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

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedMay 20, 2018 17:24 GMT

Nadal def Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in 2 hours 10 minutes to win the title for an eighth time

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17:24 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

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17:22 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

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!

17:19 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Final score: Nadal def Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in 2 hours 10 minutes

17:17 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Nadal heads to the French Open with titles at Monte Carlo, Rome and Barcelona.

17:17 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Sascha thus finally loses a match after an amazing trophy-winning run at Munich and the Madrid Masters.

17:13 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

AND WITH THAT, RAFA IS BACK TO THE WORLD NO. 1 SPOT JUST A WEEK AFTER RELINQUISHING IT TO ROGER FEDERER!

17:12 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

RAFA WINS AFTER ZVEREV CAN'T RETURN A BACKHAND VOLLEY!

HE IS THE EMPEROR OF ROME FOR AN EIGHTH TIME!!!!

17:10 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

One match point saved!

17:09 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Brutal forehand winner and Rafa has 2 MATCH POINTS!!!!

17:08 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Sascha mishits and it is 30-15 to the Spaniard!

17:07 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

First point to Nadal as Sascha sends the ball long

17:06 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Rafa is serving for the title now!

17:06 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Zverev sends a lob long after a brutal exchange!

BREAK TO RAFA!

HE LEADS 5-3

17:04 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Rafa is striking venom with his forehands now!

He has a break point!

17:03 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

It's 30-30 on the Zverev serve

17:02 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

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.

17:01 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Sascha looks to have slowed down and lost some of his steam after conceding that break.

15-15 on his serve

16:58 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Rafa holds to 15, looks pumped up now!

Order restored?

Rafa 4-3

16:56 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

It's 15-15 on the Nadal serve!

16:53 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Zverev mishits and his break advantage is gone!

RAFA BREAKS BACK!

3-3

16:53 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

BREAK POINT FOR NADAL!

16:52 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

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!

16:51 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

And it is 30-30

16:51 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Rafa seems to be more pro-active.

He is 30-15 on the Zverev serve

16:49 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Nadal takes the first point.

16:49 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Zverev to serve at 3-2

16:49 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Welcome back!

The players are back on court and the warm-up has been completed!

16:04 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

The court is being covered now.
We'll be back as soon as play resumes.


Stay tuned for the latest updates!

16:03 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Play is suspended again. Players depart from the court.

16:00 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

And it is raining again!

15:59 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

AND RAFA HOLDS!

2-3

15:57 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Rafa 40-15 on serve

15:57 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Play has resumed!

15:53 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

The players are back but Nadal is complaining that the court is still not safe!

15:45 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Nadal was 15-0 on his serve at 1-3

Play suspended for the moment. It is raining heavily.

15:44 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Zverev makes no mistake! Holds to 15

3-1 to the defending champion

15:42 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

WHAT A BACKHAND PASS BY RAFA!

HE IS 15-30 ON THE ZVEREV SERVE!

15:38 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

And Nadal holds to love!

1-2

Can he break back?

15:38 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Finally, some depth on the Nadal shots!

40-0 on serve

15:34 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Zverev is simply producing winners like it is child's play!

Nadal has no answer!

It's 2-0 to Zverev

15:32 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

15-15 on the Sascha serve!

It is raining in Rome now!

15:30 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

And Rafa concedes the vital break!

Zverev 1-0

15:28 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

WHAT A FOREHAND PASS BY ZVEREV!


BREAK POINT FOR THE THIRD TIME!

15:27 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Zverev fails to retrieve a shot!

Deuce

15:26 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Again the forehand goes out!

Zverev is playing with a lot of firepower!

Break point to Zverev!

15:25 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Lets out a roar as well!

Can he find his spark?

15:25 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

Rafa rushes to the net and saves the break point!

Deuce

15:24 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

The forehand goes out and it is break point to Zverev!

15:24 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

It's 30-30 now as Nadal looks to be struggling to find his usual accuracy

15:22 (GMT)20 MAY 2018

It's 15-15 on the Nadal serve in the first game of the 3rd set!
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