Dominic Thiem ends Rafael Nadal's unbeaten run on clay

Madrid Open 2018: Rafael Nadal Off To Winning Start

Rafael Nadal looks to seal Madrid Open last-eight spot

'Five months without playing in a tournament means that I can not be No. 1. He got his revenge two years later in the Buenos Aires semifinals winning 6-4 4-6 7-6. "He was better than me today".

Dominic Thiem and Kristina Mladenovic are having a great week at the Mutua Madrid Open. At the beginning of the match, I did not have much success.

"In the third set (.) I was really thinking that I can't do it anymore".

"Five months without playing in a tournament means that I can not be No. 1".

"Hopefully I can go even further".

"Of course, I knew the opportunity existed today". After that, things we can not see in the future.

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For Rajasthan, Archer bagged couple of wickets but leaked 42 runs while Sodhi scalped one conceding 29 runs. All told, he took 31 runs off 14 balls from Kaul at a strike-rate of 221.42 and a control percentage of 85.

Two-time former Madrid champion Petra Kvitova played Karolina Pliskova later in an all-Czech semifinal. We're not playing a game where the differences are big or massive. "The differences are very small", he added. Federer has made a decision to skip the clay coiurt season.

The Spaniard had not dropped a set on clay since losing to Thiem in 2017 and set a new record of 50 consecutive set wins on a single surface on Thursday. The backhand once again from the world number one broke down and saw himself down a break again.

The fifth seed took advantage of a number of unfamiliar errors from Nadal to triumph 7-5, 6-3 on the clay courts of the Spanish city.

Djokovic, who kicked off his campaign with straight sets win over Japan's Kei Nishikori, failed to bounce back from a set down and slumped to a 3-6, 6-2, 3-6 defeat against Edmund.

But while the world No 1 cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Diego Schwartzman, Juan Martin del Potro, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep all crashed out.

Nadal said: "I am playing against one of the best players in the world and..." Obviously, two weeks ago in Monte-Carlo, he killed me love and two. Like this I should go in every match against him.

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"I'm not taking anything away from him".

He will next take on South African Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals on Saturday. Anderson, the 31-year-old US Open finalist last year, who stands a daunting 2.03m (6ft 8in), won largely due to his 15 aces and by making 35 winning shots to Lajovic's 20.

Edmund will next face Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who achieved a 6-4 6-4 win over compatriot Milos Raonic.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has lost to Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals.

Dutch player Kiki Bertens was the first to book a place in the last four of the women's draw as she comfortably dispatched seventh seed Caroline Garcia of France in straight sets.

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