Rafael Nadal

After several failures at Monte Carlo and then at Barcelona, Rafael Nadal finally makes to the Madrid Open final. He defeated his countryman, Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in straight set 6-4, 6-4. Nadal reaching only his second finals on the clay court since winning in Rio de Janeiro way back in February. The defending champion is in search for his 63rd career title.

There have been several doubts looming over the dominance of Rafael Nadal’s on the clay courts after the World No. 1 lost the successive tournaments this clay season 2014. But with a thumping winn over the likes of six seeded Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals, and yet to drop a set in the event, he is proving his critics wrong.

Rafael Nadal broke world no. 45 Bautista’s serve in the opening game but his fellow countryman fought back to bring the set at 3-3. But the dream run was short lived as Nadal immediately broke Bautista’s serve back to take the advantage.

Rafael Nadal has won the Madrid Open title the maximum three times along with Roger Federer.  This time around Roger Federer pulled out of the tournament in order to be by his wife’s side during the couple’s second child-birth.  Nadal defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in last year’s finals. He has also been winner in 2005 and 2010.

Rafael Nadal will next face either fifth seed David Ferrer, to whom Nadal lost the match in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals, or Japanese 10th seed Kei Nishikori, winner of Barcelona Open title.