Sport It's a great achievement for me - Thiem delights in win over Nadal

00:15  20 may  2017
00:15  20 may  2017 Source:   Omnisport

Thiem puts Nadal revenge in his sights

  Thiem puts Nadal revenge in his sights Having lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets in Barcelona, Dominic Thiem has a quick shot at revenge in Madrid.Dominic Thiem set up a Madrid Open final showdown with Rafael Nadal as the Austrian ended the charge of Pablo Cuevas.

“ It ’ s the first win , so it ’ s really something special,” said Thiem of beating a No. 1. “But it ’ s also the first win over a Top 10 guy this season. Nadal very serious, serving well, already a great FH winner… it ’ s gonna be a herculean task for Thiem , this work!

I mean, it ' s difficult to think about all these things right now. "I just finished a great match. No doubt he's now the clear favorite to win Roland Garros, which will be his 10th. This was Thiem 's second straight loss to Nadal in a final -- he lost to Nadal is Barcelona final a week ago.

Dominic Thiem - cropped: Dominic Thiem celebrates his victory over Rafael Nadal © Provided by Omnisport Dominic Thiem celebrates his victory over Rafael Nadal

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.

Rising star Thiem, who has displayed impressive form in recent weeks, saw an aggressive approach pay off handsomely as he recorded a hugely impressive 6-4 6-3 victory on Friday.

A seven-time champion in Rome, Nadal came into the contest unbeaten on clay in 2017, but the Spaniard was second-best on this occasion against the player he beat to win titles in Barcelona and Madrid.

Thiem puts Nadal revenge in his sights

  Thiem puts Nadal revenge in his sights Having lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets in Barcelona, Dominic Thiem has a quick shot at revenge in Madrid.Dominic Thiem set up a Madrid Open final showdown with Rafael Nadal as the Austrian ended the charge of Pablo Cuevas.

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The win was Nadal ’ s second over a Top 40 players this season after beating Kei Nishikori at Indian Wells. Thiem , who has played so well this year, couldn’t get past missing so many break chances like he did in Miami against Novak Djokovic.

"I came in with a very aggressive game style, because I knew that if I wanted to have a chance, then I would have to do something different and be more aggressive," Thiem was quoted as saying by the ATP World Tour's official website.

"I knew that if it goes in, everything, maybe I have a chance. If not, maybe I also lose easy. But today was one of these days where I really felt the ball great on the racquet, and a lot of risky shots went in.

"It was a very, very good performance and I think probably one of my best matches."

Nadal is a hot favourite to win his 10th French Open at Roland Garros next month and Thiem was understandably wary of a comeback from the 'King of Clay' on Friday.

"It's a great achievement for me. If you're up a set and a break, you never feel safe because he just doesn't give you one easy point," the Austrian added.

"You really have to finish the match off, and that's what I did... with a little bit of trouble in my last service game.

"He's this kind of player who never gives up - probably the best fighter in tennis. Especially on clay, it's one of the toughest things to beat him."

Thiem will face either Novak Djokovic or Juan Martin Del Potro in the last four. He has yet to record a victory over either player.

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