Nadal lands in Madrid final four

MADRID: Two-time defending and four-time overall champion Rafael Nadal was an easy quarterfinal winner Friday at the Madrid Open.


The third-seeded former world No. 1 Spanish hero cruised past 10th-seeded Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-4 on the red clay at The Magic Box. Nadal improved to 6-0 against the 23-year-old Dimitrov.

The nine-time French Open king Nadal captured a second straight Madrid title last year by beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the final at this Masters 1000 tournament.

Up next for the record 27-time Masters champ will be sixth-seeded Czech and 2012 Madrid runner-up Tomas Berdych or 16th-seeded American John Isner.