Rafael Nadal has reached the final of the Rome Masters courtesy of a 6-4, 6-4 victory over big-serving American Reilly Opelka this afternoon. One break in each set was enough for the world No 3 to make it through to Sunday’s showpiece event. His match against Opelka was Rafa’s 500th career ATP match on clay. He now holds a 458-42 (91.6%) win-loss record on the surface.
“I did the thing that I had to do today,” Rafa said in his post-match interview. “It is not an easy, beautiful match to play and against a player like Reilly, you aren’t going to have rhythm. You know you are going to have just a few options on your return and you know he can play very aggressive from the baseline. That is what happened at the beginning of the match. He had some options for the break and it was super important for me to save those moments.”
Our champ, aiming for a record-extending 10th Rome title, will next face either Novak Djokovic or Lorenzo Sonego.
Most finals reached by Rafa:
- Roland Garros: 13 (13-0)
- Barcelona: 12 (12-0)
- Monte-Carlo: 12 (11-1)
- Rome: 12 (9-2)