By AP — The heavy topspin. That lefty spin. The loopy trajectory.
Rafael Nadal’s forehand gave Novak Djokovic fits in the latest installment of the most-played rivalry in modern men’s tennis.
A whopping 26 forehand winners — 15 in the first set alone — helped Nadal to a 7-5 1-6 6-3 victory and a record-extending 10th Italian Open title Sunday.
Whipping forehands that produced an average of 54 revolutions per second — to Djokovic’s 45 revolutions — Nadal’s biggest weapon was in top form.
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