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But this year it hasn't been the case.

The 20-year-old Tsitsipas also competed in doubles at the Madrid Open, a run that ended in the semis on Friday. He put on a masterclass in Madrid, claiming the most clinical of victories over a tired Stefanos Tsitsipas.

I feel happy with my performance for a couple of days. "Adding variety and being unpredictable was the key today". Even though Nadal is the defending and eight-time champ, one must consider Nole the player to beat.

"I really liked my fighting spirit", he said.

Messages from other players were shown on the large screens during the ceremony, with most praising Ferrer's toughness and "never-give-up attitude" on the court.

Tsitsipas, who will reach a career-high No. 7 ranking this week, won titles in Estoril and Marseille, and reached the final in Dubai, where he lost to Federer. He is the tour's winningest player in 2019 with 27 wins.

Djokovic reached the final after seeing off last year's runner-up Thiem 7-6 (2) 7-6 (4) in a gruelling, high-quality match lasting two hours 22 minutes.

Tennis TV described the moment as "scary good" on social media - the the match commentators were hard pressed to find a better adjective. He still has Rome and the French Open to right his ship.

"This win was very important for my level of confidence because after the Australian Open I wasn't playing my best", he said.

A third Madrid Open title means that Djokovic now has 33 Masters 1000 wins. Roger Federer will also be in the mix, along with players like Thiem and Tsitsipas.

Yes - the King of Clay has failed to win any of the three clay events he has played this season - Monte Carlo, Barcelona and now Madrid.

Djokovic further said that Nadal's records in Paris are commendable, asides stating that he is always the ultimate challenger while playing on clay.

"I've had this stomach virus for a few days so this was a very important match for me", the second-ranked Spaniard said. "It is one of my dreams and my goals to be consistent with every single tournament that I play.".

I think majority have won Madrid, Rome, Monte-Carlo, which is just. the consistency level is just insane. Not disappointment. A little bit but not so much, like usually.

Nadal insists that what's happening to him of late on clay is more normal than was his dominance on those courts for so many years. I am really proud of this week. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions in the Spanish capital - Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova.

Halep is chasing her third Madrid title after winning the tournament in 2016 and 2017.