Djokovic and Nadal pull through

Djokovic survives scare to make winning start to life without old coaching team

The 10th-ranked Belgian surged into his second straight Masters quarterfinal where he will meet either four-time champion Rafael Nadal, who swept Goffin in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters semifinals last month, or 20th-ranked Nick Kyrgios, who defeated Goffin in the Miami Open in March.

Kei Nishikori set up a quarter-final clash with Novak Djokovic after sweeping aside David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3 in the third round of the Madrid Masters yesterday.

Home favorite Rafael Nadal, who is number 4 seed in Madrid, had his second round game against Italian, Fabio Fognini postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday to allow him to overcome a troublesome ear infection, but he still needed just three minutes under three hours before finally defeating Fognini 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4.

Nadal didn't convert any of his six break point chances in the first set but had no problems in the tie-break to take the opener.

It almost paralleled his first match at Monte Carlo, against Gilles Simon: take a first set against a risky but ultimately much less skilled player, lose the second, and go down a break of serve in the third before coming back to win, aided by some critical gaffes on his opponent's part (Almagro's wild baseline errors, and Simon's poor serving with the match on his racket).

The fourth seed won the opening four games of the second and completely outclassed the Australian, who did well to avoid a bagel with a hold in game five.

Djokovic held and, when Lopez committed three unforced errors at 6-5, there was only going to be one victor. The Australian held on in the eighth game, but the hometown hero took the first set 6-3.

Nadal and Kyrgios have met on two occasions before with both players winning one match each. "I want to wait and see what happens".

Nadal, though, edged their only previous meeting on clay at the Rome Masters a year ago.

In the WTA Madrid Open, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard advanced when top seed Angelique Kerber retired with a hamstring injury trailing 6-3, 5-0 in their third-round match.

And after a blistering start, Djokovic had to battle back from 3-0 down in the deciding set to book his place in the last 16 on Thursday against Feliciano Lopez, who beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3).

"I can not promise to play or pull out right now". The Indian saved the only breakpoint he faced in the match and broke his opponent thrice.

"I do think the tournaments are going to do what they think is going to sell the most tickets, give them the most coverage, get the most people in to watch", Murray told BBC Sport.

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