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Nadal's winning streak on clay ends, Venus loses in Rome

Rafael Nadal's winning streak ended at 17 matches as he lost in straight sets to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open on Friday.

Venus Williams is also out of the tournament after the American was defeated 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 by third seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

The result bodes well for Muguruza's defense of her French Open title.

Thiem's 6-4, 6-3 victory came after he was beaten by the Spaniard in the Madrid Open final last week.

"Of course I came in with a very aggressive game style, because I knew that if I want to have a chance, then I have to do something different and be more aggressive," Thiem said. "I knew that if it goes...

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