Nadal to face Djokovic in Madrid semi-finals

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal will take on two-time winner Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Open semi-finals after the Spaniard saw off David Goffin.

Nadal, seeded fourth, beat the Belgian ninth seed 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 after Djokovic earlier had a walkover when Kei Nishikori withdrew with a wrist injury.

In the other half of the draw, Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas will play Dominic Thiem.

Third seed Simona Halep beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-2 6-3 in the women’s semis.

The Romanian defending champion goes on to face France’s Kristina Mladenovic – who saw off Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 7-6 (7-3) – in the final.

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