Dominic Thiem: 'I had worse weeks in my life than this one'

Dominic Thiem: 'I had worse weeks in my life than this one'

Passes the idle Roger Federer in the rankings, guaranteeing a top-4 seed at the French Open regardless of what happens in Rome. "It shows you you're working in the right way", said Nadal, who has thrived after struggling with his game for two years. I made a lot of unforced errors.

"What's important to me is to make it to another final", said Nadal.

Nadal is now on an unbeaten run of 14 matches and is looking to win his fifth title here at Madrid while Thiem is looking to win his second title of the year.

"I felt comfortable hitting the ball the last few days, physically ready, mentally sharp as well".

In a meeting between the players with the most match wins this year, Nadal saved all five break points he faced against the 10th-ranked Belgian, and converted his chances in the second set to win his 13th straight match. "I think it's hard to win three different trophies in a row on clay".

The 14-times grand-slam victor broke in the opening game of the second set and saved a break point in the next, maintaining a two-game advantage until a thrilling 10th game.

And, having set up a fourth match point, the 30-year-old steered a backhand volley away for a victor, before sinking to his knees in delight. "I'm very happy at the moment", said Thiem. I tried to change it up a little bit. It was better than in Barcelona'. I just try to go for all of them.

Rafael Nadal has won his fifth Madrid Open title courtesy of a straight-sets victory over Dominic Thiem this evening. He erased three match points before Nadal sliced a backhand volley for the title.

It was the first title of the season for the eighth-ranked Halep, who was the first player to make it to three Madrid finals.

"It was a good fight out there".

"I tried my best". The clear favorite for Roland Garros and having accomplished all of his immediate goals, the question now becomes if Nadal, at nearly 31, even plays Rome or elects to rest.

And the 14-time Grand Slam champion is now strong favorite to add a 10th French Open crown next month as he romped to victory on home soil for the loss of just one set all week.

The Madrid Open was Djokovic's first tournament since he parted ways with longtime coach Marian Vajda and two other team members to try to regain his "winning spark on the court". He was controlling the match from beginning to the end.

At the time of writing this piece (Friday), World Number 2 Novak Djokovic is set to take on Kei Nishikori in the first quarter-final of the ongoing Madrid Masters.

"This is a very emotional period of the season. I felt like I was playing well throughout the week". He lost to Goffin in the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo, his first clay tournament of the season.