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ATP: Roger Federer world No.1 return: Rafael Nadal streak ended by Dominic Thiem, Madrid Masters


RAFAEL Nadal has suffered his first clay-court defeat in almost a year with the world No.1 shocked 7-5 6-3 by Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Masters quarter-finals.

Defending champion Nadal, who came into the tournament having won both Monte Carlo and Barcelona for an 11th time, also saw his record 50-set winning streak on clay ended by the fifth-seeded Thiem.

Thiem, the runner-up to the great Spaniard in the 2017 Madrid final, had been the last player to defeat Nadal on clay at the 2017 Italian Open in Rome — 357 days ago.

The shock result on Friday also means that Roger Federer will reclaim the world No.1 ranking on Monday. Federer is once again skipping the claycourt season.

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