Rafael Nadal won his tenth title at the Rome Masters after defeating Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final.
Novak Djokovic loses to Rafael Nadal in the Rome Masters final in three sets, and the Spaniard now targets a 14th French Open title when the tournament starts on May 30.
The Spaniard beat the world’s No. 1 7-5 1-6 6-3 in his 88th career ATP championship match for a confidence boost ahead of the French Open.
In their 57th career meeting, Nadal took his opponent down in the final set of their ninth meeting in Rome, defeating the defending champion in two and a half hours.
In the first set, Nadal broke for a 6-5 lead and then stifled Djokovic to establish the early lead.
However, Djokovic, who lost heavily to Nadal in last year’s French Open final, quickly leveled the match at one set apiece following Nadal’s waning intensity.
Nadal saved two break points at 2-2 in the decider, before shifting his game to win against Djokovic and tie his record of 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles.