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Nadal beats Djokovic to win 10th Rome Title

Spanish professional tennis player, Rafael Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic to win a 10th Italian Open title on Sunday and set down a key marker two weeks out from the defence of his Roland Garros crown.

Second seed Nadal won through 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2hr 49min against the defending champion in the 57th career showdown between the pair.

“I really wanted this title. This had been one of the most important titles in my career. I’d won 10 in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros and really wanted it here too,” Nadal stated.

Despite losing his opening service game, Nadal broke back in the third game hitting twice as many winners as the Serb with 21 in the set.

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