Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal was in great spirits after beating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters final. Nadal, who made his 12th Rome Masters final after beating Reilly Opelka, handed a 7-5 1-6 6-3 loss to first-seeded Djokovic in the final to lift his 10th Rome title.
Nadal now has at least 10 titles at four different tournaments as he also at least 10 titles at the French Open, Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open. Nadal was down by a set and a break in the round-of-16 against Denis Shapovalov.
The Spaniard also saved two match points against Shapovalov to reach the quarterfinal. “After achieving 10 in Roland Garros, 10 in Monte-Carlo, 10 in Barcelona, I really wanted this one, no?” Nadal said. “Super important tournament for me.
I went through a lot of things during the week. Some positive, some great moments, some lucky moments, suffering moments. At the end I think I played a very solid week of tennis, no? Very happy,” Nadal said. “The trophy means a lot to me.
At the same time, it’s the right moment to win an important title”.
Nadal came up big in key moments
Djokovic claimed the first break of the match in the second game but Nadal broke back in the third game. Nadal failed to convert a break point in the seventh game but broke Djokovic in the 11th game, before serving out for the opener in the 12th game.
After failing to convert a break point in the third game of the second set, Nadal's game fell apart as Djokovic won five consecutive games to win the set and force a decider. Nadal regrouped at the start of the third set as he routinely served out his first two service games.
Nadal then saved two break points in the fifth game, before claiming the key break in the following game. Nadal served out for the match in the ninth game as he converted his second match point.