2019 Rome FINAL: Novak Djokovic (1) vs Rafael Nadal (2)

Who will win their 34th masters title?

  • Djokovic in 2

    Votes: 32 21.8%
  • Djokovic in 3

    Votes: 26 17.7%
  • Nadal in 2

    Votes: 47 32.0%
  • Nadal in 3

    Votes: 42 28.6%

  • Total voters
    147
Hard to predict. Both in great form and both look set for Paris! Nadal maybe has slight edge as he will be fresher. However, it’s gonna be close.

Will be a battle and this most likely a curtain raiser for the main event at french open!
 
Nadal won their last two matches on clay....
And even there he showed mental weakness. Remember the last game in Madrid 2017? I do. He almost lost it from a double matchpoint on serve.
In Rome 2018 he didn't serve for the first set and looked in big trouble at one moment. Part of it had to do with Djokovic playing well, but still for me it is obvious Nadal is just not mentally there in this matchup.
 
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And even there he showed mental weakness. Remember the last game in Madrid 2017? I do. He almost lost it from a double matchpoint on serve.
In Rome 2018 he didn't serve for the first set and looked in big trouble at one moment. Part of it had to do with Djokovic playing well, but still for me it is obvious Nadal is just not mentally there in this matchup.
Point is he still won those matches. Never underestimate Nadal, the greatest clay court player of our time, on the red dirt, even if he is playing his nemesis. He couldn't have asked for a better scenario to face Djokovic, and he will be eager to want to get one back.
 
Point is he still won those matches. Never underestimate Nadal, the greatest clay court player of our time, on the red dirt, even if he is playing his nemesis. He couldn't have asked for a better scenario to face Djokovic, and he will be eager to want to get one back.
Nadal looks amazing. Banana shots. New serve. New diet. More hair plugs. Engaged. Strong. Fast. Rested. Magnificent.

Djokovic in 2
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Tomorrow will be the 26th time they will meet in an ATP final, 13th time at Masters 1000 level and 5th time in Rome. It will be the first time in 5 years they will meet in the final of Rome.

Their 4 previous Rome finals split evenly at 2-2 with Nadal winning 2009 and 2012 and Djokovic winning 2011 and 2014.
 

joekapa

Legend
May I ask how close was the first set against Schwartman ? I know it was 6-3, but was it a tough 1st set ?
 
How? Losing in clay Masters has never affected Nadal at RG. He lost against Djokovic in 2013 Monte Carlo and won RG. Lost in 2014 Rome and won RG, both meetings by beating Djokovic.
Come on, you can't compare this to 2013. He won Barcelona, Madrid and Rome after losing to Djokovic. 2014 is a better example.
 
On a side note, Djokovic reached his 9th final in Rome. In no other tournament he is even close to this number of finals. Somehow he had a lot of success in this event.
 

Sephiroth

Professional
Yeah, but the question is will it bother Nadal, since he is one who is going to play.
Nadal probably does want a Clay master under his belt but as he said he hasn't been playing terribly. He's reached 3 SFs before this tournament but he's just not getting the results yet. At RG it's over Bo5 so he has time to get his rhythm going in matches and Phillip Chatrier is an entire different clay court than any other clay court, it's wider, more spacious which suits perfectly for Nadal, even more so if it's a sunny day.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I think Djo will try to come out and might eek out the first set, then Nadal will bang out the next two.
 
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Nadal probably does want a Clay master under his belt but as he said he hasn't been playing terribly. He's reached 3 SFs before this tournament but he's just not getting the results yet. At RG it's over Bo5 so he has time to get his rhythm going in matches and Phillip Chatrier is an entire different clay court than any other clay court, it's wider, more spacious which suits perfectly for Nadal, even more so if it's a sunny day.
I agree to a certain degree with what you are saying, but PC has been changed, it is a new court now, and Nadal has not played on it yet, so he doesn't fully know how well his game will translate onto it.
 
I think Djo will try to come out and might eek out the first set, then Nadal will bang out the next two.
No, for Nadal the first set is very important. Only 3 times he beat Djokovic after losing the first set, and one of these times it ended with Djokovic retiring.
 

joekapa

Legend
Nadal probably does want a Clay master under his belt but as he said he hasn't been playing terribly. He's reached 3 SFs before this tournament but he's just not getting the results yet. At RG it's over Bo5 so he has time to get his rhythm going in matches and Phillip Chatrier is an entire different clay court than any other clay court, it's wider, more spacious which suits perfectly for Nadal, even more so if it's a sunny day.
Nadal is not in 2010 anymore. 5 setters are not easy for him, if they go the distance.
 
I agree to a certain degree with what you are saying, but PC has been changed, it is a new court now, and Nadal has not played on it yet, so he doesn't fully know how well his game will translate onto it.
And this is very sad to be honest. For so many years they were playing on the same court, and now who knows what they did to it.
 

joekapa

Legend
I agree to a certain degree with what you are saying, but PC has been changed, it is a new court now, and Nadal has not played on it yet, so he doesn't fully know how well his game will translate onto it.
Any idea if it will play like Madrid, Rome or Barcelona?
 

Sport

Legend
I agree to a certain degree with what you are saying, but PC has been changed, it is a new court now, and Nadal has not played on it yet, so he doesn't fully know how well his game will translate onto it.
Only the chairs have changed, the clay and the court dimensions are the same.
 
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Any idea if it will play like Madrid, Rome or Barcelona?
Some people have played on it and said it plays differently to the way it played before. It doesn't have quite the same feel.
 
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