BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Dominic Thiem upset top-ranked Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to advance to the final against defending champion Rafael Nadal at the Barcelona Open on Saturday.
Nadal beat Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 after the fourth-seeded Thiem dispatched with Murray in windy conditions at the Real Club de Tenis.
Murray's defeat came a week after he exited the third round in Monte Carlo. That loss prompted Murray to enter Barcelona to whip up some form for the French Open following a right-elbow injury.
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Murray looked on the bright side of getting extra matches on Barcelona's outdoor clay.
“I got three matches in three days against all different players,” Murray said. “Feli (Felicano Lopez) uses a lot of slice and variation, (Albert) Ramos-(Vinolas) yesterday is a lefty and today against Dominic, who plays with the kick serve and so much spin. To play two hours today after three yesterday, will be good for me.”