Nadal Rafael has been on one-way traffic for the Spaniard to have ever met Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open final to win his third straight title and continue his good form heading into the French Open.
Moreover, Thiem in his first Masters final, took the initiative first, making the most of what seemed like a tardy start from Nadal, breaking and consolidating for a 3-1 lead. Yet revenge was never far away and once Nadal broke back to level at 3-3 there was a feeling of inevitability as Rafael looked solid in his games.
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According to reports, he pressured the Austrian with three set points but Thiem held firm eventually forcing a tie-break and here Thiem will rue his chances. The pair exchanged breaks at the start before Nadal took an early lead. Little by little Thiem worked his way back into the breaker, having and saving two set points in succession, but it was Nadal who would edge the first set tie-break.
Nadal was brutal coming in to the second set, breaking straight away, and denying Thiem a chance to try and break back immediately, from that point on no quarter was given until Nadal pushed and pressed fir a break to finish with Thiem saving two match points in the process.
He flirted with a break point to level at 5-5 while Nadal was serving for his fifth title in Madrid a Demi Decima, if you will. Thiem threw everything but the kitchen sink at Nadal, and he just kept coming, finally converting on his fourth championship point to lift a fifth Madrid title.
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He is now three for three in the all important clay court tournaments in the run up to Roland Garros. It has been clear what each of his two previous La Decima wins meant to him, and this was no different, as he sank to his knees on that final winner.
However, Thiem felt it was an improvement from Barcelona, but it was still cold comfort as his chances had dwindled in the second set.
Source: BRITWATCH SPORTS
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