Novak Djokovic defeated Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-4 at the Mutua Madrid Open on Friday in one hour and 43 minutes.
“One of the keys of the match was getting as many returns back in play as possible,” Djokovic said. “I knew that before I stepped on the court that I should not give him too many free points on his serve. That’s where the big servers get a lot of confidence.
“I returned exceptionally well. Every single player, especially big servers, have their patterns when it’s close. But sometimes it’s just instinct. It’s just anticipation, trying to be in the right balance and looking at the toss.”
Match statistics: aces (1-4), double faults (3-2), winners (11-22), unforced errors (15-34).
Nole will face Kei Nishikori (JPN) on Saturday at 20.00 CET.