Isner eliminated in Madrid Open quarterfinals

Isner eliminated in Madrid Open quarterfinals

The 31-year-old Spaniard looked unstoppable going into his Friday clash with fifth seed Thiem, having won 50 consecutive sets on the red dirt, but he was well beaten 7-5 6-3.

Thiem, the runner-up to the great Spaniard in the 2017 Madrid final, had been the last player to defeat Nadal on clay at the 2017 Italian Open in Rome - 357 days ago.

Nadal had set a record of winning 50 consecutive sets on a single surface by beating the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman on Thursday but he was undone by Thiem, who broke the 31-year-old's serve five times before sealing victory with a powerful cross-court victor in just under two hours.

Thiem knocked Nadal out in straight sets to reach the last four at the Madrid Open, where Kevin Anderson now awaits.

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If we were talking about the ranking of one year, if I played really good in one period of the year, which I've done, let's be clear, I have been playing really good recently. "It was not my day". "I'm just feeling week very good on the court, and everything is working so far". However, in quotes that appeared in the UK's Daily Express newspaper Nadal said he knew it would be hard to continue his run as the world's top-ranked player. "I think I did it pretty well".

Nadal now heads to Rome, where he has been drawn to potentially face Thiem in another quarter-final. He got the better of long rallies by hitting precise winners, and avoided the costly errors that sunk Nadal's title defence. "It was a mini goal accomplished for me". Today I lost the match.

Zverev will now come up against Isner, a 6-7 (9-11) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) victor against Pablo Cuevas on a bad day for the South Americans, in a rematch of the Miami Open final won by the American. "I found I was very happy with how I played from the baseline, returning serving, so all in all it was a good performance". We're not playing a game where the differences are big or massive.

Second seed Zverev showed no signs of tiredness as he cruised past Mayer 6-4 6-2 in only 70 minutes. Thiem has won seven of his last nine matches on clay court. "He played well and I didn't play well". Thiem made the final in this tournament past year and is much more comfortable on this surface than the South African. Is not a drama that I lost the match, no?

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