ATP Madrid: Novak Djokovic extend dominance over French players to reach QF

ATP Madrid Novak Djokovic extend dominance over French players to reach QF

So he went into all-out attacking mode, charging to the net to try to avoid a disappointing end to his first clay-court tournament since 2016. But the Serbian bounced back to win two ATP Masters 1000 trophies and two Grand Slam championships to finish out the season.

Djokovic will next face Marin Cilic, who came from behind to beat Laslo Djere 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The Serb saved a set point at 4-5 with a service victor, reaching the tie break that was always on his racquet, delivering three mini-breaks and moving over the top with a forehand victor at 6-2 to book the place in the last eight.

Djokovic has already gone a step further than he did in Madrid a year ago, when a shock three-set defeat to Briton Kyle Edmunds saw him crash out in the second round.

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He showed the same drive that saw him bagel Gael Monfils in the first set on Thursday.

After a an extended period being out of form, Croatia's number one ranked tennis player put together three wins in a row to reach the quarterfinal of the Madrid Open.

Federer trailed 4-2 in the deciding set before levelling at 4-4. He won the Rotterdam title in February.

These two have played each other an incredible 19 times over an 11 year span and Cilic has only managed two victories in all that time.

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Novak Djokovic faces Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the third round of the Madrid Open today, stepping onto the Manolo Santana Centre Court in his 250th week as world No 1.

Nadal stayed in contention for his sixth Madrid title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over American Frances Tiafoe.

On the women's side, Simona Halep made it back to the Madrid final for the first time since 2017 with a 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-0 win over unseeded Belinda Bencic.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, the 30-year-old announced his withdrawal from his 20th Head-to-Head meeting with Djokovic before expressing his disappointment for finishing his campaign in such a way. Wawrinka will be Nadal's opponent, while Tsitsipas will face Zverev, a three-set victor over Hubert Hurkacz.

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