Nadal beats Djokovic to reach Madrid final

Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win fifth title

NADAL MOVES TO 4TH IN RANKINGS: Rafael Nadal's climb one place to fourth in the world on the strength of his Madrid Masters win was confirmed in the latest ATP rankings released Monday. "I am aware that if I am fit and I can play well, I have the capacity to win important titles and achieve my goals", said Nadal. My game just hasn't been there. If Rafael Nadal were to prevail at the Italian Open next week, he will set a new record with 31 ATP Masters 1000 titles, eclipsing Novak Djokovic's career tally of 30. Nadal broke early in the second set but was not able to pull away, and needed to save four break points in the final game before closing out the match.

But perhaps a day without competition effected his rhythm as he struggled to compete with Nadal, who claimed the first set with few problems. It was his first final in a Masters 1000 event.

Djokovic won the last meeting between the pair in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters exactly a year ago, and Nadal had not beaten the 12-time grand slam victor since the 2014 French Open final. Still, the second-ranked Djokovic left Spain with reason to feel good about his game. "Sometimes against the best players in the world, the best ever player on this surface, you even lose when you play well", said Thiem, who also rises to a career high seventh in the rankings. Following several injury layoffs he rolled back the clock to make the Australian Open in January in a classic match against Federer.

For the first time in almost three years, Nadal will enter the French Open free of injuries.

Defending champion Simona Halep eases into Madrid Open final
Kerber will need to find her rhythm before the French Open with players such as Simona Halep and Kristina Mladenovic surging. And make no mistake, Halep has fine clay credentials. "I can just be proud out there from both of us what we showed".

The Spaniard, who snapped a seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic to win their semifinal Saturday, was given a much sterner test by Thiem than in last month's final of the Barcelona Open.

"This is a very emotional period of the season". "I take more positives than negatives into the next week in Rome". I never had that issue after winning a big trophy, of bouncing back and finding new ways to motivate and inspire myself.to keep playing at that level and stay emotionally recharged.

'But a year ago I found some emptiness for the first time in my life in terms of motivation.

Past year he withdrew following his third round victory due to that old wrist injury, meaning he's only ever lost twice on the clay courts in Paris.

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