Spanish No.1 Rafael Nadal claimed his fifth Mutua Madrid Open title with a 7-6 (10), 6-4 win over eighth seeded Dominic Thiem here.
The Spaniard is now 15-0 on his favoured surface this year having also picked up his 10th titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona in recent weeks.
The Serbian, who was beaten on Saturday in the Madrid Open semi-final by Spaniard Rafael Nadal, was satisfied overall with his performances in the tournament, expressing his desire to improve even more before kicking off his first match at the Italian Open.
The win in the final also means Nadal leapfrogs Roger Federer into No. 4 on the ATP rankings.
Nadal edged the Austrian in the tie-break of a tense first set that lasted one hour and 18 minutes.
Novak Djokovic admitted to losing motivation in the aftermath of his French Open triumph previous year which completed a career Grand Slam, but now feels he is on the right path to rediscovering his "mojo". 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. "I'm very happy for what I achieved", Nadal told a news conference after winning his fifth Madrid Open crown on Sunday.
"I was much, much better and much closer than in Barcelona", Thiem said. Still, the second-ranked Djokovic left Spain with reason to feel good about his game.
The Rome Masters provides Djokovic his latest chance to win a Masters 1000 title for the seventh straight season.
"If I don't want to win every match I play, win Grand Slams and be No1 in the world, then I wouldn't be playing tennis professionally".
Nadal has 14 grand slam titles to his name, that last being at the 2014 French Open where he claimed his ninth title at Roland Garros.
In 2015, too, Nadal entered the clay-court season with multiple injuries before losing to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
Nadal has a 72-2 record in Paris going back to the start of his first title campaign in 2005 when names like Agassi, Kuerten and Rusedski where all in the draw. "I take more positives than negatives into the next week in Rome".