Rafael Nadal, to the world’s astonishment, crashed out of Italian Open, after failing to dodge an aggressive performance conveyed by the, “Headline Boy”, Dominic Thiem. Nadal ended his 17 match on clay this year thanks to the Austrian in a deserving win for him, crushing the Spaniards hope to enter the French Open with outstanding form.
The first set started off with the Austrian breaking the Nadal serve and going on to drift past the Spaniard swiftly for a 4-1 advantage, breaking the Spaniard’s game twice in the run. Nadal was made to sweat all over the court and seemed quite out of touch, whilst attempting to counter the resiliency of the Austrian. With a total first serve percent averaging 70 in the first set, Thiem made a point not to let his counter-part get away with any of his serves marching ahead 5-2, just when the Spaniard started showing his dominance and gave a thick fight demanding more from the Austrian to be dismantled. The Spaniard did make sure to entertain the crowd and pressurise the Austrian, coming back 5-4, just for the World. No.8 to wrap up the match winning the set point,making it 6-4 to win a tantalizing set.
The set started off with a Nadal serving out the Austrian to take a 0-1 lead but the in-form Thiem never gave up on his will to overthrow the King. The set saw both the players winning alternate service games to take the toll to 3-3, just when the Austrian broke the Nadal serve twice to take the match 6-4, 6-3 after totally outclassing the World No.4 and making the headlines. Thiem managed an impressive all round performance making it to all areas of the court with his pace and exquisite placements, to which the Spaniard squandered.
This upset means an end to the terrific run of wins for the World no.4. It would be intriguing to see if he manages to get back to his feet or stumble upon the aggravating loss handed over by the Austrian.