Cristiano Ronaldo present as Rafael Nadal defeats Djokovic

Nadal carves through Djokovic to reach Madrid Open final

"I don't think it changes a lot for me".

Talking about the match he said: "I think it was a tough match since the beginning, especially here in altitude, which is hard to make breaks against a player like Thiem".

It was Nadals second straight win against the 23-year-old Austrian, coming two weeks after the Barcelona Open final when the fifth-ranked Spaniard cruised to victory in straight sets.

Nadal's current title streak began with victories at Monte Carlo and Barcelona last month.

"These last few weeks have been very special".

"What's important to me is to make it to another final", said the fourth-seeded Nadal, who beat No. 2 seed Djokovic for the first time since the 2014 French Open final.

Nadal had to fight off Thiem to win a tiebreak in the opening set and faced a strong push by his opponent late in the second set.

Nadal edged a bruising first set after blowing eight break points with a top-class tiebreak, playing adventurous shots which sapped Goffin's energy and the world number 10 ceded the final point with a double fault.

"Things are working out, and I'm very happy for that", he said after his two-hour and 17-minute tussle with a powerful and energetic Thiem. I'm just a little bit sore, tight. "After that I went for it".

After wining the Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open and now his fifth Madrid title, Nadal is 15-0 on clay and the overwhelming favourite to lift an unprecedented 10th Roland Garros title later in May.

Nadal has now won at least one ATP title every year since 2004.

Novak Djokovic moved into the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters on Friday without hitting a ball as Kei Nishikori withdrew citing the recurrence of a wrist injury, tournament organisers said.

"I did try my best", Djokovic said. Nadal is by far the best clay court player of all time, and he's dominated the surface in a way that no other player has dominated any other surface.

Nadal has a tour-leading 34 victories in what has been a superb season following lean years for the 14-time Grand Slam champion.

In the absence of world number one Serena Williams, who is pregnant, top seed Angelique Kerber has been drawn in the same quarter as Russian Maria Sharapova, who will play Christina McHale in the first round, and Madrid Open victor Simona Halep.

"I know Novak has made some changes in his coaching staff and I am sure he is a rival who is going to battle for all of the major titles in the future", added Nadal who will now face either Pablo Cuevas or Domenic Thiem in Sunday's final.

"I am convinced that Thiem will be a candidate to win big tournaments in the following years".



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