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SportsNadal holds off Djokovic to win Italian Open

21:30  19 may  2019
21:30  19 may  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime drops first match against Rafael Nadal

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime drops first match against Rafael Nadal MADRID — Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime's first match against Rafael Nadal went the way most do when the Spanish star is playing on clay. The second-seeded Nadal, playing on his favourite surface at home, beat the Montreal native 6-3, 6-3 in a second-round match on Wednesday at the Mutua Madrid Open. The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime, ranked 30th in the world after an excellent start to 2019, was on serve with Nadal until the 11-time French Open champion recorded a break to go up 5-3 at the ATP Tour Masters 1000 event. On the penultimate point of that game, Nadal stayed alive with several great defensive shots.

Rafael Nadal withstood a brave fightback from Novak Djokovic to earn his ninth Italian Open title Djokovic was also coming off the Madrid Open title last week. "I don't want to talk about fatigue or Djokovic won only 29 percent of the points on his second serve and committed 39 unforced errors to

Djokovic to win the Italian Open , the young German held his own but not his crown as Rafael Nadal outlasted him to win his eighth title on the He had been 40-love up in the sixth game when a lazy forehand handed Nadal another break opportunity and he cashed, in when a return popped up off the.

Nadal holds off Djokovic to win Italian Open© NurPhoto / Getty

Rafael Nadal has won the Italian Open for the ninth time after defeating Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final 6-0, 4-6, 6-1.

It's Nadal's first title of 2019.

"Winning a title is important but for me, the most important thing is feel myself competitive, feel myself healthy," Nadal said after the match, according to The Associated Press' Andrew Dampf. "Then with the feeling that I am improving. I know if I'm able to reach my level you can win, you can lose, but normally I'm going to have my chances, especially on this surface."

The Spaniard's ninth win strengthens his grip on the record for most titles in Rome. He now has five more Italian Open trophies than his fellow finalist, who holds the second most with four.

Federer loses to Thiem in Madrid Open quarterfinals

Federer loses to Thiem in Madrid Open quarterfinals Roger Federer's return to clay lasted only three matches. A day after saving two match points at the Madrid Open, Federer squandered two match points himself in the quarterfinals against Dominic Thiem on Friday, losing 3-6, 7-6 (11), 6-4. It may have ended his first appearance at a clay-court tournament in three years, but Federer wasn't leaving the Spanish capital too disappointed with the outcome of his return. "I feel very good about my game. I thought I had some good matches here," Federer said. "I feel good on the clay right now. It's been a good week. Frustrating, clearly. Losing with match points is the worst, so that's how I feel.

Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to win the Italian Open on Sunday, and will head into next week's French Open with his first title of 2019. Nadal , 32, will be seeking his 12th title at Roland Garros, while Djokovic , 31, will be seeking to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once for the second time in his

Italian Open is Nadal and Djokovic ’s final tournament before the French Open begins on May 26. He holds to love to get his first game of the match on the board. Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic LIVE: Italian Open updates as Nadal tries to defend title (Image

Nadal will now head into the French Open ranked No. 2 in the world behind Djokovic.

The final also marked the first "bagel" - a failure to win a single game within a set - in 54 matches between the two. It's the first time Djokovic has been bageled since the 2017 French Open quarterfinals against Dominic Thiem, according to Christopher Clarey of The New York Times.

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