Novak Djokovic sees off Dominic Thiem challenge to reach Madrid Open final

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The second seed in Madrid is unhappy with his tonight's performance, Rafael Nadal believes his game was not up to the mark.

A win this year at Roland-Garros would do likewise. But this year it hasn't been the case. In the next round, Nadal will play with US's Francis Tiafoe. I just play for my happiness and I play when I really want to play.

That gave Djokovic an opportunity to serve out the match and, to conclude an intense final game, he handed Tsitsipas his second ATP Masters 1000 final defeat in as many appearances by stepping in and sweeping a forehand into the corner on his fourth match point.

Although Nadal might be in poor form, the author feels he could still win against the best players, even on his worst day. He had beaten Djokovic in Toronto past year in the first meeting between the two players. "He's in a pretty good state of his tennis, so it won't be easy".

Djokovic will be seeking his second French Open title in June. "I played some good tennis and will be No 4 in the world on Monday, it is just all incredible things", Bertens said.

Ferrer finished his 20-year career with 27 singles titles, fifth-best among active players behind the top four of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

"Emotionally it was very tough, it was one of my toughest wins", Tsitsipas said.

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"I've had this stomach virus for a few days so this was a very important match for me", the second-ranked Spaniard said. Tsitsipas now has 10 career wins over top-10 players, three of those wins coming this year.

"He deserved the victory, he played unbelievable. You've been great, I love you". Not disappointment. A little bit but not so much, like usually.

It was the third straight semifinal elimination for Nadal, adding to his worst start to the clay swing since 2015.

"I'm at a really good place right now".

"He has the best backhand that I have ever seen in a human being", said Tsitsipas of his opponent.

Djokovic, victor in Madrid in 2011 and 2016, was fully rested after his quarter-final opponent Marin Cilic had withdrawn because of food poisoning, while Thiem had to dig deep to beat Roger Federer in a gruelling three-setter. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions in the Spanish capital - Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova defeated Caroline Garcia, 6-3, 6-3, to set up a quarterfinal match against Kiki Bertens.

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