Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Rafael Nadal teaches Nick Kyrgios a lesson in Madrid

Rafael Nadal teaches Nick Kyrgios a lesson in Madrid

And after a blistering start, Djokovic had to battle back from 3-0 down in the deciding set to book his place in the last 16 on Thursday against Feliciano Lopez, who beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3).

Rafael Nadal's fine form continued with a straight-sets win over David Goffin to set up a Madrid Open semi-final with Novak Djokovic. Doubles: First round: Fabrice Martin & Daniel Nestor bt Rohan Bopanna & Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2.

Djokovic has lost the ruthlessness that took him to the peak and his woes were evident yesterday in his 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win over world No 76 Nicolas Almagro in the second round of the Madrid Masters. Tomas Berdych, the 11 seed, also progressed into the third round following a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win against Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

Djokovic had to withdraw from the Miami Open because of an elbow injury.

Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada defeated Gilles Muller of Luxemburg 6-4, 6-4, while sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan recovered from a slow start to beat Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 1-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Worse was to follow with Djokovic losing his serve in the second game of the third and final set.

Nadal is looking all set for the French Open by winning Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open on claycourts.

The defending champion saved the only break point he faced in the opening game of the second set scoring his seventh straight victory in the Spanish capital city. In the semi-final Novak came out without a fight because of injury to his opponent in the quarter finals Kay Nishikori, who withdrew from the tournament without leaving the court.

Nadal was below his best and it was not until he took a decisive break in the final game, just after having his own set broken that the match was finally decided.

David Goffin awaits the victor of Nadal's clash with Australian Kyrgios as the Belgian beat world number six Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2. In his first clay-court tournament, in Monte Carlo, Djokovic was eliminated by David Goffin in quarterfinals.

In the semifinals of the tournament in Madrid, 30-year-old host Rafael Nadal will meet with 29-year-old Serb Novak Djokovic.

It was Djokovic, who had dominated on the clay past year as he went on to win the Roland Garros title.

"Four consecutive games lost in this level should not happen because otherwise you're going to lose the match", added Djokovic.

The third-seeded Halep, who also lost the 2014 final to Maria Sharapova, will play to keep her title against eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation or Kristina Mladenovic of France.

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