Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova Storm Into Madrid Masters Semis

Rafael Nadal registered his 17th straight win over Tomas Berdych (6-4, 6-2) while Maria Sharapova played out a thrilling three-setter against Li Na to enter semis of the Madrid Masters.

updated: May 20, 2014 16:56 IST
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Madrid: World number one Rafael Nadal stormed into the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters on Friday with his 17th consecutive win over Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 6-2.

Maria Sharapova also booked her place in the last four of the Madrid Open with a three-set win over Li Na, but top seed and reigning champion Serena Williams was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a thigh injury.

Despite coming into the tournament with doubts following surprise defeats to David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro in recent weeks, Nadal has looked in fine form in the Spanish capital as he has cruised into the last four without the loss of a set.

The 13-time Grand Slam champion will meet compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut or Colombia's Santiago Giraldo on Saturday for a place in the final.

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