Rafael Nadal not fussed about losing No 1 ranking to Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal not fussed about losing No 1 ranking to Roger Federer

If we were talking about the ranking of one year, if I played really good in one period of the year, which I've done, let's be clear, I have been playing really good recently. But that's part of this sport. He is likely to face Thiem again in the quarter-final of the final ATP Masters 1000 tournament on the red dirt, starting May 14.

Federer will therefore move back to the top of the rankings, despite taking the clay-court season off, but of more outcome is a performance from Thiem that suggests Nadal may have a genuine rival at the French Open.

Thiem, the No. 5 seed, will next face sixth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson, a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 victor over Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic.

"I had to really increase my level compared to Monte Carlo to beat Rafa here", Thiem said. "It's difficult to harm a player like him because he is very powerful, he strikes the ball very hard".

The defeat for defending champion Nadal also ended his record run of 50 consecutive sets and means he will be replaced as world number one by Switzerland's Roger Federer when the rankings are published. We're talking about a lot of months that I gave up.

He was right to be anxious.

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Thiem, watched by his girlfriend - and WTA star - Kristina Mladenovic, turned the screw for a 3-1 lead in the second set but Nadal battled back to 3-3.

Nadal pulled back a break, but couldn't defend his serve and Thiem broke him twice more, finishing off the world No. 1 with one final forehand victor. "Small things happen that normally when you're in a good momentum, those things don't happen".

Men's semifinals and women's final day at the Mutua Madrid Open in singles draws.

Denis Shapovalov defeated fellow Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4 6-4 to advance along with Kevin Anderson and John Isner.

Thiem's first set win came with the highlight of the match - a thrilling back-and-forth point that pushed both players up, down, and sliding all across the court. Zverev bested seventh-seeded American John Isner 6-4, 7-5, while Shapovalov battled past Great Britain's Kyle Edmund 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-4 in a match that took almost two and a half hours.

Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens continued her remarkable run at the Madrid Open by thrashing French seventh seed Caroline Garcia to reach the womens' final.

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