Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 5th Madrid Open title

16 May, 2017, 09:13 | Author: Douglas Reid
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"It was a positive week, a positive experience".

Nishikori said he wants to play next week in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia tourney in Rome and expressed hope to be healed as much as possible by the time of the French Open which gets under way on May 28. "But that's how the life cycle is and I just try to be the best version of myself every day". "I felt like I was playing well throughout the week".

He blamed his elimination mostly on Nadal's good form.

"It was time for me to win, it has been a long time before I even won a set against Djokovic".

The Rome Masters provides Djokovic his latest chance to win a Masters 1000 title for the seventh straight season. "I haven't had that feeling in months, so it's great to feel that", he said.

Djokovic hadn't made it to a semifinal since he won in Doha in the beginning of the season.

The Spaniard and four-time victor in Madrid got off to a dream start in the 50th meeting between the two great rivals, winning every point in the first game to break Djokovic, with the home crowd wildly celebrating his first point - a potent return which the Serbian could only hit into the ground.

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Djokovic has seen his form dip since crashing out in the third round of Wimbledon a year ago to Sam Querrey. However, that lack of recovery time didn't show as Thiem struck the first blow by breaking the Nadal serve to move into a 3-1 first set lead.

Djokovic went into Saturday night's game fresher than the Spaniard after Kei Nishikori's wrist injury gave him a bye in the quarter-finals, reports Xinhua news agency.

"These last few weeks have been very special". I was trying my best, " Djokovic said.

"You never know when it might be the last, so I always try to enjoy it".

In his most recent grand slam - the 2017 Australian Open - he was defeated by Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the second round. He lost to Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals in Acapulco and in the Round of 16 in Indian Wells.

"But past year I found some emptiness for the first time in my life in terms of motivation". "Let's respect his level right now because it's true that perhaps it's not as high as it used to be, but I'm telling you, it's been a lot of years, and I know because I've been in his skin, being up there every single week, being No. 1 every single week, it's almost impossible".

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