Rafael Nadal wins Italian Open for record eighth time

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Rafael Nadal on May 20 beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev to win the Italian Open title for a record eighth time.

With this win, Nadal regained the world number one ranking before the French Open beginning that is scheduled on next Sunday.

It may be mentioned here that Alexander, the defending champion, won nine of the 11 games to take the second set 6-1 and lead 3-1 in the decider.

Nadal then turned the match around following a lengthy rain delay and closed out a 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory.

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