Italian Open: Rafael Nadal Wins Eighth Title

Rafael Nadal survived a stunning fightback from Alexander Zverev to win a record eighth Italian Open in Rome

The Spaniard cruised to the first set before defending champion Zverev won nine of the next 11 games to take the second set 6-1 and lead 3-1 in the decider.

However, Nadal turned the match around following a lengthy rain delay and closed out a 6-1 1-6 6-3 victory.

The victory also means Nadal has regained the world number one ranking before the French Open which starts next Sunday.

BBC Sport reports that Roger Federer had regained top spot in the rankings when Nadal lost to Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Masters last week, his only defeat on clay this season.

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