Nadal for the fifth time won the masters in Madrid

Rafael Nadal Crushes Novak Djokovic To Reach Madrid Masters Final

Rafael Nadal Crushes Novak Djokovic To Reach Madrid Masters Final

Nadal will be expected to continue his dominance over Thiem later on Sunday, May 14, and given the way he has dominated the clay court tournaments this year, the Spaniard will be expected to win the Madrid Open.

Nadal had easily beaten Thiem 6-4 6-1 in Barcelona but got an early scare when he was broken in Sunday's third game, soon falling 3-1 behind as the Austrian held.

Dominic Thiem of Austria grimaces after missing a return in the final of the Madrid Open tennis tournament against Spain's Rafael Nadal in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Still, the second-ranked Djokovic left Spain with reason to feel good about his game.

"It was a positive week, a positive experience".

"Especially to go from 40-15, to break point for him, that was a very hard moment for me". I was expecting to play well. Nadal found a more friendly back and forth - his forehand to Thiem's one-handed backhand - and pinned Thiem in his backhand corner.

"His so-called slump has seen him fight for the number one ranking in the last game of the year". I'm just a little bit sore, tight. Semifinals is a good result. "I hope to do the same in Rome (in this week's Italian Open)".

Firmly placed as the World Number 1, after having completed the career Grand Slam, holding all four majors, and winning six of the previous eight Grand Slam trophies, Djokovic's season plunged after the French Open, and the hangover seems to have penetrated 2017.

Men's world No. 1 Andy Murray may have wowed the crowds past year when he bossed Novak Djokovic in the final to claim his maiden win in the Italian capital. "I haven't had that feeling in months, so it's great to feel that".

The sixth-seeded Nishikori withdrew saying his wrist was "not 100 percent" and he didn't "want to risk" a more serious injury. He also beat Thiem in the Barcelona title match.

The disappointing straight-set loss to Nadal was his fifth defeat this year.

The Spaniard, 30, won 6-2 6-4 to claim his first victory over the Serb since the 2014 French Open final.

"I felt comfortable hitting the ball the last few days, physically ready, mentally sharp as well".

We saw a poor performance from Djokovic, and Nadal who is looking absolutely magnificent on clay this season, used this situation and immediately imposed his style of play. "To win against Novak by that score you have to be playing very well, otherwise it's impossible", said Nadal.

"I am humble enough to come here and say that I was nervous", said Nadal. He lost to Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals in Acapulco and in the Round of 16 in Indian Wells.

Im very happy for what I achieved, ” Nadal said.

"I am going to every tournament trying to give my best, being aware that if things are done right, as I have done this year, I will have confidence and confidence in myself".

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