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Rafa shock! He loses match on clay

14 May, 2018, 04:37 | Author: Joan Malone
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He said his victory over Nadal had been a timely boost after being thrashed by the Spaniard in Monte Carlo and falling in the quarter-finals in Barcelona. But who will win this one?

With his one victory, Thiem delivered a triple-punch to Nadal.

Prior to this match against Dominic Thiem, Nadal had won a record 50 consecutive sets on clay and looked in inspired form. I don't know if that's a tough player or not.

Kvitova outlasted Bertens 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 in a grueling final decided when the unseeded Dutch player hit a backhand long on the final point after almost three hours.

Thiem knocked Nadal out in straight sets to reach the last four at the Madrid Open, where Kevin Anderson now awaits. However, he upset the Spaniard in Rome past year, winning 6-3 6-3.

World number six Juan Martin del Potro kicked out of the tournament after Serbia's Dusan Lajovic came back from a set down to hammer the Argentine 3-6 6-4 7-6 (6) in the third round. It was 0-6 before today.

Nadal pulled out of two tournaments last fall with injuries and then retired from his quarter-final match at the Australian Open in January because of a leg injury.

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Thiem recorded his third win over the Spanish in nine encounters and all have been on the clay court. "I haven't been good enough today", Nadal said. "Of course, he's still playing incredible also in these tournaments but for the other players, it's getting a little bit easier because it's faster and there's a higher bounce". He opened his Madrid campaign against Argentina's Federico Delbonis.

'You can not be No. 1 five months without competing, ' he said after the 5-7 3-6 loss to the fifth seed.

Thiem won the rally of the match serving for the match to get the game to 30-all. But Nadal then uncharacteristically lost his accuracy and was broken once again, after hitting a wayward smash and then somehow netting the ball after Thiem mis-hit a short forehand.

How do they match up?

In the quarterfinals Friday, he downed John Isner to avenge his defeat to the American in the Miami final earlier this season. Thiem is able to summon plenty of topspin himself. We're not talking about something that you have maybe some more margin.

Monfils brought it up during an interview after the match Wednesday and seemed rattled despite Nadal's serve timing not contributing too much to the end result, which was a dominating win for the Spaniard.

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