Nadal beats Djokovic for Italian title

(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

ROME (AP) The heavy topspin. That lefty spin. The loopy trajectory.

Rafael Nadal's forehand gave Novak Djokovic fits in the latest installment of the most-played rivalry in modern men's tennis.

A whopping 26 forehand winners - 15 in the first set alone - helped Nadal to a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 victory and a record-extending 10th Italian Open title Sunday.

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2021 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,063
2 D. Medvedev 9,793
3 R. Nadal 9,630
4 D. Thiem 8,445
5 S. Tsitsipas 7,430
6 A. Zverev 7,115
7 A. Rublev 6,090
8 R. Federer 5,605
9 M. Berrettini 3,958
10 D. Schwartzman 3,465
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2021 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 10,090
2 N. Osaka 7,650
3 S. Halep 6,520
4 A. Sabalenka 6,195
5 S. Kenin 5,905
6 E. Svitolina 5,835
7 B. Andreescu 5,265
8 S. Williams 4,850
9 K. Pliskova 4,660
10 P. Kvitova 4,160
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