Saturday, 13 February 2016

Rafael Nadal Sent Tumbling Out Of Argentina Open By Dominic Thiem In Latest Setback

Defending champion Rafael Nadal suffered a shock defeat by Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.

Nadal finished 2015 in decent form and was optimistic of better times ahead this year but so far they have not materialised.
Rafael Nadal suffered a defeat by Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires
Rafael Nadal suffered a defeat by Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires
A chastening loss to Novak Djokovic in the final in Doha was followed by a first-round defeat by Fernando Verdasco at the Australian Open.

Nadal had won his only previous clash with Thiem comfortably on clay at the French Open in 2014 but this was a different story as the Austrian prevailed 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7/4).
Thiem is the youngest player in the top 20 and the 22-year-old showed his growing maturity by coming through a tight third set.
Defending champion Nadal covers his eyes with his towel during his lost to Austrian youngster, Thiem
Defending champion Nadal covers his eyes with his towel during his lost to Austrian youngster, Thiem

After seeing an early break slip away, the world number 19 saved a match point at 4-5 with a brave forehand and then took advantage of Nadal errors to dominate the tie-break.

Earlier, David Ferrer won a rain-delayed quarter-final against Pablo Cuevas 6-4 1-6 6-3.

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