Masters
title by beating defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (2), 6-2.
The top-ranked Spaniard's victory on Sunday gave him his third clay-court title in three weeks, following victories at the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open.
Nadal extended his winning streak on clay to 30 matches, stretching back to an opening-round loss to Juan Carlos Ferrero in Rome last year.
By failing to defend his title, Djokovic will lose the No. 3 ranking to Andy Murray on May 11, when last year's points drop out. The 21-year-old Serb has been No. 3 since August 2007.