'1st bagel in Djodal match!' Ruthless Rafa Nadal wins 1st set 6-0 in Rome Masters against Djokovic
It's the first time either player has competed a bagel over the other in their storied rivalry, which stretches over 54 meetings between two of the modern eras greatest ever players.
The two court giants have shared 142 sets together but never has either showed such dominance in a single one, with Nadal taking the delicious-sounding honor of being the first to romp home without stoping a a game to claim the first set in the final in the Italian capital.
Rafa #Nadal completes his 4th bagel of the week, 1st bagel over Novak #Djokovic (in their 54th meeting & 141 sets played before this) & overall, his career's 95th bagel over an opponent. #ibi19#atp#romemasters#roma#ATP1000#ROMA— Vibhu batra (@VIBHUISM) May 19, 2019
Novak Djokovic after the first set vs Rafael Nadal 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/CAXi5D7NVg— Green Dragon🐲🐲🐉🐉 (@brightutd) May 19, 2019
And there it is: for the first time in the 142 sets they've played, a bagel.Nadal up 6-0 on Djokovic in the Rome final. Longer time in the oven than usual for the recipe: 38 minutes.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 19, 2019
Nadal wins his 4th bagel set of Rome 2019. 1st time he gives 4 bagels in the same tournament#ibi19— Steph Trudel (@TrudelSteph) May 19, 2019
This is the first Bagel in all the 54 meetings between Nadal and Djokovic.— Rafael Nadal History (@HistoryNadal) May 19, 2019
World number two Nadal will be looking to get revenge on his Serbian counterpart not least for the straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 drubbing the latter handed out in the Australian Open final back in January to claim his seventh title Down Under.