Nadal Downs Thiem to take Madrid Open Crown

Hazel Gray
May 27, 2017

Having already dispatched Lukas Lacko in the first qualifying round, the
British No 3 displayed early nerves in dropping his opening service game against Olivo.However, four games in succession helped Bedene secure the opening set before a decisive break in game five of the second sealed a 6-3, 6-4 victory in one hour and 36 minutes.

A little less than two weeks ago, Nadal had beaten the 23-year-old Austrian in the finals of the Barcelona Open. Djokovic saved the only break point he conceded to Lopez, who was playing in the tournament for a record 16th time. "I hope to do the same in Rome".

"I tried my best". In total, Rafael managed to play 38 games and won 33 victories in this successful season for himself.

He blamed his elimination mostly on Nadal's good form.

Two of the best players ever to lift a tennis racket, 14-time Major champion Rafael Nadal and 12-time Major champion Novak Djokovic were about to play each other for the 50th time, a record rivalry in the Open era. Semifinals is a good result. Tomorrow I'll wake up with joy, and I will want to do things even better.

Nishikori is now also a major doubt for the Rome Masters next week with 10 days to go until the start of the French Open. "I haven't had that feeling in months, so it's great to feel that", he said. It is risky to make any predictions in this season without being made to look foolish ahead of the second Grand Slam of the season at Roland Garros.

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.

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However, a year on from a triumph that suggested he had finally mastered the toughest surface of them all, the 29-year-old is back to square one after a humiliating exit at the hands of unseeded 20-year-old Croat Borna Coric at the Madrid Masters last week. He had won seven straight matches against the fifth-ranked Spaniard before Saturday's semifinal, dating back to the 2014 French Open final.

"These last few weeks have been very special".

"He deserved to win", said Djokovic. You're under pressure after his serve nearly every time. He did get the better of me in most of the stats, most of the shots. "I've had a lot of success since the start of the year, and I'm enjoying every day".

There were more positive signs for the Serb in the second set as he recovered an early break of serve, punching his fist in delight, but Nadal would quickly re-establish the advantage. "It means a lot because it gives me confidence for the bigger tournaments".

Thiem was trying to win his ninth title, and the first since winning the Rio de Janeiro tournament in the beginning of the year.

"There's no blame on anyone, it's down to me", Murray said after an error-strewn performance against Coric.

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