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PHOTOS/VIDEO: 2016 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters R3 Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem
2016 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters R3 Rafael Nadal def. Dominic Thiem 7/5 6/3
Fifth seed Nadal recorded his 55th match win at the Monte-Carlo Country Club by beating No. 12 seed Thiem 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and four minutes.
Nadal saved 15 of 16 break points in the 81-minute first set, which included a 15-minute, 50-second service game for the Spaniard at 4-4.
Thiem broke serve for a 2-1 lead in the second set, but Nadal immediately recovered and won five of the next six games.
“I think I played a good match,” said Nadal. “In terms of level of tennis, was great I think. In terms of fighting spirit and attitude and being ready to accept the mistakes, the good points, the tough moments, it was similar to the way that I played in Indian Wells.
“That was a great continuation against a very tough player. I think he played a great match, too. Was a very good victory for me. Very happy for that.
“The best thing is he didn’t play badly on the break points. It was more that I played well on the break points than he played bad.
“So happy for that because that means that I was ready to find and make the right decisions in the most important moments. I was able to fight all the moments. I never give up in all these tough moments that I had in the first set.”
In February, Thiem beat Nadal in the Buenos Aires semi-finals 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4). Thiem, a five-time ATP World Tour titlist, drops to a 26-7 match record on the season.