Nadal, Thiem on Early Collision Course in Rome; ATP Preview

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In the victory, Thiem won 86 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points.

"In general, I was playing not good enough".

Cilic said: 'When you look at history that he had, you know, that many - or just couple sets that even went to, you know, to extension from 5-all that finished 7-5 or 7-6 in these last 12 months, when you look as that obviously it's a surprise.

The No. 5 seed snapped Nadal's 50-set, 21-match winning streak on clay, he ended the Mallorcan's title defence in the Spanish capital and interrupted his reign as world No. 1 - for now - as Roger Federer returns to the top when the new rankings are released on Monday. "We both should be very proud of this attractive final we played today".

The Austrian played last year in Madrid and Zverev was the only one in 2017 who reached five semifinals of this level, with titles in Rome and Montreal, and this year lost the Miami against John Isner. I don't think I faced breakpoints in the whole tournament. Thiem has split his last eight final appearances overall and is 7-4 in final appearances on clay court.

In doing so, she took her landmark third title, surpassing the two each won by Serena Williams and Simona Halep in Madrid, which established a women's section in 2009.

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'Rafa feels over there probably the best of all clay court conditions that there are, ' he added.

I mentioned yesterday that Zverev's level this week has been stunning, and of a world-class level. I don't know if that's a tough player or not.

"I'm not going to keep the number one today".

The final match in Italy that I want to discuss is David Ferrer against Jack Sock. At the end of the year we will see what happens.

Despite his disappointment with his form, Nadal is not too concerned about how this loss affects his chances in Rome or Roland Garros. "To be honest, I thought also myself that I was pretty far away before this week started. Obviously he's leading the head-to-head", Zverev said. I won here seven times. All in all, it was just a bad match from me.

South African Anderson, seeded sixth, was playing in his first Masters 1000 semi-final but faded after a solid start, unable to make an impression on Thiem's heavy baseline game.

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