Rafael Nadal’s bid for a 12th Barcelona Open title has been ended by Dominic Thiem. The Austrian player won 6-4, 6-4 in just over two hours to set up a final against Daniil Medvedev.
It’s the fourth time in as many years and the first time Rafa has lost in the semi-finals or finals of his home tournament.
Rafa’s defeat comes just a week after he was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters where he is also an 11-time champion.
After the match, Rafa said:
My confidence is back, today’s match is a good base to achieve my goals. Against Fognini, I played one of the worst matches in 14 years. Today I’ve been competitive and I enjoyed the match.
I was competitive until the end, but I’ve lost against a top-level player. I’ve missed being able to play more matches like this one.
Sources: AFP, express.co.uk