Madrid Masters Day Seven: Djokovic and Nadal accurately priced as favourites

Madrid Masters Day Seven: Djokovic and Nadal accurately priced as favourites

Madrid Masters Day Seven: Djokovic and Nadal accurately priced as favourites

The Caja Magica in Madrid resonated with "Vamos Rafa" jingles in the Saturday's night session, but it was the 20-year-old Greek, Stefanos Tsitsipas who blew out the "King of Clay", Rafael Nadal in his home ground.

Tsitsipas seemed exhausted after his semis victory over Nadal, a three-set match that the Greek won after two hours and 33 minutes of play on Saturday.

The reason I side with Djokovic is the rest advantage, as he's had to play little tennis to get this point, while Tsitsipas has played back-to-back three set matches, including a marathon emotional match against Nadal. Tsitsipas contested his first ATP final in Barcelona in April and reached the Wimbledon Round of 16 in July, but he truly announced himself at the Rogers Cup in August.

Novak Djokovic claimed his first clay-court title since the 2016 French Open by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 in the Madrid Open final on Sunday. It is one of my dreams and my goals to be consistent with every single tournament that I play. That is because he was beaten at the semi-final stage in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, two events which he had nearly made his own over the years. "I played some good tennis and will be No 4 in the world on Monday, it is just all incredible things", Bertens said.

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"But my goal was to start off well to try to make break as soon as possible, which was the case right away, and I felt I was always ahead in the game".

"This is a very important win for me, especially for my confidence", 15-time Grand Slam victor Djokovic said. He had a very late night, I could see he wasn't as dynamic in the movements as he was last night and that's probably due to the long match, but he's had a terrific week.

The victory also came hours before Nadal's fellow Spaniard David Ferrer played the final match of his career, losing 6-4, 6-1 to Alexander Zverev in his last tournament before retirement. "I couldn't keep playing at the level that I wanted, but I'm very happy and very proud of my career". I really hope I get close to that. He awaits the victor of Saturday's second match between Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. He hadn't won in Madrid since 2016, with his other title in the Spanish capital coming in 2011.

"I'll keep trying until I can to keep playing at a high level", Nadal said. He then served out to win the match.

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