MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal gave his clay-court doldrums a boost Friday by reaching the Madrid Open semifinals.
The top-ranked Spaniard had lost his previous two quarterfinal matches on clay for his worst run on the surface in a decade. But buoyed on by a partisan crowd, Nadal beat Thomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2 to advance at the Magic Box.
Nadal says he played his “most complete game.”
Earlier, Maria Sharapova rallied to beat Li Na 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 and reach the semifinals a few hours after defending champion Serena Williams withdrew from her match because of injury.