Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal


Spaniard defeats Austrian Dominic Thiem to capture the Madrid Open title


MADRID – Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4 to win the Madrid Open last Sunday.

It was the second consecutive win for Nadal against Thiem after the singles final match at the Barcelona Open just two week ago.

Nadal’s Madrid Open victory is his 72nd career title and his 52nd on the clay court. It also raised his ranking from fifth to fourth, surpassing Roger Federer.

His victory in Madrid is his third straight win after Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

The Spaniard’s impressive victories make him a favorite in the French Open but he is not letting the high expectations scare him into doing his best at the 2017 Roland Garros – the official name of the French Open.

“To try to win Roland Garros, you don’t need to be No. 4 or No. 1 or No. 5, what you need is to play tennis very wel. I don’t think it changes a lot for me. What I’m really happy about is to achieve a title like this here in Madrid. I see myself being able to win important titles and achieve my goals,” said the 30-year-old Nadal.

The French Open kicks off later this month in Paris. GAC/Expat Media


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