Italian Open: Perfect 10 for flawless Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek rewinds to Paris — talking points from Rome

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For the second time, Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek triumphed at the same tournament. For the second time, it has come on clay for the defending French Open champions. And both needed to save match points in the preceding rounds to lift the trophy. On Sunday, Swiatek claimed her first WTA 1000 title and later Nadal clinched his 10th title in Rome. The manner of wins, in the final, however, were far from similar.

Swiatek swept aside Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0, dropping just 13 points, for her third career title. Later, Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 for his 36th Masters 1000 title, going level with the Serb, and surpassed him in the head-to-head (29-28).

Brutal Swiatek's perfection shows

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