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Dominic Thiem snaps Rafael Nadal's clay winning streak in Rome

Dominic Thiem snaps Rafael Nadal's clay winning streak in Rome

Rafael Nadal's winning streak ended at 17 matches as he lost in straight sets to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open on Friday.

The 6-4, 6-3 victory came after Thiem was beaten by the Spaniard in the Madrid Open final last week.

“Of course I came in with a very aggressive game style because I knew that if I want to have a chance, then I have to do something different and be more aggressive,” Thiem said. “I knew that if it goes in, everything, maybe I have a chance. If not, maybe I also lose easy.

“But today was one of these days where I really felt the ball great on the racket, and a lot of risky shots went in. It was a very, very good performance, and...

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