"He was playing unbelievable in the seven matches against me, but I felt I was getting a bit closer in Rome and Indian Wells a year ago when I had big chances". His movement was superb. He was able to dictate, even when Djokovic pried open the court and located Nadal's backhand.
Nadal has been playing some of his best tennis this year.
The Spaniard looks in ominous form with just over two weeks to go till the start of the French Open as he stretched his flawless record on clay this season to 14-0 with a dominant display. A nice change from that furrowed brow and flickering doubt that so often danced in his eyes during his recent slump.
Nadal awaits the victor of first-time Masters semifinalists Dominic Thiem and Pablo Cuevas.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion started the second set in fantastic fashion, breaking his opponent again, and it looked like he was going to stroll into the final. He can also tie Djokovic with 30 titles in Masters 1000 events.
The second set resembled the opposite of Djokovic's 2015 Monte-Carlo win over Nadal, where the points were competitive and the favorite could feel his slumping rival approaching, only for the clutch points to be claimed largely by the more in-form player.
"What's important to me is to make it to another final", said Nadal. I played a little bit shorter. While Nadal's win over Djokovic would firmly put him in the driving seat for Roland Garros, leaving the World Number 2 with a lot of hard work in Rome in the coming week. "It's true that he made some mistakes, but he fought until the end".
"I am a hunter and my biggest goal is to find the winning spark on the court again", said Djokovic, who conceded the No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray in November past year.
Djokovic hasn't made the semi-final of any of the top-tier tournaments this season either, after winning Qatar Open before the Australian Open. "His quality was very high and he managed to do whatever he wanted, especially in the first set". She won her first career title in St. Petersburg in February.
In this regard, he has already parted ways with his entire team including coach Marian Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic, who have been with him from the get-go.
Nadal, who moved to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Race To London with a quarterfinal victory over David Goffin on Friday, fired 20 winners, including seven with his backhand.
He conceded only two break opportunities to Djokovic, who converted one early in the second set.
He missed two match points on his serve and then had to save a break point before taking the contest at the third time of asking to reach the Madrid final for the eighth time.
Nadal's other titles in Madrid came in 2005, 2010 and 2013-14.
It was their 50th meeting and while Nadal stopped the slide, Djokovic is still ahead 26-24.
San Antonio shot 53 percent from the field, compiled a 60-37 rebounding advantage and limited Houston to 28 percent shooting. After an MVP caliber regular season, Harden took a bit of a step back during the Rockets playoff 11-game playoff run.
Traditional grocery stores were offering organic choices, but not almost as well-stocked as Whole Foods Market is. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 66,109 shares in the company, valued at $2,011,035.78.
However, he said he believed the university's salaries were too high and that changes in remuneration should be made. He's also wants to reverse a proposed $500 million cut for low-income childcare that he sought in January.
Yesterday, former acting attorney general of the United States, Sally Yates , finally got to tell her whole story. James Clapper, director of national intelligence under Obama, testified as well on Monday.
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It will be the ninth time Juventus, runners-up to Barcelona in 2015, have contested the final of Europe's elite club competition. It is his second European final duty, after handling Sevilla's 2014 Europa League title win over Benfica in a penalty shootout.
In February, Mr Trump claimed he would have also won New Hampshire if it had not been for voters bussed in from outside the state. Trump has asserted he would have won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election had it not been for illegal votes cast.
Earthquakes are common in China's west, although the low population density there often means casualty figures are low. A total of 9,200 people from Taxkorgan, the closest county to the epicentre, have been relocated to safe places.
Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards
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Trump creates panel to investigate voter fraud
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Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'
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Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead
The most important part of Carl Hagelin's first game back in the lineup since March 10 may simply have been that it happened. Pittsburgh F Chris Kunitz passed Mario Lemieux for fifth place on the team's all-time postseason games played list with 108.
NFL Draft experience is a hit in Philadelphia
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Moon to Xi: Let's Talk
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Kawhi Leonard: Pop expecting Kawhi to lobby to play
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"Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive" this Saturday
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