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Rafael Nadal wins 2017 Madrid Open after beating Dominic Thiem

19 May 2017

Rafael Nadal became a 5-time victor of the masters in Madrid repeated the record of Novak Djokovic in the number of titles on the ATP series (30), back in the top 4 of the ATP ranking, has headed Champion race ATR and extended his winning streak on clay to 15 matches that the Spaniard had managed with 2013.

Nadal has now equalled Novak Djokovic's record of most Masters 1000 titles won, having picked up his 30th crown at that level on Sunday.

The Spaniard, who snapped a seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic to win their semi-final on Saturday, was given a much sterner test by Thiem than in last month's final of the Barcelona Open.

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Ranked fifth in the world, the Spaniard was set to meet Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final early this morning (Singapore time).

"Anything could have happened at the end of the first set, but I think I played well the important points at the end", Nadal said.

Nadal broke back to win the sixth game and earned three set points at 5-4 but world number nine Thiem saved each one to eventually hold and force the tie-break.

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He also showed courage in the final game of the match, forcing four break points on Nadal's serve as both players gave everything, until Nadal finally claimed the title at the fourth time of asking. But considering we haven't seen Federer play on clay this year, and the fact that historically he gets destroyed by Nadal on clay, it seems more than likely that Nadal will sweep the clay court season this year.

Nadal, who was out for much of a year ago because of a wrist injury, has won 30 of his last 32 sets going into the tournament in Rome this week.

Nadal had to fight off Thiem to win a tiebreak in the opening set and faced a strong push by his opponent late in the second set. But in December or January, I was not expecting to play badly, because I knew I was doing a very good off-season. "I hope to do the same in Rome (in this week's Italian Open)". “It means a lot to me to win at home, its always a special place for me.”. The right-hander is expected to match his career high at No. 7 when the new Emirates ATP Rankings are released on Monday. "It's really important being able to make it to another final in a Masters 1000, especially here in Madrid, at home". I was much, much better and much closer than in Barcelona, ” Thiem said. Sometimes against the best players in the world, you even lose when you play well. "Things can turn around quickly in tennis". This marked his 30th Masters 1000 title in Madrid and proved to the doubters that his career is not over.

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Rafael Nadal wins 2017 Madrid Open after beating Dominic Thiem