2013 Tennis Final
MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2015
Madrid, Spain© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal reaches his seventh Madrid final.
World No. 4 Rafael Nadal will make his seventh final appearance at the Mutua Madrid Open after a devastating display saw him beat Tomas Berdych 7-6(3), 6-1 in Saturday’s semi-finals at the Caja Magica.
In Sunday’s final, Nadal will face either Andy Murray or Kei Nishikori. He is bidding to win his 66th tour-level title and his 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.
"For the past couple of days I have been playing better and better every day, " said Nadal. "That's always very good news. I am in the final. I am happy for that. I am enjoying a lot the fact that I am playing in front of an unbelievable crowd. For me, that's the best crowd in the world without any doubt. So that gives me a lot of really positive energy.
"Today I played again at a very good level. I did yesterday; today I played at a very, very high level. Let's see tomorrow if I am able to continue with that positive feeling. This week has been fantastic for me. This is a very important result, and that's confidence, that's positive energy. That's calm, too. Let's try to continue tomorrow and try to continue with that good feeling next week. I worked a lot to have that feeling, and today I had that feeling that I've been trying to find for a while."
If there had been any lingering concerns over Nadal’s form coming into the semi-final clash, they were swiftly dismissed by the Manacor native, who produced one of his best performances of the season to thwart the in-form Berdych.
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The Spaniard was denied two break point chances in the opener, with Berdych rallying to hold serve in the seventh and 11th games. But Nadal took his opportunity in the tie-break to seal the first set, despite Berdych having gone into the match with a 13-1 tie-break record this season. With his forehand relentlessly finding its mark and frustrating Berdych, Nadal then broke the Czech twice in the second set as he raced to victory in one hour and 44 minutes.