NADAL STUNNED BY THIEM AT MADRID OPEN AS FED­ERER RE­GAINS NO.1 RANKING

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports -

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

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