Nadal's 50-set win streak ended by Thiem

  • Nadal's 50-set win streak ended by Thiem

Nadal's 50-set win streak ended by Thiem

Thiem dispatched Nadal in straight sets in Rome a week later, but Nadal returned the favor by sweeping Thiem in the semifinals at Roland Garros and again in the Monte Carlo quarterfinals earlier this year.

Rafael Nadal set more records Thursday in Madrid. That's all.' About losing the No. 1 ranking position in favour of Roger Federer, Nadal said: 'You can not be No. "And waiting for some shorter ball and then I'll attack", said the 26-year-old. "My game is better the better I manage it and pick the moments not to be aggressive". Dominic has a lot of potential. That makes him incredibly hard to hit through.

Since that loss, Nadal had been impeccable on his preferred surface. Nothing else matters. For someone who's won Madrid five times and enjoyed so much success already, that steely outlook might be more impressive than any record. I didn't play badly in my opinion. But that is part of the sport.

"I had to really increase my level compared to Monte Carlo to beat Rafa here", Thiem said.

Nadal had to save two break points in the opening game of the match but Thiem did not waste his next opportunity when further signs of vulnerability emerged in the seventh game. He got the better of long rallies by hitting precise winners, and avoided the costly errors that sunk Nadal's title defense. The feelings are very good.

The world No. 1's focus is trained on his next match against Dominic Thiem, a rematch of last year's final. "It was an incredible match".

The Austrian, seeded fifth, will face South African Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals on Saturday.

He was right to be anxious.

Overall, Nadal leads Thiem 6-2.

Nadal, 31, beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 on clay to take his winning streak to 50 sets in a row.

'You can not be No. 1 five months without competing, ' he said after the 5-7 3-6 loss to the fifth seed. "If I want to repeat", Thiem added.

But Thiem ended his 21-match unbeaten run on clay with such a classy performance.

No 2 seed Alexander Zverev has largely flowed under the radar and looked comfortable against Leonardo Mayer, and he will face John Isner once more in a Masters, having been edged for the Miami title by the big-serving American.

In the only match of the day without a seeded player, Canadian Denis Shapovalov defeated countryman Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4.