Nadal celebrates after beating Stan Wawrinka during their ATP Madrid Open quarter-final tennis match at the Caja Magica in Madrid on Friday. Oscar Del Pozo/ AFP
Five-time champion Rafael Nadal crushed Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-2 in barely an hour to reach the Madrid Open semi-finals on Friday.
Nadal will play Stefanos Tsitsipas, a winner over defending champion Alexander Zverev 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, for a place in Sunday’s final.
Second seed Nadal was playing his 14th Madrid quarter-final in the last 15 years.
Saturday’s other semi-final will see world number one Novak Djokovic up against Dominic Thiem who saved two match points in beating Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6 (13/11), 6-4.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal swept past Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to advance to his first final on clay this season at the Italian Open on Saturday. The eight-time Rome winner had been stunned by Tsitsipas, seeded eighth, in the semi-finals at the Madrid Open last weekend.
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Nadal emerged triumphant that day, winning in five sets in a four-hour 48-minute epic of fluctuating fortunes that stretched out over seven hours because of constant, momentum-shifting rain interruptions.
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