Nadal back in the groove

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Updated: May 21, 2012

 

Rafael Nadal exacted revenge on Novak Djokovic to win his sixth Rome Masters title in a rain-postponed final, defeating the world No1 7-5, 6-3.

It was sweet revenge for a straight sets loss to the Serb in last year’s final and the win means that he will move back ahead of Roger Federer at number two in the world rankings.

It was also the perfect preparation for the defence of his French Open title with the tournament due to get underway in Paris on Sunday and takes his career head-to-head with his rival to 18-14 in his own favour.

It meant that Nadal won claycourt titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome with his only loss coming on Madrid’s controversial blue courts where he went down to compatriot Fernando Verdasco

Djokovic failed to win a claycourt title as he prepares to go into Roland Garros where he is aiming to make it four Grand Slam titles in a row after winning Wimbledon and the US Open crowns last year and the Australian Open early this year.