World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has reached his third Madrid Open final by beating fifth seed Dominic Thiem 7‑6(2), 7‑6(4) in the semifinal.
The Serbian who is into his first final since winning at the Australian Open, ended the recent Barcelona champion's eight‑match winning streak, eliminating the Austrian after a physical battle that lasted two hours and 22 minutes.
Also, Rafael Nadal's bid for a sixth Madrid Open is over after he was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi‑final.
Greek 20‑year‑old Tsitsipas, the eighth seed, came through 6‑4 2‑6 6‑3 in a thrilling encounter.
He will play top seed in Novak Djokovic in the final.
BBC reports Nadal's defeat on the Madrid clay comes just two weeks before he bids for a 12th French Open title in Paris.