Djokovic and Nadal advance to Madrid semifinals

Rafael Nadal's fine form continued with a straight-sets win over David Goffin to set up a Madrid Open semi-final with Novak Djokovic.

Though a stubborn Goffin, who fought off all six break points he faced in the opening set, deserves credit for his assertive play on several break points.

Djokovic had an even easier day as he moved into the last four without hitting a ball on Friday as Kei Nishikori withdrew with a wrist injury.

The other quarterfinal will be played between Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who defeated Benoit Paire of France 7-5, 0-6, 6-1, and Alexander Zverev of Germany, who beat Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.

Third seed Simona Halep remains on course to retain her title as she thrashed American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1 yesterday.

"I wasn't expecting myself to play well this week at all", said Kyrgios, who had to pull out of last week's Estoril Open to attend his grandfather's funeral.

Nadal is now 13-0 on clay this year as he swept aside Belgian ninth seed David Goffin 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 much to the delight a boisterous home crowd under the roof on the Manolo Santana centre court.

Kyrgios and Nadal have only met twice with the Australian making his breakthrough with a four-set win over the 14-time Grand Slam champion at Wimbledon in 2014.

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The sixth-seeded Nishikori said his wrist was "not 100 per cent" and he didn't "want to risk" a more serious injury.

In probably the men's match of the tournament so far, No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem came back from a set down to beat Grigor Dimitrov in a thrilling deciding tie-break.

epa05955266 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action against Italy's Fabio Fognini during their second round match of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at Caja Magica tennis complex in Madrid, Spain, 10 May 2017. Djokovic won the match 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.

World number 59 Coric, who won his first ATP title last month in Morocco, took the second break point to serve out for the match, sending last year's finalist and two-time Madrid victor Murray packing. In his first clay-court tournament, in Monte Carlo, Djokovic was eliminated by Goffin in quarterfinals.

Nishikori is now also a major doubt for the Rome Masters next week with 10 days to go until the start of the French Open.

"I'm happy with the way I handled the pressure in those moments, just stayed with him, made him play always extra shot".

Djokovic hasn't made it this deep into any event since winning the title in Doha at the beginning of the year.

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