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Nadal, Djokovic to Meet Saturday in ATP Madrid Semifinals

Nadal, Djokovic to Meet Saturday in ATP Madrid Semifinals

"I feel that the altitude is helping me also". He's now bleeding sets left and right, dropping at least one in 12 of his last 16 matches. "I have noticed it from the beginning".

The Serbian, who recently split from his long-term coach Marian Vajda, is trying to regain his best form again ahead of the French Open. He won his first career title in Marrakech, Morocco, last month. 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.

Djokovic holds one of the weakest of his seasons in the last 10 years.

Fognini twice led by a break in the first set, and served for the set at 5-4, but he faltered at the line and went on to lose the set on a tie break.

Whereas Nadal had been in fine form with titles in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, an underwhelming performance was nothing new for Novak Djokovic.

The Madrid Open started the rivalry, with the Caja Magica witnessing an engrossing semi-final in 2009 lasting over four hours which Nadal won after saving three match points.

"The level was definitely very high today I thought from both players", Djokovic said. The Spaniard thinks his opponent is really good on clay and a very tough player.

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Nadal made it to three finals this year before finally winning in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

Kei Nishikori of Japan talks to the media after withdraw from the Madrid Open with an injury before his quarterfinal against Novak Djokovic. However, the Belgian, playing Raonic for the first time on clay, was able to run the Canadian ragged, 6-4, 6-2.

Nadal picked up his tour-leading 31st victory this year by easily defeating 16th-seeded Kyrgios, who never threatened after losing the first set.

"I wasn't expecting myself to play well this week at all", said Kyrgios, who had to pull out of last week's Estoril Open to attend his grandfather's funeral. "It was a big step forward".

In the WTA Madrid Open, holder Simona Halep advanced over 16th seed Samantha Stosur 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Despite being far from his best against the Italian, Nadal fought hard to win the match.

Halep faces Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in Friday's semi-finals after the world number 22 saw off Kiki Bertens 6-3, 6-3. Furthermore, Ferrer is a shell of his former self, and the former world number four recorded a confidence-boosting, 6-4, 6-3 victory over the Spaniard, advancing to his fifth consecutive quarterfinal in Madrid.


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