Copyright 2015 All rights reserved. This material can't be published, transferred, copied or redistributed.
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.
New coach Cuonzo Martin's program remains hurt by the 851 April score for Frank Haith's final season in Columbia during 2013-14. Each of those teams was recognized last week with a national award for being in the top 10 percent of their respective sports.
World Health Organization added that if the current drought situation continues, " famine could soon be a reality". Save the Children CEO Kevin Watkins said: "Somalia continues to drift towards an avoidable starvation ".
Kiwis coach David Kidwell and New Zealand Rugby League made the decision that both would be omitted from the World Cup squad. Proctor and Bromwich have not been charged, but Crowther has been charged with selling cocaine, and possession of MDMA.
The weapons are meant to bolster the Kurdish fighters as they set out to dislodge the caliphate from its "capital" of. Yildirim said "there is still an opportunity for the United States to take Turkey's sensitivities into consideration".
The Spurs were able to squeeze pass the Rockets but it came at a cost as All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard injured his ankle. Due to the Rockets and Spurs losing significant pieces, the Warriors are most likely going to advance to the finals.
And he said the FBI does not expect to have anything to say about the Russian Federation investigation until that one was over. Clinton will act as the connector, said one source, bringing donors to these groups and helping raise money for them, too.
Assad will maintain military strength as long as Iran and Russian Federation, two of his key allies, keep backing him, Coats said. But he warned that "left unchecked, that stalemate will deteriorate in the favor of belligerence".
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.
His suspension will likely mean more run for the Washington starters, and possibly more playing time for reserve Bojan Bogdanovic. With tonight's win, the Wizards now move to 21-5 at home since January 1, including a ideal 4-0 at home during the playoffs.
SLIDESHOW: Top baby names for 2016 revealed
Since the now commander-in-chief started his campaign trail, the name Donald has decreased in popularity among new parents. In general, she said, parents don't want to give their children names that might attract controversy.
Trump suggests he might drop daily press briefings
Sanders also said that she does not think Comey's firing will have any affect on the ongoing investigations. Under the law, recordings made by presidents belong to the people and can eventually be made public.
Trump hails China trade deal ending ban on beef
The two sides didn't discuss whether the USA would join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Ross said. Coming a month after Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping met in Florida, it allowed China to depict Mr.
Samsung Launched its Galaxy S8 Launcher in Play Store
The only advantage of iPhone 7 Plus here is the quad LED flash and the aperture size of F1.8 with a bit bigger camera sensor size. Samsung Official WebsiteA new report says Samsung may release the Galaxy Note 8 when Apple launches its iPhone 8.
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.
US warns against travel to North Korea
North-Russia ties had been strong for almost half a century before the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The volatile situation on the Korean Peninsula has prompted Moscow to get involved in the reignited crisis directly.
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.
North Korea Accuses US, South Korea Of Assassination Attempt
Such moves would be a step toward the country's goal of developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland. The state media called the Trump's administration a "mere novice insofar as its ignorance of its rival was concerned".
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".