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20 May 2017, 08:53 | Andy Ferguson
Novak Djokovic in Madrid Open 2017 semi final
World number nine Thiem blazed through the opening set, breaking his opponent twice, and maintained his dominance in the second to record a 6-1 6-4 win.
He will face the victor of the late night match between number 8 seed Dominic Thiem and Borna Coric, who knocked number one seed, Andy Murray out earlier in the week.
In his first match since changing his coaching team in an attempt to change fortunes following a hard start to the year, Djokovic was taken to three sets by Spain's Nicolas Almagro in a match which lasted for two and a quarter hours.
In yesterday's Madrid action, Murray secured his place in the third round with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Marius Copil. The Australian held on in the eighth game, but the hometown hero took the first set 6-3.
Frenchman Benoit Paire secured a second-round date with world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka after beating Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
Nadal is now 13-0 on clay this year as he swept aside Belgian ninth seed David Goffin 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 much to the delight a boisterous home crowd under the roof on the Manolo Santana centre court.
Novak Djokovic progressed into the quarter-finals with a more convincing display that on Wednesday, when he defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-5 in straight sets.
However, the two haven't met since last year's Rome Masters, since when Djokovic has been displaced by Andy Murray as world number one and parted company with coaches Marian Vajda and Boris Becker due to his poor form.
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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Spanish tennis player Nicolas Almagro during the ATP Madrid Open in Madrid, on May 10, 2017.
Ferrer will face Nishikori in the third round after the Japanese beat Diego Schwartzman 1-6 6-0 6-4.
"I just felt it in the last game".
"Goffin and I played at a really high level", said Nadal, still undefeated this year on clay. "But in the second and third (sets) I was feeling pretty good on the court, moving well, so I was very happy".
However, the two haven't met for almost a year during which timeDjokovic's form has dramatically dipped.
"I would like to have ideally someone who fits into the profile of a person that was kind of in my shoes before, that has been winning Grand Slams", said Djokovic.
In the women's Madrid Open, third seed Simona Halep remains on course to retain her title as she thrashed American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1.
On Wednesday, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the quarter-finals when top seed Angelique Kerber retired with a lower back injury while trailing 3-6, 0-5.
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