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Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win Madrid Open

• Nadal wins 7-6, 6-4 for his third straight title this spring
• Spaniard in great form heading into French Open

Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6, 6-4 yesterday in the Madrid Open final to win his third straight title and continue his good form heading into the French Open. Nadal withstood a tough challenge from the ninth-ranked Thiem, converting on his fourth match point to earn his 15th straight victory on clay and tie Novak Djokovic’s record of 30 career titles in Masters 1000 events.

The triumph at his home tournament gave Nadal his 72nd career title, and 52nd on clay. It was Nadal’s second straight win against the 23-year-old Austrian, coming two weeks after the Barcelona Open final, when the Spaniard cruised to victory in straight sets. The victory also moves Nadal above Roger Federer to fourth in the world rankings.

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