Djokovic beats Thiem to reach Madrid final

Djokovic beats Thiem to reach Madrid final

Top seed Novak Djokovic never faced a break point as he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Mutua Madrid Open.

As is often the case with high-profile players in the latter stages of big tournaments, the markets have got it right, and this is also the situation for the second semi-final, between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafa Nadal, which is due on court not before 2000 United Kingdom time this evening.

For Nadal the defeat was his third straight semi-final elimination on clay this season, having failed to reach the final in Monte Carlo and Barcelona - tournaments he had won in the last three consecutive seasons. "He knew I had a tough match last night, so he took advantage of that knowing that he's going to have to make me run and suffer more and I just didn't have solutions".

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the Madrid Open semifinal at the Caja Magica in Madrid on Saturday. And yes, he played quite smart.

He converted on his only break opportunity of the match late in the second set, but Nadal broke right back to close out the match.

Docked a first serve for a second time violation, Djokovic's defensive play in the tiebreaks was little short of miraculous, and he took them 7-2 and 7-4.

"Obviously I needed to step in", Djokovic said.

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"Dominic is one of the best tennis players in the world at this moment, especially on this surface, so this was a very big win for me", the top-ranked Djokovic said. I have been able to win a lot for a lot of years on this surface.

"The ab injury was always sort of in the back of my mind, but that was more in the first round and now I feel fine, so that's great", Osaka said. "I've been very lucky. I've played some of my best tennis here".

Tsitsipas was playing his second Masters 1000 final after losing to Nadal in Toronto last August.

"After Indian Wells, I had a big mental drop", Nadal said.

As far as their next venture goes, both Djokovic and Nadal would shift their focus to Rome Open, starting this week. He now has three Madrid Open trophies, adding to the ones he won in 2011 and 2016.

Rafa has eased to three wins from three, without dropping a set, in their previous three meetings, but again, these head to head clashes lack context to the current match-up.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova defeated Caroline Garcia, 6-3, 6-3, to set up a quarterfinal match against Kiki Bertens.

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