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Ruthless Rafa Nadal sends Thiem packing in Monte Carlo

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - Defending champion Rafa Nadal thrashed Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem 6-0 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters for a record 14th time on Friday.

Thiem, who had beaten Nadal twice on clay previously, was considered as the Spaniard's toughest opponent heading into the tournament but he crumbled in the Monaco sunshine.

The world number one won nine straight games before Thiem even got on the scoreboard, drawing sympathetic cheers from the crowd.

The 31-year-old brought up match point with a blistering forehand winner and wrapped up the contest when Thiem fired a backhand into the net, his 25th unforced error.

It was a ruthless display from the 10-times champion, who will next face Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the final. Nadal has to win the tournament to stop his rival Roger Federer regaining the top ranking.

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