Rafael Nadal is going through an unprecedented title drought. Still waiting for the first victory in the tournament in 2019. For the first time since his first tournament victory on the ATP Tour in 2004, he goes without a single title win in may.

In August 2004, the Spanish 32-Year-old in Sopot (Pol) had would be able to manage on the Sand, his first ATP trophy. Since then, a third more came, each year, in the first Year. In 2015, it was one that the previous Negative record. Max, he scored 5 tournament wins in this time period (2009).

Nadal: “I made progress”

After the semi-final against Dominic Thiem in Barcelona this much is clear: Nadal is not so bad like in 15 years. At least in terms of bare Figures. But the feeling with Rafa, according to the Thiem defeat a other.

“After this week, back is my confidence. I really think I’ve made good progress. I have a good Basis to achieve my goals in the next few weeks.”

The 4:6, 4:6 from Saturday against the Austrians, he pushes a strong Thiem. Compared to the defeat against Fognini in Monte Carlo, it was a big difference. “That’s where I played my worst game in 14 years, on the Sand. Now, I played well. It was a good Level and a great opponent.”

He was competitive, and I can enjoy the game. It is the first time in a long Time was so.

next start-up in Madrid

Nadal was injured in Indian Wells at the knee and had to give before the semi-final against Roger Federer Forfait. His Comeback he gave last week in Monte Carlo, where Fabio Fognini stopped in the semi-final before now Thiem Terminus meant.

it Continues for Nadal at the tournament in Madrid (from 6. May), where Roger Federer will be Sand-Comeback after three years absence. The big Highlight of the Sand-season with the French Open starting on may 26. May.

by the Way: The last full success Rafa Nadal, celebrated in August 2018. At the time, he won in Toronto at the Rogers Cup, before once more several violations were looking for the Mallorcan home.

Thiem irresistible

Thiem is also in the Final, don’t stop. He manufactures the Russians Daniil Medvedev in the Final in 73 minutes 6:4, 6:0. For the Austrians it is the 13. Title of his career and second of the year after Indian Wells.

The 25-Year-old must accept in Barcelona throughout the tournament not losing a set. The year-on-year finalist at the French Open plays for Paris definitely in a favorites role.