Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal overwhelmed by Dominic Thiem as unbeaten run ends
Rafael Nadal’s 21-match unbeaten run on clay ended as he was knocked out of the Madrid Open within the quarter-finals by Dominic Thiem.
Spaniard Nadal, who had not misplaced a set and was unbeaten on the floor since defeat by Austrian Thiem in May 2017, misplaced dropping 7-5 6-3.
Nadal, 31, set a record of 50 consecutive sets won on one floor on Thursday.
His defeat means Swiss Roger Federer will exchange Nadal as world primary.
Federer has not performed since 24 March and sat out the clay-court season, however Nadal will lose the rating factors from his win in Madrid final yr when the checklist is up to date on Monday.
Thiem will play South African Kevin Anderson within the semi-final.
5-time Madrid champion Nadal was beneath his finest, hitting 29 unforced errors within the two units, however Thiem produced a wonderful efficiency.
He didn’t convert break factors within the first sport of the match however broke Nadal’s serve within the seventh sport to take a 4-Three lead.
Nadal saved a set level earlier than breaking again for 5-5 however Thiem gained the next two video games to shut out the set.
Thiem gained an enthralling nine-minute sport to interrupt serve and take a 2-1 lead within the second set and, regardless of Nadal levelling at 3-3, Thiem broke serve twice extra en path to clinching the match.
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
Thiem had not overwhelmed Nadal on clay for 357 days – and neither had anybody else.
The Austrian made a gradual begin to his favorite season of the yr, however performed an impressive match and smashed many memorable off forehand winners previous Nadal.
The Spaniard was not in a position to play at his standard degree, and this isn’t his favorite venue. Madrid is about 650 metres above sea degree, so the ball flies by the air. He has solely gained this title 4 occasions because it has been performed on clay: in distinction, he has gained 11 occasions in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and will probably be chasing an 11th French Open title later this month.
The lads’s sport desperately wants somebody to threaten some form of rivalry with Nadal on clay, however the Spaniard stays a sizzling favorite for Roland Garros and will probably be world primary once more if he wins in Rome subsequent week.