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Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev: Italian Open men’s final – live!

So here we are. A mere ten years, $90m in prize money and 69 career titles separate our two protagonists, Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev. But before you mark this one down as an easy win for Rafa, bear in mind that Zverev now has three Masters titles to his name at the age of just 21 and is in all probability a future world No1, once Federer retires at the age of 48.

Rafa leads the head-to-head between these two 4-0 and won their only clay court meeting to date 6-1, 6-1 in Monte Carlo last year (he also won in straight sets when the two played each other in the Davis Cup last month).

The men’s doubles has just wrapped up so Nadal and Zverev should be on court fairly soon. In the meantime, Kevin Mitchell’s report on the women’s final from earlier is up and you can read it here:

Related: Elina Svitolina retains Italian Open title with straight sets win over Simona Halep

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