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Rafael Nadal eases into Madrid semis

Updated: May 6, 2011, 7:21 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Rafael Nadal set up a Madrid Open showdown with Roger Federer for the third straight year, beating Michael Llodra 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals Friday.

Federer beat Robin Soderling 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Novak Djokovic stretched his perfect 2011 start to 30 matches, beating David Ferrer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to move within 12 of John McEnroe's record 42-0 start in 1984.

Djokovic will face Thomaz Bellucci, a 7-6 (2), 6-3 winner over Tomas Berdych.

Nadal had little difficulty in ...

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