Tennis: Nadal beats Djokovic to win ninth Rome title

Agence France-Presse

Posted at May 20 2019 01:23 AM

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates during the final against Serbia's Novak Djokovic. Matteo Ciambelli, Reuters

ROME -- Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 to win a ninth Italian Open title and a record 34rd Masters crown on Sunday.

World number one Djokovic, winner at the Madrid Open last week, produced an error-strewn performance in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal.

Nadal overtakes Djokovic at the top of the list for Masters wins -- the pair were level at 33 each before Sunday's final -- in a timely boost ahead of his assault on a 12th French Open crown in a week's time.

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