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Nadal defeats Djokovic and conquers Rome

Nadal defeats Djokovic and conquers Rome

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 to win the 1000 Masters in Rome for the ninth time in his career.

The Serbian, world number one, who won last weekend at the Masters 1,000 in Madrid, could do nothing against the Spanish, who won his first title of the season, the 81st of his career and the 34th Masters 1,000, a record.

After this victory in 2 hours and 25 minutes, Nadal broke with the Serbian in terms of number of Masters 1,000 won, since both had 33.

After sweeping Djokovic in the first set, Nadal was able to close the match in two sets, when in the seventh game of the second set he had three ‘break’ balls in the Serbian’s service (0-40), which he did not take advantage of.

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Djokovic would be the one who would break Nadal’s serve in the tenth game, to end up winning the set 6-4, the only set that the Spanish has lost in Rome.

But Nadal returned to give another display in the third set, again breaking his rival’s serve three times, as in the first set, and arriving with good feelings at Roland Garros, which begins in a week.

After falling in the semifinals in previous clay court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, he won on clay in Rome to add confidence for the Paris tournament.

It was their fifth final in Rome and Nadal now leads Djokovic 3-2, who failed to claim his fifth trophy in the Italian capital.

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Sunday’s duel was the 54th time the two players faced each other. The Serbian, despite losing, continues to have an advantage over the Spanish by 28-26. AFP

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