Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Djokovic, Nadal fight on as Wawrinka bows out — Madrid Open

Djokovic, Nadal fight on as Wawrinka bows out — Madrid Open

The round of 16 Madrid Open clash between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios is set to start at 8:00pm local time, 11:30pm IST and 2:00pm EST.

He also arrived here on a wave of form after his injury-marred 2016.

Nadal has also dominated Djokovic at the French Open, beating him on six out of seven occasions. Nadal, though, won their only previous meeting on clay at the Rome Masters past year. "I started the match OK, but when I started to go behind, I didn't find any way to improve my game or to make it more hard for him", Murray told a news conference.

Grigor Dimitrov, who broke into the top 10 during a breakthrough season in 2014, had found it tough to push on from that success. They haven't played against each other since last year's Rome Masters. Immediately he made the quarters in Toronto and semis in Cincinnati.

Raonic will play Belgium's David Goffin next. He was having now to face and beat his own generation, not just the older established order. "It's one of the matches that you go back home with a lot of adrenaline and feel satisfied for the work done". In his dip after Wimbledon, he won in Montreal. made the final at the US Open, the semi-finals in Shanghai, the final in the World Tour Finals. "Hopefully getting better and better".

More Almagro errors followed to give Djokovic another break for 6-5 and he served out for the match.

Goffin - beaten by Nadal in the last four in Monte Carlo - served to stay in the set at 5-4 and started with a nervy double fault but, amid the tension of being taken to deuce, ended it with a pinpoint forehand and a commanding overhead smash. "Obviously he didn't play very good today".

However, the Fognini had his winning game in the straight sets as 6-4, 6-4 against Portugal's Joao Sousa.

Dimitrov will have to wait a little longer to try to regain that status, and perhaps that will come on his favoured grass, where he made headlines nearly a decade back by winning the junior Wimbledon title.

Croatian Borna Coric, conqueror of world number one Andy Murray in the third round, plays Dominic Thiem of Austria later on Friday with the victor meeting Pablo Cuevas in the other semi-final after the Uruguayan beat German Alexander Zverev 3-6 6-0 6-4.

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Thiem against Coric avenged a loss earlier this year at Miami.

"He (Goffin) demands the most of you, he's one of the best in the world, one of the candidates to win the most important trophies".

"On his slump, 99 percent of players would love to be in his position". Nadal won the encounter in the 2009 semi-finals, while Djokovic beat the Spaniard in the finals in 2011.

Kei Nishikori recovered from a awful start to beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 1-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Bouchard was leading 6-3, 5-0 when her German opponent pulled out. He plays so well on the clay. 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.

"I guess it's normal that people start coming up with names". 'I can not promise to play or pull out right now.

"However, I have been able to train for a couple of hours today and I am better than yesterday and the doctor has told me it is nothing serious", said Nadal, who admitted he had "never had anything like this before". I'm relatively happy with my first week on clay.

“I played really well tonight.

(AP Photo/Paul White). CORRECTING SCORES: Novak Djokovic of Serbia sits between games during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match against to Nicolas Almagro of Spain in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

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