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Madrid Masters: Berdych powers to Nadal victory

Berdych powers to Nadal victory

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Tomas Berdych caused a surprise with a straight-sets win over world number two Rafael Nadal to reach the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters.

The 21-year-old Czech number one silenced the partisan crowd with a 6-3 7-6 victory for his third consecutive win over the Spaniard.

He will play Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez in the last four after the 10th seed beat Serb Novak Djokovic 7-5 5-7 7-5.

David Nalbandian meets world number one Roger Federer in the other semi-final.

Berdych was in superb form, holding his serve with confidence and then taking his opportunities to break his opponent.

The 21-year-old, who beat sixth-seed Andy Roddick on his way to the quarters, looked on target for another win when he eased his way to the first set.

The 10,000 strong crowd got behind Nadal in the second set, but Berdych kept his cool to keep up the pressure and win through after a nail-biting tie-break.

“More important than the victory was the fact that I showed I can beat him at home in Spain,” said the 11th-seeded Berdych.

“I like his game and was happy to use the advantage of the hard court to win.”

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