Spain's Rafael Nadal sprays sparkling wine as he celebrates after beating Germany's Alexander Zverev in the final match of the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nadal won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Rafa Nadal returned to the top of the world rankings Monday after winning his eighth Italian Open title at the weekend to confirm once more his status as the king of the clay court.With Federer skipping the claycourt season and top seeding long assured, Nadal will head to Paris next week a strong favorite to get his hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires for a record-extending 11th time.Today is the time to enjoy this victory, not for thinking about Roland Garros".Despite losing his first service game on Sunday, Nadal removed any doubts over his fitness and form for the year's second major in the opening set.
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