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Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe's 34-year document

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Cassandra Gardner | 14 May, 2018, 04:38

Nadal comfortably won his match against Diego Schwartzman at the Madrid open with 6-3, 6-4 to break McEnroe's 34-year-old record.

After Thiem double-faulted, Nadal leveled at 5-5 to the delight of the crowd. However, Thiem would be broken right back for 5-5.

Nadal wouldn't extend the record further though, dropping his very next set to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of Madrid Open. In the second set, he could never get going. Even so, Thiem struggled to take charge, turning the set into a topsy-turvy affair. It's not under control like the other two tournaments.

Serving at 2-3, Thiem again found himself down 15-40.

Zverev and Shapovalov did not take to court until around 10 pm local time after Petra Zvitova's marathon final victory over Kiki Bertens in the women's singles.

By this stage, though, Thiem did not need anybody telling him that he was on his way to a major upset victory.

Although the 24-year-old Austrian failed to convert a set point in the ninth game, he pounced at the second time of asking to seal the first set with an ace. Thiem has won seven of his last nine matches on clay court. But Nadal served his way out of trouble.

Meanwhile, Thiem - who lost the Madrid final to Nadal a year ago - will face South African Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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Coming off a successful title defense in Munich last week, Zverev has faced just one break point all week. I'm not sure if it was the long wait for the match or just a tough week.

Nadal will face Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals at the Madrid Open on Friday and the Austrian is the last person to beat the Spanish tennis legend on clay - at the Rome Masters last season.

"I wasn't good enough with my forehand or my backhand to open to his forehand today", admitted Nadal. He was better than me today, that's the end of the story. The ball usually kicks up a little bit more.

Federer returns to the summit despite not playing since 24 March and sitting out the clay-court season, as Nadal will lose the ranking points from his win in Madrid previous year when the list is updated on Monday. Thiem made the finals past year.

Before the tournament started, Thiem sounded confident in his chances if he faced Nadal. "I feel like every time we play, we have a thriller match".

'Five months without playing in a tournament means that I can not be No. 1.

Nadal won the first in 2014 at Roland Garros at a time when Thiem was a highly-rated but unproven young gun and proved no match for the great Spaniard, losing in straight sets 2-6 2-6 3-6.

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