October 24, 2021

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SBD Preview: Djokovic vs. Nadal, Chapter 57, in Rome final

(Photo: Internazionali BNL D'Italia/Giampiero Sposito)

Novak Djokovic leads Rafael Nadal 29-27 in their epic career rivalry.

But on clay, it’s a different story.

The world No. 1 hasn’t beaten Nadal on clay in five years.

They meet in the Rome final with a rested Rafa the definite favorite over a baked Djokovic.

The Serb had to play nearly five hours – and run six times as far – in completing his quarterfinal match Saturday and then going three sets into the night against Lorenzo Sonego in the semis.

Will Nadal narrow the gap in their head-to-head to one, and win his 10th Italian Open?

Here’s our preview for SBD.