Thiem ranked World no.7, brave and disruptive, took the first set 7-5 on the clay court against the World No.1 Rafael Nadal.
Fast forward to the second set where at 2 games down (5-3) it came to Rafa being faced with the situation of one game away from saving his World no.1 ranking – the game in question saw 2x Adv. Thiem = 2x match points. The pressure this put Nadal under only made him stronger, but Thiem responded with an out of this world response and won the match.
A blinding performance by Dominic Thiem, clenching a famous victory. He was in it mentally throughout the two sets.
Nadal gracious in defeat. Losing his No.1 ranking, meaning Roger Federer moves into World No.1 as the result of this match. No doubt Nadal will resurface in Rome next week, back on form & stronger than ever!
For today, praise to Thiem with his spectacular performance given that the unstoppable Nadal, who has won 50 successive sets on clay, has now been beaten on clay for the first time since 19th May 2017.
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