Nadal defeated Japan’s Nishikori 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 (retired) in Madrid Open final to clinch 63rd career title.
Halep quickly opened a 4-0 lead before Sharapova finally managed to hold in the fifth game after saving another break point.
Nadal beats Berdych 6-4, 6-2 to reach last four after losing in quarters at Monte Carlo, Barcelona.
Nadal’s victory against the unheralded Bautista ended the world number 45’s best run at a Masters event.
Sharapova and Halep will battle it out in the final of the Madrid Open.
With a stellar performance vs Berdych in quarters, Nadal finally gets going on clay this season.
Nadal defeated Berdych 6-4, 6-2 to advance in Madrid Open semis.
Murray lost the first set and could not cope with the power and accuracy of his Colombian opponent who won comfortably.
Stanislas Wawrinka loses to Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem 1-6 6-2 6-4 in second round.
Ferrer saved four set points as he won five straight points to take the first set tiebreak, clinching the lead with a crosscourt forehand smash.
Serena Williams ousts Laura Robson,who had dispatched Venus in the first round
Nadal crushed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 6-4 to win the Madrid Open on Sunday.
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It was Sharapova’s first loss in a red-clay final after winning her previous seven.
The duo suffered a 2-6 4-6 defeat against the French-Polish combo in the quarterfinals.
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