Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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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 claycourt.With Federer skipping the claycourt season and top seeding long assured, Nadal will head to Paris next week a 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 Sunday, Nadal removed any doubts over his fitness and form for the year's second major in the opening set.
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