Nadal cruises into Madrid final

  • Nadal cruises into Madrid final

Nadal cruises into Madrid final

Eighth seed Thiem can take great heart from his performance, which was a vast improvement from his Barcelona Open defeat to Nadal, with the Austrian keeping the 14-times Grand Slam victor concerned throughout with some brutal baseline hitting. He hits so many forehands. He also beat Thiem in the Barcelona final in a much more lopsided contest. I won three trophies on the ground this year.

After losing his first three finals of the season - in Melbourne, Acapulco and Miami - Nadal has now won Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and Madrid within the last four weeks. The Spaniard backed up the strong performance with another championship on Sunday.

"I gave everything that I could", Thiem said.

Nadal had to battle early and battle late to avoid dropping a set to the Austrian.

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 leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Thiem 3-1, with all four of their matches coming on clay.

The Austrian held, and saved two more set points in the first-set tiebreaker.

Per the official ATP World Tour website, it was Thiem's unforced error count that proved his undoing in the first set, trumping Nadal 21 to 12 in that regard, which effectively decided the tiebreak in his foe's favour.

"It's true that some matches are more important than others. I will try to improve the things I didn't do that good in Barcelona and then we will see what happens".

World No 58 Evans had chances to break and recover from a hard start at 4-1 down in the first set, but Vesely showed his fighting spirit by saving every one of Evans's eight break points in the contest. But again it was not easy.

The Spaniard and four-time victor in Madrid got off to a dream start in the 50th meeting between the two great rivals, winning every point in the first game to break Djokovic, with the home crowd wildly celebrating his first point - a potent return which the Serbian could only hit into the ground. He took the match in two sets against the youngster Dominic Thiem.

"This is a very emotional period of the season", Nadal said. I really enjoy these tournaments. That's what I will try', said Thiem, who this week wasn't followed by his coach Gunter Bresnik, who will return with him in Rome. "I hope you understand and respect that".

The double Olympic gold medallist struggled with a wrist injury last season, missing the French Open and Wimbledon.

He's made the quarter-finals at the Foro Italico in each of the last two seasons with wins over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Leonardo Mayer, Sock and Tomas Berdych (the latter 6-0 6-0). Because I'm not walking perfectly doesn't mean I have an injury.

Isner served twice to stay in the match in the second set. I'm 31 years old.

Still, at around 5/2 I think he's still a decent shout to take out Murray and I couldn't be getting involved with the British star in the outrights. But in December or January, I was not expecting to play badly, because I knew I was doing a very good off-season. "That's the joy that keeps you going, that keeps you alive".

With a victory on Sunday, he would tie Djokovic atop the Masters 1000 titles leaderboard with his 30th crown.

Thiem suffered defeat to Nadal in the Barcelona Open showdown last month, but will have a shot at revenge following Saturday's 6-4 6-4 triumph.

Another week on the claycourt circuit, another title for Rafael Nadal.