Watch: When Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova played each other in a hitting session on clay

Sharapova and Nadal had a brief hit together between their practice sessions at the ongoing Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

What happens when a seven-time champion meets a three-time champion on the clay courts of Foro Italico in Rome?

Let’s make it more interesting: What if the players involved are Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova. Who would draw first blood?

Well, we might not have an exact answer to that but we do know that it was Sharapova who won the first point, at least in the video below.

Sharapova and Nadal had a brief hitting session together between their practice sessions at the ongoing Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The Russian posted the video on Twitter, saying it was an item crossed off her bucket list.

It was a good, long rally, with powerful strokes that saw Sharapova finally induce an error from the player called the “King of Clay”. She also said that she was nervous playing the “GOAT” (Greatest Of All Times). Nadal, on his part, replied saying it was a pleasure playing with her.

Sharapova will begin her Rome campaign against Ashleigh Barty while Nadal will play either Fernando Verdasco or Damir Dzumhur in a bid for his eighth title. The Masters tournament in Rome is his last big event before the French Open, where he will be gunning for his 17th Grand Slam and 11th title at Roland Garros.

Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

Can a colour encourage creativity and innovation?

The story behind the universally favoured colour - blue.

It was sought after by many artists. It was searched for in the skies and deep oceans. It was the colour blue. Found rarely as a pigment in nature, it was once more precious than gold. It was only after the discovery of a semi-precious rock, lapis lazuli, that Egyptians could extract this rare pigment.

For centuries, lapis lazuli was the only source of Ultramarine, a colour whose name translated to ‘beyond the sea’. The challenges associated with importing the stone made it exclusive to the Egyptian kingdom. The colour became commonly available only after the invention of a synthetic alternative known as ‘French Ultramarine’.

It’s no surprise that this rare colour that inspired artists in the 1900s, is still regarded as the as the colour of innovation in the 21st century. The story of discovery and creation of blue symbolizes attaining the unattainable.

It took scientists decades of trying to create the elusive ‘Blue Rose’. And the fascination with blue didn’t end there. When Sir John Herschel, the famous scientist and astronomer, tried to create copies of his notes; he discovered ‘Cyanotype’ or ‘Blueprints’, an invention that revolutionized architecture. The story of how a rugged, indigo fabric called ‘Denim’ became the choice for workmen in newly formed America and then a fashion sensation, is known to all. In each of these instances of breakthrough and innovation, the colour blue has had a significant influence.

In 2009, the University of British Columbia, conducted tests with 600 participants to see how cognitive performance varies when people see red or blue. While the red groups did better on recall and attention to detail, blue groups did better on tests requiring invention and imagination. The study proved that the colour blue boosts our ability to think creatively; reaffirming the notion that blue is the colour of innovation.

When we talk about innovation and exclusivity, the brand that takes us by surprise is NEXA. Since its inception, the brand has left no stone unturned to create excusive experiences for its audience. In the search for a colour that represents its spirit of innovation and communicates its determination to constantly evolve, NEXA created its own signature blue: NEXA Blue. The creation of a signature color was an endeavor to bring something exclusive and innovative to NEXA customers. This is the story of the creation, inspiration and passion behind NEXA:


To know more about NEXA, see here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of NEXA and not by the Scroll editorial team.