Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Nicolas Almagro of Spain during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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Novak Djokovic staved off a huge upset and Rafael Nadal was made to battle in their opening matches at the Madrid Masters Wednesday.Nadal was also taken to three sets before seeing off Fabio Fognini.Almagro had taken just one set from four previous meetings with Djokovic, but willed on by a partisan home crowd, he held on to his serve despite more pressure from the Serb in the first game of the second set.The Spaniard had to save two break points to hold for 4-3 and then took his chance to break with Djokovic serving to stay in the set.More Almagro errors flowed to give Djokovic another break for 6-5 and he served out for the match.Djokovic could meet Nadal in the semifinals.
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