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Nadal defeats Thiem to claim fifth Madrid Masters crown

Nadal defeats Thiem to claim fifth Madrid Masters crown

By capturing his 5th Madrid Masters title, Nadal took his tally of career clay-court tournaments to 52, leading the Argentine legend Guillermo Vilas. He now leads the ATP Race to London, ahead of Roger Federer.

“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. I made a lot of unforced errors. "I'm very happy at the moment", Thiem added.

He told atpworldtour.com: "What's important to me is to make it to another final".

It was Nadal's second straight win against the 23-year-old Austrian, coming two weeks after the Barcelona Open final when the fifth-ranked Spaniard cruised to victory in straight sets.

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RAFAEL Nadal stretched his winning run on clay to 15-0 when he beat Austria's Dominic Thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4 in yesterday's final of the Mutua Madrid Open in La Caja Mágica.

Thiem, who won the Rio de Janeiro title in February, lost the Barcelona Open final to Nadal last month.

“These last few weeks have been very special. "I think it's hard to win three different trophies in a row on clay".

Nadal confirmed his return to form with a long-awaited win over Djokovic, his 24th in 50 career meetings. Seemingly in control with a triple-set point as Thiem served at 4-5, Nadal had his momentum stopped by the courageous shotmaking of Thiem. Thiem again responded with a fierce battle with Nadal serving for the match but Nadal finally put him away with a forehead victor to end the 2-hour, 18-minute match.

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Nadal saved a break of his own as the pair warred at deuce before he moved two games ahead, and the duo exchanged blows by serving the next four consecutive games to love, with Thiem's elder trotting ahead at 4-2. I tried to change it up a little bit. It was better than in Barcelona'. "After that I went for it".

“It was a good fight out there.

"All in all, I did try my best". The Spaniard is expected to climb to No 4 in the new world rankings issued today. These tournaments are so strong, so it's unbelievable for me to go that far. In the tenth game Dominic on his serve played a triple set-bol, but twice at the tiebreak was one ball away from winning the set but failed to use his chances. "He controlled the game from beginning to the end". His other titles came in 2005, 2010 and 2013.

"This is a very emotional period of the season", Nadal told reporters. Now that I did it once, play really well in such a big tournament, next step is to maintain this level to the next week. The champions have claimed 60 of the past 65 Masters 1000 crowns, dating back to 2010 Monte-Carlo.

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