Rafael Nadal defeated Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 retr’d to win his fourth Madrid Open title, 63rd career title, and 44th on clay. He moves up to No. 6 on the most career titles list. Rafa has also successfully defended his Madrid title.
Rafa came back up from a set and a break down in the second set to take a lead in the third, before Kei Nishikori retired due to a back problem. Rafa is next headed to Rome, where he will attempt his 8th title.
“Winning at home is always more special than winning anywhere. Having the chance to play in front of your home crowd… is unforgettable for me. This city gives me a lot. This is a very important victory for me. I’m very sorry for Nishikori,” Nadal added. “He’s an unbelievable player that will fight to be in London [at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals]. I am sure of that. I really hope that the injury is not too bad and he will be able to compete in Roland Garros,” said Rafa. (via ATP World Tour)
Congratulations Rafa! Glad to have you biting another trophy! Here’s to many more!