Rafael Nadal beats Alexander Zverev to win Italian Open – as it happened

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  • Spaniard roars back after rain delay to claim his eighth title in Rome

Rafa flashes his language skills, giving some of his interview in Italian. Luckily Twitter is on hand to translate for me. “My first victory here in 2005 was one of the most beautiful victories of my career,” he tells the crowd. “To have this trophy again with me after so many years is really very special.” Amazingle for a man who has been so dominant on clay, this is his first Italian Open title since 2013 (up until then he had won it seven times in nine attempts).

Zverev is gracious – and accurate – in his post-match comments: “You’re the greatest clay court player of all time and I think everybody saw that today,” he tells Nadal.

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Written by Tom Lutz
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