Thiem up­sets Nadal to reach Barcelona Open fi­nal

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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.

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