Thiem Topples Nadal In Barcelona, Battles Medvedev In Final

Thiem Topples Nadal In Barcelona, Battles Medvedev In Final

Thiem Topples Nadal In Barcelona, Battles Medvedev In Final

The world No. 2 lost in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals in straight sets to Fabio Fognini, and then fell at the same stage in similar fashion on Saturday to Dominic Thiem at the Barcelona Open - both tournaments, along with the French Open, that he has won 11 times each, an ATP record.

He dropped a set for the first time in four years at the event in his opening match against Leonardo Mayer and conceded he has been far from his best.

Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates winning the final of the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation in two sets 6-4, 6-0, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Nadal is 8-3 against Thiem, including a win in the 2017 final in Barcelona.

A sense of Déjà-vu in Barcelona: a week ago the Sand-opener in Monte Carlo Rafael passed Nadal in the semi-final.

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An all-Spanish affair was evenly matched for the most part, but Nadal was able to edge in front midway through the first set and maintained his position from there through rain delays.

Rafael Nadal entered his Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell semi-final on Saturday ideal from that stage on at the ATP 500 tournament (22-0). Thiem, whose play from the back of the court seemed to match Nadal's every move and then some, held to love, with a run of 10 points from 12, 4-2, and kept up some relentless pressure with a variety of winners through a compelling 13-minute seventh game. I was more lucky today and I got the win... "He's a great guy and great player and I'm happy for him". By beating Nadal on the red dirt Thiem has entered an elusive club a players who have won 4 or more matches against Nadal on clay.

Ironically, on the "Pista Rafa Nadal", which, according to his own designated Court in Barcelona, Nadal up against Thiem in each set depending on a Break. "I will enjoy tomorrow". But Nadal knows that he did not give away the match. But the 25-year old Austrian held to take the set 6-4. "It's always very special to beat him on clay or any other surface", he said.

Thiem, on the other hand, is looking to become only the second player after Novak Djokovic to have defeated the Spaniard four times on clay.

I wished I could have played in the final here but will take a few days rest and start Madrid preparations. "Even today, I played well", he said.

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