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Madrid Open: Rafa Nadal enters semi-final to face Novak Djokovic

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Published: 07:18 GMT, May 13, 2017 |
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Rafa Nadal set up an intriguing Madrid Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic by overcoming Belgian David Goffin 7-6(3) 6-2 in a high-quality last-eight match on Friday (May 12).

Nadal edged a bruising first set after blowing eight break points with a top-class tiebreak, playing adventurous shots which sapped Goffin’s energy and the world number 10 ceded the final point with a double fault.

The pair served up a sizzling second set, especially in the seventh game when Nadal finally broke the Belgian for a second time in the set at the fourth attempt after sensational rallies which had spectators in the Caja Majica rising to their feet in appreciation.

Nadal has made a storming start to the clay court season, winning the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open for a record-extending 10th time last month.

Saturday’s match between Djokovic and Nadal will be the 50th between the two great rivals, who have won a combined 26 grand slam titles.

Croatian Borna Coric, conqueror of world number one Andy Murray in the third round, plays Dominic Thiem of Austria later on Friday, Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay – who beat German Alexander Zverev — in the semis.