Tsitsipas beats Nadal but loses Madrid final to Djokovic

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World number one Djokovic lifted the trophy on Manolo Santana for the third time in his career, moving level with "King of Clay" Rafael Nadal - who Tsitsipas stunned in the semi-finals - on a record 33 ATP Masters 1000 triumphs. It's his first title since he claimed his 14 major crown, the Australian Open in January.

Nadal, meanwhile, was left reflecting on a third straight semi-final exit on clay after losing to Fabio Fognini in the Monte Carlo Masters and Dominic Thiem in the Barcelona Open.

"I'd like to thank my team, my brother Marko, who has the role of the coach this tournament", said the 31-year-old. "So, the outcome is that I was not able to win the match". I could see he wasn't as dynamic in his movements as he was last night. "I think majority have won Madrid, Rome, Monte-Carlo...the consistency level is just insane, it's incredible". I've won a lot over the years on this surface, but this year it hasn't been the case. "I played some of my best tennis here, it's a big win obviously for me today and in this tournament".

In the second set, Tsitsipas showed more drive and held serve to 4-4, but the Serb broke him in the ninth game, taking the set 6-4 and grabbing the title. "And she deserved to win the title because she played really good tennis throughout the whole week".

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"I think I have tennis ahead of me". So physically I was not there. My legs were not coping with my mind. In 2019, though, the mix of this magic elixir has gone off. Nadal has played in three clay-court tournaments 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. Really happy that I overcame this and dealt with it mentally. I felt the ball better yesterday. He controls it so well.

Tsitsipas lacked consistency in his groundstrokes during the early exchanges and followed a brilliant cross-court forehand with a wide shot down the line to surrender his opening service game. And that's very hard to deal with. If you do a mistake in a match. usually you do the mistakes in a match you have more games to play. Tsitsipas contested his first ATP final in Barcelona in April and reached the Wimbledon Round of 16 in July, but he truly announced himself at the Rogers Cup in August. The 37-year-old Spaniard had said before the tournament that he wasn't fit enough to keep competing at a high level.