2007  ROME      


                RAFAEL NADAL       v           NOVAK DJOKOVIC             

6-2 , 6-3     




Nadal and Djokovic are both young tennis phenoms that are both primed to contend for the #1 spot should Federer falter.

Djokovic has, in previous meetings, displayed his talent by beating both Nadal and Federer.

But on the clay, Nadal proved too tough even for someone of Djokovic's caliber.

Nadal was playing so impressively, that Djokovic just had to applaud him as the Spaniard hit amazing shot after amazing shot.

Rafael Nadal broke Djokovic in the opening game of the match, and the Serb survived seven break points in his next two service games

before putting a drop-volley wide in the seventh game to go 5-2 down.
Nadal wrapped up the set with ease and in the second set, two long forehands in the seventh game gave him another crucial break.
Djokovic was broken again in the ninth game and with that, he was defeated.
Nadal is aiming to become the first player to win this French Open warm-up tournament three times in a row, but was full of praise for his 19-year-old opponent.
"Djokovic is a difficult opponent and he made me work hard for the win," he said.
"He will be one to look out for at the French Open."