Rafael Nadal was victorious against the Austrian Dominic Thiem beating him to the score-line 7-6(10-8), 6-4 in the Madrid Open. Rafael Nadal clinched the Madrid Open title and moved to the world’s top four.
This was his 5th Madrid Open title and he has now won three straight titles after his Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters triumphs. The Spaniard has an astonishing record of 15-0 on the Clay arena.
The Spaniard edged the Austrian in the very first set that lasted for an hour and 18 minutes. The World no.7 Thiem was broken early in the second set which set up the Spaniard’s victory.
5 time Madrid Open winner Rafael Nadal will clinch the world no.4 spot when the new rankings will be revealed on Monday, thereby replacing 18-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer.
French Open, where Nadal is nine time champion will begin from 22nd May. This Madrid Open triumph gives Nadal his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title tying with the all-time record holder Novac Djokovic who he demolished in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open.
This is the first time since October 2016 that the Spaniard made a entry into world’s top 4. He had to pull out last year’s French Open and Wimbledon due to wrist injury.
Nadal told Television Espanola: “The truth is, I was up against an opponent who, in the next five to 10 years, will be fighting for the most important titles, so I’m very happy to have won. It was a very exciting game. It was a very important final for both of us, for him as it was the first in the Masters 1000, and for me it’s always special to play here in Madrid, in this unique tournament. “You never know when it me the last, so I always try to enjoy it.”