Madrid: Top seeded Rafael Nadal today defeated second seed Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open and booked his ticket for the finals.
Djokovic went into Saturday night’s game fresher than the Spaniard after Kei Nishikori’s wrist injury gave him a bye in the quarter-finals. But perhaps a day without competition effected his rhythm as he struggled to compete with Nadal, who claimed the first set with few problems.
Nadal was made to work harder in front of a partisan crowd in the second set as the reigning champion dug deep to defend his title with pride. The Serb successfully defended two match points in the final match and even had a match-point before Nadal claimed the match and ended a run of seven successive defeats to Djokovic to set up his eighth final in Madrid.
“It was time for me to win, it has been a long time before I even won a set against Djokovic.