Thiem upsets Nadal to reach Barcelona Open final
For the second week in a row, Rafael Nadal fell in the semifinals of a claycourt tournament he has dominated for more than a decade. Dominic Thiem defeated Nadal 6-4, 6-4 in the Barcelona (Spain) Open on Saturday, becoming the first player other than Novak Djokovic to defeat the Spaniard on clay four times.
The loss for Nadal came one week after he was beaten by Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo. Nadal was seeking to add to his 11 titles at both events. Now, the 17-time Grand Slam champion will be looking to recover his normally unstoppable form on clay before next month’s French Open, which he has also won 11 times.
Thiem will try to win his second title of the year Sunday against Daniil Medvedev, who upset fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Porsche Grand Prix (Germany) semifinals because of an abdominal injury. Osaka said she began to feel the injury before her quarterfinal Friday, when she came back from 5-1 down in the third set to beat Donna Vekic of Croatia.