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Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Madrid Open semifinal Live Score Match Updates

Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-4.
Updated: 13 May 2017 21:30 IST - Published: 13 May 2017 19:59 IST
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The scores say one thing, but the stats speak a different story. Djokovic had four aces to Nadal's two here, and had 70% of his first serves in. Crucial errors and a few 'too-cute' shots have let him down today. 

We'd also like to take a look back at what's bothering Novak Djokovic - motivation, disinterest, what?
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Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-4! 
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A backhand passing shot from Nadal and Djokovic utterly misses that volley! Despite a last-minute fight back - in what would be the FINAL GAME of the match, Djokovic has lost!
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Djokovic has fought back and how! He's helped along by quite the unforced error from Rafael Nadal, and now he's about to break at what would otherwise have been match point for Nadal.
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Djokovic tries a bit of a fun riffing a shot under his foot. The follow-up is great - and Djokovic runs off to deuce! Is there still some juice left in the tank?
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Nadal's groundstrokes lay flat and low and Djokovic looks good to start with - but angles it just wrong, and Nadal's up 30-15 and inching closer and closer to match point. 
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Rafael Nadal to serve for the match! 
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A long shot from Nadal and Djokovic holds on - but trails 4-5 still and it's Rafael Nadal who'll serve for the match here in Madrid! 
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Djokovic, yet again, is managing to stay in this! Is it just enough effort for the Serb? Some of his shots, picked apart, have been his shots of old. 
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He's run off to 5-3 has Nadal and yet again it's Djokovic struggling to stay in the set. And also in the match this time around.
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Nadal does a slider and skies that return. It's not cricket, Nole! Nadal's up 30-0 and his concentration looks absolutely unbreakable.
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Djokovic holds on. He's kind of like a flickering light today, bright and incredibly so at a few moments and dim and dulled the next. It's impossible to tell.

4-3 lead to Nadal.
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Djokovic's cross-court backhand was great there! Solid defensive work from the Serbian and Nadal lays it a little too flat, grounding it. 
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Djokovic tries a fancy drop shot against Nadal - and it's not a bad shot at all! There's some beautiful gentle wrist motion in there, but Nadal runs into the net and nudges it right back there. No chance of a return. And Nadal's racing to yet another break point...
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And Nadal breaks back! As soon as that Djokovic switch came on, it goes off again. Nadal leads 4-2.
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Nadal runs across the baseline with that one and times it to utter perfection. Djokovic is on the verge of being broken back.
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And that switch seems to have dimmed slightly for Djokovic again. He tries to get adventurous with a drop shot and some wristwork at the net and it's not paid off. At all. 
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Suddenly a switch has flipped in Novak Djokovic. He battles back to send some brilliant returns placed with force and still, the deftest touch. He wins the break back! 2-2 in the second.
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Finally a brilliant Djokovic-esque shot from Djokovic and he's at break point! A break . back here will be crucial for the Serb's morale.
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Some sort of touch to the World No. 2's shots now with a bit more shoulder in them, but he's still trailing 2-1 in the second, and down a break of serve.
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Nadal holds for a 2-0 lead in the second. Djokovic looks a tad more interested in this set than the first - but that's not saying much and Nadal is in the form of his life. We repeat. The form of his life.
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VAMOS! Even if you're not necessarily a Rafa supporter, that shot was sublime and you can't help but cheer. A no-look backhand. Perfectly placed. 30-30 and Nadal's in the driver's seat and going at Formula One speed. 
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Great start to Set 2 for Rafa Nadal! He breaks Djokovic AGAIN to lead 1-0. It's all gone south and we're calling this match SOON. 
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Rafael Nadal's close friend, iconic footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is in the stands and watching his buddy play.
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Nadal sends one in deftly at the net. It bounces, and on a good day I'm sure Djokovic would have returned that one. But today he just seems to not be as invested in this match as he has been in the past. 

Nadal takes the first set 6-2.