The last four ATP Masters 1000 events, the most prestigious tournaments outside the Grand Slams, have been won by players outside the grouping of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer. But it will be top seed Djokovic facing second seed Nadal at the Foro Italico on Sunday for the RomRead More »
Second seed Nadal, 34, came out on top in the 57th ATP Tour level clash between the two rivals.
After a mid-match wobble, Nadal turned up the heat in the decisive moments of his 57th meeting with top seed Djokovic - the pair's ninth in Rome - to secure the victory over the defending champion in two hours and 49 minutes. "I was lucky in some moments, especially against (Denis) Shapovalov," Nadal said, referring to the round of 16 match he won in a tiebreak in the decider. Nadal broke to go ahead 6-5 in a tight opening set and staved off a late comeback attempt from Djokovic to take the early advantage in the contest with a searing inside-out forehand that caught the Serbian off guard.
Rafael Nadal batte Novak Djokovic in finale e trionfa a Roma. Lo spagnolo, numero 3 del mondo, ha conquistato il suo decimo titolo agli Internazionali Bnl d'Italia superando il serbo, campione uscente e numero uno del ranking Atp, con il punteggio di 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 dopo 2 ore e 50 minuti di gioco.