Murray sent packing in Madrid, Djokovic into quarters

Murray sent packing in Madrid, Djokovic into quarters

In a meeting between the players with the most match wins this year, Nadal saved all five break points he faced against the 10th-ranked Belgian, and converted his chances in the second set to win his 13th straight match. Outplayed Murray was outplayed by the 59thranked Croatian in a 6-3, 6-3 defeat on Thursday, struggling on serve and making 28 unforced errors.

Nadal hasn't beaten Djokovic since the 2014 French Open final, losing their last seven matchups.

After a third-round exit at the Monte-Carlo Masters and a disappointing loss to Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the ATP 500 Barcelona Open, Murray was in desperate need of a good performance against Coric.

In the women's Madrid Open, defending champion Simona Halep came from 5-2 down in the final set to beat Roberta Vinci 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) to reach the third round.

Nadal meets David Goffin in the quarterfinals on Friday, while Djokovic will play Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori, who saw off David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3.

And just the one break was enough for Coric to seal set two and the match as the clay-court specialist continued his good form following his maiden tour title in Morocco last month.

Murray has struggled for form and fitness since soaring to the top of the world rankings at the end of past year.

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For the second time in his young career, the Croat has faced Andy Murray in a tournament as a lucky loser, this time at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Madrid.

Nicolas Almagro will face second seed Novak Djokovic as he begins life without long-term coach Marian Vajda on Wednesday after beating fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. "That's concerning. So I need to think about exactly why that is, what I can do about it". "I started the match OK but when I started to go behind I didn't find any way to improve my game or to make it more hard for him, I just let the same things keep happening".

“Its not always the worst thing losing a match, but its sometimes the manner of how you lose the match is what can be concerning or disappointing.”.

"I couldn't imagine this when I woke up this morning, I always believed but I wasn't sure how I was going to play". In the second set, the Briton recovered well to earn two break points but failed to take control. The world number eight missed the Barcelona Open late last month due to the injury.

She will now play Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia for a place in the final after she overcame Kiki Bertens of The Netherlands 6-3, 6-3.

The other quarterfinal will be played between Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who defeated Benoit Paire of France 7-5, 0-6, 6-1, and Alexander Zverev of Germany, who beat Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.

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