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MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 11: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Feliciano Lopez of Spain on day six of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis at La Caja Magica on May 11, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Djokovic Reaches Madrid Open Quarterfinals

MADRID (AP) -- Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

Djokovic was in control during his service games and broke Lopez once in each set to secure the victory under a closed roof on center court in the Spanish capital.

Djokovic saved the only break point he conceded to Lopez, who was playing in the tournament for a record 16th time.

The second-ranked Djokovic meets sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori next.

Nishikori defeated David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3 to deny the Spaniard his 700th career win.

On the women's side, third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania reached the semifinals by beating Coco Vandeweghe of the U.S. 6-1, 6-1.

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