Rafael Nadal edges Alexander Zverev

Rafael Nadal edges Alexander Zverev

Rafa Nadal made the best of a rain delay to come from behind in the deciding set and beat defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1 1-6 6-3 in the Italian Open final on Sunday.


The win gave the Spaniard his 56th title on clay and he will reclaim the world number one ranking from Roger Federer when the revised ATP standings are released on Monday.

Meanwhile,Elina Svitolina won the Italian Open for the second year running after beating Simona Halep 6-0 6-4 in the final.The pair squared off in a repeat of last year's final but Svitolina wrapped things up in just over an hour this time, while the 2017 title-decider went to three set.

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