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Dominic Thiem: 'I had worse weeks in my life than this one'

Dominic Thiem: 'I had worse weeks in my life than this one'

Rafael Nadal brought out his full force Rafi to win his fifth Madrid Title defeating Dominic Thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4 Sunday in the Madrid Open final to win his third straight title and continue his good form heading into the French Open.

Today, Rafael Nadal won his third clay-court title of the season in Madrid and remains undefeated on the surface this year.

By capturing his 5th Madrid Masters title, Nadal took his tally of career clay-court tournaments to 52, leading the Argentine legend Guillermo Vilas.

It feels ironic that the only times that Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem have ever met is on clay, with only one win for the young Austrian in Buenos Aires previous year. "To win against Novak by that score you have to be playing very well, otherwise it's impossible", said Nadal.

To Thiem's credit, the opening set was anything but straightforward, lasting close to an hour and a half before Nadal eventually prevailed in the tie-break.

That felt like a critical moment and Nadal went on to break in the first game of the second set, before backing it up by holding for 2-0 after a lengthy game. Nadal broke early in the second set but
was not able to pull away, and needed to save four break points in the final game before closing out the match. In game 7 Novak saved a set point with a service victor and he managed to hold and reduce the deficit to 5-2, starting to play a little bit better and imposing his shots to shake off the pressure from his back. Basically I couldn't do the rebreak until the end of the match.

It doesn't seem like anybody who's been playing in these tournaments can beat Nadal, in fact, he's only lost two sets in the three tournaments that he's won.

"This is a very emotional period of the season", Nadal told reporters. "I did well in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and also here. I really enjoy these tournaments", Nadal said. "I hope to do the same in Rome".

Of course the conversation inevitably moved to the fact that with this win, Nadal has leapfrogged Roger Federer in the rankings, not that he gave much store in the rankings to determine who would lift the title at the French Open.

Djokovic will either renew his rivalry with Rafael Nadal or face Belgium's David Goffin in the last four on Saturday.

"I got a break in the first game", Thiem said, as quoted on TennisWorldUSA. Sometimes against the best players in the world, you even lose when you play well. This marked his 30th Masters 1000 title in Madrid and proved to the doubters that his career is not over.


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