Nadal beats Djokovic to reach Madrid final

Updated: 17 May 2009 17:48 IST

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal saved three match points before beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9) to reach the Madrid Open final.

Madrid:

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal saved three match points before beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9) on Saturday to reach the Madrid Open final.

Nadal reached his seventh final this season after a 33rd straight win on clay. It was his fifth straight win over Djokovic.

Nadal complained of discomfort in his right leg before the match, and made uncharacteristic errors to allow an early break in the first set. He called for his trainer to have the leg wrapped above the knee in the second set.

But after taking the second-set tiebreaker, Nadal converted his second match point in a match that lasted over 4 hours.

Nadal will face either Roger Federer or Juan Martin del Potro, who played later on Saturday.

Topics : Tennis Andy Roddick Lukas Dlouhy Rohan Bopanna Leander Paes Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Maria Sharapova
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