And finally we have a winner of the ATP Rome 2012 Masters 1000, and it is none other than the irrepressible Rafael Nadal.
In a performance worthy of his record 21 Masters 1000 tournaments wins, the Spaniard dug deep into his reserves and gritted out a win after an epic struggle for two hours and twenty minutes against current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
7-5, 6-3 was the final score and it was a fitting end to a tournament in which Nadal failed to drop a single set—the perfect denouement for what he will hope is to come.
Lessons from Rome? There's quite a few:
- There is only one king of clay;
- Everything about Madrid was a fluke;
- Djokovic's honeymoon period is over;
- Hard work is more important than talent;
- Does Ivan Lendl still coach Andy Murray?;
- No lead is insurmountable in tennis.