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Thiem stuns Rafa Nadal in Madrid quarters

The Austrian caught Nadal by surprise with a superb quarter-final performance in Madrid to set up a semi-final showdown with Kevin Anderson.

Thiem stuns Rafa Nadal in Madrid quarters

Rafa Nadal  suffered a shock 7-5 6-3 defeat by Austrian Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open quarter-finals on Friday, a result that means the Spaniard will lose the world number one ranking.

Nadal broken five times

Thiem, who lost to Nadal in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals last month, was the last player to beat the Spaniard on clay - at last year's Rome Masters.

Nadal had set a record of winning 50 consecutive sets on a single surface by beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Thursday.

Dominic Thiem celebrates his victory.
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Dominic Thiem celebrates his victory.JuanJo MartínEFE

The 24-year-old Thiem broke Madrid title holder Nadal's serve five times before sealing victory with a powerful cross-court winner in just under two hours.

The Austrian, seeded fifth, will face South African Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals on Saturday.