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

00:40  17 may  2018
00:40  17 may  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

Nadal unfazed by losing number one status

  Nadal unfazed by losing number one status Rafael Nadal said being happy and fit is much more important than being top of the rankings after his loss to Dominic Thiem.Rafael Nadal insists he will not lose any sleep over relinquishing top spot in the rankings and vowed to play with more aggression after Dominic Thiem ended his record run at the Madrid Open.

Roger Federer climbed back to top spot in the world despite taking the clay court season off after Nadal was beaten by Thiem on home soil, the Austrian going on to reach the final but finding Alexander Zverev to be too strong on Sunday. Best Bookmakers to Bet on the Rome Masters Online.

Round 2 of the Masters: First-round leader Jordan Spieth falls back , others rise up. Federer and Nadal dominant at Shanghai Masters. OmnisportOctober 11, 2017. Dimitrov will meet Sam Querrey in round three, but fellow seeds Kevin Anderson and David Goffin could not follow suit.

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.

Classy Zverev punishes Thiem to secure Madrid title

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Rafael Nadal produced an utterly dominant performance to power into the semi-finals of the Monte Thiem was the only player to beat Nadal on clay in Rome last year, but the Spaniard dispensed of the He will now face Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals as he bids to win an 11th Monte Carlo title.

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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.


"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.


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).

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