Nadal beats Thiem in Madrid, wins 3rd straight title

Nadal beats Thiem in Madrid, wins 3rd straight title

Rafael Nadal has continued his dominance of the clay court tennis season with a third title in as many events.

Rafael Nadal proved too strong for Djokovic on his favoured surface, clinching a routine 6-2 6-4 victory as the build-up to the French Open continues. While Djokovic is yet to announce the replacement - although Andre Agassi is being mentioned in the press - it is unlikely that he'd have anyone on board till after the clay court season.

It marks the fifth time Nadal has won the crown in the capital city of Spain.

The win is also his 24th victory in 50 career meetings against Djokovic. "Obviously he didn't play very good today".

"This is a very emotional period of the season", Nadal told reporters.

"I can not promise to play or pull out right now", he said.

"I tried my best". I try to compete. He also beat Djokovic in Monte Carlo where he made the semis. "Hopefully I'll have another good result in Rome".

Nadal had the chance to wrap the set up at 5-4 and 40-0, but Thiem saved three set points to eventually force a tiebreak that provided yet more drama.

In what was a rematch of the final in Barcelona, Nadal was given a much harder task from the Austrian with the first set going into a one-hour-and-18-minute tie-break. It was Nadal's second victory over Thiem in as many events. "You're under pressure after his serve nearly every time".

Passes the idle Roger Federer in the rankings, guaranteeing a top-4 seed at the French Open regardless of what happens in Rome. Nadal also was upset by Sam Querrey in the Mexican Open final in Acapulco.

Seemingly offended by the underdog's audacity, Nadal returned fire with back-to-back games of his own and broke back in direct fashion-literally-firing the ball at Thiem, who was unable to return at the net.

"The truth is I was up against an opponent who, in the next five to 10 years, will be fighting for the most important titles, so I'm very happy to have won, ” Nadal said". In 2017, Rafa won two trophies, plus lost three times in the finals, so that the Madrid duel will be for him 6 fight for the title of the season. "They are all important championships".

Nadal receives 1,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and is expected to climb to No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, surpassing Federer.

"It's down to me", he said.

However, the Serbian said he was pleased with his display in Madrid and that it gave him confidence for the Rome Masters next week, the final tournament before Roland Garros.

However finally Djokovic found a groove with his serve, held to love, and then swung a couple of fine backhand down-the-line shots and a return-of-serve victor for deuce against Nadal. His other titles came in 2005, 2010 and 2013.

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