Friday, 25 May, 2018

Rafael Nadal: Dominic Thiem reveals why Madrid Open win was so special

Rafael Nadal Madrid Open Diego Schwartzman GETTYDiego Schwartzman faces Rafael Nadal this evening
Cassandra Gardner | 12 May, 2018, 08:27

Regardless of where you put him in the pantheon of all-time players, Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the best tennis player that clay courts have ever seen and has 10 French Open titles to prove it.

That run included him surpassing John McEnroe's 1984 record of 49 sets won in succession on the same surface during his last-16 duel with Diego Schwartzman on Thursday.

Dominic Thiem beat Rafa Nadal in straight sets in the Madrid Open quarterfinals.

Thiem was also last player to take a set off Nadal on the surface when he beat the 31-year-old, a 10-time French Open victor, at the Italian Open in May 2017.

It's a special win against the best player on clay of all time and against the current No 1, which is very special as well.
The Spaniard's 21-match and 50-set winning streak was also brought to a halt by the fifth-seeded Austrian.

Five-time Madrid victor Nadal, who will be bidding for an 11th French Open title in Paris later this month, had won his previous 21 matches on clay.

Having started the tournament without an ATP World Tour victory on clay, Shapovalov is now down the last four to win the whole thing.

Collison retires after 15 year National Basketball Association career
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The shock result on Friday also means that Roger Federer will reclaim the world No. 1 ranking on Monday.

"When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there forever", Nadal said. Of course, I was very motivated to get through, but I think I was using it more as inspiration.

"If I play normal against him, I lose probably". Every match took place on some form of hard court.

Nadal had beaten Thiem, 6-0, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters three weeks ago.

Thiem will face sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson in the semifinals after he hit 15 aces to down Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3. The young German also had the 3-1 advantage, including their only meeting on clay-on Zverev's way to the Rome Masters title past year.

Nadal, Zverev, Djokovic, Thiem and others are back to fight for the title at the Foro Italico again and the Spaniard must be the considered as the top favorite, despite the fact he failed to go all the way here since 2013. Two-time Madrid champion Kvitova reached the final with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over Czech compatriot Karolina Pliskova.

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