Rafael Nadal thumps Tomas Berdych to storm into Madrid final

Rafael Nadal storms into his seventh Madrid Open final with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over Tomas Berdych

Madrid: Rafael Nadal silenced his doubters with a devastating display to beat Tomas Berdych 7-6 (3), 6-1 to make his seventh final appearance at the Mutua Madrid Open on Saturday.

In Sunday’s final, Nadal will face either Andy Murray or Kei Nishikori. He is bidding to win his 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.

Rafael Nadal celebrates beating Tomas Berdych in the Madrid Open semi-final on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Nadal produced one of his best performances of the season to swiftly defy the in-form Berdych.

Berdych rallied on to hold serve in the seventh and 11th games after Nadal was denied two break point chances in the opener. But Nadal took his opportunity in the tie-break to seal the first set. With his forehand finding its mark, Nadal then broke the Czech twice in the second set as he raced to victory in one hour and 44 minutes.

Bopanna in final

India's Rohan Bopanna and Romania's Florin Mergea reached their second ATP World Tour doubles final on Saturday as they edged sixth seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-7(4), 6-3, 11-9 in the semi-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open.

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