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Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win fifth title

Rafael Nadal is a 14-time Grand Slam champion



Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 to win his fifth Madrid Open title and move into the world's top four.

The Spaniard has now won three straight titles, after his Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters victories, while his record on clay this year is 15-0.

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Madrid Open 2017: Rafael Nadal to face Novak Djokovic in semi-finals, Halep through

Nadal won the last of his four Madrid titles in 2014



Four-time champion Rafael Nadal will take on two-time winner Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Open semi-finals after the Spaniard saw off David Goffin.

Nadal, seeded fourth, beat the Belgian ninth seed 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 after Djokovic earlier had a walkover when Kei Nishikori withdrew with a wrist injury.

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Maria Sharapova to face Eugenie Bouchard at Madrid Open

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was banned for taking meldonium




Maria Sharapova set up a match against Eugenie Bouchard with a first-round win at the Madrid Open on Sunday.

Canadian Bouchard called Sharapova "a cheater" prior to the Russian's return to competitive action in April after a 15-month doping ban.

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Andy Murray: Grand Slams do not need Maria Sharapova coverage

World number one Andy Murray will defend his Aegon Championship title at Queen's Club next month following the French Open



World number one Andy Murray says Grand Slams face a "different decision" from smaller tournaments when it comes to giving Maria Sharapova a wildcard.

Sharapova, 30, needs an invitation to compete at this month's French Open after defeat in the Stuttgart Open semi-finals at the weekend.

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Doping in sport: International Tennis Federation increases budget for drug testing

The most recent high-profile case of doping in tennis came when Maria Sharapova was banned for 15 months



There is to be a significant increase in the amount of drug testing in tennis, and more samples will be stored for future analysis.

Up to 8,000 samples will now be taken every year, with those provided by the highest-ranked players the most likely to be placed in long-term storage.

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