PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal bagels Novak Djokovic for ninth Italian Open title

Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be heading into the French Open.

He won his 34th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title on Sunday when he beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 for a record ninth Italian Open title.

It was the 81st title of his career and the 51st at either Masters 1000 level, at the Grand Slams or ATP Finals.

It was Rafa’s first clay court final win over Djokovic since the 2014 French Open. It was the 54th meeting between the two rivals, and Djokovic now leads 28-26.

This was their eighth meeting in Rome, and their fifth in the final. Rafa now leads Djokovic 5-3 in Rome, and 3-2 in finals there.

42 comments

  1. The last time a bagel was served at an Italian Open final was in 2002 when Agassi did it to Tommy Haas: 17 years ago.

    Rafa’s bagel on Sunday was the first one ever served in the Djodal long-time rivalry. Take that Djokovic!

    RAFAMAZING ROCKS

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    • Have you tried YouTube? The Tennis Channel showed the speeches, but that’s it. Therefore, I was surprised to see how much Rafa celebrated with the champagne. That was not usual and showed how happy and relieved he was.

  2. Love it ..love him.
    I had issues with the audio…was it just me?
    Wicked match, so happy for Rafa number 2 in the world… I think not!
    Congratulations baby! xxxooxox 🙂

  3. It was a delight to watch Rafa playing today! And it was specially satisfying to know his mental strength is back. An outstanding performance!!! Congratulations to you, your team and your family! You deserve it all.

  4. The King is back!!!!!!
    An excellent performance Rafa,so pleased you won but it makes the victory sweeter that it was against the Djoker!Vamos and all the best for the French!💕

    • Yes, it was so much sweeter that this win came at Djoker’s expense! Love you, Rafa!! And your pretty little bride!

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