Rafael Nadal, World No. 3 Spaniard beat world number 1 Novak Djokovic to win a 10th Italian Open title on Sunday. Nadal won through 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2hr 49min against the defending champion in the 57th career face-off between the pair.
In the 57th meeting of the ATP Tour's top most prolific rivalry, Djokovic faced Nadal for the ninth time at the ForoItalico. They last played in the 2020 French Open final. The pair have won 15 of the last 17 Rome titles between them, while Nadal leads their head-to-head in finals in the Italian capital 4-2
Nadal also earned 36th ATP Masters 1000 crown, equating Djokovic's all-time record, since the series was established in 1990.
Nadal quoted saying: "It's amazing I have this trophy in my hands for a 10th time, something impossible to imagine." He added "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."