Rafael Nadal has finally lost a set on clay this season… to Dominic Thiem

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 | 0

Rafael Nadal hasn’t dropped a set on clay this season, right? Wrong.

The ‘King of Clay’ just broke his streak of 46 consecutive sets after losing to Dominic Thiem on the red dirt.

There’s a catch to it though. And if you’re a Nadal fan, you will be happy to read this: it was a practice match. So, you can call it an illegal defeat,

Yes, the Spaniard lost a tightly-contested first set 5-7 before bouncing back to take the second 6-1 against the Austrian world No. 7.

Sigh! The record is still intact.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion will hope that remains the case when he competes at the upcoming Madrid Masters.

Nadal has a bye first up and is likely square off against French veteran Gael Monfils in the second round.

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