Rafael Nadal delivered a strong punch to rally past Jarkko Nieminen in R3 at the Mutua Madrid Open on Thursday, reaching the quarterfinals. This is Rafa’s 9th QF in twelve tournament appearances. Rafa will next face Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Date: Friday, May 9, 2014
Rafa and Berdych have met head to head a total of 20 times, with Rafa leading 17-3. Their last ‘meeting’ was in the Miami semifinal this year, from which Berdych had to withdraw due to illness, in a tournament that will remain in memory as the one in which both finalists made it by virtue of walkovers. Berdych has defeated Rafa three times, none of which were on clay. The last time was in Madrid in 2006; however, the tournament was played on hard court at the time.