Djokovic reaches Madrid Open quarterfinals

Trevor Jackson
May 13, 2017

It was an important opening-round win for the second-ranked Djokovic as he tries to turn his season around and regain his form going into the French Open later this month.

Murray, who lost last year's final to Djokovic in Madrid, had 28 unforced errors in a disappointing outing under the closed roof of the center court in Madrid.

Coric also won his first ATP title, on clay, this year, beating the likes of Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Diego Schwartzman and Philipp Kohlschreiber en route to success in Marrakech.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to defeat Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 and reach the third round at the Madrid Open on Wednesday.

Nadal meets David Goffin in the quarter-finals today after the Belgian beat Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2, while Djokovic will play Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori, who saw off David Ferrer of Spain 6-4 6-3.

The Scot enjoyed a superb clay-court season past year as he reached the final in Madrid and won his first Italian Open title, but he will now head to Rome to defend his crown having experienced his worst start to a season since 2008.

Coric has now beaten the Wimbledon champion in two of their four meetings having thrashed Murray at the Qatar Open at the Dubai Tennis Championships in 2015.

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Rafael Nadal's quest for a third straight title after wins in Monte Carlo and Barcelona faces a stiff test against Nick Kyrgios in the night session.

"Things change fast but you need to find exactly what it is that is going wrong and how you're going to fix that and commit to it". When I started to go behind, I didn't find any way to improve my game or to make it more hard for him.

"You can lose matches sometimes, but the manner of today's loss was disappointing".

“I definitely think I need to be concerned about today.

Murray had two break points of his own in the next game but he could not take them and he was becoming increasingly irked at how the match was panning out as it reached a crucial stage at 4-3 to Coric. "I know tomorrow is going to be a day that either I play really well or I'm not going to have many chances". Inspired by the sense that there is an emerging gulf in power at the top of the sport, a number of younger players on the Tour - led by the likes of 23-year-old Thiem and 20-year-old Coric - have also made marked improvements to their game in recent weeks, which has not helped to ensure Murray's comeback was a smooth one. The world number eight missed the Barcelona Open late last month due to the injury.

"One break was enough, 5-4, 6-5, both sets", Djokovic said in his post-match interview.

On the women's side, third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania reached the semifinals by beating Coco Vandeweghe of the USA 6-1, 6-1.

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