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Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal Falters Against Dominic Thiem, Loses World Number 1 Ranking

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| May 12 , 2018 , 13:15 IST

Rafael Nadal suffered his first loss in clay-court this year as he faltered against Australia Dominic Thiem in the quarter-final of the Madrid Open on Friday. The final score was 7-5, 6-3.

Defending champion Nadal came into the tournament having won both Monte Carlo and Barcelona for the 11th time, witnessed his record 50-set winning streak on clay brought to an end by the fifth-seeded Thiem.

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Thiem, the runner-up to the Spaniard in the 2017 Madrid final, had been the last player to defeat Nadal on clay at the Italian Open in Rome almost 12 months ago.

"I wasn't good enough with my forehand or my backhand to open to his forehand today," admitted Nadal.

Unfortunately for Nadal, with this result, he has lost his World No.1 Ranking to Roger Federer.

Thiem, who faces South Africa's Kevin Anderson next for a place in Sunday's final, joins Novak Djokovic and Gaston Gaudio as the third man to have beaten Nadal three times on clay.

World No.8 Kevin Anderson battled into his first Master's semi-final with a 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 win over Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic.

Lajovic’s had ousted his compatriot and former World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the previous round before his fairytale run came to an end.

Anderson, the 31-year-old US Open runner-up last year, hit 15 aces and 35 winners.