Novak Djokovic extended his recent dominance over Rafael Nadal by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday to win the Italian Open for the third time ? then dedicated the title to his flood-hit native Serbia.
Having also been beaten in Monte Carlo and Barcelona recently, it marked the first time in a decade that the top-ranked Nadal has lost more than two matches on clay in the same year.
Djokovic carved a heart on the clay with his racket to celebrate his title.
?This heart on the court is for you,? he told the fans in Italian during the victory celebration. ?It?s also a special dedication to my country, which is suffering a lot right now. My heart is with them.?
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