Murray bows out as Nadal, Djokovic march on
Rafael Nadal vs Fabio Fognini live streaming: Till now, the Rafael Nadal maintained his good play in this season.
“I’m still finding my way to that consistency level and quality of tennis that I’m looking for”, Djokovic admitted. As said in the previous report, the Fognini have an ability to won the Nadal.
“I went to the doctor and he told me I had an ear infection”. “But in the second and third (sets) I was feeling pretty good on the court, moving well, so I was very happy”. “But it’s something that is getting better day after day”.
Rain in the Spanish capital meant the roof on the Manolo Santana court was closed for the game, slowing down the powerful serve of Lopez to the advantage of the Serb, who recently split from his long-term coach Marian Vajda.
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. When you win every single match in every tournament, that is abnormal. He schooled a clearly frustrated Tomas Berdych who just could not get it together when it counted, except when it came to killing his racquet at the end.
Djokovic dominated the opening set – breaking his opponent three times to gain a one-set lead after 26 minutes – but dropped the second after Almagro erased two break points.
He then took a quick lead in the second set, pulling off a break in the fourth game with a Nadal-esque running forehand pass, but Thiem is a resourceful and powerful player, and he showed all that determination and strength to break straight back, and break again to level the match, 6-4.
The Canadian was 6-3, 5-0 up when Kerber, the world number two, ended the contest after picking up an injury.
The fifth-ranked Spaniard sprayed an uncharacteristic amount of unforced errors and failed to serve out the third set at 5-3, but a break at 5-4 brought a merciful end to the rocky encounter.
Episode 50 of Djokovic vs Nadal tomorrow.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion now faces Nick Kyrgios in the third round.
Rafael Nadal is due to meet the world No. 2 in the last-four but he will have to overcome David Goffin on Friday. Djokovic won 6-1, 4-6 and 7-5.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Nicolas Almagro of Spain during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 10, 2017.