Rafael Nadal suffered a shock 7-5, 6-3 defeat to Dominic Thiem as he got dumped out of the Madrid Open in the quarterfinals stage.
Nadal, who had only just set a record of 50 consecutive sets unbeaten on clay on Thursday in the round of 16, suffered his first defeat on his favoured clay surface since he lost to Thiem at the Italian Open 12 months ago.
As a result of the defeat, Roger Federer, who’s not played a single match since March, will become world no. 1 for the fifth time, when the updated rankings are released on Monday.
Austria’s Thiem, who has now accounted for each of Nadal’s last two losses on clay, will, in the semifinals, face South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, who beat Dusan Lajovic 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.
Elsewhere, Kiki Bertens dismantled Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 6-2 to reach the final of the Madrid Open and will face either Karolina Pliskova or Petra Kvitova for the title.