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Xinhua | Updated:2017-05-15 15:44Nadal holds the trophy after his victory. [Photo/Agencies]MADRID — Spanish number one Rafael Nadal claimed his fifth Mutua Madrid Open title with a 7-6 (10), 6-4 win over number 8 seed Dominic Thiem on Sunday evening.The win also means that Nadal has now won 30 ATP Masters 1000 Series titles in his long career, more than anyone who is currently playing.The first set saw Thiem try and adopt an attacking attitude against Nadal, who had only recently defeated him in Barcelona.That attitude saw him take an early service break to silence the partisan crowd in Madrid, but Nadal was able to break back in the sixth game as Thiem paid for his aggression with too many unforced errors.The first set went to a tie break in which Nadal always looked to be on top, but it was not until the fifth time of asking that he was able to win the decisive point.Nadal then broke immediately at the start of the second set and the games went with serve until the ninth game when Nadal had two Championship points on Thiems serve.However, the Austrian battled back bravely and saved them both before serving out the game.He also showed courage in the final game of the match, forcing four break points on Nadals serve as both players gave everything, until Nadal finally claimed the title at the fourth time of asking.Related StoriesRafael NadalRafael Nadal wins Spains Prince of Asturias awardRafael Nadal crowned at homeRafael Nadal awarded Madrids Medal of GoldRoger Federer/Rafael Nadal head-to-headRafael Nadal named in Rio Olympics drawPhotoFC Augsburg draws 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund during Bundesliga matchBeckham leads from the frontVakifbank Istanbul beats Rexona-Sesc 3-1 at Womens Club World ChampionshipReal Madrid assure final spot against Juventus despite defeat in CalderonThe fisherman who got hooked on runningJuventus beats Monaco 2-1 to reach Champions League finalMost PopularHighlightsFC Augsburg draws 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund during Bundesliga matchBeckham leads from the frontVakifbank Istanbul beats Rexona-Sesc 3-1 at Womens Club World ChampionshipWhats HotFC Augsburg draws 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund during Bundesliga matchSpecialCharting Xis efforts to turn Winter Olympics a successNBA all-star weekend: All you need to knowHow to be a Super Bowl fan for a dayRio 2016 Olympic GamesBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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