Nadal top Goffin to reach semis — Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal defeated David Goffin 7-6 (3), 6-2. Meanwhile, Djokovic advanced when Kei Nishikori withdrew before their quarter-final because of a wrist injury.

However, Nadal conceded that the match will be tough and he has to be at his very best against the world number two. "I can't talk more than that". "I know tomorrow is going to be a day that either I play really well or I'm not going to have many chances".

― Reuters picMADRID, May 13 ― Rafael Nadal insisted the furore caused by Novak Djokovic's dip in form over the past year has been overblown as he prepares to face the Serb for the 50th time.

"Ninety-nine percent of players would accept to have the type of slump Djokovic has had", Nadal said.

“Its not always the worst thing losing a match, but its sometimes the manner of how you lose the match is what can be concerning or disappointing.”. "If we both play well ... it can go either way".

Halep will face in-form Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic or Svetlana Kuznetsova in Saturday's final.

Mladenovic made it to her fourth final of the year_ and second consecutive _ by defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Nadal didn't convert any of his six break point chances in the first set but had no problems in the tie-break to take the opener.

Goffin, who has 27 victories, was trying to make it to his third final this season.

Nadal, a four-time champion in Madrid, had an easier time in the second set after earning an early break, and closed out the match with another at the end.

Nadal is looking all set for the French Open by winning Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open on claycourts.

The other semifinal will see Dominic Thiem, who rolled past lucky loser Borna Coric 6-1, 6-4, against surprise package Pablo Cuevas, who upended Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. Cuevas won one of the points of the tournament with a no-look victor with his back to the court after a lob shot by Zverev early in the second set.

He will face the victor of the late night match between number 8 seed Dominic Thiem and Borna Coric, who knocked number one seed, Andy Murray out earlier in the week.

Djokovic hasn't made it this deep into any event since winning the title in Doha at the beginning of the year. After relinquishing the World No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray in November, Djokovic suffered a shocking second-round defeat at the Australian Open to Denis Istomin followed by consecutive losses to Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco and Indian Wells.

"If it's muscle pain then I can play, but the wrist is a risky part and it could lead to big issues if I push myself, so I chose not to play", he said.

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