Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem: LIVE updates from Madrid Open quarter-final clash

Nadal is looking unbeatable on clay once again this week having dispatched Gael Monfils and Diego Schwartzman in straight sets.

Neither of his opponents so far had done much wrong in their matches, but the Spaniard took advantage of every opportunity presented to him.

But he faces a much tougher test today in 24-year-old Thiem, who has nine singles ATP Tour titles to his name so far.

The Austrian has had to come from a set down in both his matches this week against Borna Coric Federico Delbonis.

However, he holds a decent record against Nadal in his young career, winning two of their eight encounters and all their previous meetings have been on clay.

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Rafael Nadal 3-3 *Dominic Thiem

Nadal certainly meeting his match in this contest. Thiem with a fantastic backhand down the line right into the corner to make it 40-15.

And he follows that up with a phenomenal one-handed backhand across the court with Nadal just stranded.

*Rafael Nadal 3-2 Dominic Thiem

Nadal was relatively in control but his seventh unforced errors of the match gave Thiem a glimmer of hope.

However, the world No 1 holds once again with Thiem struggling to work on Nadal’s first serve.

Rafael Nadal 2-2 *Dominic Thiem

This is going to a fascinating match if these two keep this up. Both with some sensational winners.

Thiem edges Nadal this time around with his sixth forehand winner of the match already.

*Rafael Nadal 2-1 Dominic Thiem

Nadal with an unbelievably accurate forehand into the corner and Thiem does well to get something on it but couldn’t keep his return in.

Swiftly followed by an ace from the Spaniard and a much more comfortable service game for Nadal.

Rafael Nadal 1-1 *Dominic Thiem

Thiem playing WAY deep on the baseline and Nadal feeling comfortable at that length.

But the world No 7 with some sensational stuff towards the end of the game. A serve-and-volley is followed up by a long rally won with a brilliant backhand across the court.

*Rafael Nadal 1-0 Dominic Thiem

A regular occurrence so far in this tournament has been Nadal’s struggle in getting his first serve going early on and against Thiem it will be pounced upon.

The Austrian gets two chances to break early but can’t take advantage of either opportunity with Nadal doing just enough.

Good start from Thiem but Nadal will be delighted he was able to hold serve.

16:20: The two met in last year’s Madrid Open final with Nadal winning in straight sets but Thiem grabbed his revenge later that month in Rome.

16:10: Thiem has made tough work of his opening two matches in the Madrid Open against Borna Coric Federico Delbonis so far but will most definitely provide a tougher test for Nadal today and has already tasted victory over the Spaniard on clay a couple of times.

16:00: Welcome to our live blog for Rafael Nadal’s quarter-final match against Dominic Thiem this afternoon.

The players are due out on court very soon and this promises to be an interesting battle.

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