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Cristiano Ronaldo present as Rafael Nadal defeats Djokovic

Cristiano Ronaldo present as Rafael Nadal defeats Djokovic Cristiano Ronaldo present as Rafael Nadal defeats Djokovic
Isaac Mcdaniel | 14 May, 2017, 13:05

And he took the match on his second match point to set up the date with Nadal.

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.

The best chance came in a couple of great rallies but where the Djokovic of old would be able to contort himself into all manner of positions to get the ball back, he just could not get himself over the line, and as the third match-point came, was left looking heavenwards - what more did he need to do to catch a break.

Djokovic had gone on to win a first emotional but exhausting French Open, and the effort of doing so, and of maintaining his No1 ranking for over two years, took its toll.

Ronaldo, it goes without saying, is the talisman and beating heart of the Madrid side.

Twenty-year-old German Alexander Zverev continued his fine form with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 11th seed Tomas Berdych to set up a quarter-final against Pablo Cuevas, who beat Benoit Paire 7-5, 0-6, 6-1. Djokovic once again appeared tired and out-of-sorts during the contest, though a lot of that had to do with Nadal's ferocious power.

Romania's Simona Halep successfully defended her Madrid Open title in the Women's Tennis Association Premier Mandatory event.

It was Nadal's 14th straight victory, and his tour-leading 33rd for the year.

"After one match of the quallies (qualifiers) where I lost and I was booking my flight back to home", said Coric. "I haven't had that feeling in months, so it's great to feel that". "He did get the better of me in most of the stats today, most of the shots". "Right from the start, I made very few errors", said the Spaniard. "He was controlling the game from beginning to the end", said Djokovic.

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"As years go by, depending on the type of victories, (they) can fulfil you a little bit more or less".

"There's no blame on anyone, it's down to me", Murray said after an error-strewn performance against Coric.

The Spaniard looks in ominous form with just over two weeks to go till the start of the French Open as he stretched his ideal record on clay this season to 14-0 with a dominant display.

Nadal, a four-time victor in the Spanish capital, will prove a much sterner examination following his stunning straight-sets success over holder Novak Djokovic.

"I think I played a really good first set".

He told reporters: "Rafa was obviously a better player today". Just his quality was very high.

Nadal's superiority, on top of Federer's three titles in the 2017's biggest hard-court events to date, supports the curious impression that men's tennis is stuck in a 10-year timewarp.

Coric was only handed a late reprieve to enter the draw in Madrid after losing in qualifying to Mikhail Kukushkin. The first game of the second set suggested not: two dire misses and it was break point, and a netted forehand finished it off.

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