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Rafael Nadal slips after record set right

Rafael Nadal slips after record set right Rafael Nadal slips after record set right
Anna Jefferson | 12 May, 2018, 18:20

Thiem, who was dismantled in Monaco three weeks ago by Nadal, admitted he had to be nearly flawless to beat the king of clay.

Since last year's loss to Thiem, Nadal had been impeccable on his preferred surface. At 9:30 PM Alexander Zverev, who already reached three 1000s semis this year (Indian Wells was the only exception) will play Denis Shapovalov for the second time in career. I lost the match, it was not my day.

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.

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

Nadal appeared to have salvaged the opening set when he broke Thiem back for 5-5, but the Austrian took the advantage right back after Nadal sent a forehand into the net. "Some days you don't play as good as you would like to play".

"I had to play an extraordinary match, and that's what I did", Thiem assessed.

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"I think Novak, step by step, is going to be able to recover and be at the level he deserves. I still have two good weeks on clay then I'll keep moving forward". He won 21 matches on clay and 50 sets. As I've said here, it's even heavier, because here I have the feeling it's not easy to respond to that ball', he added. "So I can't go back to the hotel and think that I have to do a lot of things different to prepare the next events because [that] will not be something that will be very smart".

'I mean, there is a reason why I did my first Masters finals here past year. I am No. 3 in the Race of the year, which is the most important thing.

The run includes tournament triumphs in Barcelona, Monte Carlo and last year's French Open, where he will be the clear favourite later this month to claim a 17th major crown. Two 7-6s in the third set, to fall a bit short, including match points against Pablo Carreno Busta in Miami.

Thiem, the No. 5 seed, will next face sixth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson, a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 victor over Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic.

Thiem proved too powerful for the 'King of Clay, ' defeating the world No 1 7-5, 6-3.

Dutch player Kiki Bertens was the first to book a place in the last four of the women's draw as she comfortably dispatched seventh seed Caroline Garcia of France in straight sets.

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