Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal - Live Stream and ATP Rome final preview

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Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal takes place this afternoon in the final of the 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

The ATP Rome final takes place at Foro Italico and is scheduled to start at 16:00 BST.

In the United Kingdom, Federer vs. Nadal airs live on Sky Sports 4/Sky Sports 4 HD, while the game is also streaming live online via the Sky Sports-powered Now TV, which is available free of charge via Sky Bet.

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Federer is attempting to beat Nadal today for just the third time in fifteen attempts, and his struggles against the Spaniard on clay are the main reason why he trails 19-10 on the head-to-head between the pair.

Nadal beat Federer in straight sets in the quarter-finals at Indian Wells earlier this year, although the Swiss later revelaed that he was struggling with a back injury.

Nadal is competing in his eighth final in eight tournaments since returning to the tour in February, which is a pretty staggering achievement, and he's just notched up two more titles on clay in Barcelona and Madrid. He's going for his seventh Rome Masters title and was simply too good for Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals on Saturday, taking control from the very first game to win 6-2 6-4.

Federer will have noted, however, that Nadal looked a little vulnerable earlier this week against Ernests Gulbis and David Ferrer, which will give him confidence. He needs to start quickly and win the opening set and most of all, convert his chances.

In so many of Federer's losses against Nadal, including all those French Open finals, the Swiss has enjoyed an abundance of break points, but has been unusually erratic in those key moments, perhaps feeling the pressure, knowing that Nadal is unlikely to miss.

Federer has been looking sharp this week especially during his third round demolition of Gilles Simon and regardless of the outcome of this final he will be heading to the French Open with his confidence high.

These two have met once before in the Rome Masters final, back in 2006 in what was an absolute epic. In those days, the final was held over five sets and Nadal won a thriller which lasted over five hours - one of the greatest clay-court matches in the past ten years.


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