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Italian Open 2018, Men's Singles, Final: Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev, Live match updates

Nadal def Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in 2 hours 10 minutes to win the title for an eighth time
Updated: 20 May 2018 22:54 IST - Published: 20 May 2018 17:49 IST
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Nadal came back recharged and having figured out what was ailing him in the second set and the beginning of the third set. As for Sascha, he played at an unbelievable level for more than a set but couldn't hold on to it when Rafa raised his.

Having said that, if Sascha can play at this level in Paris, he will be one of the contenders for sure. This year, he just might improve on his poor record at Slams.

As for Rafa, he looks all set to bite the Coupe des Mousquetaires for a record 11th time!
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Final score: Nadal def Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in 2 hours 10 minutes
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Nadal heads to the French Open with titles at Monte Carlo, Rome and Barcelona.
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Sascha thus finally loses a match after an amazing trophy-winning run at Munich and the Madrid Masters.
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AND WITH THAT, RAFA IS BACK TO THE WORLD NO. 1 SPOT JUST A WEEK AFTER RELINQUISHING IT TO ROGER FEDERER!
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RAFA WINS AFTER ZVEREV CAN'T RETURN A BACKHAND VOLLEY!

HE IS THE EMPEROR OF ROME FOR AN EIGHTH TIME!!!!
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One match point saved!
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Brutal forehand winner and Rafa has 2 MATCH POINTS!!!!
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Sascha mishits and it is 30-15 to the Spaniard!
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First point to Nadal as Sascha sends the ball long
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Rafa is serving for the title now!
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Zverev sends a lob long after a brutal exchange!

BREAK TO RAFA!

HE LEADS 5-3
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Rafa is striking venom with his forehands now!

He has a break point!
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It's 30-30 on the Zverev serve
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And he is peppering the court with errors now. The forehands, which were licking the line just a set ago, are now missing the court.
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Sascha looks to have slowed down and lost some of his steam after conceding that break.

15-15 on his serve
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Rafa holds to 15, looks pumped up now!

Order restored?

Rafa 4-3
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It's 15-15 on the Nadal serve!
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Zverev mishits and his break advantage is gone!

RAFA BREAKS BACK!

3-3
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BREAK POINT FOR NADAL!
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WHAT A PLAY BY RAFA!


PUSHED SASCHA OUT OF THE COURT WITH A CROSSCOURT FOREHAND AND THEN FINISHED THE POINT WITH A CROSSCOURT BACKHAND!

DEUCE!
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And it is 30-30
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Rafa seems to be more pro-active.

He is 30-15 on the Zverev serve
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Nadal takes the first point.
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