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Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem Madrid Open Final, Live Score Match Updates

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem 7-6(8), 6-4 to win the Mutua Madrid Masters.
Updated: 15 May 2017 00:13 IST - Published: 14 May 2017 21:21 IST
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Nadal now has five Mutua Madrid Open titles of 6 finals. He already has seven titles at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, and of course is looking for La Decima at Roland Garros. 

That looks like it's going to happen - and in a hurry! 
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We hope you enjoyed our coverage - and that brilliant fight of a match! Goodnight everyone, and keep watching this space for more tennis! 
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He'll have to work on reining in some of his forehands, and his first serve percentage was fairly low in Set 1, but to say he was not a worthy competitor (and more) for Rafa here today would be unfair. 

Great tennis on both ends, and in our humble opinions, Dominic Thiem is a definite future Roland Garros winner! 
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But let's take a minute to look at JUST how good Dominic Thiem was! Some great powerful groundstrokes, lovely on-court movement, and it's not that his tennis wasn't aggressive and attacking so much as just how impenetrable Nadal's defense was. 
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Nadal is unbeaten on clay this year so far - winning Monte Carlo, Barcelona and now, Madrid. To peg anyone but him as the frontrunner for the French Open would be naive, and completely so.
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A RUN to the net and a brilliant backhand and RAFAEL NADAL WINS THE MADRID OPEN! 
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Resilience, thy name is Dominic Thiem. Deuce. Ad Thiem. Deuce. Ad Nadal. Deuce. Ad Thiem. And a great passing shot from the Austrian sends them back to deuce again.
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ALMOST at match point for Nadal and Dominic Thiem is STILL battling on! 
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And there's a stunning shot down the tramlines to seal it and Dominic Thiem is still in this at 4-5! Rafa now serves for the match.
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MATCH POINT! But we're not done yet. Thiem isn't at his best, but there are some really uncharacteristically wide shots from Rafa here, and we're at deuce!
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Thiem now serves to stay in the match.
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FIST PUMP! He's almost done here, and Nadal knows it. After dictating the last few games firmly from the baseline and wresting the reins into his own hands, Nadal is now THUMPING through. He runs to the net with the lightest of touches and Thiem is in no man's land with no clue where to go. 

5-3 to Rafael Nadal.
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A gutsy hold from Thiem here and he's trying to attack, but Nadal, almost PLANTED at the baseline, is defending just far too well for anything to go past. 

4-3 to Rafa.
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Thiem is now routinely sending backhand returns flat into the net. Again, and again, and again, and it sees him down 4-2 in the second set. Our money is on Rafa finishing this off.
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Nadal's up on the baseline and varying his shots quick and fast. Cross-court, down the line, he's varying position and speed and Thiem cannot react fast enough! 

Nadal leads 3-2 and Thiem is quite on the back foot here. 
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But Rafa's never far behind, and this time it looks like Thiem is flagging. Nadal famously has never really had problems with his stamina - physically or mentally, and he's held easily to lead 3-1. The Austrian is falling back and fast! 
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Wow, out of nowhere, a flighy Thiem gets just as aggressive as Rafa and hits some GRITTY shots from the baseline. Great work on his part, and he holds to trail 1-2! 
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This is really a tight, tight match. Rafa sends his own serve out wide a couple of times, but he's held on to consolidate the break. 

Up 2-0 now, Nadal will want to race on and power on with this.
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Nadal breaks to open the second set. Only Nadal. Thiem looks tired, and Nadal's at the baseline like an animal waiting for prey, picking up on the smallest of margins. 

1-0. Easy does it.
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Game evenly matched so far - and that's quite the understatement from me. Nadal has edged out Thiem by Thiem's own hand, with the young Austrian prone to - and right now, frequently sending wild loopy shots into the air.
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And with that goes the first set to Rafael Nadal, 7-6 (8)!
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It's gone into Tier 2 of the stands has that Thiem shot. 
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Where was he going with that one? Thiem lugs that one mightily, and absolutely skies it. Was he sending it into the next court? 
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Dominic Thiem at full stretch now and leading 8-7 in the tiebreak! It's set point Thiem. 
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Aah, Dominic Thiem! This is aggravating. Thiem wrests control from Rafa to go up a mini-break at 4-2, then fritter it away immediately! We're now at 6 - 6 in this tiebreak here.