ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal got here out on height in a matchup of this 12 months’s height two clay-court avid gamers, beating protecting champion Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-Three Sunday to win a record-extending 8th Italian Open title.

Nadal recovered from an early spoil within the 3rd set after a 50-minute rain prolong.

The victory method Nadal will reclaim the No. 1 rating from Roger Federer on Monday.

Federer is sitting out the clay season to arrange for Wimbledon.

Nadal and Zverev had each and every gained two titles on clay this season coming into the overall, with Nadal lifting trophies in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and Zverev taking Munich and Madrid.

Nadal stepped forward to Five-Zero in his profession in opposition to Zverev and won an additional measure of self belief coming into the French Open, which begins subsequent Sunday.

Earlier, Elina Svitolina defended the ladies’s title, going through little resistance from top-ranked Simona Halep in a 6-Zero, 6-Four win.

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