Sport Nadal books Thiem clash in Rome

23:40  18 may  2017
23:40  18 may  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Rafael Nadal loses first match on clay this season to the inspired Dominic Thiem

  Rafael Nadal loses first match on clay this season to the inspired Dominic Thiem Spaniard had won 17 matches in a row on clay in 2017.Austrian Thiem had pushed Nadal hard in the final of Madrid last week, and went one better by playing at a consistently high level to record a 6-4 6-3 win over the favourite. A break of serve in each set was enough for the right-hander, who pulled off some, at times, brilliant shots. One backhand winner from the back of the court with Nadal at the net was especially memorable.

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Rafael Nadal underlined his credentials as the favourite for the Rome Masters after he defeated Jack Sock in straight sets.

Nadal maintained his unbeaten run on clay this season by winning 6-3 6-4 to set a quarter-final clash with Dominic Thiem. Sock used his doubles skills to good effect at times but was unable to thwart Nadal's progress.

The American 13th seed was broken in his first service game of the second set but hit back immediately to reassert himself in the match before Nadal secured the pivotal break at 4-4. The Spaniard then served out the contest under the lights.

It's a great achievement for me - Thiem delights in win over Nadal

  It's a great achievement for me - Thiem delights in win over Nadal Rafael Nadal has been in supreme form on clay, but Dominic Thiem was able to make it third time lucky in recent meetings between the two.A proud Dominic Thiem reflected on one of the best performances of his career to date after ending Rafael Nadal's lengthy winning streak on clay at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

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Book Reviews. Seemingly in control with a triple-set point as Thiem served at 4-5, Nadal had his momentum stopped by There are some that worry that Nadal is playing too much tennis and they are already calling for Nadal to exercise caution and skip next week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome .

Thiem overcame American Sam Querrey in an absorbing three-set contest to maintain his brilliant recent run of results on clay.

The Austrian survived a barrage of big-hitting from Querrey to prevail 3-6 6-3 7-6 in a titanic contest which lasted nearly two hours.

Thiem will be hopeful of exacting some revenge against Nadal who has beaten the world No 7 in both the Madrid and Barcelona finals during the clay-court swing.

Juan Martin del Potro set up a quarter-final meeting with world No 2 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals in Rome following an impressive and confidence boosting 7-6 6-3 victory over Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori.

Del Potro, world No 34, has only played at the Estoril Open in Portugal during the clay season but is proving that he is dangerous opposition before the French Open.

The Argentinian Davis Cup winner, who defeated Britain's Kyle Edmund in the second round, was forced to withdraw from last year's French but will be hoping to produce a good performance in Paris this time around.

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Nadal has won three titles on clay in 2017 in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Barcelona.The Spaniard has has made a sensational start to the 2017 season having struggled with injuries in 2016. Nadal has made six finals in the nine tournaments he has played and won three titles on clay – Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid – leading up to the French Open that starts on 28 May.

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