Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to reach final — Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to reach final — Madrid Open

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.

The four-time champion made light work of defending champion Novak Djokovic (6-2, 6-4) in what was a highly-anticipated semi-final tie yesterday.

This battle was much closer as Nadal pulled off a 7-6 6-4 win where Thiem managed to save two Championship points at 5-4 in the second set. His other titles came in 2005, 2010 and 2013. "It means a lot to me to win at home, it's always a special place for me".

"It was a game where I had to play well". She lost to Maria Sharapova in 2014.

Nadal has just dropped one set at the Madrid Open so far, in his first match against Italian Fabio Fognini.

Halep was congratulated on court by Nastase as the Romanian received the trophy named after Nastase's former doubles partner and Madrid Open owner Ion Tiriac.

The world number eight missed the Barcelona Open late last month due to the injury.

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Record-tying 30th Masters crown, shared with Novak Djokovic.

It was Nadal's 14th straight victory, and his tour-leading 33rd of the year.

Rafael Nadal has won the Madrid Open after a grueling encounter with Dominic Thiem. In this season, athletes have met, in the final tournament in Barcelona, Nadal won 6: 4,6: 1. "I played well in the first set and although I had a few nerves in the second, that was because I have not beaten him for so long", Nadal said after his victory. "It means the world to me to make it to another final here in Madrid". He's reached six finals this season and is coming off consecutive titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

"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; it was a very exciting game", Nadal told Television Espanola.

"It was really good to play in the semifinals of a big event, and to play against one of the top rivals I have in my life", Djokovic said. "It's true that he made some mistakes, but he fought until the end".

"Rafa was obviously a better player today", said Djokovic.

"His quality was very high".

However, that lack of recovery time didn't show as Thiem struck the first blow by breaking the Nadal serve to move into a 3-1 first set lead.

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