Nadal beats Djokovic to regain Rome title

Posted at May 22 2012 11:30 AM | Updated as of May 22 2012 07:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Rafa Nadal enjoyed the perfect fillip ahead of his French Open defense with a commanding victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the delayed Rome Masters final.

Beaten surprisingly early on Madrid’s blue clay earlier this month, Nadal was at his destructive best to claim the title in the Italian capital for the sixth time.

The match, the 32nd between the pair, had been postponed by rain on Sunday but both players came out firing in front of a healthy crowd in the Foro Italico as the sun returned.

Nadal eventually closed it out and improved his career head-to-head record over the Serb to 18-14.

With the win, Nadal will rise back to second in the world rankings after being overtaken by Roger Federer last week. Mornings @ ANC, May 22, 2012.