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Murray out Madrid Open, Djokovic into quarterfinals

Murray out Madrid Open, Djokovic into quarterfinals Murray out Madrid Open, Djokovic into quarterfinals
Jan Ortega | 12 May, 2017, 06:51

Meanwhile, Ryan Harrison defeated Bernard Tomic 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, while number 9 seed David Goffin had to work hard to take his first set 7-6 (7) against Florian Meyer, before running away with the second 6-0.

A not so great year for Murray continues, who now has four wins and three losses this season on clay.

"Most things weren't working particularly well", Murray said.

"I made a lot of unforced errors and I also didn't find any way to make it a more competitive match, so that's the most disappointing thing for me".

"I played really well tonight".

"I'm still finding my way to that consistency level and quality of tennis that I'm looking for", Djokovic said.

"There is no doubt he didn't play very good".

"In the end I played as I had dreamed".

Djokovic was, though, dominant on serve throughout, facing only one break point in the opening game of the second set.

Next up for Murray is defending his Rome Masters title next week, his last ATP tournament before the French Open.

The initial signs for Murray were promising as he created two break points at 2-1, which were both saved. He then earned two break points in the third game but was unable to take advantage.

However, Djokovic salvaged the game and then immediately broke the Spaniard's serve to set up a meeting with Japan's Kei Nishikori, who swept aside another home favourite David Ferrer 6-4 6-3.

A finalist in Madrid in 2014, Nishikori is playing in his first tournament since March.

Injury has bothered him and form deserted him across the first four and a half months of the year and there was little to smile about as Borna Coric dumped him out in the third round.

It was the 11th straight win for Nadal, and his tour-leading 30th victory for the year.

In the women's draw, third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania defeated 16th-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. "I try to enjoy my big challenge tomorrow".

Halep faces Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in Friday s semi-finals after the world number 22 saw off Kiki Bertens 6-3, 6-3.

Nadal was coming off titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and had made it to three finals earlier in the year. Mladenovic will play eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation, who easily defeated Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-0.

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