In his final tune-up before the French Open, Rafael Nadal may have scared every other competitor left on the ATP tour.
Nadal sailed easily past Swiss rival Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3 at the men’s final in the Italian Open in Rome on Sunday, and appears poised to carry that performance to Roland Garros later this month.
It was the 26-year-old’s seventh Italian Open title, and he was dominant from start to finish. At times Nadal would force Federer’s shot long or into the net, always in control, but he downplayed his performance.
"For that to happen between two players with not that much difference, it has to be because one player plays very well and the other is having more mistakes than usual," Nadal said to reporters afterwards. "That's all."
Nadal has now won six titles and 36 of his 38 matches this season.
Federer didn’t help his case by committing 32 unforced errors, and fell to 10-20 all-time against Nadal.
The video below shows highlight throughout the match.