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Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win third Madrid Open title

Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win third Madrid Open title

Kiki Bertens won the women's title on Saturday (Sunday NZT).

Notably, Nadal has not been in the best of form this season.

"If it happens, I hope that we will both be at our best because then that would make the match-up as it is supposed to be, you know, finals of Grand Slams", quoted Djokovic.

"I've done a few steps forward, maybe not enough, but I have improved some things". Tsitsipas has won three of his last four final appearances overall and is 1-1 in final appearances on clay. He lost to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo and to Thiem in Barcelona.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a three sets win over Rafael Nadal that took 27 games to decide. But this year it hasn't been the case. I'll be able to try to win this kind of tournament that I was not able to win this year.

As is often the case with high-profile players in the latter stages of big tournaments, the markets have got it right, and this is also the situation for the second semi-final, between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafa Nadal, which is due on court not before 2000 United Kingdom time this evening. Really happy that I overcame this and dealt with it mentally.

However, as he said, it is always hard to play Nadal on clay, especially at Roland Garros. He saved 11 of the 16 break opportunities he conceded. I just play for my happiness and I play when I really want to play. "I went on the court and I was mentally prepared for a fight".

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Nadal, 32, saved three match points in the final game against Tsitsipas, who is 12 years younger, but was denied his chance of reaching the tournament's final for a ninth time. 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. "He's in a pretty good state of his tennis, so it won't be easy".

Novak Djokovic celebrated a lot more than a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Open. "I feel like I'm having fun playing tennis again, which is always a good thing for me and I always play well if I have that mentality".

"He's very talented", Djokovic said of Tsitsipas.

I anticipate the match to be very competitive, and the market does too, chalking up Djokovic as a marginal [1.90] favourite. "So that's why it's a great win for me".

"He (Djokovic) deserved the victory, he played unbelievable".

"You just have to accept it and I have to accept it naturally". Not disappointment. A little bit but not so much, like usually.

"It's more normal what is happening right now than what happened in the last 14 years", Nadal added.