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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1Scotland flag Andy Murray10,370
2Serbia Novak Djokovic7,445
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,445
4Spain Rafael Nadal5,375
5Switzerland Roger Federer5,035
6Canada Milos Raonic4,360
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,145
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,765
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,560
10Alexander Zverev3,150
11Belgium David Goffin3,055
12Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,900
13France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,870
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,780
15United States Jack Sock2,415
16France Gael Monfils2,365
17Lucas Pouille2,320
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,155
19Australia Nick Kyrgios2,155
20Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,065