Rafael Nadal overcame a spirited effort from Dominic Thiem to win his 30th Masters 1000 title in Madrid.

The Spaniard edged a punishing first set tie-break, sapping the energy out of his opponent, before wrapping up a 7-6(8) 6-4 victory.

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.

Thiem can take great heart from his performance, which was a vast improvement from his Barcelona Open defeat to Nadal, with the Austrian keeping the 14-time Grand Slam winner concerned throughout with some brutal baseline hitting.

However, the 23-year-old could muster just one break of serve – early in the first set – as he fell just short, blowing four break points in a tense final game.

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The French Open at Roland Garros begins on May 28.