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Thiem beats Federer in Madrid quarters, to face Djokovic next



After winning their final match in Indian Wells final in March, Dominic Thiem has again defeated Roger Federer in Madrid Open quarterfinal.

Swiss Federer saved match points in the game but squandered two of his own in the second-set tie-break against his Austrian opponent.

Thiem eventually came through 3-6 7-6 (13-11) 6-4 to set up a semi-final meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic.

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Meanwhile, 37-year-old and 20-time Grand Slam winner, Federer, was playing in his first clay-court tournament for three years.

Thiem, a predominantly clay court player, will play Djokovic on Saturday after the Serb received a walkover to the semi-finals.

Djokovic had been set to face Marin Cilic but the Croat pulled out after suffering with food poisoning.

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