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Rafael Nadal new world number four after fifth Mutua Madrid Open title

Nadal celebrates winning a point against Thiem on his way to glory.
Nadal celebrates winning a point against Thiem on his way to glory. / Susana Vera / Reuters
  • The 30-year-old Spaniard defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 as excellent preparation for the French Open which begins next week

Rafael Nadal won his fifth Mutua Madrid Open title on Sunday after defeating Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6 (10-8) 6-4. The Spaniard consequently made his way back into the top four in the world rankings, overtaking Roger Federer thanks to his latest title.

Nadal scraped a very close first set, which ended up going to a tie-break after a somewhat error-strewn start from both players, before he broke Thiem's serve in the first game of the second set to send him on his way to victory.

The victory saw the 30-year-old pick up his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, a feat matched only by Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who the Spaniard beat in the semi-finals of this year's Madrid Open.

Sunday's victory also saw Nadal confirm a third consecutive title, following on from his triumphs at the Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters respectively.

Nadal is now back among the favourites for the French Open, which begins next Monday.