The eagerly awaited 50th clash between two of the dominant forces in world tennis ended being a rather dull affair when Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Madrid Open final for a seventh time in nine years.
Nadal dictated play right from the start of the match and broke the Djokovic serve to love in the very first game. The Spaniard went from strength to strength, further controlling the match with dominant display.
Djokovic struggled to find his rhythm as the set went deeper to eventually fall behind a double break after another poor service game. Nadal raced to a 4-0 lead in the first set and eventually won it 6-2 in just over 40 minutes.
The Second Set started the same way the first one started with Nadal breaking the Djokovic serve. Though Djokovic tried fighting back with some exquisite shots of his own, it wasn’t enough for the Serb to find his way back into the match.
Djokovic managed breaking back in the 4th game only to see the advantage get back with Nadal, who broke the Serb’s serve again in the very next game. He didn’t let his foot off the pedal this time around and went on to hold his serve to eventually serve out the match in just over an hour and a half.
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