Nadal beat Federer 6-1 6-3 to win his seventh Rome Masters title - a perfect tune-up for the French Open.
It was a dominant display by the Spaniard, who was seeded fifth for the tournament after a seven-month injury absence from the sport.
Roger Federer finished the match with 32 unforced errors to Nadal's eight with the side-effects of a late semi-final on Saturday showing.
Nadal now heads Federer 20-10 in their head-to-head series, with 13 of his wins coming on clay.
In the womens section, world number one Serena Williams swept Belarusian Victoria Azarenka aside 6-1, 6-3 to win the Rome Open title.
Williams broke Azarenka's serve three times in a one-sided first set and despite a tighter second set the American prevailed to stretch her career-best winning streak to 24 games.
The former Pakistani captain announced the news on social networking site Twitter.
Rahane says fresh faces have spurred India after Test defeats.
Boycott slammed England's team selection for ODIs and said there was a dearth of batsmen in the squad.
Christoph Kramer, 23, will never remember his own role in the title clash.
Suarez returned to say goodbye to his mates in Liverpool.
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