Rome: Novak Djokovic extended his recent mastery over Rafael Nadal with a 7-5, 7-6 (4) win in the Italian Open quarterfinals on Friday, coming from behind in both sets of a match he agreed was �a classic.� Nadal wasted five set points in the second set . It was the 49th meeting between them � the most in the Open Era � and Djokovic has won the last seven encounters. Overall, Djokovic leads the series 26-23. This was their last opportunity to play each other before the French Open, which starts in nine days. Djokovic�s semifinal opponent will be either Kei Nishikori or Dominic Thiem. In the other half of the draw, Andy Murray overcame some trouble on his service games to beat David Goffin 6-1, 7-5 and improve his record on clay this year and last to 27-3.
Italian Open: Djokovic beats Nadal for 7th straight time