The end of a record-breaking run - Nadal's 50 successive victorious clay-court sets

Rafael Nadal's remarkable run of 50 successive sets won on clay was stunningly ended on Friday as he suffered defeat to Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open quarter-finals.

Nadal had not surrendered a set on clay since his loss to Thiem at the Internazionali d'Italia last May and the Austrian proved his undoing again in the Spanish capital.

The defeat means Nadal - who surpassed John McEnroe's Open Era record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface, which he registered on carpet in 1984 - will also lose his world number one ranking to Roger Federer.

Here we look back at King of Clay's stunning streak, which included a 10th French Open win and 11th titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, on the red dirt.

 

2017 French Open:

Benoit Paire 6-1 6-4 6-1
Robin Haase 6-1 6-4 6-3
Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0 6-1 6-0
Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-2 6-2
Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2 2-0 (RET)
Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 6-0
Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1

2018 Davis Cup:

Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-2 6-3
Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-4 6-4

2018 Monte Carlo Masters:

Aljaz Bedene 6-1 6-3
Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-2
Dominic Thiem 6-0 6-2
Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-1
Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2

2018 Barcelona Open:

Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4 6-4
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1 6-3
Martin Klizan 6-0 7-5
David Goffin 6-4 6-0
Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 6-1

2018 Madrid Open:

Gael Monfils 6-3 6-1
Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4

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