PHOTOS/VIDEO: Rafael Nadal won his 10th title at Rome Masters!

 

Rafael Nadal overcame a mid-match surge from Novak Djokovic and raised his level in the deciding set to triumph 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 on Sunday and lift his 10th trophy at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

In the 57th meeting of the ATP Tour’s most prolific rivalry, top seed Djokovic was facing second seed Nadal for the ninth time at the Foro Italico (Nadal leads 6-3). Nadal improved to 4-2 in Rome finals against Djokovic with the victory, and brought his ATP Head2Head record against the Serbian to 28-29 overall.

"It's a very satisfying [victory]," Nadal said in his post-match press conference. "It's amazing [to] have the trophy with me again one more time here in Rome. The 10th, I really wanted this 10th here in Rome. It was one of the first important titles that I won in my career.

"After achieving 10 in Roland Garros, 10 in Monte-Carlo, 10 in Barcelona, I really wanted this one."

The victory also earned Nadal a 36th ATP Masters 1000 crown, equalling Djokovic’s record since the series was established in 1990.

"I think I have been playing better and better with my forehand the past couple of weeks, getting to the confidence point," Nadal said. "[There were] moments [that] I could change more times down the line than what I did... But the positive thing is the winners and the solutions with my forehand have been much better than the past couple of weeks.

"That's a huge improvement for me, [a] very important shot. Especially on clay it's gives me confidence."

Source: ATP World Tour

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