Rafa loses No.1 ranking

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.