Vastavam web: Rafael Nadal on Friday progressed to the semi-finals of the ongoing Madrid Open by defeating Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-2, while Dominic Thiem stunned Roger Federer in the quarter-finals with a 3-6, 7-6(11), 6-4 win. As a result of this win, Nadal would play his record 70th Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 semi-final and look to extend his record number of trophies at the elite level to 34.
“It was a very positive match. I’m very happy with the way that I played and in general terms, it was a great performance. I’m happy, it was an important moment for me and I’m really happy to be through this way,” ATP quoted Nadal as saying.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner Nadal was at his dominant best against Wawrinka, displaying his trademark aggressive play on the clay court and he didn’t give the former World number three any chance in the match and defeated him comfortably. On the other hand, the fifth-seeded Austrian Thiem saved match points at 7/8 and 9/10 in the second set tie-break and carried the momentum into the deciding set with a service break against Federer.