MADRID, Spain (AP): Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4 yesterday in the Madrid Open final to win his third straight title and continue his good form heading into the French Open. Nadal withstood a tough challenge from the ninth-ranked Thiem, converting on his fourth match point to earn his 15th straight victory on clay and tie Novak Djokovic’s record of 30 career titles in Masters 1000 events. The triumph at his home tournament gave Nadal his 72nd career title, and 52nd on clay. It was Nadal’s second straight win against the 23-year-old Austrian, coming two weeks after the Barcelona Open final when the fifth-ranked Spaniard cruised to victory in straight sets. Nadal also won in Monte Carlo last month. Nadal had easily defeated Thiem in Barcelona, losing only five games in a two-set victory, but was forced to work a lot harder yesterday. In an even first set, Nadal had to save two set points in the tiebreaker. The Spaniard converted his fifth set point of the match to take that tiebreaker and go one set up. Nadal broke early in the second set but was not able to pull away, and needed to save four break points in the final game before closing out the match. Thiem was trying to win his ninth title, and the first since winning the Rio de Janeiro tournament in the beginning of the year. It was his first final in a Masters 1000 event. Nadal has a tour-leading 34 victories in what has been a superb season following lean years for the 14-time Grand Slam champion. He also made it to three finals, losing two of them to Roger Federer, including at the Australian Open. Nadal, who was out for much of last year because of a wrist injury, has won 30 of his last 32 sets going into the tournament in Rome this week. Then he will try to win his 10th title at Roland Garros, where he won his last Grand Slam title three years ago. He defeated Djokovic in the semi finals in Madrid, snapping a seven-match winless streak against the second-ranked Serb. It was Nadal’s fifth title in eighth Madrid Open finals, and the first since 2014. His other titles came in 2005, 2010 and 2013.
The all-new Honda Civic was awarded not one, but two honours at The Irish Car of the Year awards 2018 in association with Continental Tyres in the Gibson Hotel Dublin this week.The sporty hatchback took away The Irish Compact Family Car of the Year 2018 and The Best Innovator award for Honda’s Suite of Safety features Honda Sensing. The announcements were made at the Awards Ceremony last Thursday evening, which was attended by leading figures in the Irish motor industry.The Civic beat off tough competition from other new cars launched on the Irish market this year to take both prizes. In accepting the award, John Saunders, Sales and Marketing Director of Universal Honda Ltd expressed his delight, saying: “We are thrilled with winning not only the coveted Compact Family Car of the year but also taking away the best innovator award for Honda Sensing which really cements Civic as one of the safest cars in its class. 2017 has been a great year for Honda and we really look forward to 2018 with the arrival of new members of the Civic family”.The Honda Civic is available at Highland Motors. Highland Motors will be holding their 181 Open Day this Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm where the full Honda range can be viewed. All customers who order a new Honda this Saturday during the open day can avail of a bonus offering of Free Honda Paint Protection.With regard to the Honda Civic, customers have a choice of two all-new VTEC TURBO petrol engines, a 127bhp and 180bhp that have been developed specifically to deliver a powerful, engaging and efficient driving experience. A suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies specified as standard across the range called Honda Sensing ensures the car is among the very safest in its class.The range will be expanded further with the arrival of the Civic Diesel and TYPE R in January.For more details on the Honda Range and all the 181 offers call up to Highland Motors at the Mountain Top this Saturday between 10am-4pm of call us on 074 91 28777.Honda scoops two Irish Car of the Year Awards! was last modified: November 24th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carHighland MotorsHonda Civicletterkennyopen day