Rafael Nadal edges out Djokovic to win 9th Italian Open title

Last Updated: Mon, May 20, 2019 12:14 hrs
Nadal wins Rome Masters

Rome: King of Clay Rafael Nadal clinched the Italian Open 2019 title after vanquishing Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 in the final in Rome on Sunday. This is Nadal's ninth Italian Open title and 34th Masters crown - the most by any ATP player.

Nadal came out furiously in the first set and dominated throughout while Djokovic struggled to add even a single point to his side. Consequently, with 6-0, Nadal whitewashed the Serbian.

However, in the second set, Djokovic made a comeback and won the set, 6-4, from a little margin. With this victory, Djokovic got some hope and the match went on to the third set.

But Nadal in the third and decisive set as well produced a similar performance and overpowered Djokovic to win the set by 6-1 and hence won the Italian Open 2019.

This is is the 81st title of Nadal's career, one that comes at a perfect time. The first title of the year for the Spaniard comes just a week before the French Open - a Major that he has won a record 11 times.