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ROME -- Novak Djokovic is going to the French Open with a big clay-court victory in his pocket. Wholesale Jordans China . And a heavy heart. Djokovic extended his recent dominance over Rafael Nadal by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday to win the Italian Open for the third time -- then dedicated the title to his flood-hit native Serbia by carving a heart on the clay with his racket. "This heart on the court is for you," he told the fans in Italian during the victory celebration. "Its also a special dedication to my country, which is suffering a lot right now. My heart is with them." In the womens final, Serena Williams kept the crowd from being a factor in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over 10th-seeded home favourite Sara Errani to win her third Rome title. Errani was bidding to become the first Italian to win the tournament in nearly 30 years but the top-ranked Williams quickly took control in both sets and Errani was slowed by a left thigh problem. Williams had a left thigh problem herself last week that prompted her to withdraw before her quarterfinal match at the Madrid Open but now she appears back on track for the French, which starts next Sunday. "Im not 100 per cent but Im just kind of going on adrenaline," the top-ranked American said. Djokovic found his motivation from a different source. Authorities say 25 people have died in the Balkans because of the worst flooding in a century after three months worth of rain fell on the region in three days this week. Tens of thousands of homes were left without electricity or drinking water. "Im trying to contribute in my own way," Djokovic said. "These are very critical times for our country and our people. But were being united and this win and this trophy is dedicated to them." Having also been beaten in Monte Carlo and Barcelona recently, it marked the first time in a decade that the top-ranked Nadal has lost more than two matches on clay in the same year. Nadal was pushed to three sets in four out of his five matches here. "When he hit the first ball good a lot of times it was very difficult to arrive to the ball and change the dynamic of the point," Nadal said. "I didnt have enough energy to hit the first shot with the right intensity." The second-ranked Djokovic has now won four straight matches against Nadal -- the previous three in straight sets -- and takes the psychological edge to Paris. "It gives me a lot of confidence winning against Rafa in the finals of a big tournament on clay," he said. "Its definitely a confidence booster. Its an ultimate challenge and Im very happy with my game so far and hopefully I can carry that into Roland Garros." The French Open is the only Grand Slam that Djokovic has yet to win, with his best result a runner-up finish in 2012. Nadal has won the tournament eight times. Djokovic was able to dictate play by stepping inside the baseline. "I tried to be aggressive from the start to the end," said Djokovic, whose other Rome titles came in 2008 and 2011. "I know that the only way to win against him is to be aggressive." Earlier, Errani left the court for an injury timeout while trailing 5-3 in the opening set and came back with her thigh bandaged. On the final point before she left the court, Errani pulled up and let a shot from Williams pass by her without even attempting to get to it. "Im sorry. You were unbelievable all week," Errani told fans during the victory ceremony, as she brushed back tears. "I tried to do my best and stayed on the court only for you." Williams other Rome titles came in 2002 and last year -- and she went on to win the French Open on both occasions. "Im also sorry for Sara today," Williams told the crowd in Italian. "She really played great all week." Organizers attempted to whip up patriotic fervour by having the Italian anthem sung before the players walked out onto the court, and fans continuously chanted "Sara, Sara" to try and encourage Errani in an atmosphere that more resembled a Davis Cup or Fed Cup setting. But Williams jumped out to a 3-0 lead and while Errani had a few chances to get back into the first set, Williams overpowered the Italian with her serve -- she had seven aces to Erranis none -- and overall attacking game. Still, Errani could console herself by becoming the first Italian finalist in the tournament since Raffaella Reggi took the 1985 title in Taranto. Wholesale Authentic Jordans . The Sioux Falls Canaries scored two in the seventh and three more in the eighth to come back from a 3-0 deficit and defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes 5-3 in front of 6,769 at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon. Cheap Jordans For Sale . 1 goaltender tonight when they conclude a four-game road trip versus the Winnipeg Jets. . Milan was held to 1-1 at home by Torino. Cagliari scored six minutes from halftime when Mauricio Pinilla blasted home from the penalty spot after Facundo Roncaglia tripped Marco Sau. The home side could have doubled its tally in stoppage time as first Fiorentina defender Stefan Savic almost scored an own goal then Albin Ekdals shot clipped the top of the upright.DALLAS - Monta Ellis quickly made up for a poor performance.A night after scoring only 2 points, his fewest in a game since 2006, Ellis scored 26 points and the Dallas Mavericks outlasted the New Orleans Pelicans 112-107 on Wednesday night.Ellis scored 13 in the final 4:27.Coach put the ball in my hands and my teammates have confidence in me to make plays around this time, Ellis said. I was looking to make plays, and tonight I had it going in the fourth quarter.Pelicans coach Monty Williams said, We tried to switch it, and he would drive around our guys.New Orleans had a chance to tie the game in the final 6 seconds, but Ryan Andersons 3-point attempt bounced off the rim. Dallas Richard Jefferson grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws to seal the win.Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Devin Harris scored 20 points each for Dallas.Ellis was a game-time decision Tuesday because of a sore elbow. It didnt seem to be a problem Wednesday, when he made 11 of 19 field goal attempts, including both 3-point shots.He wants the ball when the heats on, and hes unafraid, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. After (Tuesday), everybody was asking about his elbow, and the majority of the guys in this league would have sat this one out after going 1 for (11).The Pelicans Anthony Davis scored 31 points and added 11 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday added a season-high 30 points and 10 assists.Davis jammed a toe in the fourth quarter, but stayed in the game. He and Williams both indicated that Davis should be fine going forward.Harris had only seven points until the final minute of the third quarter, and then scored 13 in a 6-minute span to help the Mavericks turn a one-point deficit to a six-point lead. Ellis took over from there.Monta was great tonight, Williams said. Then Devin Harris had 20 off the bench. I thhought his 3s, we had a hand up. Wholesale Jordans. He just hit tough shots.Harris had started three games in November when starting point guard Jameer Nelson was out because of back spasms. Nelson didnt play Wednesday because of a sore right shoulder. J.J. Barea started while Harris remained in a reserve role.Dallas had a 12-point lead in the second quarter, but the Pelicans came back with a 28-12 run to take a 51-47 halftime lead. They led 78-77 after three quarters.TIP-INSPelicans: Gal Mekel, a Maverick last season, was back in Dallas as New Orleans signed him as a free agent Friday. ... The Pelicans shot 27 per cent from the field (6 for 22) in the first quarter, but turned around to hit 60 per cent (12 for 20) in the second. . Holidays previous 30-point game was last Dec. 30, when he scored 31 against Portland.Mavericks: Dallas is 10-1 when Nowitzki scores 20 points or more. . Ellis entered the game with a team-high 20.3 points per game. . Four Mavericks also reached 20 points 8 days earlier in a double-overtime victory at Chicago. The last time there were four 20s in a regulation game was Jan. 25, 2011, against the Clippers.ON THE REBOUNDNew Orleans outrebounded Dallas 45-29. Omer Asik had a game-high 15 rebounds. Carlisle said, Thats a major problem, and weve got to keep working on it. They had two monsters in there tonight with Davis and Asik. Theres 26 between the two guys.RARE AIRWith both teams having played Tuesday, it could have been expected to see some tired players. Unexpected were the three air balls by the Pelicans in the first half. Mekel and Luke Babbitt barely hit the bottom of the net with field goal attempts. One of Austin Rivers free throw attempts was short, but it was also wide right.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Cleveland on Friday.Mavericks: Host Golden State on Saturday. 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