as well as a 26 match winning streak.
Early in set one, Djokovic used a clever combination of aggressive groundstrokes and surprise dropshots to break serve twice to lead 4-0.
Nadal; however then stepped up his own baseline game to hit back to reach 4-5, before saving three set points to reach 5 all.
Djokovic held serve to lead 6-5.
Serving again to stay in the set, Nadal fought off two additional set points before Djokovic struck an overhead winner to set up set point six.
The Spaniard sent a down the line backhand volley wide to lose his serve and the set 7-5.
After taking set one, Djokovic appeared to become even more aggressive with his groundstrokes as Nadal delivered uncharacteristic errors and uneven baseline play which resulted in the Spaniard dropping set two and trailing in set three 0-4.
Nadal held serve to reach 1-4 before Djokovic held serve as well to lead 5-1.
Serving to stay in the match, Nadal struck a down the line forehand wide before framing a crosscourt forehand which landed long to trail 0-30.
A Djokovic down the line forehand return winner set up match point.
Nadal would doublefault to end the quarterfinal match.