Novak Djokovic to Madrid Open semifinals but Rafael Nadal knocked out by Carlos Alcaraz | tennis news

Novak Djokovic beats Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets to reach quarters in Madrid; Rafael Nadal knocked out by countryman Carlos Alcaraz, who records his first career victory over the 21-time Grand Slam champion; Alcaraz will face Djokovic in the semifinals on Saturday

Last update: 06/05/22 6:40 pm

Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open after firing Hubert Hurkacz

Novak Djokovic is through to the semifinals of the Madrid Open, but Rafael Nadal’s quest for a sixth title at the event is over.

Top seed Djokovic defeated Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-4 to set up a possible clash with Nadal, only for Nadal to lose 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 to fellow Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz when he was beaten. by a teenager in clay. for the first time.

Djokovic and Nadal would have met for the 59th time on the ATP Tour, continuing a rivalry that the Serb currently leads 30-28 after winning their previous meeting, in last year’s French Open semifinals.

But Alcaraz played spoiler to end Nadal’s streak at the 21-time Grand Slam winner’s first event since returning from a six-week break following a rib injury sustained at the Indian Wells event in March.

Alcaraz recorded his first victory over Nadal at the third attempt, with the 19-year-old defeated by the 35-year-old in the semi-finals in Indian Wells earlier this year and in the Madrid Open round of 16 in 2021.

Nadal won the Madrid Open in 2005, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2017.

Three-time champion Djokovic, victorious at this event in 2011, 2016 and 2019, cruised to victory over Polish player Hurkacz in Madrid on Friday.

The 34-year-old converted his fourth match point to win in one hour and 20 minutes and extend his unblemished record against Hurkacz to 4-0.

Djokovic defeated Gael Monfils in his first match before receiving a walkover in the second when Andy Murray withdrew due to illness.

Nadal beat Miomir Kecmanović before overcoming David Goffin on Thursday after saving four match points, saying he was inspired by Real Madrid’s comeback against Manchester City in the Champions League.

But his tournament was finished by Alcaraz, who is seeking his fourth title of 2022 after previous triumphs in Rio de Janeiro, Miami and Barcelona.

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