Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic to make it perfect 10 in Italian Open

Nadal beat Djokovic 7-5, 1-6, 6-3Spaniard happy with form before French Open defence

Rafael Nadal warmed up for the French Open with a battling 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win over world No 1 Novak Djokovic as the Spaniard claimed a record-extending 10th Italian Open title in Rome on Sunday in the latest chapter of their rivalry.

After a mid-match wobble, Nadal turned up the heat in the decisive moments of his 57th meeting with top seed Djokovic – the pair’s ninth in Rome – to secure the victory over the defending champion in two hours and 49 minutes.

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