Marcus Fraser shot a 4-under 68 Saturday, giving the Australian a one-stroke lead over Italy's Francesco Molinari, Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and Sweden's Joakim Lagergren after three rounds of the Italian Open.
Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the Italian Open final, while Rafael Nadal beat rival Roger Federer in the men's final by the identical score.
Rafael Nadal began his bid for a seventh Rome title by cruising past local hope Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-3 in just 61 minutes, and two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova eased past Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2.
Garth Mulroy of South Africa shot a 6-under 66 Saturday, giving him a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Italian Open. Ryder Cup players Nicolas Colsaerts and Martin Kaymer were four strokes behind.