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.
Swiss maestro Roger Federer and Spanish legend Rafael Nadal meet in a Wimbledon semi-final blockbuster on Wednesday, 11 years after their epic 2008 title duel -- widely regarded as the greatest Grand Slam final ever played. Eight-time champion Federer racked up his 100th match win at Wimbledon and reached his 13th semi-final with
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.
Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan won the toss and elected to bat first in their tri-nation Twenty20 international match against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.
Messi's wife Antonela Roccuzzo has shared a video on Instagram which showed Mateo taking a penalty and celebrating like the FC Barcelona superstar.
Real Madrid produced a rampant first-half display to beat Levante 3-2 in La Liga on Saturday with goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro but dropped off after Eden Hazard came on to make his debut and were left clinging on for the three points.