Rafa Nadal conquista su cuarto título en Madrid

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Rafael Nadal se hizo eterno en Madrid. El balear, número 1 del mundo, conquistó su cuarto título en el Mutua Madrid Open en seis finales disputadas y el 27º Masters 1000 de su carrera tras vencer 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 en tres sets a Kei Nishikori, que acusó los problemas físicos en su espalda y sufrió un bajón tras un primer set inconmensurable, que le obligó a retirarse.

“Las cosas me están saliendo bien” había dicho Nishikori antes de batirse en duelo ante Nadal y en el primer set esa frase se cumplió a rajatabla. Tras ganar cada uno su primer saque en la primera manga, comenzó el show del japonés. Dos roturas de servicio consecutivas del nipón ante Rafael Nadal le dieron la ventaja suficiente para que Nishikori le ganara un set al balear por primera vez en seis años.

Con la ventaja en el partido y todo de cara comenzó el segundo acto para el número 12 del mundo. En el primer saque, otra rotura en contra para el balear encarriló el segundo set a favor del nipón. Sin embargo, con el 4-3 en contra, el español se rehízo rompiendo el saque del nipón para protagonizar una remontada que puso en pie a La Caja Mágica y envió el partido al tercer y decisivo set.

Con el partido igualado a un set, con La Caja Mágica en pie  para animar a su ídolo y con Nishikori con molestias musculares. Así comenzó la tercera manga entre dos de los jugadores más en forma del momento, pero ese tercer set solo duraría tres juegos. Nishikori se retiró ante un Nadal que conquistó el 63º título en su carrera, su 27º Masters 1000 y el tercer trofeo del año. El próximo reto para ambos tenistas será en el Masters 1000 de Roma, antes de la gran cita del año en Roland Garros.Rafael Nadal has written his name in the Madrid history books yet again. The Balearic Islander, and world number one, lifted his fourth Mutua Madrid Open title (from the six finals he has disputed in the competition) and the 27th Masters 1000 trophy of his career after coming out on top in three sets (2-6, 6-4, 3-0) against Kei Nishikori, who after playing a fantastic first set, began to complain of back pain which caused his game to suffer to the point of eventually being forced to withdraw.

“Things are going really well for me at the moment”, Nishikori said ahead of his showdown with Nadal, and he certainly showed that during the opening set. After both players won their first service games, the Japanese show got underway. Two breaks on the bounce by the Asian on Nadal’s serve gave him a large enough lead to win his first set against the Spaniard in six years of trying.

With the score in his favour, the world number 12 began the second set. After Nadal dropped his first service game, everything was set up for the Japanese man to kill off the match in the second. However, while trailing 4-3, the Spaniard got a break of his own to get the ball rolling on his fightback, which got the fans in the Caja Mágica off their feet and forced the final into a third and decisive set.

With the scoreboard level at one set apiece, and the Caja Mágica on its feet to support the local hero, Nishikori’s muscular problems became more apparent. The third set between the circuit’s two most in form players got underway, but it would only last for three games. Nishikori withdrew to give Nadal the 63rd title of his career; his 27th Masters 1000 win and his third trophy of 2014. The next challenge for both men is the Rome Masters 1000, which will be followed by the main event of the year, the French Open.