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12th-May-2014

Nadal to face Nishikori in Madrid Masters final

By AFP, Madrid

World number one Rafael Nadal will face Japan's Kei Nishikori in Sunday's Madrid Masters final after he romped past fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday.
Tenth seed Nishikori had a much sterner test as he needed 10 match points to finally overcome David Ferrer 7-6, (7/5), 5-7, 6- 3 in nearly three hours to record his 14th straight win.
Nadal has now won 12 sets in a row in the Spanish capital as he looks for his first title of the European clay court season after suffering shock defeats in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open.
"After a great match yesterday to have the confirmation today that the improvement is real is a very good news and important for me," said the 13-time Grand Slam champion.
"I think for moments I played great tennis against an opponent that is playing really well and improving a lot.