Monday, May 21, 2012
Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-3 to regain the Rome Masters title.
The Spaniard was at his destructive best to win again a title that he won 5 times before and to also claim back to the world number 2 in the rankings.
Both players came out firing at the Foro Italico. Nadal went immediately on the attack, earning two break points in Nole´s opening service game but the Serb showed great defenses to dig out of trouble.
In the 5th game Rafa broke to moved ahead but he immediately handed the service break back with a lackluster game culminating in a forehand error.
Djokovic began to dominate the rallies but was broken again at 5-5 after a volleying exchange and Nadal served out a 76-minute opener.
Nadal made it five games in a row when he moved 2-0 ahead in the second set and although Djokovic hung on grimly, threatening to break back in the fourth game the Spaniard stayed in control.
Two bad bounces and a double-fault on match point helped Nadal close out the match.
"He is always the favourite, even if I win against him seven times; he is the best player in the world on this surface," said Nadal. "I think that the match today was quite close, even if he won in straight sets. If you don’t use the opportunities against Rafa he gets momentum. I made a lot of errors which should not happen when you play against Nadal. I will go to Paris with confidence and I played a great week."
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