Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Coach-less Novak Djokovic surives scare to start new era — Madrid Masters

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and home favourite Rafa Nadal were made to work hard to reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.

As it now stands, Murray leads Kyrgios 5-0 on their head-to-head record, although they have had only one match over the past two seasons - at Wimbledon 2016, with Murray winning in straight sets each time.

Although the Italian - who beat Nadal three times in 2015 including twice on clay - forced a third set, the fourth seed's experience saw him grind out the win in just under three hours and set up a meeting with Nick Kyrgios in the third round.

'Even though I played really badly, my attitude has been very positive.

Rafael Nadal eased past Nick Kyrgios in much easier than expected manner on Thursday at the Magic Box in Madrid to book a spot alongside David Goffin in the quarterfinal.

Djokovic's next foe is Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who got past Gilles Simon of France 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3).

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Another old head then came sniffing, with Buffon scampering to deal with Radamel Falcao's looping header from a Dirar cross. The Argentine global passed the ball to Alves on the right, before the latter fed Higuain for his second goal of the match.

Almagro was two points away from going up 4-2 in the final set but was not able to capitalize on his chances.

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Djokovic won in Doha to start the season but never made it past the quarterfinals in the following four tournaments he played.

Nadal will face Goffin for the second time this spring. "I'm aware that I'm not playing at my best, but I'm definitely believing in myself and the process. Eventually, the game will come together".

It was a familiar story for Kyrgios, though, who seemed to lose motivation and desire when the first set started to get away from him and the 14-time major victor took full advantage to set up a quarter-final with David Goffin.

Few would bet against him going on to win the second Masters tournament on clay in Madrid and the way he nullified the various threatening aspects of the 22-year-old's game was scarily impressive at time.

'My attitude and the will to win today's match was there.

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"My level of tennis was not so high today, but I managed to make it through the first round".

Rafael Nadal is seeking his third consecutive clay court title after capturing the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open.

Nadal was also taken to three sets before seeing off Fabio Fognini.

Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. His last title in Madrid was in 2014. He withdrew from Barcelona last month because of a right wrist injury.

"I think I have been playing well, not just on beaten clay, but all year". "I'm very happy because of the start of the year, not only because of the start of the clay season".

In the third round of the women's singles Eugenie Bouchard plays Angelique Kerber of Germany, having seen off Maria Sharapova on Monday in a thriller.⁠⁠.

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