Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are locking horns in the finals of the Italian Open 2021. The latter is the top seed and the defending champion, whereas, Nadal has claimed the Rome Masters title on nine occasions in the past. The two players faced each other in the finals of the Italian Open 2019, where Rafael Nadal won in three sets.
Rafael Nadal produced a moment of sheer class, as he hit a sensational winner against Novak Djokovic in the ongoing finals. The winner came during the seventh game of the match, when both players were going neck to neck. The scored three games each, as Novak Djokovic was under pressure on his own serve.
Rafael Nadal’s moment of genius
Rafael Nadal has been receiving the ball way behind the baseline this week, which gives the server an added incentive to move closer to the net. Serving at 40-40, Novak Djokovic served wide, which was met by a two-handed backhand return from Rafael Nadal. However, the Serbian had the advantage as he had the time and space to move closer to the net. He placed a fine crafted volley, which should have earned him a point.
However, Rafael Nadal, known to the warrior he is, somehow managed to reach the ball. He lashed on to the ball, and played an incredible winner, which handed him a break point. The Spaniard went tumbling down after playing the shot, and lost control of his racquet. Novak Djokovic was himself surprised with Nadal’s brilliance, and the crowd was left stunned.
Rafael Nadal had a few words with the chair umpire after his winner. The Spaniard wanted to wipe out the clay from his hands, after he rolled on the court, and had an exchange with the umpire.