Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Federer falls to Thiem in 3-set marathon in Madrid

Federer falls to Thiem in 3-set marathon in Madrid

The Madrid Open was his first clay-court tournament in three years. "I'm very, very pleased with this win".

"A very positive match, I'm very happy with the way I played and in general terms, it was a great performance". It's been a good week. "I'm happy, it was an important moment for me and I'm really happy to be through this way", ATP quoted Nadal as saying. He was trying to with his shot to find my backhand, but I was returning good on the backhand so maybe he didn't find his place on the court and overall, I have been solid.

Federer will be seeded third at the Italian Open, which begins Wednesday.

Roger Federer has been the finalist four-times at the Italian Open.

Federer skipped the clay swing the past two years to remain fit for the rest of the season.

The decision suggests Federer believes he has a serious chance of winning the French Open, a decade after his only title there.

Djokovic had been given a walkover after his scheduled quarter-final opponent Marin Cilic withdrew after suffering from food poisoning.

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Everything is still very much up for grabs this season and we will be keeping our foot firmly to the floor". Well, if there is, then this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix is a must-win for Sebastian Vettel .

The two-time Madrid champion was awaiting the victor of the second semi-final between Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens, and will overtake Naomi Osaka at the top of the rankings if she wins.

In a press conference in Madrid Dominic Thiem commented on Roger Federer's comeback to clay courts. The only thing that stopped him so many times is Rafael Nadal.

Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on Alexander Zverev in the battle of the young guns before five-time victor Rafael Nadal faces Stan Wawrinka in the remaining quarter-final line-up.

Wawrinka came into this quarter-final in fine form, having not lost a set or a service game in three matches this week against France's Pierres-Hugues Herbert, Argentina's Guido Pella and Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Finally, Rafa Nadal is another player with a big head-to-head lead, taking a 17-3 lead into his match with Stan Wawrinka. Looking at 12 month clay data, Zverev has a slight edge, but after a tough 2019 season so far, Zverev's data has taken a bit of a hit and Tsitsipas has a marginal edge.

On the women's side, Simona Halep made it back to the Madrid final for the first time since 2017 with a 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-0 win over unseeded Belinda Bencic. I actually think Hurkacz has the potential to compete at a much higher level than his current ranking.

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