Rafael Nadal claimed his 10th title in Rome, after he defeated Novak Djokovic in the finals of the Italian Open 2021. The Spaniard defeated the top seed in a three set thriller, and clinched the second title of the clay court season. Nadal has endured a challenging week in Rome, and has come up against some quality opponents.
Rafael Nadal survived a scare against Denis Shapovalov in the third round. However, apart from his clash against the Canadian, it was a masterclass performance from the Spaniard. The second seed defeated Novak Djokovic 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in the finals. Nadal won the first set, and was looking in lethal form. However, Djokovic outplayed him in the second set, and forced several errors out of the Spaniard.
Rafael Nadal bounced back in the third set, and was finding winners on a regular basis. The 33-year old now heads into the French Open 2021 to defend his crown, and claim his 14th title in Paris.
I have been playing better and better: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal was delighted after his victory over Novak Djokovic in the finals, and believes that he has gotten better with every match he has played. The Spaniard seems to have found his rhythm in Rome, as he served much better this week.
Rafael Nadal stated that it was impossible for him to imagine that he had won 10 titles in Rome. He expressed his gratitude to his team, who have been supporting him constantly.
“Well, I was lucky at moments but I think I played a good tournament. I have been playing better and better finding my rhythm on clay. 10th title means a lot. It’s something impossible to imagine. So super happy. Can’t thank my team enough for all the support. The support has been huge during all these years. This year is just amazing,” said Rafael Nadal.