Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic in straight sets to reach Madrid final

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"To try to win Roland Garros, you don't need to be No4 or No1 or No5, what you need is to play tennis very well".

The Spaniard delighted his home fans by downing Austria's Dominic Thiem in the final, 7-6, 6-4.

"It was a positive week, a positive experience. I take more positives than negatives into the next week in Rome". "As I go along, I hope to continue getting better and getting stronger". I really enjoy these tournaments.

Nadal's movement was back to his best on Manolo Santana and the fourth seed produced some resolute defensive play when required, while his forehand proved to be a deadly weapon once again.

But Halep, who is also into the semi-finals of the women's doubles with compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu, showed no signs of lacking in energy as she bounced back in emphatic fashion to win the last six games for the loss of just 14 points. Semifinals is a good result. After tomorrow, I will think about Rome. Nadal will now enter the Italian Open, the last stop before the 2017 French Open.

While the result in the final did not go his way, there are plenty of positives for Them, as he is fast emerging as a risky player who will be looking to make a deep run at the French Open and is very much a dark horse at the second Grand Slam of the year. "I haven't had that feeling in months, so it's great to feel that".

Coric will try to win his second tournament this season.

After watching Real Madrid playing in La Liga, Nadal trotted along to press where, as always, e had to bat away the speculation of the Ultimate Decimal. I made a lot of unforced errors, especially in the first set.

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It was Nadals fifth title in eighth Madrid Open finals, and the first since 2014.

Despite a straight sets defeat to Nadal that suggested the Serb, too, has yet to reach his peak, Djokovic remains buoyed.

The Madrid Open final between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem is set to start at 6.00pm local time, 9:30pm IST and 5:00pm BST.

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

"Rafa was obviously a better player today", said Djokovic. After that I went for it.”. He lost to Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals in Acapulco and in the Round of 16 in Indian Wells.

Djokovic, playing his first tournament since splitting with his long-time coaching team, won just four points in the opening four games as he fell 4-0 down to a rejuvenated Nadal.

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. Nadal also was upset by Sam Querrey in the Mexican Open final in Acapulco.

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