Rome finals: Djokovic RG favorite, Sharapova contender

(Last Updated On: June 23, 2011)

Sharapova contender after title runs; Novak hits through Nadal again; Maria stops Stosur

Who would have thought after Rafael Nadal won Monte Carlo and Barcelona back to back that the five-times Roland Garros champion would not enter the 2011 French Open as the favorite? Perhaps only the red hot Novak Djokovic, his team, family and his growing group of fans.

Sharapova won her first huge clay title

Once again, Djokovic thumped Nadal on his favorite surface 6-4 6-4 on to win Rome and ran his unbeaten run this year to 37 matches. It was the fourth Masters Series final in a row that he has beaten Nadal in the final and the second on clay. This time, he did despite the fact that he needed more than three hours to best Andy Murray on Saturday. He

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