Rafael Nadal's record run is ended by Dominic Thiem

John Mc Enroe and Rafa Nadal

The Frenchman went down in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 to Nadal, but was annoyed with the referee for not acknowledging his complaints about the world number one wasting time between serves. In the course of this series, the Spaniard won the 50 sets in a row that a new record in the history of the ATP tour.

"You can not be No. 1 five months without competing", said Nadal, who had knee troubles end of last season, and was out from end of January until April with a psoas injury.

'But I think from January till Monte-Carlo I played zero tournaments. "Let's not talk about that any more and let's continue on what we have ahead".

"I lost the No. 1 before, but what makes me happy is I feel fit, can compete with possibilities every single week", Nadal said. I was not under control of the point [for most of] the match. This is the reality of this year.

"Five months without playing in a tournament means that I can not be No 1".

"But today he was stronger than me". After that, things we can not see in the future.

Dominic Thiem becomes the youngest player to beat Rafael Nadal on clay - a stat that both Nadal and Thiem can be proud of.

He said: "He played well". I love to play here. "The differences are very small".

Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe's 34-year record on Thursday by winning his 50th consecutive set on clay at the Madrid Open. Thiem then, followed the first set win by brilliance in the second set and won the match 7-5, 6-3.

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Djokovic, who kicked off his campaign with straight sets win over Japan's Kei Nishikori, failed to bounce back from a set down and slumped to a 3-6, 6-2, 3-6 defeat against Edmund. The world #1 was again a comfortable victor in his third round clash with Diego Schwartzman, advancing 6-3 6-4.

Lajovic will now face South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber.

"I think it has just been a match where he was better than me, same as a few weeks ago I was better than him". It was very important I went in with a positive attitude, with an attitude to win.

"I'm not taking anything away from him". Anderson struggled with his return in his quarterfinal match, but he hit 15 aces and won 67 percent of his total service points.

Shapovalov, 19, ranked at 43 in the world, fired 29 winners past Edmund, a surprise semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January.

Shapovalov enjoyed a breakout performance at last summer's Rogers Cup in Montreal before falling to Zverev in the semifinals.

The fifth-seeded Thiem avenged his loss to Nadal in last year's Madrid final and earned his third career victory in nine meetings with Nadal, all on clay.

Zverev already has two Masters 1000 titles to his name, and his greater experience told in the ninth game.

On the women's side of the draw, Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands continued her sparkling week, securing a place in the final with an emphatic 6-2, 6-2 victory over France's Caroline Garcia.

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