Rafael Nadal was crowned champion of the Mutua Madrid Open, thus winning the 63rd title of his career and passing Guillermo Vilas’s 62, and also winning his 27th career Masters 1000 shield (he is the leader in this category). Furthermore, he also became the first player to win the Madrid tournament four times.
To win this title, Nadal defeated Kei Nishikori in a very special match.
Why special? Because the Japanese played amazing tennis to demolish him in the first set, 6-2, leaving him with no answers.
In the second set, when Nishikori continued dominating and playing exquisite tennis. At 4-2, Nadal played an amazing point, which the Japanese took on the stretch, injuring himself and never being able to recover and make the match competitive again, resulting in his retirement when the Spaniard was up 2-6, 6-4, 3-0.
The question then arose: is Rafael Nadal the fair Madrid champion?
What the team thinks
“I think that we must separate things. I am a fan of Nishikori, I really like his game, and I scarcely saw and enjoyed a match in which a player managed to dismantle and dominate Nadal the way Nishikori has been doing in the beginning of the match. But I believe that Nadal is the rightful Madrid champion. It would be unfair to say otherwise. Because no one knows what really would have happened had Nishikori not gotten injured. A tennis match ends when it ends, even more so with Nadal across the net. I think the match is not what could have been, rather than what was. And the 2014 Madrid champion is Rafael Nadal.” – Diego Amuy
“Nadal is the champion. What would have happened had Nishikori not been injured? We will never know. Rightful or not, that’s not what matters. In the end, what matters and what we will remember is that the 2014 Madrid champion is Nadal.” – Caroline Paquin