Thiem ends Nadal's unbeaten run — Madrid Open

Thiem ends Nadal's unbeaten run — Madrid Open

Thiem, who outlasted Borna Coric 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, is the last player to beat Nadal on clay at Rome a year ago.

Nadal was out of sorts from the start, looking nervous, committing errors, and landing his groundstrokes in the middle of the service box.

Thiem held at love to put the pressure on Nadal to stay in the match. "I was not under control of the point [for most of] the match", Nadal said. "It takes you time to adapt to how the ball bounces and flies". "He was better than me today".

"I think he picked up his level", said Shapovalov, a product of Richmond Hill, Ont. "It has to be a special day - the shots have to work - and that was the case today". In the other men's semi-final, Alexander Zverev will play Denis Shapovalov. The French showman had just two wins against Nadal from fifteen attempts and none on clay.

"There was also the fact that I never beat him". He's in a really great form. It's hard to be able to win 50 sets in a row. I didn't play badly in my opinion.

"Well, three weeks ago I beat him 6-0 6-3". Nadal will be looking to revenge his loss in next week's Italian Open and further clinch back the number 1 spot from Roger Federer. 'Of course, this is the ATP ranking.

"It gave me a huge boost of confidence", he said.

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"I really wanted to break through and be in the semifinals". Thiem made the final in this tournament previous year and is much more comfortable on this surface than the South African.

"I think from Shanghai till Monte Carlo, I hadn't finished a single tournament". This is the reality of this year. It doesn't mean that I'm done. After that, things we can not see in the future. I am three in the (ATP Race), which is the most important thing.

Dominic Thiem beating Rafael Nadal on clay? "This is the reality".

Then, Nadal fired long off his backhand side to once more go a break behind and there was no chance given by Thiem as a cross-court forehand wrapped up the contest. I just want to congratulate him, that's all. Is not a drama that I lost the match, no?

Rafa Nadal could smash a 34-year-old tennis record should he maintain his winning ways at the Madrid Open this week.

"I won 50 straight sets on this surface. It was a mini goal accomplished for me today". But that is part of the sport. That's part of the sport in general. We both go big on the serves.

World No. 8 Anderson battled into his first Masters semifinal with a 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 win over Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic.

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