Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Andy Murray 'concerned' after another early exit

Andy Murray 'concerned' after another early exit

Rafa Nadal is into the Madrid Open final after he defeated Novak Djokovic in their semi final. But Delgado is as important to the Scot as his more famous co-coach and it was Delgado, flying solo, who took Murray to five of his nine titles previous year.

"What's important to me is to make it to another final", said the fourth-seeded Nadal, who beat No. 2 seed Djokovic for the first time since the 2014 French Open final.

Lendl was always due to join up with Murray at this point in the season but it has been more than three months since they have worked side by side.

With the Spaniard gaining momentum at the right time, odds makers are tipping him as a heavy favourite to a win an unprecedented 10th French Open championship next month.

Just like Nadal, Thiem also has dropped just one set so far in the Madrid Open but the eight seed faces a completely different test against Nadal in the finals.

Coric, 20, only gained a place at the tournament after Richard Gasquet withdrew - becoming the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals in the Madrid tournament's 16-year history.

Goffin, who has 27 victories, was trying to make it to his third final this season.

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As mentioned above, a glimpse into that possibility should've already transpired yesterday in the expected Nadal-Djokovic semi.

No surprise, then, that during Madrid this year, Nadal had his old strut back.

This time previous year Djokovic was on top of the tennis world, not only in the present, but ticking all-time great achievements.

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

This was significant not only because it took Nadal to his sixth final of the year, nor that it was in front of his home crowd, but because he had turned around a long stretch of defeats to one of his biggest rivals-as big a confidence boost as he could want.

Real Madrid great Raul and all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo were among those watching in the stands in the Caja Majica on a scorching day in the Spanish capital in as Madrid fan Nadal continued his rampant start to the year. Even so, the change itself highlights the Serb's desire to be where he was previous year. "Collectively as a team we need to work out why that is". He would have to rely on Nadal to blink, which he briefly did, as? match points came and went. The Serbian did not get one sniff of a breakpoint, and although he had a higher first serve percentage that Nadal (67%: 61%) his points won off his second serve was pretty woeful - just 22%. The trio with a combined 44 major titles between them have redefined tennis and made the past decade and a half the most exciting time for the sport.

Djokovic had won the title a year ago, so unable to defend his title his ranking points continue to erode.

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