Rafael Nadal wins Madrid open title

Rafael Nadal continued his impressive form heading into the French Open, winning his third straight title on clay Sunday with a 7-6 (8), 6-4 victory over Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open 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.

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.

Talking about the match he said: "I think it was a tough match since the beginning, especially here in altitude, which is hard to make breaks against a player like Thiem". The reason I bring this up is because Thiem is probably the second best clay courter who has played in these tournaments Nadal dominated, especially considering the recent lackluster performances from Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, and Nadal beat him handily both times.

His backhand shone in the first-set tie-break and, after wasting four set points, the 14-time grand slam champion moved ahead when Thiem blazed a forehand long. Thiem drew first blood with a break for 2-1, but Nadal, using the drop shot often to take advantage of Thiem's court depth, broke back for 3-3.

The Spaniard established early superiority in the second set, breaking Thiem in the opening game to eventually improve his record to 3-1 over the upcoming Austrian.


"I'm just going to go along, and in the next three, four weeks maximum, I'll make my decisions around that, about the team", Djokovic said.

A fifth win in Madrid-not to mention his third in the last five years-puts Nadal in great stead for the upcoming French Open, where he also happens to hold the record number of titles with nine wins since 2005.

"I think I played well in the important points at the end of the first set".

The pair stayed neck and neck until Thiem lost his nerve and made two unforced errors in a row, gifting Nadal the set. "But, you know, I have lots of good things to take out of this week". I just try to go for all of them.

"This is a very emotional period of the season. Hopefully, I'll have another good result in Rome". He stormed his way through Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and aside from a tough first round in Madrid, he dominated his way through there as well. Not to mention the smackdown Nadal gave Djokovic yesterday, beating him 6-2, 6-4 in a match where Nadal dictated play the entire time.


Popular
  • New Moon over South Korea may doom US THAAD anti-missile system

    With that said, Moon was also particularly vocal in discussing about loosening their ties with the Trump administration. The system has angered Beijing , which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its own military operations.

    Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud

    Trump won the presidency with an Electoral College victory even though Clinton received nearly 3 million more votes. Trump, who took office in January, has said that there was widespread voter fraud in the November election.
    Mike Brown is more than capable of leading the Warriors

    Mike Brown is more than capable of leading the Warriors

    All five Warriors starters scored in double figures, with Stephen Curry scoring 37 points to lead the way. The Golden State Warriors can get much needed rest before the second round by completing the sweep here.
  • Energy chief says hole has been filled at nuclear waste site

    Energy chief says hole has been filled at nuclear waste site

    The Hanford Site is a mostly decommissioned nuclear production complex operated by the USA government on the Columbia River. Non-essential workers who live north of the site's Wye Barricade entrance were asked to stay home Wednesday.

    Minus Crosby, Penguins edge Capitals 3-2 to take 3-1 lead

    Crosby sat out Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory in Game 4 of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington on Wednesday night. Niskanen received a five-minute major and a game misconduct after his stick caught his former teammate across the jaw.
    Wenger - Arsenal couldn't afford to lose today

    Wenger - Arsenal couldn't afford to lose today

    Mourinho's men have just one more chance to make amends this season, when they take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday. In short, none of the four sides pushing for the top four behind Chelsea and Tottenham have been convincing.
  • Elections BC gearing up for eventful final count

    While we wait for the absentee ballots to decide who wins this election, there is this sure thing: The Greens have three seats. This is another race that could well be determined by absentee votes, of which there were nearly 2,000 in 2013.

    Andy Cohen's warning for Ryan Seacrest: Don't underestimate Kelly Ripa

    Seacrest of course was announced as co-host of ABC's syndicated show Live With Kelly and Ryan, as it's now called, last week. ABC is reportedly eyeing a March premiere for the show.
    Tyson Fury: It would be so easy to beat Anthony Joshua

    Tyson Fury: It would be so easy to beat Anthony Joshua

    As part of his Instagram story, Joshua also showed off his wide selection of caps as well as him working in the gym. I was talking to him and I told him, "If you let me get through this round, I'm going fuck you up".
  • Rain moving in for part of the weekend

    Rain moving in for part of the weekend

    Daybreak low temperatures will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s, but temperatures will warm to around 80° in the afternoon. This weekend our focus is a coastal storm that will bring a round of moderate to heavy rain to western Mass.

    Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL killed in Somalia was William & Mary student

    Reports from specialist defense media suggest that two other SEALs and one interpreter were injured in the incident. It goes on to say , "He was a devoted father and son, a true professional and a wonderful husband".
    Gov. Branstad signs new voter ID changes into law

    Gov. Branstad signs new voter ID changes into law

    The changes will go into effect as soon as Branstad signs the bill , which is scheduled to happen Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. According to the petition, the new law is one of the strictest requirements in the nation on women seeking an abortion.

CONNECT