After a great two hour, 49-minute battle, second seed Rafael Nadal defeated top seed and five-time Italian Open champion Novak 5-7, 6-1, 3-6 to win his 10th Rome Masters trophy. With the triumph, the Spaniard equalled Nole's record of 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles.
Nole won two battles on Saturday to advance into the Italian Open championship match. After beating Tsitsipas in three sets, the Serbian star edged Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
The Serbian star, a defending champion at the Foro Italico, came back from a set and a break deficit to seal a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over the fifth-seeded Greek. Looking to reach the Italian Open final for the 11th time, Novak will take on Lorenzo Sonego (ITA, ATP #33) later today.
Defending champion advanced to the the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, following a convincing 6-2, 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in 70 minutes. Novak will face fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday.
British no.1 Daniel Evans handed Novak first loss of 2021 in R3 of Monte Carlo, following a surprise 6-4, 7-5 win in two hours and six minutes.
Novak is a top seed and has a first-round BYE. The world no.1 will open his 2021 clay-court season campaign against Jannik Sinner (ITA, ATP #22, H2H 0-0) on Wednesday, in his first appearance since winning the historic ninth Australian Open title.
Novak beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 to win a fifth Italian Open title and a record 36th Masters 1000 crown on Monday. The world no.1 showed his best form ahead of Roland Garros and lifted his fourth title of the season, adding to the Australian Open, ATP Dubai and Cincinnati Masters crowns. He also won the inaugural ATP Cup with team Serbia.
Novak advanced to his 10th Internazionali BNL d'Italia final on Sunday, following a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Casper Ruud. The top seed plays no.8 seed Diego Schwartzman (ARG) on Monday, looking to capture a record-breaking 36th ATP Masters 1000 title.