Djokovic Beat Nadal as Williams Cruises Past Errani to Victories in the Italian Open
Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014
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.
I was a little bit tired.
This years French Open, where Nadal is eight-time champion, begins on Sunday.
In the womens 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 Romes 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