Italian Open 2021 Final: ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic to clinch 10th Italian Open title

Italian Open 2021 Final: 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic to win 10th title in three sets in battle of champions in Rome.
Italian Open 2021 Final: 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic to win 10th title in three sets in battle of champions in Rome.

Italian Open 2021 Final: ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic to win record 10th title- Rafael Nadal has defeated the World No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic as he continued his dominance on clay court. He defeated the Serbian 7-5, 1-6 and 6-3 after losing the second set.

In the second set, Djokovic was in no mood to give up against the Spanish giant on the clay court. He fought back in style to defeat Rafel Nadal in the second set. Earlier, Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in the opening set. The duo began on an equal note as they were not giving up against each other in the first set in the Rome finals.

“It’s amazing I have this trophy in my hand for a 10th time, it’s something impossible to imagine but it happened so I’m super happy and can’t thank my team enough.”,” said Nadal who also equalled Djokovic’s record of 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles in his 12th Rome final.

Most titles at single ATP Event:

13 – Nadal, Roland Garros

12 – Nadal, Barcelona

11 – Nadal, Monte Carlo

10 – Nadal, Rome

10 – Federer, Halle

10 – Federer, Basel

9 – Djokovic, Aus Open

Italian Open 2021 Final: ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic to win record 10th title

Italian Open Final

The two best players of Tennis locked horns against each other for the sixth time in the Italian Open finals in Rome, Italy.

While Novak Djokovic was coming on the back of a straight-sets win over Reilly Opelka in the semifinals, Djokovic earned hard-fought victories in the quarterfinals against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Lorenzo Sonego in three-set contests in quarterfinal and semifinal respectively.

Italian Open 2021 Final

NOTE: Nadal has won 459 out of 501 matches on the clay court.

Nadal will now target a 14th French Open crown when the claycourt Grand Slam begins on May 30.

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Italian Open 2021 Final Live (Nadal vs Djokovic LIVE): Djokovic vs Nadal Head-to-Head:

This was the 57th meeting between the pair. Novak Djokovic narrowly leads the head-to-head 29-28 over Rafael Nadal. On clay, Nadal extended his lead to 19-7. He has also beaten Djokovic in each of their last 5 meetings on the surface, including the 2019 Rome Masters final and the 2020 Roland Garros final.

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