Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return to Italy's Fabio Fognini during Rome's ATP Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 18, 2018 in Rome.
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Rafael nadal won the Rome Masters for the eighth time Sunday when he defeated defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 after a stunning comeback.nadal remains the best clay-courter of the Open Era with an astonishing 408-36 recordThe king of clay quickly mounted a fightback, breaking world number three Zverev to love and going on to deny the German a winning service game in the entire set.nadal closed out the opener in 32 minutes on an overhead smash to leave his challenger scratching for answers after losing six straight games.Zverev finally held serve to start the second set and answered nadal by breaking the top seed twice to reach 5-0 as the first dark clouds of the week gathered over the Foro Italico and the conditions slowed.nadal temporarily stopped the rot as he won his first game of the set but Zverev levelled the match at a set each a game later.
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