Novak Djokovic does not fall without a fight.
After Rafael Nadal won the first set of the 6-0 Internazionali BNL finals of Italia, the world No. 1 fought back, saving the four breaking points that he had faced at the second set to win 6-4, sending the league match to Rome to a decisive set.
Djokovic may have won nine of the FedEx ATP Head2Head's 11 previous matches, but Nadal lost no time in leading Foro Italico. The Serb dropped his balls shorter than usual early, allowing Nadal to jump, entering the field to dictate the game. It seems that Nadal, who won three sets 6-0 and did not crashed en route to the final, was a younger player compared to Djokovic, who faced two tough three points Friday and Saturday night against Juan Martin del Potro and Diego Schwartzman, respectively.
Time on the court entering the final
In recent years, Djokovic has thrived in cross-swapping between his backhand and Nadal's forehand, but the Spaniard has done well to avoid these back foot fights, only committing that in an offensive position in these exchanges. However, towards the end of the set, Djokovic was able to intervene and take a backhand of two early crosscourt for the winners. Nadal broke the serve three times in the first set, winning 59% of his return points in the first match.
Although Djokovic did not win the match in the first set, the two winners of the backhand that he struck towards the end of the first set showed a change in intent, which was noticeable. is pursued in the second. The Serb began to play more aggressively and his movement on the pitch was more intense.
Djokovic got his first break point of the second set at 2-1 with a forehand in right angle. But Nadal dismissed the opportunity by dancing on his back to crush a right-handed winner from inside. At 3 -3, 0/30 Nadal threw a desperate lob that Djokovic hit in goal to give the Spanish three break points. But the quadruple champion of Rome escaped this match by serving strong.
Djokovic resisted another chance to break at 4-4, the 13th goal of the match and his fourth of the set. But that proved decisive since the first seed deserved his first break from the match at the end point when Nadal missed the target.
This is a 54th record meeting between Nadal and Djokovic. This is the 26th time they play for a title. Djokovic won three times in a row, the last time at this year's Australian Open, where he only faced a break point and was not broken.
Did you know?
It was not until the 142nd round of the pair's epic rivalry that one or the other player won a 6-0 set.
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