What a great match from Rafael Nadal!
The world no.1 played at his very best to defeat Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-2 in 1 hour and 27 minutes. Rafa grabbed the first set breaking Tomas in the 7th game (4-3) to then break the Czech twice in the third (2-1) and 7th (5-2) game of the second.
At the end of the match Nadal won 62 points vs. Berdych’s 47 and he has blasted 4 aces (none for the Czech). Match Stats
Nadal: I played pretty well
The world no.1 commented “It was a match with a lot of intensity, and perhaps it was my toughest match in the tournament. I knew that I had to go a step forward. I think that I did it pretty well. I played pretty well during a long time. To make it to the semi-finals for first time in the clay season, here in Madrid, is great news for me.”
Next vs. Bautista-Agut
Rafa will play fellow Spaniard Bautista-Agut in the semifinal for the first time.