Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic to make it perfect 10 in Italian Open


Rafael Nadal warmed up for the French Open with a battling 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win over world No 1 Novak Djokovic because the Spaniard claimed a record-extending tenth Italian Open title in Rome on Sunday within the newest chapter of their rivalry.

After a mid-match wobble, Nadal turned up the warmth within the decisive moments of his 57th assembly with prime seed Djokovic – the pair’s ninth in Rome – to safe the victory over the defending champion in two hours and 49 minutes.

“I used to be fortunate in some moments, particularly in opposition to [Denis] Shapovalov,” Nadal stated, referring to the last-16 match he gained in a tiebreak within the decider. “After which I feel I performed an excellent event, I’ve been taking part in higher and higher, discovering my rhythm on clay. I had a really optimistic week and I’m very glad.

“It’s wonderful to have this trophy in my palms for the tenth time. It’s one thing unimaginable to think about but it surely occurred so I’m tremendous glad and might’t thank my group sufficient.”

Nadal broke to go forward 6-5 in a decent opening set and staved off a late comeback try from Djokovic to take the early benefit within the contest with a searing inside-out forehand that caught the Serbian off guard.

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Iga Swiatek double bagels Karolina Pliskova in Italian Open last


Polish teenager Iga Swiatek produced a surprising efficiency within the Italian Open last in Rome by beating Karolina Pliskova 6-0 6-0 in 46 minutes.

The 19-year-old reigning French Open champion misplaced solely 13 factors in all the match and can climb into the world’s prime 10 for the primary time after her crushing win.

It’s only the fourth time since 2000 {that a} WTA last has led to a double bagel and is the shortest accomplished WTA last since Istanbul in 2009 when Vera Dushevina defeated Lucie Hradecka 6-0 6-1 in 41 minutes.

Ninth seed Pliskova, event winner in 2019, did not win a sport in a accomplished match for simply the second time in her profession. The 29-year-old, from the Czech Republic, was taking part in in her third consecutive last in Rome having retired in final yr’s last on account of a leg harm as she trailed Simona Halep 6-0 2-1.

Swiatek, who had saved two match factors in opposition to Barbora Krejcikova within the third spherical, made solely 5 unforced errors in opposition to Pliskova and struck 17 winners.

In distinction, Pliskova served two double faults in every of her first two service video games and didn’t hit a winner till she was set level down after 19 minutes.

Swiatek, who misplaced 4 factors within the first set and 9 within the second, confronted solely 4 sport factors in opposition to her as she registered her third profession title and first at a WTA 1000 occasion.

After profitable the French Open at Roland Garros final autumn, Swiatek additionally triumphed in Adelaide in February. PA Media

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However Djokovic, who misplaced to Nadal of their earlier assembly within the Roland Garros last final yr, pounced within the second set to race forward 5-1 because the Spaniard’s depth dropped and shortly levelled the match.

Second seed Nadal then saved two break factors at 2-2 within the decider and fired an emphatic shot down the road to carry, earlier than switching gears to finish the win and match Djokovic’s report of 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles.

Nadal will now goal a 14th French Open crown when the grand slam begins on 30 Could.


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