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Dominic Thiem: 'I had worse weeks in my life than this one'
May 30 2017, 07:22 | Van Peters
Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic in straight sets to reach Madrid final
"I just try to go to each tournament to give the best of myself, being conscious when you are in the good way, as I am this year, I have confidence and security in myself".
"To play here and win here means a lot to me", said Nadal afterwards. The Czech needed only one hour and 16 minutes to run out a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 victor and bridge a gap of five places in the world rankings.
"It is a great result".
But, having appeared to quickly settle into the groove in his maiden ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, the world number 27 produced some loose shots in the fifth game that cost him a decisive break. She lost to Maria Sharapova in 2014. "It's true that some matches are more important than others", Livetennis.com quoted Nadal as saying.
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.
Despite the straight-sets defeat, Djokovic said: "It was a positive week, a positive experience".
Record-tying 30th Masters crown, shared with Novak Djokovic. Nadal escaped the tricky Fabio Fognini before dismissing Nick Kyrgios and David Goffin in straight sets.
Rafael Nadal picked up his fifth Madrid Open title when edging past Dominic Thiem in straight sets on Sunday.
After beating Djokovic in the semi-finals, Nadal could have been forgiven for expecting a somewhat easier contest against Thiem, who was playing in his first Masters 1000 final.
Despite being in his home country, Madrid is well-known for being Nadal's "least" successful spring clay event, but he has now achieved four titles, three finals and one semifinal on red clay there, along with an early loss in 2012 when the event made an ill-fated experiment with blue clay. They played in both the Madrid final and the Barcelona final, both times Nadal won convincingly.
The wayward form of Djokovic continued in the third game, two more errors, and an off-forehand victor from Nadal, and it was another break, and if that had thrilled the Spanish fans, a love hold, made with a smash and a forehand victor, had them in a state of euphoria. I made a lot of unforced errors.
Nadal says he is fit at the moment and still plans on playing Rome, which has already started with the early rounds on Sunday. In Monte-Carlo and Barcelona I did well, same here.
"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.
The audience appeared to sense Thiem's defiance was waning, but the player wasn't as content with his fate and rallied to fend off two match points, tying at deuce before landing a final game blow to pull within a game at 5-4 down.
Coric will try to win his second tournament this season. "If you see his records on this surface, it's just unbelievable", said Thiem. "And winning here, with the public on my side, has been very special", he added.
Nadal was hitting forehand winners from all over the court and he comfortably saw out the first set before breaking again at the start of the second.
Djokovic didn't have to play the quarterfinal in Madrid because Kei Nishikori withdrew before the match because of a wrist injury.