#MadridOpen Quater Finals: Rafael Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov who will win?
Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov will meet for the sixth time on Friday, the third on clay. Rafa has won all their five previous matches but dropped a set in the first four meetings. In their last encounter, at the Italian Open, the Spaniard won with a double 6-2 in the Semifinals.
Nadal has already won 3 titles in Madrid on clay plus 1 when the tournament was played on indoor hard court. He has reached the Final in 5 of the 6 editions since the event was moved to May and is on a 12 matches winning streak, having lifted the trophy in 2013 and 2014.
To reach the Quarterfinals, the World No.4 has beaten American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3 and Italian Simone Bolelli, 6-2, 6-2.
Rafa has uncharacteristically already lost 3 times on clay this season. Should he lose against Dimitrov, it would be the first time since 2003 the he loses 4 or more matches in the same year on his favorite surface.
Beating Stan Wawrinka 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 in the 3rd Round, Dimitrov has claimed his first win against a top-10 player since he beat Andy Murray in the Quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year.