Alcaraz overpowers idol Nadal at Madrid Open

Tennis

MADRID — Novak Djokovic eased to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Hubert Hurkacz on Friday as he superior to the semifinals of the Madrid Open the place he faces a troublesome Spanish check.

Djokovic, a three-time champion in Madrid, had little bother on the outside clay towards Hurkacz, whose poor hitting ended any ideas of a quarterfinal upset.

Rafael Nadal performed Carlos Alcaraz later Friday on middle court docket on the “Caja Mágica” with followers eager to see two generations of Spanish tennis face off. Nadal, who at 35 has gained a document 21 Grand Slam titles, will meet the 19-year-old Alcaraz touted by many in Spain as his potential successor.

Nadal, who has gained their earlier two matches, mentioned Alcaraz was favourite to win as he’s in higher form. Nadal is coming back from a six-week harm layoff and admitted that he could not put together correctly for the match, together with his concentrate on the French Open later this month.

Nadal needed to save 4 match factors in his three-set win over David Goffin within the third spherical.

Talking in Spanish, the top-seeded Djokovic mentioned he will probably be watching Nadal play Alcaraz.

“(I will probably be) extra relaxed as a result of I gained at this time, however one factor is certain: tomorrow I’ll face a Spanish rival,” Djokovic mentioned.

Djokovic took benefit of Hurkacz’s sluggish begin and took a 3-0 lead after the Polish participant ceded his first service recreation by hitting lengthy.

One other spate of unforced errors price Hurkacz a second-set break when he smacked a forehand lengthy. Djokovic’s dominance was by no means unsure and he gained on his fourth match level.

Djokovic beat Gael Monfils in straight units to begin the match. He then had a walkover after Andy Murray withdrew earlier than their match on Thursday.

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