Top seed Rafael Nadal survived a stunning fightback from world number three Alexander Zverev to win an eighth Italian Open.
After his success in Rome, Rafa said:
The rain break was so important, I didn’t think it would help me but it did. I was able to come back out with clear ideas, I’m very happy. To win Rome eight times is amazing, it’s hard to describe. To have the chance to win here again is so great.
As for Roland Garros, I’m going to enjoy this victory and think about Paris in a few days.
For Alexander it’s amazing to have won that many matches in a row.
This was a very difficult match played at one of the best events of the world.
To win again after my first (Rome title) in 2005 is amazing, the 2005 final was one of the best memories of my career.
Sources: AP, TennisTV