Thiem defeats Nadal in Madrid

Rafael Nadal Madrid Open

Dominic Thiem defeated Kevin Anderson in straight sets to reach the Madrid Open final for the second year in succession.

Because of the defeat Rafael Nadal will lose the title of the first racket of the world (last season he won Madrid).

Rafael Nadal made a passionate defense after he lost his world number one status to Roger Federer on Friday when he lost in straight sets to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open.

Nadal was not overly concerned as the Monte Carlo Masters in April was the first tournament he completed since losing the final of the Shanghai Masters in October previous year. Nadal's characteristic respect for his opponents was evident when he acknowledged the Austrian as one of the most unsafe on the tour as evidenced by the number five in the world ranking.

The 24-year-old Austrian broke Anderson in a nine-minute opening game which was enough to secure the first set in 49 minutes.

However, in their ninth career clash, Thiem put Nadal under pressure nearly from the start on Friday and broke for a 4-3 lead in the first set.

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But Thiem was not to be denied and won 10 of the next 11 points to snuff out any chance of a Nadal comeback, sealing victory with a powerful cross-court victor in under two hours.

The final was evenly contested, with both players getting three breaks each while saving many more chances. I'm not going to keep the number one today. However, in quotes that appeared in the UK's Daily Express newspaper Nadal said he knew it would be hard to continue his run as the world's top-ranked player.

So what happened when the couple met each other near the locker room is not really a surprise! "I think from Shanghai (last year) till Monte-Carlo, I hadn't finished a single tournament".

Kvitova previously won on the Madrid clay in 2011 and 2015. "This is wonderful. So I had to play an extraordinary match, and that's what I did", said Thiem. It was very important I went into the match with a positive attitude, with an attitude to win. He was the man to beat Nadal a year ago as well, only that time it was the Italian Open. The final score was 7-5, 6-3. The Canadian got the better of Kyle Edmund in a tough Denis Shapovalov, who advanced to his second Masters 1000 semi-final by beating British No. 1 Kyle Edmund 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-4 victory.

Zverev only surrendered six service points against Isner and won 30 when facing serve, taking advantage of the American's physical struggles as the match progressed.

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