Rain comes to Rafa's rescue in Rome

Rome (AFP) –


Heavy rain came to Rafael Nadal's rescue in the Rome Masters final on Sunday just when defending champion Alexander Zverev was pushing towards victory.

Nadal, bidding for an eighth title at the Foro Italico, took the first set 6-1 before his German opponent levelled by taking the second by the same score.

Zverev was 3-2 ahead with a break when play was halted and the courts covered.