Rafael Nadal wins fifth Madrid Open title, Simona Halep retains crown

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Rafael Nadal continued his impressive form heading into the French Open, winning his third straight title on clay with a 7-6 (8), 6-4 victory over Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open final. Reuters

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The triumph at his home tournament gave Rafael Nadal his 72nd career title, and 52nd on clay. AP

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Dominic Thiem put up an impressive challenge in his first ATP Masters final but fell just short. AP

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This was Rafael Nadal's fifth title in eighth Madrid Open finals, and the first since 2014. His other titles came in 2005, 2010 and 2013. AP

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Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem shake hands after posing with their trophies at the end of the match. Reuters

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Simona Halep won her second straight Madrid title by defeating Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2 in nearly three hours. Reuters

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This was Kristina Mladenovic's second straight final, and fourth of the year. AP

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Simona Halep celebrates after defeating Kristina Mladenovic in the Madrid Open final. Halep became the first player to successfully defend the title since Serena Williams in 2013. AP

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Simona Halep and Kristina Mladenovic pose after their match with their trophies. Reuters


Updated Date: May 15, 2017 16:59 PM

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