rome18nadal_zverev

rome18nadal_zverev

Points won by each set: [ 27-11, 16-27, 32-24 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
13 % Nadal – 10 of 72
18 % Zverev – 12 of 65

[2] Nadal’s 8th Roman title, the first one after a 4-year break. It was the third consecutive match between these two players which Nadal began winning the opener 6-1. Then, for 60 minutes more or less, the German [3] was much better, and who knows what could happen without the rain. It halted the final with Nadal serving at 1:3 (15/0) in the decider. After a quick resumption Nadal held, but the rain forced players to wait 45 minutes to play another game. When they came back on the court, the floodlights were activated and Zverev’s game based on big serves & flat heavy groundstrokes, couldn’t be so efficient anymore. He had a game point for a 4:2 lead but Nadal responded with a backhand winner. ‘King of Clay’ took the final five games of the match converting his second match point with a backhand volley. Following the triumph, the Spaniard came back to No. 1 in the world. “It has been an amazing week,” said Nadal. “Such an important week to have this trophy with me again after losing in the quarter-finals in Madrid. It was unforgettable and emotional for me.”

Nadal’s route to his 78th title:
2 Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0
3 Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-1
Q Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
S Novak Djokovic 7-6(4), 6-3
W Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3

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