NADAL STUNNED BY THIEM AT MADRID OPEN AS FEDERER REGAINS NO.1 RANKING
MADRID: Rafa Nadal suffered a shock 7-5 6-3 defeat by Austrian Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Friday, a result that means the Spaniard will lose the world number one ranking.
Thiem, who lost to Nadal in the Monte Carlo quarterfinals last month, was the last player to beat the Spaniard on clay - at last year’s Rome Masters.
Nadal had set a record of winning 50 consecutive sets on a single surface by beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Thiem broke Madrid title holder Nadal’s serve five times before sealing victory with a powerful cross-court winner in just under two hours.
The Austrian, seeded fifth, will face South African Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals on Saturday. THE INDEPENDENT