For the tenth time, Rafael Nadal from Spain has won the ATP Masters in Rome. In the final against Novak Djokovic, Rafa prevailed with 7:5, 1:6, 6:3 after 2:49 hours.
In the previous match, Nadal defeated Germany’s top player Alexander Zverev. It seemed that he was taking revenge for the previous week’s quarterfinal loss at the Masters in Madrid. “You want to win here because it’s one of the most important tournaments. It’s important for my confidence,” Nadal stated after his two-set victory over Reilly Opelka from the US in the semifinals.
Djokovic and Nadal showed an exciting match. Djokovic took the first service game from his opponent after his double shift on Saturday with the continued quarterfinal against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the semifinal against local hero Lorenzo Sonego.
In the first set, Novak struggled with his first serve, and Nadal then made unusual errors in the second. In the third set, Nadal managed the redeeming break in the sixth game and with his second match point, he decided the match in his favour.
With his 36th Masters title, Nadal also set the Serb’s best mark two weeks before the French Open. Novak Djokovic missed his sixth triumph in the Eternal City.
The final of the WTA tournament in Rome had been much more one-sided. Iga Swiatek from Poland virtually dismantled Karolina Pliskova from Czech Republic in the finale, winning 6-0, 6-0. It was Iga’s third title win on the WTA Tour and is now ranked tenth in the world.