'Inspirational' Djokovic wins third Madrid title

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Usually some players have a good stroke, but it's not that consistent...that is why he has been dominating for so many years."Tsitsipas recorded a career-best win over Rafael Nadal on Saturday to reach the final, but the quick turnaround didn't help his cause".

The lack of clay court titles, or even final appearances, has raised doubts about Nadal's standing as the dominant force on clay - a status he enjoyed for much of the past 15 years.

Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic defeated Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 in the Madrid Open final, claiming his third title at the clay-court event and 33rd ATP Masters 1000 crown.

It was Djokovic's second title of the season, adding to his triumph in the Australian Open. I didn't play with all the guys this week, but I'm pretty sure he was the best.

Djokovic will be seeking his second French Open title in June.

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"These are the best tournaments, biggest tournaments we have in our sport, in the ATP, of course alongside the Grand Slams", Djokovic said after his victory.

Ranked 144th entering the Madrid tournament, Ferrer got off to a good start against Zverev, opening a 4-1 lead in the first set.

This way 20-year-old Tsitsipas avenged hIs loss earlier this year at the Australian Open semifinal, silencing the crowd at the Madrid court.

One match was in an exhibition, which doesn't really count, while three wins were when Thiem wasn't a top 10 regular, and Thiem has actually taken both of their last competitive matches, on the clay of Roland Garros in 2017, and past year on the same surface in Monte Carlo.

"I have to be mentally prepared for a tough match", said Tsitsipas, who defeated Djokovic in Toronto previous year.

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Rafael Nadal heads into the final fortnight of the countdown to the French Open facing uncertainty after crashing out in his bid for a sixth title at the Madrid Open. Nine of Djokovic's last 11 victories have been decided in straight sets.

"The ab injury was always sort of in the back of my mind, but that was more in the first round and now I feel fine, so that's great", Osaka said. So physically I was not there. "He knew I had a tough match last night, so he took advantage of that knowing that he's going to have to make me run and suffer more and I just didn't have solutions".

"You just have to accept it and I have to accept it naturally".

Thiem then missed break point opportunities in Djokovic's first two games of the second set before eventually converting in the Serb's third to move 4-2 in front. "She deserved to win the match, definitely", Halep said. "I played some good tennis and will be No 4 in the world on Monday, it is just all fantastic things", Bertens said.

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