Rafael Nadal_Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal became the first player to win four Madrid Masters title in the tennis history as his opponent Kei Nishikori pulled out due to back injury. World No. 1 Rafael won the finals in very tight three sets 2-6, 6-4, 3-0. With this win Rafa has now won 44 titles on the clay court and is only two behind the all time record of 46 titles held by Argentine great Guillermo Vilas.

Though the win was not very convincing for the French Open 2013 champion, but it should do great for his confidence after the fall at Monte Carlo and Barcelona. In the finals played on Sunday, Rafael Nadal looked on course for the third defeat on the clay court, a feat that goes way back in 2004. Kei Nishikori was sensational when he led by a set and was ahead 4-3 till he hurt his back.

Kei Nishikori has recently broken into the world top 10 required medical help in his three setter match against David Ferrer in his semi-finals match. But the injury was too persistent in the finals due to which he had to pull out. It was very emotional and tough decision for the 24 year-old Nishikori who looked on course to win back-to-back titles after he won Barcelona Open.

As for Rafael Nadal, it was good to get a win under the belt, his only second title on the clay after he won the title in Rio de Janeiro in February. With a fortnight to go for the French Open 2014, Rafael Nadal will look forward to improvise his game as despite winning the title he looked more shadow of the player who has won eight Roland Garros trophy.