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Roger rests -- Rafa roars

The King of clay has his mojo back. Rafa Nadal’s playing again with confidence and passion.

While Roger Federer skips the clay season, and Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray remain in various phases of funk, Rafa seems determined to pursue La Decima, his tenth title at Roland Garros, along with winning ten at Monte Carlo and Barcelona. 138 more words

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INTERVIEW: Tired but happy, Rafael Nadal after winning fifth Madrid Open title

Rafael Nadal talks winning his fifth Madrid Open title in a thrilling final over Dominic Thiem.

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Nadal Is Back, and Better Than Ever

After Defeating Thiem in Top Form to Win His 5th Madrid Title, Nadal Now Looks to Close in on Number 10 in Paris

MADRID, Spain – The haters will hate, and the lovers will love, but one thing is certain: Nadal is not only back, but in the best form of his career. 711 more words

VIDEO: A fantastic backhand from Rafael Nadal in Madrid final

Watch Hot Shot as Rafael Nadal perfectly responds to a pressure point in the Mutua Madrid Open final.

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Dominic Thiem for fifth Madrid title

Rafael Nadal clinched his 72nd  career title when he beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6(8), 6-4 in the Madrid Open final on Sunday. It was his 52nd career title on his favored surface.  1,278 more words

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Magic shots in the Magic Box

The Caja Magica in Madrid is renowned for its magic light on sunny days, especially on courts 2 and 3. The players also create a magic of their own.

(images copyright Christopher Johnson)

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Madrid Open Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Dominic Thiem?

Four-time Madrid Open champion Rafael Nadal has won 14 out of 14 matches since the start of the clay-court season, and will play for a third successive title on Sunday. 190 more words

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