MADRID (Reuters) – Argentine Rafael Nadal sent a warning to his rivals a week before the start of the French Open with a clear advantage over first semifinalist Novak Djokovic in the final of the Italian tennis tournament in Rome. Nadal had a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Djokovic to retain the tournament title as Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam, Nadal was crowned in the last two years and holds the record in the number of his 11 titles So far.
(6), the number of wins (60), successive victories (17), number of titles (6), number of titles, the longest final (57 in 2006 against Roger Federer) and the shortest final 16 in 2013 against Federer).
The 34-year-old had a record number of titles after splitting with Djokovic himself, winning revenge for the Serbian who won their last two matches at Wimbledon 2018 and the Australian Open final earlier this year.
The first title of Nadal this season and 81 in his career, while Djokovic lost the final of Rome after a week of winning the tournament in Madrid. I still remember Fawzi I here in 2005. Being here with this cup after all these years means a lot to me, "said Nadal, who is preparing for the Roland Garros launch on May 26.
"I do not want to talk about fatigue," he said, "but Nadal was very strong." I was able to win a group against him, and he was pleased to be able to at least draw the game. For a third group after the impressive start of the Spanish in the first set.
Nadal returned to the top level after his disappointment in the Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid semi-finals, to qualify for the first time on the ground this season after a two-hour, 25-minute game.
The Spaniard is preparing to defend his title at Roland Garros, which, according to Djokovic, will be the main candidate.
The Serbian said: "Nadal is the most likely candidate, no doubt, and then come the others."