'Vendetta' of Nadal: will play its final 50 in Masters 1,000

Nadal took the revenge of the defeat against Tsitsipas in Madrid and will play the title match for the eleventh time in the Foro Italico against Djokovic.


Speaking of the King of Rome, through the door he appeared this Saturday at the Foro Italico. Rafa Nadal, eight times champion of the tournament, more than anyone, he did it with the strength and determination that have made him a legend still active, in the great dominator of tennis on land. The Balearic took fulfilled 'vendetta' of the defeat that had suffered a week ago in the Mutua Madrid Open ante Stefanos Tsitsipas, also in semifinals, and won the Greek with a plan that came out almost perfect: 6-3 and 6- 4 in 1h: 42. This time, the rising star of 20 years could not prevent the passing of a new chapter of the most repeated rivalry in the history of the sport of the racket. Nadal and Djokovic will face on Sunday (16:00, #Vamos) for the 54th time, 26th in a final and 24th on the ground. The Serbian, who won the Argentine Schwartzman 6-3 y 6-7 (2) y 6 -3, dominates in the global (28-25) and in the fight for the titles (15-10), while on clay the advantage is for the Spanish (16-7). The last stake was brought by Nole with ease in January, in the Australian final. The tiebreaker in the Masters 1,000 title leadership (see table), which both share with 33.

, will also be at stake in the Centrale. It was Nadal's 71st match in the penultimate round of a 1,000 Masters and he had never lost one in the City Eternal (11-0 now). With his triumph, worked and conscientious ("I have clear what I have to do", he had said in the previous one), he won the right to play for the eleventh time the final of the BNL Internazionali, which will be number 50 in the second category of the circuit . The Spaniard arrives having lost only once his serve (against Verdasco) and without conceding a single set (8-0). Tsitsipas was looking for a feat that only one player had achieved before, Djokovic, the only one to have won Manacor twice in a row on clay (Madrid and Rome finals in 2011). But this time he met with an enraged rival, who had studied very well the previous duel between both of the Magic Box and puzzled the Hellene with different resources. Sometimes, wrapping and lifting the ball with the drive to give revolutions and reduce the boat on the back of Stefanos; other throwing high balls at the back of the court; sometimes, more aggressively (21 winning shots) if the serve, which worked well, allowed it. In short, with a compendium of incontestable resources for his opponent and fewer failures (17) than in his last confrontation (31) .

Le helped also the difference in altitude (20 meters against 667), which reduced the speed and power of the blows of Tsitsipas, who tried to repeat his aggressive exit pattern, but saw his serve broken at the first and only disturbed with a 30-40 and a later advantage in the third game. Nadal endured and that was the last chance that the emerging star of 20 years had to break the turn of number two in the world. From there, dictated the pace of the game at will. In the second set, broke the service of the brilliant hairy Greek (it will rise to the sixth position of the ranking) to get with 2-1 and walk regal towards an inevitable end.



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