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- - Wow! Another immense performance from the Serb who continues to confound expectations by still having something in the tank. With a week off next, Djokovic surely now will go into the French Open as the favourite over Nadal?
- - NADAL 4-6 4-6 - GAME, SET & MATCH - A slightly comedic final point as first Nadal and then Djokovic get a net cord with the ball sitting up as a result. But in the end it is Djokovic comes out on top as he has time at the net to let the ball sit up before firing it across court with such relish that even though Nadal is there, he cannot return it over the net
- - DJOKOVIC WINS! AGAIN! The Serbian world number two is the Rome Masters champion and remains unbeaten in 37 matches this year!
- - Fantastic from Nadal, would you expect anything less, as he also saves the third by pushing Djokovic deep on the defensive and drawing the error on a cross court backhand. But a fourth chance is forthcoming for the Serb as another huge forehand sees Nadal hit well long on the full stretch. Its a FOURTH MATCH POINT for DJOKOVIC ...
- - Nadal saves the second with a bravely massive first serve down the centre of the court that the flailing Djokovic cannot return. Just one match point remains for the Serb now ...
- - The first goes begging when Djokovic draws himself up to pull the trigger on a backhand down the line only to mis-fire and send it flying well wide. Two more remaining though ...
- - MATCH POINT DJOKOVIC as another lengthy rally ends when Nadal hits into the net. This is huge from the Serb ...
- - Djokovic clearly, and understandable, wants to get this done in this game as he produces a very aggressive first point which ends only when Nadal hits a forehand long. And Djokovic doubles his lead with a feocious backhand winner across court. Gah! This is getting tense now ...
- - NADAL 4-6 4-5 - The rain starts to fall again as a backhand drop shot from Djokovic catches the top of the tape and sits up for Nadal who races in to send it back before finding a smash winner on the next shot to sneak ahead in the game. Djokovic levels with a backhand winner across court and goes on to hold from deuce with another huge off-forehand into the corner that Nadal can only return wide. Nadal will have to serve to stay in it after the change of ends!
- - NADAL 4-6 4-4 - Again the crowd get ansty as Djokovic emerges on the right side of a net cord but it's his only point of the game as Nadal goes on to hold with an ace and a sliced backhand drop shot that stays so low that the Serb cannot get back up and over the net
- - NADAL 4-6 3-4 - Again Djokovic appears to be struggling a little with fatigue as he hits into the net for Nadal to take a 15-30 lead against serve. But the Serb bounces back in impressive fashion with a ferocious forehand winner that catches the back of the line and another length forehand that Nadal can only return into the net. That's enough to bouy the Serb who then jogs back to the chair with a clenched fist. He's potentially just two games away
- - NADAL 4-6 3-3 - Nadal earns himself a couple of game points but Djokovic comes straight back at him, levelling with a slightly lucky net cord that the crowd do not like at all. But luck evens itself out and Nadal gets a net cord on the next point before going on to hold when Djokovic hits a forehand into the net
- - NADAL 4-6 2-3 - Nadal pulls the trigger on a forehand winner down the line only to see the ball sail long although he makes amends on the next point by dinking a forehand across court at the angle off another poor Djokovic drop shot. There are a few signs of tiredness as Djokovic hits a routine backhand into the net but Nadal leaves a couple of returns short and the Serb recovers in time to hold and stay out in front
- - NADAL 4-6 2-2 - It's relentless from Djokovic as he steps inside the baseline once again, forcing Nadal deep and drawing consecutive defensive errors to earn himself two more break points. The first goes begging when the Serb hits a forehand long down the line as does the second when Djokovic hits into the net and Nadal goes on to hold with a yell of "vamos" when the Serb returns long off the backhand wing
- - NADAL 4-6 1-2 - BREAK - Nadal pushes Djokovic wide on the forehand wing and the Serb hits into the net post to hand his opponent an immediate break back point. It's a point Nadal takes full advantage of, again pushing Djokovic wide with the Serb this time hitting just wide on the drop shot attempt. Nadal bounces back to the chair back on serve in this second set
- - NADAL 4-6 0-2 - BREAK - This time Djokovic does seal the break, stepping inside the baseline to keep Nadal pinned back and forcing the Spaniard to go for something different. But that something different is a sliced backhand down the line and it floats just wide to hand Djokovic the break
- - Nadal saves it with an emphatic smash winner but slips on the next point as he eagerly attempts to chase down another solid, albeit not unreachable, backhand from Djokovic. Again Nadal saves it, following a forehand down the line to an outstanding length with a smash winner but again the Serb makes Nadal uncomfortable enough on the next point to force and error and earn himself a break point ...
- - A beautifully struck forehand from Nadal lands right on the baseline and Djokovic returns long to hand the Spaniard a game point. But the Serb is not done yet as he swats away an off-forehand winner on a decent first serve from Nadal. There was nothing Nadal could do about that, the ball just sat up in Djokovic's wheelhouse. And the Serb earns himself a break point, displaying some awesome power to draw a forehand error down the line from Nadal ...
- - NADAL 4-6 0-1 - Nadal dinks a neat backhand volley over the net across court to push Djokovic in the opening game of the second set but the Serb holds without too much drama when he short forehand dies on the court too quickly for Rafa to get there
- - Incredibly, King of Clay Rafael Nadal, who has been nigh on invincible on the red dirt since winning his first French Open back in 2005, looks rattled. What can he do now? Can he push this to a third set? You have to favour the fresher Spaniard the longer this clash goes on
- - NADAL 4-6 - SET - From miles behind the baseline, Djokovic somehow finds the strength to hit a ferocious forehand onto the baseline and Nadal returns into the net to hand the Serb a first set point. A set point he takes full advantage of, stepping inside the baseline and battering a backhand across court for a winner! Djokovic leads by a set!
- - NADAL 4-5 - BREAK - The crowd get behind Nadal in an attempt to inspire a break back and it seems to work as an off-forehand from Djokovic flies into the tramlines to leave him facing a 15-40 deficit. Nadal riffles a forehand long to squander a first break point but a series of increasingly vicious cross court backhands eventually pay off as Djokovic hits a forehand into the net whilst going for a change of direction down the line. Nadal breaks back!
- - NADAL 3-5 - BREAK - Immense from Djokovic as he steps inside the baseline to drill a backhand return of serve back over the net. And Nadal hits it long to concede his serve at the first. Incredibly, Djokovic will serve for this first set
- - NADAL 3-4 - A forehand winner zings over the net from Djokovic an at outrageously acute angle to delight the crowd and get the Serb's fist pumping and he wastes no time in going on to hold to 15, with another short ball that Nadal (a good metre behind the baseline) cannot get up to
- - NADAL 3-3 - Nadal holds to 15 to level up once again, the Spaniard serving a double fault for the only point that he drops in the game. There's very little to tell between the two players in the early stages
- - NADAL 3-2 - Djokovic misses what initially looked like an easy forehand to put a bit of pressure on himself at 30-30 but he gets out of trouble with some superb defence, pushing Nadal from once side to the next and eventually forcing a backhand wide down the line from the Spaniard. And Djokovic again goes on to hold when Nadal hits into the net. This is outstanding, quality tennis already!
- - NADAL 2-2 - Nadal puts together a great one-two punch of a forehand down the line after running around the ball, followed by an off-forehand winner across court (also after running round the ball) to earn himself a game point. And he goes on to hold when Djokovic hits a forehand long, Nadal stopping mid-point and getting umpire Carlos Bernades down to check the mark
- - NADAL 1-2 - An absolutely horrendous drop shot attempt from Djokovic, with the ball on the floor before it even reaches the net, is best off forgotten pretty quickly. Nadal lands an off-forehand right on to the baseline to get ahead but the Serb bounces back to hold with a blistering forehand winner down the line that belies how tired he must be feeling!
- - NADAL 1-1 - Djokovic hits a backhand into the net, followed by a backhand wide across court, a forehand long and another backhand into the net as Nadal forces him to play lengthy rallies. The Spaniard holds to love to get his account underway without too much trouble
- - NADAL 0-1 - No signs of tiredness from Djokovic as the match opens with a 10-stroke rally that the Serb wins when Nadal hits long. Nor when he races up to the net to fire a crisp forehand winner into the open court. And the Serb goes on to hold for the loss of just the one point when Nadal hits into the net
- - The players are ready to go and Djokovic will kick things off by serving first after winning the toss ...
- - Djokovic produced an outstanding display last weekend to beat Nadal in the Madrid Masters final, his first ever win over the Spaniard on clay. So Djokovic now knows he can beat Nadal on the red dirt and will be looking to do it again. But Nadal will be out for revenge! He'll want to go into the French Open on a winning note.
- - On the other side of the net, Nadal (who so very nearly lost to Italian qualifier Paolo Lorenzi in his opening match this week) has looked better and better as the week has gone on and, with no sign of the virus with which he was battling at the beginning of the week, eased past Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-1 in his semi-final yesterday
- - He was pushed to the absolute limit last night by Andy Murray, only just triumphing 7-2 in the third set tie-break and the Serb looked exhausted by the end of it. The question is, what will he have left. The rain delay will undoubtedly have helped him, giving him an extra three hours to recover physically. But is it another mental toll?
- - Unless you've been living in a bubble the past few months, you will know that Djokovic is still unbeaten this season, having won 36 consecutive matches so far (38 if you count the two that he won right at the very end of last season)
- - These two have faced each other 26 times before, with Nadal leading the head-to-heads by 16 wins to 10. This is the fourth consecutive final that they have met in, with Djokovic triumphing at the Indian Wells Masters, the Miami Masters and, of course, at the Madrid Masters
- - It's been shocking weather in Rome all day, with the women's final being delayed by three hours due to persistent rain. The good news is, though, that the rain has stopped, the women have played and next up is Nadal against Djokovic. The re-match!
- - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Rome Masters final between world number one Rafael Nadal and world number two Novak Djokovic
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