Swiatek, Nadal emerge Italian Open champions

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Poland’s Iga Swiatek and Spain’s Rafa Nadal have emerged as the Champions of the 2021 Italian Open in the women and men’s category respectively. Swiatek, seeded 15th defeated ninth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6/0, 6/0 to lift the ladies trophy in Rome on Sunday.

Swiatek beat American Anne Riske in the first round, Madison Keys in the second round and almost lost to Czech Barbora Krejcikova in the third round. She defeated fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine before beating American teenager Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals.

Swiatek served first in the one-sided final and got a 1-0 lead. Pliskova committed two double faults in the second and fourth games to give the teenager a 4-0 lead. The first set was wrapped up in 19 minutes on a third break of the Pliskova serve. The one-sided encounter lasted just 46 minutes. It was the first career meeting between the two players, but the third career WTA title for the Polish youngster. She added this title to her 2020 French Open at Roland Garros and 2021 Adelaide International in Australia.

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In the Men’s category, Nadal won a thrilling final against Novak Djokovic 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 to claim his 10th title in Rome. This is the fourth time that the Olympic Gold medalist, Nadal has beaten Djokovic in the Italian Open final.

Nadal took the first set 7-5 after finally breaking but Djokovic took control of the second set, breezing past Nadal 6-1. Nadal seemed distracted by the lines after tripping in the first set, he seemed to have shouted about it to the umpire and spent time stamping them down into the ground after each point.

Nadal beats Djokovic to win record-extending 10th Italian Open title

The King of Clay, fought back to win an entertaining final set 6-3. He broke Djokovic at 2-2 and stormed through in just under an hour. The Spanish superstar disclosed that he had thought that a 10th Italian Open title was possible.

"I was lucky at some moments, especially against Shapo (Denis Shapovalov),” Nadal told Amazon Prime’s coverage at the end of the game. “I think I played a good tournament. I have been playing better and better, I have been finding my rhythm on clay. I had a very positive win and I am very happy.”

“It is amazing, no? I have this trophy in my hands for the 10th time. [It is] something impossible to happen, but it happened so I am super happy. I can’t thank all the fans and all the supporters. I have the trophy and this year is just amazing,” he concluded.

Nadal and Swiatek would be hoping to compete and win the French Open grand slam which will begin on the 24th of May.

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