Nadal set for semi showdown with Djokovic

Nadal set for semi showdown with Djokovic

Djokovic made the last four after Nishikori withdrew from their match with a wrist injury.

However, a mixture of Almagro nerves and Djokovic upping his intensity saw the world No. 2 react immediately to level at 3-3.

Rafael Nadal extended his flawless record on clay this season to 12-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 destruction of Nick Kyrgios.

The second set was more routine for Nadal, who conjured a sliding backhand to win a point he looked certain to lose, leaving Goffin with a rueful smile.

Halep will face in-form Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic or Svetlana Kuznetsova in Saturday's final.

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He saved all six break opportunities he conceded to Nadal in the first set, but the fifth-ranked Spaniard took control of the tiebreaker under the closed roof on center court.

Novak Djokovic staved off a huge upset and Rafael Nadal was made to battle in their opening matches at the Madrid Masters on Wednesday.

In another quarterfinal, Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay rallied to beat Alexander Zverev of Germany 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.

"I don't want to go too hard on my wrist", the Japanese player said. Cuevas won one of the points of the tournament with a no-look victor with his back to the court after a lob shot by Zverev early in the second set.

He will face the victor of the late night match between number 8 seed Dominic Thiem and Borna Coric, who knocked number one seed, Andy Murray out earlier in the week. Coric eliminated top-ranked Andy Murray in the third round, while Thiem advanced by saving five match points in a win over Grigor Dimitrov.

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Nishikori has been struggling with a wrist problem in recent weeks which had caused him to withdraw from the Barcelona Open.

Nadal eased past Goffin in their only previous meeting on his way to winning the Monte Carlo Masters 6-3, 6-1 last month before also lifting a 10th Barcelona Open.

"It's frustrating to have to drop out of a big tournament", said Nishikori, who has won only two of 13 matches against Djokovic and lost in their last 10 meetings.

"Ninety-nine percent of players would accept to have the type of slump Djokovic has had", Nadal said.

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