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Nadal Bounces Back From Loss to Alcaraz, Beats Isner in Rome

Rafael Nadal returns the ball to John Isner during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Rafael Nadal returns the ball to John Isner during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Rome (AP) -- Once is enough when it comes to beating Rafael Nadal on a clay court.

Throughout his career, Nadal has never lost consecutive matches on his favorite surface and the Spaniard extended that perfect record on Wednesday by beating John Isner 6-3, 6-1 to reach the third round of the Italian Open.