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Novak Djokovic, remains on course for a fifth title of 2016 after booking his place in the Madrid Open semi-finals with victory over Milos Raonic on Friday.
The Serb saw off the 11th-seeded Canadian 6-3, 6-4 in a quarter-final that lasted just under an hour and 45 minutes.
Djokovic, the 11-times Grand Slam winner hoping to land his first French Open title at the tournament that starts later this month, now faces the sixth seed, Kei Nishikori, who earlier battled back from the brink of defeat to beat Nick Kyrgios.
After losing the first set Japan’s Nishikori found himself 5-6 down in the second with the score at 30-30, but he went on to secure a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 win over his Australian opponent.
The other semi-final will be between the defending champion Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, the pair who met in last year’s final. Murray, the second seed, put in an impressive display on Friday as he saw off Tomas Berdych in straight sets, the British world No2 winning 6-3, 6-2.
Meanwhile Nadal took three sets to get past Portugal’s world No35 João Sousa, triumphing 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 as the Spanish fifth seed – victorious in Monte Carlo and Barcelona last month – kept his pursuit going for a fifth Madrid Open title.
In the women’s competition Romania’s Simona Halep, the sixth and only remaining seed, eased to a semi-final 6-2, 6-0 victory against Australia’s Sam Stosur. Halep’s opponent in Saturday’s final will be Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, who swept past the American qualifier Louisa Chirico 6-1, 6-1.