Nadal Loses Head Position To Federer In Madrid
Nadal Loses Head Position To Federer After Defeating In Madrid Against Thiem. Rafael Nadal is no longer the number one in the world from next week. The Spaniard surprisingly lost Friday in the quarterfinals of the Master’s tournament in Madrid by Dominic Thiem.
The Austrian was too strong for the Spaniard in two sets: 7-5 and 6-3. Due to the early elimination of the defending champion, Roger Federer is again at the top of the ATP ranking from next week.
On Thursday, the 31-year-old Nadal improved an up-to-date record by American legend John McEnroe. Nadal won fifty sets in a row on gravel, one more than the 49 McEnroe took in 1984 on the carpet.
However, the 51st set lost against Thiem. The Austrian number seven of the world was also the last player to win a set of gravel from Nadal, in the quarter-final of Rome last year.
Nadal won 21 matches on clay in a row, but Thiem prevented the 22nd win. The Austrian will face South African Kevin Anderson in the semi-final.
For Nadal, it is only his second loss of the season. The Spaniard went down in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, after which he won the tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
Nadal starts at Roland Garros from 27 May for his eleventh victory. He defends his title in Paris. He will not suffer from Federer. The Swiss skips the gravel season entirely and focuses on Wimbledon.