Djokovic sets up Nishikori quarter-final

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Novak Djokovic will meet Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open following their respective wins on Thursday.

Djokovic was better in the big moments against veteran clay court supremo Feliciano Lopez, winning 6-4, 7-5 under the roof of the Manolo Santana court. 

There was a stuttering start to the match as the clouds opened up, forcing a delay when the players were just minutes from starting.

Bu there was little drama following the roof closure, with Djokovic saving a solitary break point in the sixth game to stay on serve.

After going 5-4 up, Lopez needed to hold but here is where a steely Djokovic earned a couple break points, converting to take the opening set.

The Spaniard nearly surprised the second seed early on in the second set, but again Djokovic rallied to save the break point. Just like the opener, the Serb took advantage of the pressure to hold serve when he was up 6-5 and Lopez cracked, handing Djokovic a couple match points. 

The defending French Open champion faces sixth seed Nishikori in the final eight after the Japanese superstar eased past veteran David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3 earlier in the day, dropping just one service game in the process.

Nishikori has looked in good touch in Madrid and should provide Djokovic with his first serious test since splitting with his entire coaching staff.

Finally, the diminutive David Goffin showed all his clay court skills as he defeated fifth seed Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2 in just 72 minutes on Court 3. 

The Belgian will face the winner of the Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios clash in the quarters, which takes place later in the day.