Rafael Nadal with the Madrid Open trophy on Sunday. Pic/AFP
Rafael Nadal's flawless record on clay this season continued as he outgunned the impressive Dominic Thiem to win the Madrid Masters for a fifth time 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 on Sunday.
Nadal is now favourite to add a 10th French Open crown next month. "If I am fit and I can play well, I have the capacity to win important titles" said Nadal.
Thiem fell victim to Nadal's supreme form in the final in Barcelona two weeks ago, but there was little for the 23-year-old to be dispirited about as he pushed Nadal all the way in his first Masters series final.
"I think I played well in the important points at the end of the first set. I saved a few set points playing some good shots with my forehand and after that I went for it," Nadal added.
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