Rafa Nadal sets up a clash with Novak Djokovic — ATP MADRID

Argentina's Pablo Cuevas also booked his place in the last four with a 3-6 6-0 6-4 win over Alexander Zverev of Germany.

David Goffin awaits the victor of the Nadal-Kyrgios clash as the Belgian beat world No. 6 Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2 yesterday.

Almagro, ranked 76, broke Djokovic in the opening game but the world number two came back with a vengeance to win six consecutive games, finishing the last with a tidy drop shot. "I started the match OK, but when I started to go behind, I didn't find any way to improve my game or to make it more hard for him", Murray told a news conference.

Rafael Nadal is set to take on Australian Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16 of the Madrid Open later today and the Spaniard will be looking to progress to the next round as he looks to win his third title of the season.

Off the back of triumphs in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, the clay-court specialist's French Open preparations are gathering pace, with Goffin defeated 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 on Friday.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion had a slice of fortune as a let cord and a Kyrgios double fault handed him the two breaks he needed to take the first set.

When Novak Djokovic collapsed in delight on a cloudy Parisian afternoon last June having just won the French Open, Roger Federer supporters began to worry that the Serb could break their man's grand slam record.

Episode 50 of Djokovic vs Nadal tomorrow.

Svetlana Kuznetsova remained one of only three of the top 10 seeds left in the draw with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Wang Qiang to reach the quarter-finals.

Dimitrov worked two more match-points, both thwarted, and Thiem played some big-time winners to earn two match points of his own, earning the last with a backhand volley victor, and he drew one last error from Dimitrov for victory, 7-6 (9).

The Austrian broke the serve of Coric three times during the match and saved each of Coric's three break point chances.

A tidy win sends Djokovic into the quarterfinals against Kei Nishikori, who denied David Ferrer his 700th career victory with a clinical 6-4, 6-3, conquest that spanned 85 minutes.

In the Women's Madrid Open, defending champion Simona Halep cruised back into the final for the third time in four years with a 6-2, 6-3 success over Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.

"I'm going to think about who I want in my team and I don't yet have anyone".

The world number eight missed the Barcelona Open late last month due to the recurring problem.

"It's going to be a very tough match against one of the best players in tennis history", Nadal said.

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