Italian Open 2021 Semifinal: Rafael Nadal defeats Opelka to advance into 12th Rome finals – World No. 2 Rafa Nadal has won the semifinal of the Italian Open 2021 against Reilly Opelkain his quest for the 10th title in the showpiece event. He defeated the American 6-4, 6-4 and will next face-off either World No.1 Novak Djokovic or Lorenzo Sonego.
Rafael Nadal played his 500th career clay-court match (458-42). The ‘King of Clay’ has an amazing record of winning 458 matches and losing just 42 of them. Fans are in anticipation of an epic clash between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Most finals reached by Rafael Nadal 🎾
🇫🇷 Roland Garros: 13 (13-0)
🇪🇸 Barcelona: 12 (12-0)
🇲🇨 Monte-Carlo: 12 (11-1)
🇮🇹 Rome: 12 (9-2)
— ATP Tour (@atptour) May 15, 2021
The Spaniard, who has won the event nine times, will be aiming to complete 10 titles in the showpiece Italian event. The 20-time champion on Thursday ended his losing streak to defeat Alexander Zverev in straight sets. Nadal featured in his 12th semifinal in Rome. He is yet to lose in the semis.
“It’s important for my confidence to be back in a final,” said Nadal, who exited early in Monte Carlo and Madrid.
“I did what I had to do today, it was not an easy or beautiful match to play. The work is done,” he added.
Nadal blasted down 11 aces and did not drop serve against a player who had not dropped a set all week.
Nadal will be aiming to equal Djokovic’s record of 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles on Sunday.
When will the Italian Open final be played?
The Italian Open final will be played on Sunday 16 May.
Where is the Italian Open being played?
The Italian Open is played at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy.
When, where and how to watch the Italian Open FINAL?
You need an Amazon Prime subscription to watch the event. The highlight might be made available on the Amazon Prime sports page on YouTube. If you do not have the subscription and news to the platform, there will be an option to enjoy a 30-day free membership plan. It can be used to watch the Italian Open 2021- an eight-day event.
Italian Open prize money 2021- Men’s and Women’s Singles prize money
- Qualifying 1 – £3,000
- Qualifying 2 – £5,500
- Round 1 – £10,500
- Round 2 – £15,500
- Round 3 – £24,500
- Quarter-finals – £39,000
- Semi-finals – £71,500
- Runner-up – £126,000
- Winner – £213,000
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