Rafael Nadal wins 2017 Madrid Open after beating Dominic Thiem

Then he will try to win his 10th title at Roland Garros, where he captured his last Grand Slam title three years ago. The Spaniard backed up the strong performance with another championship on Sunday.

Djokovic earned his first break point of the match in the 12th game and he took the opportunity to draw level at 2-2 but Nadal was in a ruthless mood and hit back immediately with another break to regain a lead he would not relinquish.

The Austrian held, and saved two more set points in the first-set tiebreaker.

The Spaniard edged a punishing first set tie-break, sapping the energy out of his opponent, before wrapping up a 7-6 (8) 6-4 victory.

"I'm just going to go along, and in the next three, four weeks maximum, I'll make my decisions around that, about the team", Djokovic said. I was much, much better and much closer than in Barcelona.

Seemingly offended by the underdog's audacity, Nadal returned fire with back-to-back games of his own and broke back in direct fashion-literally-firing the ball at Thiem, who was unable to return at the net. But again it was not easy.

Playing his first-ever Masters 1000 final, the Austrian never looked fazed by the occasion and despite being broken in the first game of the second set, continued to fight till the end. "It shows you you're working in the right way", said Nadal, who has thrived after struggling with his game for two years.

"The level was definitely very high today I thought from both players", Djokovic said. That's what I will try', said Thiem, who this week wasn't followed by his coach Gunter Bresnik, who will return with him in Rome. "I did well in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and also here".

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At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, Britain's Dan Evans fell to a straight sets-defeat to Jiri Vesely in the first round.

The world number eight missed the Barcelona Open late last month due to the injury. "It's logical that after a hard week, I've been playing a lot of matches, a lot of hours out there on the court, I feel like it's sore, a little bit exhausted". Because I'm not walking perfectly doesn't mean I have an injury.

Thiem felt it was an improvement from Barcelona, but it was still cold comfort as his chances had dwindled in the second set.

The top-ranked Murray was outplayed by the 20-year-old Croatian to lose his fifth match of the year.

He added: "Right now the results are there, and that gives me more capacity to keep on doing things". If I'm at my best and he's at his best on clay, he's probably the better player.

He can also tie Djokovic with 30 titles in Masters 1000 events.

Djokovic will either renew his rivalry with Rafael Nadal or face Belgium's David Goffin in the last four on Saturday.

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