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Nadal won the Madrid Open, replacing Federer in the top 4

Nadal won the Madrid Open, replacing Federer in the top 4 1
Nadal won the Madrid Open, replacing Federer in the top 4 1

There are still two names Nadal and Thiem in the final, but the scenario in the Madrid Master title match has changed a lot compared to two weeks ago in Barcelona.

Thiem (left) gave Nadal the hardest match since the beginning of the clay season, but he was still not good enough to defeat the experienced Spanish senior.

Instead, the 23-year-old played one of the best matches of his career to create a dramatic first set with the king of clay courts.

The title in Madrid helped Nadal equal Novak Djokovic’s record: winning the most Masters championships (30).

The Spaniard has won 15 consecutive matches, losing only two of the last 32 sets played.

Nadal won the Madrid Open, replacing Federer in the top 4

Dominic Thiem 0-2 Rafael Nadal

The first set was dramatic with both players playing at a high level.

Nadal, because he cannot always defend when he loses a break, must find a way to attack.

This strategy helped Nadal have a break to equalize the score at 3-3.

Nadal won the Madrid Open, replacing Federer in the top 4

Timely adjustment of tactics helped Nadal overcome initial difficulties to defeat Thiem.

With psychological momentum, Nadal broke his junior’s serve game to open the second set.

`The truth is that I just overcame a player who in the next five to 10 years will compete for the most important titles, so I am very happy to win,` Nadal shared and highly appreciated the defeat.

When the ATP scoreboard is updated at the beginning of the week, Nadal will return to the top 4, ranked fourth in ATP, replacing his arch-rival Roger Federer.

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