11-Time Champion Nadal Beaten By Thiem In Barcelona Semis

11-Time Champion Nadal Beaten By Thiem In Barcelona Semis

The 14th-ranked Medvedev, coming off a semifinal appearance in Monte Carlo, was playing in his first clay court final. "I'm really happy that I managed to hold my nerves, to try to come back, and I managed to come back".

"I felt ahead of him mentally in the final set".

Thiem was unperturbed as he squandered a pair of break-point opportunities at the start of the second, creating another chance at 2-2 with a number of marvellous drop shots.

Things went on serve till the fourth game in the first set, with neither player getting a chance to break but Thiem soon had Nadal 0-40 down in the fifth.

Nadal was seeking to add to his 11 titles at both events. And later bageled out the Russian, Medvedev to lift his Barcelona crown. 'There are losses that help you, and this was one of them, ' Nadal said.

"I'm aware that I was facing someone who has beaten Tsitsipas and Goffin this week so I'm very happy that I was able to win". "Fognini is a great opponent too but I was not a competitive player".

Sunday's final will be Medvedev's third of 2019 but his first final on clay. Last month Thiem had won his first Masters 1000 title by defeating Roger Federer in Indian Wells Final.

Meanwhile, world number one Naomi Osaka joked that she had jinxed herself after pulling out of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart due to an abdominal injury on Saturday, but hopes to return to action in time for the French Open.

Thiem joins Novak Djokovic as the only player to have defeated Nadal four times on clay after Buenos Aires in 2016, Rome in 2017 and a year ago in the Madrid quarter-finals. Only two other players have beaten Nadal on clay three times - Fognini and Gaston Gaudio.

Was there anyone or anything that could get the better of 11-time champion Rafael Nadal in Barcelona, a tournament that he has so dominated that the centre court is already named in his honour? It's just the third time that Nadal has not won either Monte-Carlo or Barcelona in the same year (2014-15) going back to 2005. But Thiem extended the lead by holding serve.

The Mallorcan broke to take a 3-1 lead with a powerful forehand victor down the line but Struff broke back to make it 4-4.

Medvedev, however, broke to even it 2-2. "It's always very special to beat him on clay or any other surface", he said. Today I played a good match of tennis. "I was more lucky today".

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