The tenth title at the Foro Italico was very special for Rafael Nadal. The 34-year-old Spanish tennis player and current number three in the world, highlighted the significance of recovering the crown at the Masters 1000 in Rome on a personal level.
“It is incredible to have the trophy with me once again here in Rome. Number 10, I really wanted this 10th title here in Rome. It was one of the first major titles that I won in my career. After achieving 10 at Roland Garros, 10 in Monte Carlo, 10 in Barcelona, I was really looking forward to this tenth in Rome.
It is a super important tournament for me. I went through a lot during the week. Some positive moments, some great ones, some moments of luck, moments of suffering ”, commented the Mallorcan after his victory over Novak Djokovic.
“In the end I think I played a very solid tennis week. So I am very happy. The trophy means a lot to me. At the same time, I think it is the right time to win an important title, "he added in remarks taken up by" Break Point.
" Nadal was happy with his performance and especially for what he improved with his forehand: “I think I've been playing better and better in recent weeks, reaching the optimum point of confidence. The positive is that the winner and the solution with my forehand have been much better than the last weeks.
So that's a huge improvement for me, a very important shot in my game. Especially on clay it gives me confidence. I think my service is working better too. I think I had a great week. I played many hours, so I feel good, I feel tired, but yes, a very satisfying victory."
Jim Courier reflects on Rafael Nadal
Former pros Jim Courier and Andy Roddick recently gave their thoughts on Rafael Nadal's Italian Open triumph. Courier claimed that Nadal's 10th title at the Foro Italico was a 'statement win' given how he fought through some tough matches, while Roddick reiterated how privileged he considers himself to see Nadal and Djokovic play each other.
"Winning this one the way that he did (by saving match points), (and) taking out Novak, that's a statement for Rafa," Jim Courier said. "Rome matters to almost everyone and they (Djokovic and Nadal) care about it but the real history they are playing for, happens in a few weeks," Courier added.