Italian Open Final - Nadal Downs Djokovic For 10th Rome Title, Recalls His 1st Victory
Manila Bulletin|May 18, 2021
ROME (AFP) – Rafael Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic to win a 10th Italian Open title on Sunday and set down a key marker two weeks out from the defense of his Roland Garros crown.

Second seed Nadal won through 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2hr 49min against the defending champion in the 57th career showdown between the pair.

''It's amazing I have this trophy in my hands for a 10th time, something impossible to imagine,'' said the world number three who also equaled Djokovic's record of 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles in his 12th Rome final.

''I remember the first final I won here in Rome back in 2005 against (Guillermo) Coria which lasted five hours,'' recalled the 34-year-old of his five-set battle past the Argentine.

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