Beats Spaniard in Italian Open quarter-finals
The Austrian will face either World No 2 Novak Djokovic or Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, whose quarter-final was suspended till yesterday after rain halted play with the Serb leading del Potro 6-1, 1-2.
Beaten twice by Nadal in the space of a month, in the Barcelona and Madrid Open finals, Thiem took his revenge by handing the 30-year-old Spaniard a first clay court defeat of the season in Rome.
The upset, after one hour and 51 minutes, ended Nadal’s 17match
Dominic Thiem in action against Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open in Rome on Friday.