Novak Djokovic Wins Third Madrid Open Title

Simona Halep agrees with Rafael Nadal 'Clay is much better for the body'

Simona Halep agrees with Rafael Nadal 'Clay is much better for the body'

World number one Djokovic lifted the trophy on Manolo Santana for the third time in his career, moving level with "King of Clay" Rafael Nadal - who Tsitsipas stunned in the semi-finals - on a record 33 ATP Masters 1000 triumphs.

Djokovic also notched his 200th career win against a Top 10 opponent, eliminating his 20-year-old Greek challenger in 92 minutes.

Tsitsipas came through a thrilling three-set victory against world No 2 Nadal in the Madrid Open semi-finals on Saturday.

"At this very important time for me in the season, the win gives me a lot of confidence prior to Rome and, of course, Roland Garros where I definitely want to play my best", said the 15-time Major victor. "I knew what I had to do, it was clear to me, but I just wasn't capable of doing it".

The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime is having his breakthrough season on tour, having moved to 30th in the rankings after reaching the final in Rio and the semifinals in Miami.

A lean spell for Novak Djokovic, the world No 1, ended in Madrid yesterday when he edged past Dominic Thiem, comfortably the best clay-court player of the younger generation, to reach his first final since January's Australian Open. In 2019, though, the mix of this magic elixir has gone off. Nadal has played in three clay-court tournaments this season.

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Djokovic is weeks away from playing Roland Garros, Rome is the last of the tournaments he'll play before the year's second major.

"I wasn't playing my best tennis after the Australian Open so I was looking to regain momentum", Djokovic told Sky Sports.

No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova saw off France's Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3 and is to face the Netherlands' Kiki Bertens.

"It's a very long way to that and I understand you want to visualize that and discuss that. Probably one of the toughest victories I've had in my life", Tsitsipas said. I'll be able to try to win these tournaments that I was not able to win this year.

Djokovic, who won in Madrid in 2011 and 2016, had played only four sets in the Spanish capital this week ahead of the semifinals. "These are exactly the matches that I need. I couldn't do much". "It's not been a good match", Rafael Nadal said."I fought and did a couple of good things mentally. And she deserved to win the title because she played really good tennis throughout the whole week". "I mean, we can both lose before finals", said Djokovic on their chances of clashing in Paris.

Halep is chasing her third Madrid title after winning the tournament in 2016 and 2017.

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