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Tennis: Nadal to face Nishikori in Madrid Masters final

Published on May 11, 2014 6:02 AM
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in their semi-final match for the Mutua Open Madrid Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, on May 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: EPA

MADRID (AFP) - World number one Rafael Nadal will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s Madrid Masters final after he romped past fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday.

Tenth seed Nishikori had a much sterner test as he needed 10 match points to finally overcome David Ferrer 7-6, (7/5), 5-7, 6-3 in nearly three hours to record his 14th straight win.

Nadal has now won 12 sets in a row in the Spanish capital as he looks for his first title of the European clay court season after suffering shock defeats in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open.

“After a great match yesterday to have the confirmation today that the improvement is real is a very good news and important for me,” said the 13-time Grand Slam champion.

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