Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal acknowledged he went through a lot during his campaign at the Rome Masters. Nadal, who was seeded at No. 3, beat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 7-5 1-6 6-3 in the Rome Masters final. It was Nadal's 10th title in Rome and he now has 10 at least 10 titles in four different tournaments.
“After achieving 10 in Roland Garros, 10 in Monte-Carlo, 10 in Barcelona, I really wanted this one, no?” Nadal said, per Tennis Majors. “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. The trophy means a lot to me. At the same time, it’s the right moment to win an important title”.
Djokovic was happy with his campaign after the Nadal loss
Djokovic broke Nadal in the second game to take a 2-0 lead but the Spaniard broke back in the third game. Nadal claimed his second break in the 11th game, before serving out for the opener in the following game.
After failing to convert a break point in the third game of the second set, Nadal shut down in the rest of the set as Djokovic won five consecutive games to win the set and force a decider. Nadal saved two break points in the fifth game of the third set, before earning the lone break of the set in the sixth game.
Nadal then served out for the match in the ninth game. Djokovic was down by a set and a break in the quarterfinal against Stefanos Tsitsipas but managed to win the match. “I could have easily went out from this tournament in quarters,” Djokovic said.
“I’m very pleased with my fighting spirit. The level of tennis was higher and higher, actually. Yesterday I played great. Today I thought I also played a high level. Unfortunately decisive moments in the first and third set, you know, just went his way.
It was a bit unfortunate. "Didn’t capitalise on that breakpoint in 2-all. Next game I played against the wind with used balls. Just tough, you know, to play him from that side. … Yeah, just was a bit unfortunate in those moments, but overall almost three hours of high-quality tennis.
Of course I’m disappointed not to win it, but at the same time I’m very pleased with the level of tennis that I managed to find in the later stages of this tournament”.