Sport Supreme Thiem tames seven-time Rome champion Nadal

20:10  19 may  2017
20:10  19 may  2017 Source:   Omnisport

Supreme Thiem tames seven-time Rome champion Nadal

  Supreme Thiem tames seven-time Rome champion Nadal Rafael Nadal has been crowned champion seven times in Rome, but this year's charge was ended by an inspired Dominic Thiem.Dominic Thiem gained revenge after back-to-back final defeats with a stunning 6-4 6-3 winover seven-time Internazionali BNL d'Italia champion Rafael Nadal.

Rome , where the Spaniard is a seven - time champion , beckons. Thiem drew first blood with a break for 2-1, but Nadal , using the drop shot often to take advantage of Thiem ’s court depth, broke back for 3-3.

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Dominic Thiem gained revenge after back-to-back final defeats with a stunning 6-4 6-3 winover seven-time Internazionali BNL d'Italia champion Rafael Nadal.

The Austrian was beaten by Nadal in his maiden ATP Masters 1000 final at the Madrid Open, having already been defeated by the same opponent at the same stage of the Barcelona Open.

But the honours belonged to the supreme Thiem in Friday's quarter-final meeting in Rome, the 23-year-old producing a heavy-hitting display that frequently had Nadal chasing shadows in his first clay-court loss of 2017.

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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Rome , where the Spaniard is a seven - time champion , beckons. Thiem drew first blood with a break for 2-1, but Nadal , using the drop shot often to take advantage of Thiem ’s court depth, broke back for 3-3.

Novak Djokovic or Juan Martin del Potro will be up next for Thiem in the last four.

Thiem – whose solitary win in this head to head came at last year's Argentina Open – was quickly into his stride, a couple of vicious one-handed backhands helping him to an opening-game break, even as Nadal landed all six first serves.

The pinpoint accuracy of Thiem's early play soon had him 2-0 up and putting pressure on the Nadal serve once more, taking the 14-time grand slam champion to deuce.

Remarkably, the world number seven simply continued to get better and Nadal initially had no answer to his opponent's power and precision from the baseline, which earned another break for a 4-1 lead.

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  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.

Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem in the final on Sunday to win his third straight title on clay this season. Notably, the seven - time Rome Masters champion has been drawn with Djokovic in the same half at this year's tournament.

And the 14- time Grand Slam champion is now strong favourite to add a 10th French Open crown next month as he romped to victory on home soil for the loss of just one set all week. Thiem also fell victim to Nadal 's supreme form in the final in Barcelona two weeks ago, but there was little for the

It was then that Nadal finally had some joy against the serve, but Thiem kept his cool at 40-40, with the Spaniard forced to all corners of the court before being outdone by a thunderbolt forehand winner.

Having shown signs of life in clawing one game back, Nadal – returning to stay in the set – started with two ferocious winners and saw Thiem send one long to give the King of Clay two break points.

Although they were snuffed out, Nadal dug deep and profited from some rare Thiem errors to cut the gap, which was further reduced following a prompt hold.

Serving for the set for the second time, Thiem produced a more accomplished game to halt Nadal's fightback and move ahead.

Nadal wasted little time in testing Thiem's nerve in the second set, a deft drop shot and a powerful forehand down the line taking it to deuce in the right-hander's opening service game, though he did ultimately hold.

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And the 14- time Grand Slam champion is now strong favourite to add a 10th French Open crown next month as he romped to victory on home soil for the loss of just one set all week. Thiem also fell victim to Nadal 's supreme form in the final in Barcelona two weeks ago, but there was little for the

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An increasingly animated Nadal knew he had to vary his approach and began to show a greater willingness to come to the net as he sought to disrupt the inspired Thiem's rhythm, a tactic that yielded mixed results.

One such venture forward resulted in Nadal dumping the ball into the net and he proceeded to lose the next two points to trail 15-40 on serve, before battling back for a gutsy hold.

But when he stepped up to serve at 3-3, Nadal suffered a decisive loss, one exchange leaving the crowd on their feet as Thiem raced behind the baseline and rifled a cross-court backhand past his rival.

Thiem stayed strong in the face of break points to see out a thrilling contest with a last break of his own, as Nadal wrapped up his French Open preparations with a shock loss.

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The German, who turned 20 last month, recovered from the blow of failing to serve out the opening set to win a tense tie-break against the 2016 Wimbledon finalist.

Raonic faded badly in the second set of the first meeting between the pair, the seven games taking just 28 minutes to complete.

Zverev will now face John Isner following the American's battling triumph over Marin Cilic.

Isner prevailed 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 7-6 (7-2), with the help of 21 aces, to record only his second win against the Croatian.

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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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