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Maria Sharapova from Russia celebrates her victory holding her trophy after a Madrid Open tennis tournament final match against Simona Halep from Romania in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Tennis: Nadal wins Madrid Open after Nishikori retires
First Published May 11 2014 01:52 pm • Last Updated May 15 2014 05:08 pm

Madrid • Rafael Nadal won his fourth Madrid Open title on Sunday after Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw with an injury when tailing 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 in the final.

Nishikori’s powerful groundstrokes helped him win the first set against the top-ranked Nadal, who couldn’t find a way to counter his Japanese opponent.

At a glance

Madrid Open results

Sunday

At Caja Magica

Madrid, Spain

Purse: Men, $5.1 million (Masters 1000); Women, $5.1 million (Premier)

Surface: Clay-Outdoor

Singles

Men

Championship

Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, def. Kei Nishikori (10), Japan, 2-6, 6-4, 3-0, retired.

Women

Championship

Maria Sharapova (8), Russia, def. Simona Halep (4), Romania, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Doubles

Men

Championship

Daniel Nestor, Canada, and Nenad Zimonjic (6), Serbia, def. Bob and Mike Bryan (1), United States, 6-4, 6-2.

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But Nadal slowly clawed back into the match at the Magic Box and broke twice in the second set to even the match.

But Nishikori was in obvious discomfort in the third and received treatment on his lower back during a medical timeout before eventually retiring.

Nadal recovered from two recent quarterfinal losses on clay to win his second title on the surface this year.

Earlier, Maria Sharapova bounced back from a poor start to defeat Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the women’s title.




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