Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nadal to face Djokovic in Madrid semi-final


"I've been playing at a high level for many weeks, but I know tomorrow is a day when either I'll have to play really well or I'm not going to have many chances".

"It was a lovely game, we both played at the very highest level and there were great points for everyone to see", Nadal told Spanish Television.

The world No. 5 was pushed all the way by Goffin in the first set.

"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.

Meanwhile the women's singles final will be between Simona Halep, who continued her straightforward progress with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Latvian, Anastasija Sevastova, and 14 seed Kristina Mladenovic, who beat number 8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 7-6 (7).

Goffin, who has 27 victories, was trying to make it to his third final this season. But, he eventually took control of the tie-break to take the opener 7-6.

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

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In truth, it was Hull's woeful away form this season that ultimately sent them down. "It's always a relief", manager Sam Allardyce said after the game.

On the other side of the draw Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas advanced to his first ever Masters series semi-final by outlasting German wonder kid Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. 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.

Cuevas will face Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals after the Austrian brushed aside Andy Murray's conqueror Borna Coric in a one-sided last eight clash.

A recurrence of a wrist injury forces Kei Nishikori to withdraw, meaning that defending champion Novak Djokovic is through to the final of the Madrid Open.

Djokovic hasn't played in the semifinals of any event since winning the title in Doha at the beginning of the year.

Nishikori said he will try to recover in time to play in Rome next week and then in the French Open at the end of the month.

"I wouldn't have been able to play at 100 percent today", Nishikori told a press conference, explaining that his wrist started hurting slightly after Thursday's third-round match against Spanish veteran David Ferrer and the pain had gotten worse Friday morning.

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