Nadal closed out the opener in 32 minutes on an overhead smash to leave his challenger scratching for answers. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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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.Top seed Nadal raced away with the last five games to secure a 32nd Masters title and ensure a return to the world No. 1 spot.Nadal was 3-1 down at the first rain break but cut the gap on the resumption.After a further half an hour off court during the second interruption, Nadal came back out firing, winning four straight games to wrap up the win on his second match point.Nadal remains the best clay-courter of the Open Era with an astonishing 408-36 recordNadal closed out the opener in 32 minutes on an overhead smash to leave his challenger scratching for answers after consequently losing six straight games.
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