Madrid Masters 2014: Rafael Nadal wins first European clay title of year

Madrid Masters 2014: Rafael Nadal wins his fourth title after Kei Nishikori is forced to retire

Madrid Masters 2014: Rafael Nadal wins first European clay title of year

Rafael Nadal celebrated his first title of the European clay-court season after a back injury forced Kei Nishikori to retire during Sunday’s Madrid Masters final.

The world No1 captured his 27th Masters title as he fought back from a set and a break down to become the first player to win four titles in the Spanish capital, adding to his victories in 2005, 2010 and 2013.

This city gives me a lot. This is a very important victory for me

Rafael Nadal

“Winning at home is always more special than winning anywhere,” said Nadal, who led 2-6 6-4 3-0 before Nishikori retired.

“Having the chance to play in front of your home crowd is unforgettable for me. This city gives me a lot. This is a very important victory for me.”

Now with 63 tour-level crowns, the 27-year-old Nadal moves to sixth place on the Open Era title leaderboard, pulling to within one title of equalling Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras.

Japan’s Nishikori was contesting his first Masters final and saw his run of 14 successive wins come to an end.

“There is a lot of confidence I get from this tournament by beating [Ferrer] in three sets and playing well in the final today,” said Nishikori.

“It’s going to be very exciting at [Roland Garros] because I never feel like this on clay.”

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