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Rafael Nadal defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 to claim his fifth Madrid Open title.

Nadal who is unbeaten on clay this year took his record to 15-0 as he added to the titles he collected in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

Rafael Nadal

Much credit will be given to Thiem though as he gave Nadal a good fight for the title even though still very young in his career.

Nadal has now leapfrogged Roger Federer to the fourth position and will be in an inspired mood as he attempts to clinch his 10th French Open title next month.

The ‘King of Clay’ has also tied Novak Djokovic on 30 Masters Series titles won.

Written by Chineze Ogugua

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