However, the Spaniard was able to come through with the win after breaking Thiem early on in the second set.
"I think I played well in the important points at the end of the first set". While Nadal's win over Djokovic would firmly put him in the driving seat for Roland Garros, leaving the World Number 2 with a lot of hard work in Rome in the coming week. "Let's respect his level right now because it's true that perhaps it's not as high as it used to be, but I'm telling you, it's been a lot of years, and I know because I've been in his skin, being up there every single week, being No. 1 every single week, it's nearly impossible". I didn't do any bad mistakes at my break chances. But I think I played well the important points at the end of the first set.
"All in all, I did try my best".
Record-tying 30th Masters crown, shared with Novak Djokovic.
It stretched Nadal's imperious run on clay to 15 unanswered wins and three titles in 2017, installing him as the firm favourite for the French Open. He now leads the ATP Race to London, ahead of Roger Federer. I really enjoy these tournaments. "It shows you you're working in the right way", said Nadal, who has thrived after struggling with his game for two years. But I'm just here to try to make it the best possible way, to play my best tennis, and of course to beat an opponent such as Novak, it gives you a lot of confidence.
"Well, Rafa was obviously a better player today".
Nadal, who was out for much of a year ago because of a wrist injury, has won 30 of his last 32 sets going into the tournament in Rome this week.
Passes the idle Roger Federer in the rankings, guaranteeing a top-4 seed at the French Open regardless of what happens in Rome.
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Given Nadal's resurgence, it would need an immediate rebound from the Serb to start winning silverware right away. I played a little bit shorter. If I am No5 and I play well, I will have the same chances as if I'm No4 or No5. Nadal's streak is still the longest active streak.
Real Madrid great Raul and all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo were among those watching in the stands in the Caja Majica on a scorching day in the Spanish capital in as Madrid fan Nadal continued his rampant start to the year.
He concedes that going to Rome previous year was a mistake, but it was a decision based on wrong advice from his doctors. Now he's in the quarters playing very good tennis.
"Physically I'm feeling fit".
"There's no blame on anyone, it's down to me", Murray said after an error-strewn performance against Coric. Because I'm not walking perfectly doesn't mean I have an injury.
And he took the match on his second match point to set up the date with Nadal.
The top-ranked Murray was outplayed by the 20-year-old Croatian to lose his fifth match of the year.