Dominic Thiem ends Rafael Nadal’s 17-win streak in Rome triumph

(Eurosport) – Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal is out of the Italian Open after a straight-set defeat by Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals. It is Rafa’s first defeat of the season on clay and only the third and fourth sets that he has dropped on clay across the entire season. It also brings to an end Rafa’s run of 17 straight victories.

The Austrian was dominant in the opening set as he raced into a 5-1 lead. Rafa regained some composure and managed to fight back to 5-4 but he couldn’t prevent Thiem taking the set. The pair served out the opening six games of the second but Rafa found a break and hold in the seventh and eighth to open up a 5-3 lead. He then break Rafa’s service game again to secure a memorable victory.

Source: Eurosport


  1. Rafa is THE favorite to win the French. Having said that, I will reiterate that there are many who want to and are capable of winning at RG. My heart and money are on Rafa.


  2. I am extremely happy with how Rafa has carried himself these past few months. This is definitely a comeback year for him and I feel he will not only do well just on clay, but he will do well on grass and the hard court season coming up as well. His confidence will assist in guiding him through to many more wins this season and he has a decent shot of ending the year in the top tier if not at #1 again. Vamos Rafa for all his 3 clay wins and to a possible 10th dream trophy at Roland Garros.


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