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.