Monday, May 3, 2010

Rafa Wins Record-Tying 17th Masters Title in Rome

In yet another all-Spaniard final, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer battled in the final of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia final. The match was interrupted by two different rain delays, but despite the irritating breaks in play, Rafa once again showed his clay-court dominance, defeating David Ferrer in straight sets for his 5th title in Rome and 17th Masters title. At age 34 Andre Agassi won his final Masters, giving him the record, but yesterday, Nadal, just 23, tied the American's mark putting him at an unprecedented pace.

The title improves Rafa's clay-court record this year to 10-0, having won the title in Monte Carlo and Rome. “I didn’t play at the level I did in Monte Carlo, but I’m still winning and that’s the important thing,” said Nadal. “I’m probably more happy winning without playing (my) best. It was more of a mental thing.”

The world number three applied more pressure than usual, forcing Ferrer, who also had a great week, defeating Fernando Verdasco and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, into 5 double faults. In a week, both Nadal and Ferrer, along with most of the world's top 10, will travel to Madrid for the final tournament before Roland Garros.

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