Nadal crushes Llodra to reach Madrid semi-final

Published: May 7, 2011

Rafel Nadal celebrates winning against French Michael Llodra after their match of the Madrid Masters on May 06, 2011 at the Caja Magic sports complex in Madrid. PHOTO: AFP


Holder Rafael Nadal marched into the semi-finals of the ATP-WTA Madrid Masters as he snuffed out any challenge from Frenchman Michael Llodra 6-2, 6-2 in little more than an hour.

Nadal’s victory was his 36th in succession on clay — his last loss came at Roland Garros to Robin Soderling at 2009 .

Meanwhile, Tomaz Bellucci became the first Brazilian to enter the semi-finals of a Masters 1000 since three-time Roland Garros champion Gustaveo Kuerten in 2003 thanks to a defeat of Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7/2), 6-3.

On the women’s side, Julia Goerges booked the first of the semi-final spots, defeating Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-2. She next faces Victoria Azarenka, who battled past Czech Lucie Safarova 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2011.

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