Nadal loses to Thiem in Ar­gentina Open

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Spain's Rafael Nadal lost in the semi-fi­nal of the Ar­gentina Open, go­ing down 4-6 6-4 6-7 to Aus­trian Do­minic Thiem. Nadal, the world num­ber five and de­fend­ing cham­pion, failed to con­vert a match point at 5-4 in the fi­nal set. The nine-time French Open win­ner is top seed for a tour­na­ment in Rio de Janiero next week that also in­cludes Bri­tish num­ber two Al­jaz Be­dene.

Thiem, 22, will be look­ing for his first ATP sin­gles ti­tle of the sea­son in Sun­day's fi­nal. "It was a tough match. I had a chance to win and missed it but Thiem played well," said 29-year-old Nadal, who has won 47 ti­tles on clay.

"I'm not wor­ried. I just lacked con­sis­tency and need to make fewer un­forced er­rors, but that's noth­ing." Thiem will face Ni­co­las Al­ma­gro in Sun­day's fi­nal af­ter the Spa­niard came through 6-4 75 against com­pa­triot David Fer­rer, who had ear­lier played a rain-de­layed quar­ter- fi­nal against Pablo Cuevas.

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