Result: Dominic Thiem ends Rafael Nadal's 17-match winning run

Dominic Thiem celebrates a point during the French Open on May 28, 2016
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Dominic Thiem beats Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open to end the Spanish fourth seed's recent dominance on clay court.

Rafael Nadal has fallen short in his attempt to win the Italian Open for an eighth time after losing 6-4 6-3 to Dominic Thiem in Rome.

The fourth seed went down in straight sets on Friday afternoon to end his recent winning run, which had seen him win all 17 matches on clay this year.

Thiem started the match strongly by earning breaks in the first game and the fifth and, despite Nadal digging deep to claw it back to 5-4, the Austrian managed to get over the line.

Having previously suffered defeats to the same opponent in the Barcelona Open and Madrid Open finals, Thiem perhaps had revenge on the mind and he was well on top in the Italian capital.

Both players held for the first six games of the second set, but eighth seed Thiem broke his opponent twice in succession to make it through to the last four, where he will face Novak Djokovic or Juan Martin del Potro.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,465
3Switzerland Roger Federer6,545
4Serbia Novak Djokovic6,325
5Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,140
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,075
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
8Japan Kei Nishikori3,740
9Canada Milos Raonic3,310
10Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,160
11Alexander Zverev3,160
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,805
13France Gael Monfils2,775
14Belgium David Goffin2,605
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
16Pablo Carreno Busta2,350
17United States Jack Sock2,290
18Lucas Pouille2,255
19Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,245
20Australia Nick Kyrgios1,940