Rome: Novak Djokovic came from a set down to defeat Rafael Nadal for the fourth time in a row and claim his third Rome Masters title with an impressive 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory in Rome on Sunday.
World No. 2 Djokovic was broken twice in the first set as Nadal moved towards an eighth Rome title but he came roaring back to dominate the defending champion after that.
Defeat for Nadal was his third on clay in a season for the first time in a decade and raised questions about his form ahead of the French Open. Djokovic will arrive at Roland Garros on a high after collecting the 44th title of his career to draw level with former French Open champion Thomas Muster.
In women’s singles, Serena Williams won her third Rome Masters title, crushing local favourite Sara Errani 6-3, 6-0.
The world No. 1 looked on top form against the 10th-seeded Errani, who was cheered on by a passionate home crowd but suffered a thigh injury towards the end of the first set and never recovered.
All the action was in the first set, which lasted longer than the 46-minute hammering Serena dished out to the Italian in the semi-finals of the French Open last year, when Errani won only one game.