Roger Federer’s Madrid Open hopes ended by Dominic Thiem but Rafael Nadal advances

Roger Federer forehand

Roger Federer crashed out of the Madrid Open on a brilliant day of quarter-final action, but Rafael Nadal was in imperious form.

Federer faced off against Dominic Thiem, the man who beat him in the final of Indian Wells earlier this, and was once again left frustrated by the Austrian.

It all started well for Federer, as he took the first set, but the match appeared to hinge on the outcome of a brutally contested tiebreak in the second.

Thiem won it, and went on to win the match 3-6, 7-6(13-11), 6-4 to book a semi-final date with Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal had no such problems though, as he powered past a bewildered Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-2.

He will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semis after the young Greek once again got the better of Alexander Zverev 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

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