Nadal has returned on time

The title of Rome tastes great because it is the first of the season, because it ends with a bitter streak and because ahead was number one: Djokovic.

The King of the Earth has returned. Just in time: a week of Roland Garros, the most coveted throne. But before advancing events and traveling to the second Grand Slam of the year, it is advisable to taste very slowly this victory in Rome. So appetizing for so many reasons. The Italian title tastes great because it is the first of the season for Rafa Nadal, who had never taken so long to raise a trophy, except in his professional premiere in 2004. This course had only played another final, that of Abierto de Australia, in the distant January. His rival was then the same as this Sunday: Novak Djokovic. Successes feel better when they are achieved before the greatest. Nole had also been a pothole since then, which already managed to leave a week ago at Madrid. The champions are as eternal as the city of Rome.

Nadal breaks a streak unknown to him, with three consecutive semifinals in the three previous land tournaments (Montecarlo, Barcelona and Madrid), and with some disturbing performances, such as the shaking of Fognini that has already been forgotten. Rafa said on Saturday, after beating Tsitsipas, that the important thing was to "keep moving forward". And this has been a giant step, for how he has achieved it and for who was ahead. The 6-0 of the first set is his first rosco before Djokovic, with which he has also broken ties in Masters 1.000: they are already 34 crowns for the Spanish. Nole has accused the tiredness of the past few days, true, with two exhausting games against Del Potro and Schwartzman, but the management of the tournament is also part of the game. Nadal arrived fresher and stronger, because this Nadal is already the same as.

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