Djokovic closes in on top spot with Rome title

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Updated: May 18, 2014

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Novak Djokovic edged closer to regaining the world number 1 ranking when he battled back from a set down to beat Rafa Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters.

Djokovic missed the Madrid Masters last week due to a wrist injury and the Serbian showed no signs of the injury when he defeated his great rival 4/6, 6/3, 6/3 for his third title in Rome.

The former world number 1 is also a runner-up in the Italian capitol on 3 occasions however his win over Nadal will give him all the confidence as he goes in search of the elusive career Grand Slam next week at the French Open.

The win for Djokovic was the 44th career title and 19th Masters series victory of his career to date. His dominance over recent times is such that he holds 5 of the last 6 Masters titles on offer.

The Nadal, Djokovic rivalry is establishing itself as the greatest in the sports history with the pair now having met on 41 occasions. Nadal leads the head to head 22-19 however the Serbian holds the initiative 12-9 in Masters finals.