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...