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Federer: "I've Got To Take It To Rafa"

Rome, Italy

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is aiming to win his first Rome title.

World No. 3 Roger Federer will look to lift his first Internazionali BNL d’Italia trophy on Sunday in Rome, but will have to conquer longtime rival Rafael Nadal to do so. The Swiss, who defeated Benoit Paire 7-6(5), 6-4 in Saturday’s semi-finals, intends on maintaining an aggressive game plan going into the clash.

“It almost doesn't matter what the surface or what the conditions are. I've got to play aggressive tennis and take it to Rafa,” said Federer. “I know he doesn't give me much on clay. He's got incredible spin.”

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The two will duke it out for the 30th time in their documented FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Federer is aiming to defeat Nadal on clay for the first time since the 2009 Mutua Madrid Open final. Nadal enters the match-up on the back of 14 straight wins and is seeking his sixth title of the year in a remarkable comeback that has seen him earn the most Emirates ATP Rankings points of any player this season.

“He is the best mover on clay of all-time, if not Top 2 with Bjorn Borg, so it's hard to play against him. But I've done it before and can put him under pressure,” stated Federer. “I hope this time I have a better chance than at Indian Wells, where things were a bit difficult for me. He's had an incredible comeback, so I'm really happy for him. But someone has got to stop him, so I hope it's me.”

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Seven years ago at the Foro Italico, Nadal saved two championship points to edge Federer in one of their most memorable encounters. 

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