Thiem breaks Nadal streak, Anderson reaches maiden Masters semi

Thiem breaks Nadal streak, Anderson reaches maiden Masters semi

"I haven't been good enough today", Nadal said. But that's part of this sport.

Nadal now heads to Rome, where he has been drawn to potentially face Thiem in another quarter-final.

Rafael Nadal insists he will not lose any sleep over relinquishing top spot in the rankings and vowed to play with more aggression after Dominic Thiem ended his record run at the Madrid Open.

In the Madrid semi-finals on Saturday, Thiem faces big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, who has beaten the Austrian in their last six encounters.

"Two weeks ago in Monte Carlo, he killed me love and two".

"He always had position to move around and to play a good shot, to strike the ball in a comfortable position", Nadal said.

McEnroe's 49-set winning streak on carpet in 1984 included him clinching the Madrid Indoor Open title and Nadal may well be about to follow suit.

"From there on, it's difficult to harm a player like him because he's a very powerful player, he has a lot of strength, he strikes the ball very hard, very violently".

He was right to be anxious.


While Thiem played to his strengths, Nadal made a number of mistakes in the match, including sending four serves in a row into the net for back-to-back double faults in the second set.

It was a brief reprieve as a lazy forehand volley gave Thiem a 6-5 advantage and the set came the Austrian's way in the 12th game off an ace.

Nadal pulled back a break, but couldn't defend his serve and Thiem broke him twice more, finishing off the world No. 1 with one final forehand victor. "To beat Rafa on clay you have to have a special day".

Zverev defeated John Isner 6-4, 7-5 to gain revenge for his defeat to the American in the Miami Masters final in April.

Thiem's first set win came with the highlight of the match - a thrilling back-and-forth point that pushed both players up, down, and sliding all across the court.

World No 8 Anderson battled into his first Masters semi-final with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 win over Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic.

"I am playing against one of the best players of the world".

On the women's side, two-time former Madrid champion Petra Kvitova beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-3, in an all-Czech semifinal.

Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens continued her remarkable run at the Madrid Open by thrashing French seventh seed Caroline Garcia to reach the womens' final.

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