|Rafael Nadal wins eighth Rome Masters title after stunning comeback. — Photo newshub.co.nz|
ROME — Rafael Nadal won the Rome Masters for the eighth time on Sunday when he defeated defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 after a stunning comeback.
German second seed Zverev was 3-1 up in the decider before two rain stoppages halted his momentum.
When they returned after a second lengthy stoppage, top seed Nadal raced away with the last five games to secure a 32nd Masters title and ensure a return to the world number one spot.
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, seeded fourth, swept Romanian top seed Simona Halep aside 6-0, 6-4 to successfully defend her Italian Open crown on Sunday. — AFP