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Sport Nadal back to dominant best as Dimitrov, Thiem fall in Rome

03:36  17 may  2018
03:36  17 may  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

Nadal breaks McEnroe record with 50th consecutive set win

  Nadal breaks McEnroe record with 50th consecutive set win Rafael Nadal won his 50th consecutive set on clay on Thursday to break John McEnroe's 34-year record and beat Diego Schwartzman at the Madrid Open. Nadal's comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory moves him into the quarter-finals in the Spanish capital and means he sets a new Open era best for the longest streak of victorious sets on a single surface. McEnroe's 49-set winning streak on carpet in 1984 included him clinching the Madrid Indoor Open title and Nadal may well be about to follow suit. He will play Austria's Dominic Thiem on Friday for a place in the last four.

Rafael Nadal bounced back from a rare clay-court defeat in style with a merciless thrashing of Damir Dzumhur at the Internazionali d'Italia, where Thiem was joined in making an early exit by Dimitrov and John Isner, who lost respective close matches to Kei Nishikori and Albert Ramos-Vinolas, while

A rare defeat on clay seemed to have fired up Rafael Nadal as he trounced Damir Dzumhur, but Dominic Thiem was knocked out in Rome .

Rafael Nadal - cropped: Rafael Nadal celebrates his thrashing of Damir Dzumhur © Provided by Omnisport Rafael Nadal celebrates his thrashing of Damir Dzumhur

Rafael Nadal bounced back from a rare clay-court defeat in style with a merciless thrashing of Damir Dzumhur at the Internazionali d'Italia, where Grigor Dimitrov was dumped out on his 27th birthday.

Nadal's astounding 50-set winning streak on clay came to an end last week when he lost to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open, but the two men suffered contrasting fortunes in Rome on Wednesday.

Seven-time champion Nadal - seeking to reclaim the number-one ranking he conceded last week - hammered Dzumhur 6-1 6-0 after Thiem had gone down in three sets to Fabio Fognini, the Austrian smashing a racquet in anger during an intense contest.

Tennis - Zverev crushes Thiem to win Madrid title

  Tennis - Zverev crushes Thiem to win Madrid title Germany's Alexander Zverev looked every bit a serious French Open title contender as he crushed claycourt specialist Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-4 in the Madrid Open final on Sunday. Oddly the 21-year-old world number three is yet to progress past the last 16 of a grand slam but he now has three Masters 1000 titles to his name and against Thiem played with a swagger that suggests that his record in the majors will improve soon.

Thiem was joined in making an early exit by Dimitrov and John Isner, who lost respective close matches to Kei Nishikori and Albert Ramos-Vinolas, while Kevin Anderson retired after losing the first set to Aljaz Bedene. Rafa Nadal : Back to the helm in Rome .

A rare defeat on clay seemed to have fired up Rafael Nadal as he trounced Damir Dzumhur, but Dominic Thiem was knocked out in Rome . Rafael Nadal bounced back from a rare clay-court defeat in style with a merciless thrashing of Damir Dzumhur at the Internazionali d'Italia, where Grigor Dimitrov

Four of the top eight seeds were eliminated on a busy day of action. Thiem was joined in making an early exit by Dimitrov and John Isner, who lost respective close matches to Kei Nishikori and Albert Ramos-Vinolas, while Kevin Anderson retired after losing the first set to Aljaz Bedene.

Next up for Ramos-Vinolas is a meeting with Novak Djokovic, who eased past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-2. Djokovic has not dropped a set in five previous meetings between the pair.

Defending champion Alexander Zverev continued his excellent form with a 7-5 6-2 win over Matteo Berrettini, his 10th victory in a row.

'KING OF CLAY' BACK IN BUSINESS

"It was important, after a loss in Madrid, to come back strong, and that's what I did today," said Nadal following his demolition of Dzumhur.

"I went on court with the right intensity. I don't know how many mistakes I made, but not many. I also had control, more or less, of a high percentage of the points. That was the way that I want to play."

Nadal will face Denis Shapovalov in the last 16 after the Canadian got the better of Robin Haase.

DEL POTRO, CILIC AVOID UPSETS

Although six seeded players suffered exits on Wednesday, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic were able to advance.

Del Potro progressed in straight sets at the expense of rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Cilic had to work harder on day two of his rain-interrupted match with Ryan Harrison, but ultimately won 6-7 (3-7) 6-1 7-6 (7-1).

Top seed Barty eases through in Strasbourg .
Ashleigh Barty has advanced to the second round at the Strasbourg Open where fellow Australians Samantha Stosur and Daria Gavrilova will meet on Tuesday.The Aussie No.1 struck 21 winners on her way to a 6-4 6-4 victory in an hour and 15 minutes, sealing the victory with an ace to set up a clash with French veteran Pauline Parmentier.

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