6 Lessons from the Italian Open as Rafael Nadal Is Victorious Again

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6 Lessons from the Italian Open as Rafael Nadal Is Victorious Again
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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.
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