Rafael Nadal wins 2017 Madrid Open after beating Dominic Thiem

Thiem, now seventh on the rankings, struck the first blow by breaking Nadal's serve to move into a 3-1 first set lead. To break that means there are always nerves. "I want to fight again in every match". The Serb successfully defended two match points in the final match and even had a match-point before Nadal claimed the match and ended a run of seven successive defeats to Djokovic to set up his eighth final in Madrid. "I take more positives than negatives into the next week in Rome", said Djokovic, the second seed in Rome. Anything could have happened at the end of the first set. I just try to go for all of them.

The 30-year-old Nadal won his fifth Mutua Madrid Open title and his record-tying 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, matching World No. 2 Novak Djokovic for the all-time lead.

My concern would be he's attempting more history this week - he's never previously played Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome in the same season, never mind won all four.

Rome will be Djokovic's last tournament before he defends his title at the French Open. He now leads the ATP Race to London, ahead of Roger Federer. A winning serve and one last error from Djokovic, and Nadal jumped and pumped with joy. I try to compete. I was much, much better and much closer than in Barcelona, ” Thiem said.

"Well, Rafa was obviously a better player today".

Goffin has been playing some fine stuff, as anyone who saw him against Nadal will know. After that I went for it.”.

In contrast, Nadal cruised to a 14-0 win record on clay when he beat Djokovic 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Saturday. "To win against Novak by that score you have to be playing very well, otherwise it's impossible", said Nadal. "This is the situation right now", assured Nadal. I played well also. If I am No5 and I play well, I will have the same chances as if I'm No4 or No5. Nadal's streak is still the longest active streak. They played in both the Madrid final and the Barcelona final, both times Nadal won convincingly. "I haven't had that feeling in months, so it's great to feel that". The second set I was a little bit more nervous. It has been clear what each of his two previous La Decima wins meant to him, and this was no different, as he sank to his knees on that final victor.

The top-ranked Murray was outplayed by the 20-year-old Croatian to lose his fifth match of the year. "That's all", he explained.

He said: "Basically I couldn't do the rebreak until the end of the match". It's a very important victory.

Still, at around 5/2 I think he's still a decent shout to take out Murray and I couldn't be getting involved with the British star in the outrights.

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