Rafa loses No.1 ranking
RAFAEL Nadal has found a worthy rival on clay.
Dominic Thiem beat the top-ranked Nadal 7-5 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals, breaking the defending champion’s run of 21 straight wins on clay courts.
Nadal hadn’t lost a single set on clay since falling to Thiem a year ago in the Italian Open quarterfinals. But Thiem succeeded in doing the nearly impossible with his deep drives: Make Nadal look sluggish and a step slow on clay.
Nadal will lose his world No. 1 ranking to Roger Federer because of the defeat.
“I tried to fight back but I wasn’t good enough and he was better,” Nadal said.