Nadal defeats Djokovic to win Italian open
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Rome: Rafael Nadal defeated world No 1 Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 to win his sixth Rome Masters title in a rain-postponed final.
Top-ranked Djokovic made 41 unforced errors, including a double-fault on the last point which gave Nadal his 49th career title.
It was a sweet revenge for Nadal who had been defeated by the Serbian last year ending his hope to make a hat-trick of titles.
Djokovic was playing well but an overtuned call by the line judge in the 10th game turned the tide in Nadal’s favour. The Serb’s shot was called out initially by the line judge, so after the umpire overruled the decision, they had to replay the point which was won by Nadal who then held his serve to make it 5-5.
Nadal also broke in the next game as Djokovic smashed his racket out of frustration and was warned.
The Spaniard immediately broke Djokovic`s serve again in the second set and went on to dominate the game.