Djokovic Beat Nadal as Williams Cruises Past Errani to Victories in the Italian Open

Novak Djokovic won his third Italian Open title and laid down a marker for the French Open with victory over Rafael Nadal in the Rome final.

Djokovic, 26, beat the defending champion and world number one 4-6 6-3 6-3 in two hours and 19 minutes.

The Serb has now won four matches in a row against Nadal, and has been victorious at five of the past six ATP Masters 1000 events.

“I was able to find positive things during the tournament but I played three very tough matches this week and it was very hard mentally, as well as physically,” said Nadal

Novak Djokovic Beats Nadal to WIn French Open Tune-Up. Image Credit: Reuters.
Novak Djokovic Beats Nadal to WIn French Open Tune-Up. Image Credit: Reuters.

“I was a little bit tired.”

This year’s French Open, where Nadal is eight-time champion, begins on Sunday.

In the women’s singles, World number one Serena Williams overpowered home favourite Sara Errani to retain her Italian Open title.

The American, 32, powered through 6-3 6-0 at Rome’s Foro Italico and took her record on clay to 53 wins and two defeats since 2012.

She has now won 60 WTA titles, moving her into seventh in the all-time list.

Williams will head to the French Open, which begins next Sunday, as a strong favourite to successfully defend her title and win an 18th Grand Slam.

Source: BBC Sport

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