Rome: World No. 3 Spaniard Rafael Nadal on Sunday received his tenth Italian Open title, after overcoming a second set comeback from No. 1 Novak Djokovic within the closing to triumph 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in two hours and 50 minutes.
The victory gave second-seeded Nadal the thirty sixth ATP Masters 1000 crown, equalling top-seeded Djokovic’s all-time report, for the reason that collection was established in 1990.
Within the 57th assembly of the ATP Tour’s some of the prolific rivalries, Djokovic was going through second seed Nadal, winner of 20 Grand Slam singles title winner, for the ninth time on the Foro Italico.
Nadal improved to 4-2 in Rome finals in opposition to Djokovic with the victory, and introduced his ATP head-to-head report in opposition to the Serbian to 28-29 total.
Within the males’s doubles closing, second-seeded Croats Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic powered their technique to their sixth Italian Open trophy, overcoming a tricky problem from fifth-seeded Rajeev Ram of the USA and Briton Joe Salisbury and successful the ultimate 6-4, 7-6(4).
Djokovic had spent almost 5 hours on court docket on Saturday, first successful his rain-delayed quarter-final in opposition to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas after which the semi-final epic in opposition to Italian Lorenzo Sonego, to succeed in the ultimate.
Nadal, then again, wanted an hour-and-a-half-to take down Reilly Opelka of the USA.
Djokovic, who was bidding to report his first win on clay in opposition to the Spaniard for the reason that 2016 Rome quarter-finals, confirmed little indicators of fatigue within the opening set.
The Serbian raced to a 2-0 lead, staying aggressive and conserving the factors quick. However Nadal broke straight again, and his forehand velocity steadily climbed because the set unfolded, incomes 15 of his 21 winners.
Nadal claimed the decisive break late within the set, profiting from a shaky service sport of the Serbian at 5-5 to assert the lead, sealing the set.
However a dip in Nadal’s depth gave Djokovic the opening he wanted within the second set.
Nevertheless, the Spaniard held agency and raised his stage within the closing set, reeling out forehand winners to take a 4-2 lead. He transformed his second championship level after Djokovic despatched a backhand lengthy, sealing the victory.