Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic Rome final: ‘I will need to play my best tennis’

Rafael Nadal once again proved his clay court mastery as he eased past Reilly Opelka and into the final of the Rome Masters.

Many were curious to see how Nadal would deal with Opelka’s big serves, with the American finding some surreal bounce on his kicker this week.

However, Nadal was able to deal with it with relative ease, and he booked his place in his 12th Rome final, where he will face world number one Novak Djokovic.

“It’s not an easy or beautiful match to play against a player like Reilly, who only gives you a few options on your return and he can also play quite aggressive from the baseline,” Nadal said.

“He has good shots and it was important for me to save those breakpoints at the beginning of the match.

“The work is done. I think I did a lot of things well. I’ve had a good spirit the entire week and there are a lot of positive things I did on court.

“It’s important for my confidence to be back in such an important final, I will have a tough opponent but I need to be ready.

“I need to play my best tennis and that is what I am looking for.”

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