Andy Murray losses to Thiem in Barcelona Open semifinals

Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal is now a set and a break up against South African Kevin Anderson.

British number three Dan Evans has been knocked out of the Barcelona Open at the third-round stage following a straight-sets defeat to Dominic Thiem.

There was an element of misfortune for Zeballos as Nadal secured the crucial break on the back of a lucky net cord, but the nine-time champion would not be denied and a jovial Zeballos was satisfied to take an on-court selfie home with him as a memento after being beaten.

NRafael Nadal returned to the final by beating Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal at the Real Club de Tenis.

"It will be hard, he is one of the best players in the world on clay", he added.




The Austrian's fierce hitting was proving too much for Murray, playing his second tournament after his elbow injury and clearly still getting back up to speed.

The momentum swung in the eighth game of the set, though, as Murray broke decisively for a 5-3 lead before seeing it out to level at 1-1.

Murray squeezed past Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a three-hour encounter on Friday and looked flat-footed as Thiem roared through the opening set with three breaks of serve in just over half an hour.

Murray was again in trouble at 4-2 down in the decisive set, and folded when he failed to successfully return Thiem's deep lob on match point.

The 23-year-old, having reached the final in Barcelona for the first time, will have a shot at a ninth career title on the ATP Tour. "I started to do a better job of that, but in that last game I missed a couple of shots I shouldn't have".

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