Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
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Thiem storms past Anderson and into Madrid final

Thiem storms past Anderson and into Madrid final

"When my career is over, these things are going to be there forever". He also ended Nadal's 21-match, 50-set, winning streak on clay. "Well, it's done. It's over".

I give the Thiem the edge, but likely in three sets. And who better than Dominic Thiem, who even Uncle Toni believed could be the one to beat Nadal.

Nadal had not lost a set or match on the red dirt since falling to Thiem at last year's Italian Open, but the Austrian proved to be his downfall once more with a 7-5 6-3 victory. "Tomorrow is a key match in the tournament".

Bertens will face a tough examination in Saturday's final against Petra Kvitova after she beat her Czech compatriot Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 6-3 in Friday's second semi-final.

Rafael Nadal will lose his world No. 1 ranking to Roger Federer on Monday - despite the Swiss not playing a single minute on clay. But the remarkable streak was brought to an end by Thiem, who refused to let the momentum slip after winning the first set 7-5. But the Austrian troubled Nadal down his forehand side and broke back, after which he served out the set. A double fault and a long forehand allowed Nadal to retrieve the break at 5-5.

The 16-time grand slam champion is seeking his sixth title in Madrid after taking his trophy hauls at Monte Carlo and Barcelona to 11 apiece. The Argentinian led 4-0 in a third-set tie-break but still lost 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) to Serbian qualifier Lajovic.

Edmund will face Denis Shapovalov, who came through his all-Canadian clash with Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-4.

Having beaten both Novak Djokovic and top Belgian David Goffin, Edmund was overcome by the 19 year-old world No 43, whose outrageous shotmaking already has him marked down as a potential world No 1.

Second seed Alexander Zverev beat Argentina's Leonardo Mayer and will now take on John Isner, who beat Pablo Cuevas. I tried to do it a couple of times, but I wasn't good enough today. "I think it was maybe not great tennis, what people want to see with a lot of winners, but Caroline is a great player", Bertens said. At 1-1, he saved four break points but eventually lost the game with another forehand wide.

"What p*ssed me off was that the referee was looking at me as I said, 'Look at him!' It annoyed me", Monfils said. "That's why it went her way". "If I had played normal, I would have no chance", Thiem said.

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