hey guys…here is a summary of today’s 1st semifinal Nadal vs Djokovic, 3-6 7-6 7-6 for all who missed it..i tried to get the interview but i didnt find it yet so pls if anyone found it pls pls pls post it..thnx
Nadal tested to limits in semifinal:
Rafael Nadal fought off three match points to advance to the final of the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open and preserve his incredible clay court match-winning streak in a four-hour three set semifinal thriller.
The world No.1 looked down and out at times during the Manolo Santana Stadium marathon but, despite opponent Novak Djokovic playing some of the best tennis of his career, the class that has seen Nadal win 18-consecutive clay court matches this season and 32-consecutive matches since 2008, eventually won out.
Saturday May 16, 2009 Novak Djokovic was uncompromising in the opening set, winning 93 percent of points when he got his first serve in and breaking once from two opportunities to take a one set to love lead in his third match with Nadal in four weeks.
The Serb made a strong start to the second set as well, going up a break 2-1, at which point Nadal called the trainer and received treatment for a right leg injury, returning to the court with the area immediately above his right knee heavily strapped.
The tournament top seed broke back and games progressed to 4-4, the ninth game of the set pivotal to the entire match.
With Nadal’s movement clearly not quite up to its usual high standard, world No.4 Djokovic
moved his opponent around the court and found himself up 40-15 on the Nadal serve, holding two valuable points to go a set and a break ahead.
Steeling himself, Nadal served his way out of trouble and into a 5-4 lead in the second set. Amazingly, after 18 completed games and one-hour, 44-minutes of play, he was yet to hold a break point on the Djokovic serve.
In the eleventh game of the set Djokovic had his third opportunity of the set to break Nadal but again the Spaniard fired down a huge serve, winning the next two points to go 6-5 ahead.
The world No.1 earned his first break point (and set point) in the twelfth game of the second
set but was unable to convert, taking the second to a tiebreaker. Having fought so hard, Nadal wasn’t about to surrender his 32-match winning streak (17-consecutive matches this season) in a breaker, leveling the match at a set apiece.
True to form, Djokovic broke serve early in the third set to lead 3-1. But despite this new set back, Nadal appeared to lose none of his customary intensity, playing each point on Djokovic’s next service game as if it were his last.
Breaking back for 2-3 Nadal celebrated with his trademark fist pump, then held serve to level the match at 3-3.
Games went with serve, setting the match up for a tiebreak decider in the third.
Djokovic earned his first match point of the contest at 6-5, Nadal hitting a forehand long after a long rally. The Spaniard’s forehand came into play again in the next point, a clean down-the-line winner leveling the score at six-points all in the breaker.
Djokovic again had a chance to serve out the match at 7-7 after another Nadal error, this time on the backhand. Again the gutsy Mallorcan hung in, hitting a gutsy forehand winner down Djokovic’s backhand line after a long rally exchange.
Next it was Nadal’s turn to squander a match point. Standing at 8-7, and with his nose ahead for the first time in the tiebreak, the Spaniard pushed a Djokovic drop shot back onto the Serb’s strings for an easy pass and the breaker was square at 8-8.
Djokovic’s last opportunity to close out the match came after Nadal hit another long backhand to give the Serb a 9-8 lead. But a big serve from the top seed leveled things again at 9-9. He didn’t look back, drilling a forehand winner to earn his second match point that he claimed off a netted forehand by Djokovic.
The world No.1 fell flat on his back in celebration, an indication of just how much the four hour, three-minute match meant to him.