Djokovic, Nadal set up Madrid Open semi-final
Rafael Nadal set up a semifinal with Novak Djokovic after withstanding a tough challenge from David Goffin 7-6 (3), 6-2 at the Madrid Open yesterday.
Djokovic, the defending champion, advanced when Kei Nishikori withdrew before their quarter final because of a wrist injury.
"It's going to be a very tough match against one of the best players in tennis history," Nadal said. "I've been playing at a high level during many weeks. I know tomorrow is going to be a day that either I play really well or I'm not going to have many chances."
Nadal hasn't beaten Djokovic since the 2014 French Open final, losing the last seven matches against him.
On the women's side, defending champion Simone Halep of Romania cruised past Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-2, 6-3 to reach her third Madrid Open final. The third-seeded Halep, who lost the 2014 final to Maria Sharapova, will play Kristina Mladenovic of France.
Mladenovic made it to her fourth final of the year and second consecutive by defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-4, 7-6 (4).
"I just want to go there and (play) my game, because if I do, I have a big chance to win," Halep said.