Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set up Madrid Open semifinal

Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova was also victorious today after she dispatched Qiang Wang of China 6-4, 7-5.

Djokovic was, though, dominant on serve throughout, facing only one break point in the opening game of the second set.

Nadal though did not have it all his own way and took almost three hours to put away enigmatic Italian Fabio Fognini 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-4 and he was left fuming by his sub-par performance.

"I did my work in the end of the match". Fognini twice led by a break in the first set, and served for the set at 5-4, but he faltered at the line and went on to lose the set on a tie break. In total this season, Nadal has 37 matches and 32 wins. "He was by far the better player..." The big serving power man from Canada had played little this year as he contended with a leg injury, and he was up against a man who is one of best movers on a tennis court: the slight and nimble Goffin makes up for lack of stature with speed and timing.

"Even though I played really badly, my attitude has been very positive", Nadal said. He will now have the chance to add Nadal to that tally, though few will give him much of a chance. "I think it's better to start a day later, to start on Wednesday".

"It's true I've been through some hard days with the issue of my ear (infection), which cost me a little bit of general stability", Nadal said.

In the semifinals of the tournament in Madrid, 30-year-old host Rafael Nadal will meet with 29-year-old Serb Novak Djokovic. In fact, Djokovic's win in 2011 was his first and only win over Nadal on clay. He's going to be a massive favourite.

“I couldnt imagine this when I woke up this morning, I always believed but I wasnt sure how I was going to play.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Spanish tennis player Nicolas Almagro during the ATP Madrid Open in Madrid, on May 10, 2017.

The 59th-ranked Coric became the first lucky loser to reach the quarterfinals in Madrid. The Argentine won the first set easily but Nishikori responded and won the second set easily, however, it was a tussle in the final set, which the sixth seed came through, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4.

The top-ranking Spaniard and four time victor in Madrid needed just an hour and 12 minutes before knocking out Australian 16 seed Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-1.

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  • Julie Sanders