Madrid Results: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic Ease Through, Rafael Nadal Labors into Semis

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2016 | 0

Andy Murray d. Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2

2nd seed Andy Murray put up a dominating display of tennis as he made light work of eighth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2 to move on to the semi-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open on Friday. The defending champion’s serve played a pivotal acquittal in seeing him through, as he not only served four aces, but also won a dominating 92 percent points on his first serve to cruise in an hour and 16 minutes.

Moving on, Murray is slated to cross the swords with Spain’s Rafael Nadal in what would be a repeat of the last year’s title-clash. Murray trails the head-to-head record against Nadal by 7-16.

Rafael Nadal d. Joao Sousa 6-0 4-6 6-3

5th-seed Nadal overcame a stiff challenge from Portuguese journeyman Joao Sousa to prevail 6-0 4-6 6-3 in a grueling battle that went on for over two hours. The Spaniard was on a roll in the first set, but his nemesis made a strong return in the second. Nadal, however, had nerves of steel as he found his rhythm back in the latter half of the decisive set to progress into the last-four stage here.

Novak Djokovic d. Milos Raonic 6-3 6-4

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic looked at his usual best as he outclassed Canadian powerhouse Milos Raonic in straight sets. The Serb broke his opponent once each in both sets, and held on to his serve all through the match to pull off his seventh triumph against Raonic in as many career face-offs.

Kei Nishikori d. Nick Kyrgios 6-7 7-6 6-3

Japan’s Nishikori, the No. 6 seed, clinched his third victory against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in as many meetings after rallying from a set down to secure a 6-7 7-6 6-3 conquest here. Up next, he will square-off against the top-seeded Djokovic.

Dominika Cibulkova d. Louisa Chirico 6-1 6-1

Slovak veteran Cibulkova ended American Chirico’s dream run to storm into the finals in the women’s singles category. Cibulkova won a commendable 82 percent of her first-serve points and didn’t let any break point opportunity on her serve. She, next, faces 6th seed Simona Halep.

Simona Halep d. Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-0

Overcoming a rusty serve, Halep continued her lethal run with a straight-set destruction of the unseeded Stosur. Despite committing four double faults, the Romanian star won 82 percent of her first serve points and didn’t offer any break point opportunity to sail through to the title-clash.

Doubles Action…

Elsewhere, the top-seeded Indo-Swiss pairing of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis produced a stellar perform to trounce Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2 6-0 to make the summit clash. They are scheduled to take on 5th seeds Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, who defeated the Russian duo of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, 7-6 7-6.

In men’s doubles category, top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Herbert ousted the Bryan brothers 3-6 7-6 10-8 to reach the semi-finals. In the other battle, 3rd seeds Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau beat 7th seeds Nenad Zimonjic in two tie-breakers.


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