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Nadal beats Djokovic to reclaim ATP Rome Masters title, becoming a six-time champion

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Nadal beats Djokovic to reclaim ATP Rome Masters title, becoming a six-time champion
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic battled it out yet again, as the two ambassadors for the sport of tennis put in yet another exhilarating display at the final of the ATP Masters in Rome.

King of clay - Rafael Nadal recaptured Rome, as he re-affirmed his status as the 'man to beat' on clay by beating World No.1 and arch-rival Novak Djokovic in two sets. The win lifts him to second in the ranking charts. The Spaniard played a patient and precision-oriented game committing only 21 unforced errors compared to Djokovic's 41. Djokovic's play was erratic which will disappoint the Serb.

Nadal started the match dominantly and was quickly rewarded for attacking the Djokovic serve as he broke the serb in only the fifth game of the match. The Spaniard however, was unable to consolidate that break of serve as the Serb came clawing back to break back immediately to level the set at 3-3. From then on in, the Serb seemed to be advancing as Nadal dug deep every service game to prevent Djokovic from breaking.

The tables however turned with the match tantalizingly poised at 5-5, 30-30. An umpiring call to replay a point when Nole seemed to have it, angered the Serb. He clearly showed his disapproval and that moment served as a potential turning point with Djokovic losing the game to two unforced errors. On serve, Novak leading the next game 40-15, couldn't close it as Nadal capitalized on some needless errors from Djokovic. The tide had turned and Nadal took the first set 7-5.

Relive this exhilarating contest between the two best players in the world!

In the second set, Djokovic still reeling from the debacle of the previous set, lost his first service game to Nadal who seemed focussed and willing to close out the match as soon as possible. Nadal was truly in the ascendancy as he held on to his serve easily in the following game. 

In the fourth game of the second set then, Djokovic seemed to have gained some focus back and and attacked Nadal to force three break points, Nadal responded in typical fashion to ward off the Serb yet again. The World No.1 could not threaten the Spaniard beyond that, and lost composure again, constantly berating himself and making unforced errors. Nadal finally closed out the match in just under two and a half hours to win his sixth ATP Rome Masters title.

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Posted By rotini,   Posted about 2221 days and 9 hours ago

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Marguerite, The bad call was unfortunate, but it did not decide the outcome. Rather, it was Djokovic's resonse to the bad call, the fact that he let it affect him so, which appeared to wreak havoc on his game. Control of the emotions to minimize their effect on one's play is the player's responsibility.

Posted By embalmaceda,   Posted about 2222 days and 2 hours ago

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well, it was a match well played by a more dominant athlete of the sports. nadal truly deserved to win as he showed his skill and strength to overpower his opponent. anybody could be a victim of a bad umpire call but the match is played evenly with each player given a game to play. nadal was just tantalizing and well-motivated to win. congratulations to him.

Posted By Marguerite,   Posted about 2222 days and 11 hours ago

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Well done Rafa!I am however dissapointed if bad umpire decisions influences the outcome of a match.But such is life!Marguerite



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