Thiem stuns Nadal in Madrid quar­ter­fi­nals

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT -

RAFA Nadal suf­fered a shock 7-5 6-3 de­feat by Aus­trian Do­minic Thiem (pic­tured) in the Madrid Open quar­ter­fi­nals yes­ter­day, a re­sult that means the Spa­niard will lose the world num­ber one ten­nis 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 semi­fi­nals to­day, the world num­ber eight hav­ing ad­vanced ear­lier.

He de­feated Ser­bia’s Du­san La­jovic 7-6 (7/3) 3-6 6-3.

An­der­son, the 31-year-old US Open fi­nal­ist last year, who stands a daunt­ing 2.03m, won largely due to his 15 aces and by mak­ing 35 win­ning shots to La­jovic’s 20. – AFP

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