Tennis star Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal pulled out of the London Olympics on Thursday due to injury.

Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Moments after Rafael Nadal is crowned Champion in Rome for the eighth time, Tennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law bask in the London sunshine to discuss the King of Clay's rain-assisted victory over Alexander Zverev, and the extraordinary performance of Elina Svitolina to dismantle an out-of-sorts Simona Halep. Other Rome talking points are also in the spotlight, including Karolina Pliskova's uncharacteristic outburst of on-court anger, and the WTA's decision not to disclose her punishment. Plus they ask for what seems like the thousandth time this year... Is Novak Djokovic finally back? And with the main French Open warm-up events now done and dusted, The Tennis Podcast examines the runners and riders for the second Grand Slam of the year - how likely is Jelena Ostapenko to repeat her heroics of 2017? And can Zverev really be considered second favourite for a maiden Grand Slam title? Oh, and of course there is mention of the Royal Wedding and a certain GOAT's attendance... The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport. It is presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport). How to listen: iTunes - https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fpo.st%2fEpisode406Apple&t=1526971428&sig=eFr2nP3iu5vWEn1IXfymbw--~D Listen: http://po.st/TP406 Download: http://po.st/ TP406Download Subscribe free: iTunes link above or search Tennis on podcast apps on Android devices.
Tennis Podcast: Alexander Zverev lost in Rome, but is he Rafael Nadal’s biggest French Open threat?
Moments after Rafael Nadal is crowned Champion in Rome for the eighth time, Tennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law bask in the London sunshine to discuss the King of Clay's rain-assisted victory over Alexander Zverev, and the extraordinary performance of Elina Svitolina to dismantle an out-of-sorts Simona Halep. Other Rome talking points are also in the spotlight, including Karolina Pliskova's uncharacteristic outburst of on-court anger, and the WTA's decision not to disclose her punishment. Plus they ask for what seems like the thousandth time this year... Is Novak Djokovic finally back? And with the main French Open warm-up events now done and dusted, The Tennis Podcast examines the runners and riders for the second Grand Slam of the year - how likely is Jelena Ostapenko to repeat her heroics of 2017? And can Zverev really be considered second favourite for a maiden Grand Slam title? Oh, and of course there is mention of the Royal Wedding and a certain GOAT's attendance... The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport. It is presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport). How to listen: iTunes - http://po.st/Episode406Apple Listen: http://po.st/TP406 Download: http://po.st/ TP406Download Subscribe free: iTunes link above or search Tennis on podcast apps on Android devices.
Latest twist in Federer and Nadal's game of No.1 chicken
Latest twist in Federer and Nadal's game of No.1 chicken
Latest twist in Federer and Nadal's game of No.1 chicken
'Greatest' ever Nadal beats Zverev to clinch Italian title
'Greatest' ever Nadal beats Zverev to clinch Italian title
'Greatest' ever Nadal beats Zverev to clinch Italian title
'Greatest' ever Nadal beats Zverev to clinch Italian title
'Greatest' ever Nadal beats Zverev to clinch Italian title
'Greatest' ever Nadal beats Zverev to clinch Italian title
Rafael Nadal said a rain break gave him time to consider a different approach after he turned the tide to beat Alexander Zverev in Rome.
Nadal sees clearly after Rome rain is gone
Rafael Nadal said a rain break gave him time to consider a different approach after he turned the tide to beat Alexander Zverev in Rome.
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Mischa Zverev suffered a first-round exit in the Geneva Open on the day which his younger brother lost to Rafael Nadal in Rome.
Double whammy for Zverevs as Mischa bows out in Geneva
Mischa Zverev suffered a first-round exit in the Geneva Open on the day which his younger brother lost to Rafael Nadal in Rome.
Germany's Alexander Zverev returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Germany's Alexander Zverev returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Germany's Alexander Zverev in their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Germany's Alexander Zverev in their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina holds the trophy after winning her final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina holds the trophy after winning her final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates after winning her final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates after winning her final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spain's Rafael Nadal holds his head after beating Germany's Alexander Zverev in their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Spain's Rafael Nadal holds his head after beating Germany's Alexander Zverev in their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina returns the ball to Romania's Simona Halep during the final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina returns the ball to Romania's Simona Halep during the final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Germany's Alexander Zverev during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Germany's Alexander Zverev during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spain's Rafael Nadal bites the trophy after beating Germany's Alexander Zverev in the final match of the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Spain's Rafael Nadal bites the trophy after beating Germany's Alexander Zverev in the final match of the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina returns the ball to Romania's Simona Halep during the final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina returns the ball to Romania's Simona Halep during the final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates after defeating Romania's Simona Halep during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates after defeating Romania's Simona Halep during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina kisses the trophy after winning her final match against Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina kisses the trophy after winning her final match against Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spain's Rafael Nadal hugs Germany's Alexander Zverev, face to camera, at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Spain's Rafael Nadal hugs Germany's Alexander Zverev, face to camera, at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
First placed, Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, right, and second placed Romania's Simona Halep pose for photographers at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
First placed, Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, right, and second placed Romania's Simona Halep pose for photographers at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point to Germany's Alexander Zverev during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point to Germany's Alexander Zverev during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during the final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during the final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spain's Rafael Nadal kisses the trophy after beating Germany's Alexander Zverev in the final match of the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Spain's Rafael Nadal kisses the trophy after beating Germany's Alexander Zverev in the final match of the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates after defeating Romania's Simona Halep during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates after defeating Romania's Simona Halep during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Svitolina won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Feel the strain: Alexander Zverev was three games from victory before Nadal hit back (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE)
Feel the strain: Alexander Zverev was three games from victory before Nadal hit back
Feel the strain: Alexander Zverev was three games from victory before Nadal hit back (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE)
Comeback king: Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE)
Comeback king: Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy
Comeback king: Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE)
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates during the final against Spain's Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates during the final against Spain's Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 The Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi wears a raincover in the stands during a rain delay in the final between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 The Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi wears a raincover in the stands during a rain delay in the final between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal poses with the winners trophy and Germany's Alexander Zverev poses with the runner up trophy after Nadal won the final REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal poses with the winners trophy and Germany's Alexander Zverev poses with the runner up trophy after Nadal won the final REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev in action during the final against Spain's Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev in action during the final against Spain's Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev in action during the final against Spain's Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev in action during the final against Spain's Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with champagne after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with champagne after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev in action during the final against Spain's Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev in action during the final against Spain's Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open
Tennis - ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 20, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men's singles final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (España, Tenis, Roma, Alemania, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men's singles final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (España, Tenis, Roma, Alemania, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men's singles final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (España, Tenis, Roma, Alemania, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with the trophy after defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men's singles final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (España, Tenis, Roma, Alemania, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with the trophy after defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men's singles final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (España, Tenis, Roma, Alemania, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 20/05/2018.- Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with the trophy after defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men's singles final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 20 May 2018. (España, Tenis, Roma, Alemania, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI

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