Rafael Nadal survived a shocking fightback from Alexander Zverev to win an eighth Italian Open.
Nadal traveled to the primary set before guarding champion Zverev won nine of the following 12 diversions to take the second set 6-1 and lead 3-2 in the decider.
In any case, Nadal turned the match around following a long rain delay and finished off a 6-1 6-3 triumph.
The win will see Nadal recover the world number one positioning before the French Open which begins next Sunday.
Roger Federer had recaptured top spot in the rankings when Nadal lost to Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Masters a week ago, his exclusive annihilation on earth this season.
Nadal has now won three dirt court titles from four competitions ahead of the pack up to his offer for an eleventh French Open title in Paris.
Nadal cruised to the first set in only 32 minutes and had looked on course for a standard triumph against in-frame Zverev, who had won 14 coordinates in succession and 30 coordinates in all out this season – more than some other player.
In any case, the Spaniard made various strange blunders in the second set while Zverev increased his amusement to level at 1-1.
German Zverev broke Nadal’s serve in the opening round of the choice set and kept up that break to lead 3-1 going into an 11-minute rain delay.
Nadal won after the players returned just for play to be stopped by a moment, long rain delay, after which he won four diversions in succession to secure the match.
The win is Nadal’s 78th title and takes him clear of John McEnroe into fourth place in the rundown of most men’s titles won in the Open period.
Rafa flashes his dialect aptitudes, giving a portion of his meeting in Italian. “My first triumph here in 2005 was a standout amongst the most excellent triumphs of my vocation,” he tells the group. “To have this trophy again with me after such a significant number of years is extremely exceptionally unique.” Amazingly for a man who has been so prevailing on mud, this is his first Italian Open title since 2013 (up until the point that then he had won it seven times in nine endeavors).
Rafael Nadal Closing it out to win his 8th Rome masters.