• Top seed loses quarter-final in four sets
• Thiem beats Nadal 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6
Dominic Thiem held his nerve to send a tetchy Rafael Nadal out of the Australian Open in the quarter-finals, prolonging the world No 1’s indifferent run in Melbourne.
Nadal was looking to equal Roger Federer’s record of 20 grand slam singles titles but that will have to wait after Thiem, the fifth seed, dug in for a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (6) victory over more than four hours to progress to a semi-final against Alexander Zverev.
Written by Tom Davies and agencies
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/29/rafael-nadal-crashes-out-australian-open-dominic-thiem-tennis under the title “Rafael Nadal crashes out of Australian Open after thriller with Dominic Thiem”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.