Nadal loses to Tsitsipas at Madrid Open

Nadal loses to Tsitsipas at Madrid Open

Djokovic also notched his 200th career win against a Top 10 opponent, eliminating his 20-year-old Greek challenger in 92 minutes.

The Swiss has won his last two matches against Nishikori, including a three-set victory in Rotterdam in February, when he went on to reach his first final since undergoing knee surgery in 2017.

Nadal lost to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo and Dominic Thiem in Barcelona, and the defeat to the up-and-coming Tsitsipas in Madrid came after a quarter-final win over Stan Wawrinka that Nadal called his best match on clay this season.

Rafael Nadal's slump on clay continued with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 loss to ninth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Saturday. "I don't think I would lose the match if I played like Barcelona 2018 or Australia this year".

The world No. 2 will be defending his title in Rome after beating Germany's Alexander Zverev previous year and has been given a bye into the second round, where he will face one of two Frenchmen, Richard Gasquet or Jeremy Chardy.

"The important thing is to win, you know, especially given what's happened in the last three days", he said.

"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", Djokovic said.

"But my goal was to start off well to try to make break as soon as possible, which was the case right away, and I felt I was always ahead in the game. It's a privilege for me to be here playing against you in your last match".

Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a three sets win over Rafael Nadal that took 27 games to decide.

21-year-old Tiafoe is now the second highest ranked American player behind John Isner, but the fact that is only 37 in the world shows how far American men's tennis has fallen behind.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova defeated Caroline Garcia, 6-3, 6-3, to set up a quarterfinal match against Kiki Bertens. "During all my life, I think I have taken the victories very naturally and with a lot of normality".

While I've discussed the head to head meetings as being largely irrelevant, it does add insight into how much Tsitsipas needs to improve if he is to test Nadal tonight.

Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion, won the title Sunday on the clay courts at Madrid. "And she deserved to win the title because she played really good tennis throughout the whole week".

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