Rafael Nadal's record run is ended by Dominic Thiem

Lynette Rowe
May 13, 2018

Nadal hadn't lost a single set on clay since falling to Thiem at the Rome Open quarterfinals one year ago.

Nadal, however, said the loss was not a reason to doubt his chances to add to his 10 French Open titles in the coming weeks.

It has been a complaint from more than one player in the past about Nadal taking longer than necessary to serve, but the Spaniard has generally adhered to the time allotted.

"Of course, this is the ATP ranking".

"The most unsafe opponent is the one you have to face the next day".

These two have played six times and Anderson has won all six matches.

Based on current form, however, there was no way it would happen again on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open. He got his revenge two years later in the Buenos Aires semifinals winning 6-4 4-6 7-6. "Whenever he plays really well, it is hard to stop him". It doesn't mean that I'm done.

"Hopefully I can go even further". "He was better than me today". After that, things we can not see in the future.

However, Thiem's progress to the quarters was very different from Nadal's: two three-set battles. I love to play here. "The differences are very small".

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The 23-year-old broke his Belgian opponent's serve twice in the opening set and once in the second, to seal a 6-3 6-3 victory in an hour and 12 minutes.

In Nadal's win over Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday, he broke John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets won on one surface.

Nadal pulled back a break, but couldn't defend his serve and Thiem broke him twice more, finishing off the world No. 1 with one final forehand victor.

Sharapova also lost in three sets to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, while Halep, the champion in 2016 and a year ago, was blown away by Karolina Pliskova.

Dominic Thiem caused a massive upset on Friday as he knocked out Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open. I tried to do it a couple of times, but I wasn't good enough today. It's up to us, to continue to progress and to believe that we can beat him.

Earlier in the day, sixth seed Kevin Anderson withstood a stern test from Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic to reach his first Masters 1000 semi-final. Shapovalov, meanwhile, held off Kyle Edmund in three sets.

Roger Federer, who is sitting out the clay-court season, will return to world No 1 on Monday but Nadal could regain top spot with a win at the Rome Masters, which begins on Sunday.

My model largely agreed with the market pricing in any case - Zverev's level (119.4% combined serve/return points won percentage) this week has been exceptional and it would be very surprising if the German did not make tomorrow's final. She will play seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia after she dispatched with Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3. The Austrian registered a sraight sets 7-5, 6-3 win against the defending champion.

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