May 26, 2017

Novak Djokovic Named LACOSTE Style Ambassador

 

(May 22, 2017) Twelve-time major winner Novak Djokovic was named LACOSTE Style Ambassador on Monday, his 30th birthday.

Djokovic will make his debut as LACOSTE’s new ambassador at The French Open. Additionally, LACOSTE is launching a new advertising campaign inspired by a changeover between the two champions, René Lacoste and Novak Djokovic.

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Zverev Beats Djokovic to Win Italian Open; Svitolina Stops Halep for Title

Alexander Zverev

(May 21, 2017) Alexander Zverev defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Italian Open for his first Masters 1000 title. The win, in his first-ever meeting against Djokovic makes him at 20, the youngest Masters tournament winner since Djokovic won Miami 10 years ago in Miami at 19.
“It’s nice to know that I can compete and play and win the biggest tournaments on tour against the biggest players on tour,” Zverev said.
“I’m very happy the way I played,” noted the winner. “Very happy with my performance all week, actually. And especially today, I think today was one of the best matches I ever played maybe.

“You know, I knew I had to be aggressive from the first point on and to the last. It was very important for me to be able to stay this aggressive and don’t let him take over the game.”

“He’s making his mark already,” Djokovic said. “Today winning one of the biggest tournaments – absolutely deserved. Played great, served great. On the other hand, he didn’t get much from my side. I played very poor today. Just couldn’t find any rhythm.”

“He served very well. I just wasn’t able to get any rhythm on my returns. If we would get into a rally, he would smash the ball from the first or second shot… There is no doubt he took time away from me. It happens. If he serves this well and this efficiently, it’s tough to play him on any surface.”

Djokovic also announced that Tennis Hall of Famer Andre Agassi will coach him during the French Open.

Andre Agassi to Coach Novak Djokovic at French Open

Zverev will move up to No. 10 in the world on Monday.

 

Elina Svitolina wins Dubai title

In women’s action, Elina Svitolina has moved up to No. 1 in the “Road to Singapore” race by beating Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 for her fourth title of the year. She also leads the WTA Tour with 31 match wins this season.

“Every day I’m just trying to work on my mental part, my physical, my tennis,” said the Ukranian. “Everything just came together and I’m very happy that it’s happened in such a big tournament.”

Halep, who won Madrid last week, rolled her ankle near the end of the first set.

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Andre Agassi to Coach Novak Djokovic at French Open

 

Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi to Coach Novak Djokovic at French Open

 

(May 21, 2017) Novak Djokovic has a new coach, for the French Open at least. Andre Agassi will be with the No. 2 player during Roland Garros. Djokovic made the formal announcement in Rome.

I spoke to Andre the last couple weeks on the phone, and we decided to get together in Paris. So he’s gonna be there. We’ll see what future brings,” Djokovic said to media after his loss to Alexander Zverev in the Rome Masters final.

We are both excited to work together and see where it takes us. We don’t have any long-term commitment. It’s just us trying to get to know each other in Paris a little bit.

“He will not stay the whole tournament. He’s gonna stay only to a certain time, and then we’ll, you know, see after that what’s gonna happen.

Obviously Andre is someone that I have tremendous respect for as a person and as a player.” He continued. “He has been through everything that I’m going through. You know, on the court he understands the game amazingly well. I am enjoying every conversation that I have with him.

“But also, on the other hand, he’s someone that nurtures the family values, philanthropy work. He’s a very humble man, is very educated in just — you know, he’s a person that can contribute to my life on and off the court a lot. I’m very excited to see what is ahead of us.”

“Well, I talked with Andre, as I said, for the last two, two-and-a-half weeks. You know, we get to know each other over the phone for now, but in Paris we will see each other in person, and then we will take it from there.”

“I don’t know Andre that well, because it’s only a couple weeks that we are in communication, let’s say, but I already feel like we are very kind of close to each other and creating this nice vibe.

Novak Djokovic

Asked about how he persuaded Agassi to coach him, Djokovic said: “Not going to discover the secrets of my persuasion.

“Look, you know, he’s someone that has been so successful in this sport, and he’s a legend of our sport. He’s made a mark in this sport forever. He’s won everything there is to win in tennis.

“You know, he was a revolutionary player because he had this charisma, he had this, you know, approach to tennis and to life that was quite different from others. That’s why he was so interesting.

“Yes, he has been away from the tour for last 10, 15 years, but speaking with him, he’s been definitely following up closely all the matches, the big matches, especially on the TV. So he knows players, he knows everyone that I was playing against in last couple of weeks, so we talked before every match, more or less.

“So it was obviously his call whether or not he wants to take that step and, you know, try to work with me. He has accepted it, and I’m very grateful for that. It’s exciting, of course. I’m very happy about it.

“We’ll see. You know, Paris is the first tournament where we’re going to be together in person on the court. So good times ahead.”

Djokovic recently parted ways with longtime coach Marian Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch, and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic.

Agassi, an eight-time major winner and member of the Tennis Hall of Fame retired in 2006.

Djokovic completed a career “Grand Slam” last year when he won the French Open, holding all four majors at the same time. Since then he’s won just one tournament out of the past 11 he’s entered.

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Rafael Nadal Extends Winning Streak to 17 to Move into Rome Quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal Extends Winning Streak to 17 to Move into Rome Quarterfinals

(May 18, 2017) Rafael Nadal’s winning streak is now up to 17. The road to Roland Garros has taken the nine-time champion to three straight clay court titles season and now Ndal is three wins away from the Rome Masters title. Nadal beat 13th seed, American Jack Sock on Thursday 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian Open elite eight.

 

He’ll play eighth seed Dominc Thiem in the next round for the third time in less than a month. Nadal beat the Austrian in both the Barcelona and Madrid finals.

 

“I am here to try my best,” Nadal said. “I know is a tough tournament. I don’t have an easy draw here, a tough one. From the beginning is true that what happened to Nico was very bad news, but today again, second round against Sock is a tough one, and tomorrow against Dominic, he’s the player that is having probably more success now on clay, no?

“So will be another tough battle tomorrow. I hope to be ready for that battle, and I gonna try to play my best.”

Dominic Thiem

Thiem advanced by saving two match points in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) win over Sam Querrey.

“It’s going to be a really amazing experience for me to play him third time in a very short time,” said the Austrian.

“I mean, it has been two very good matches, Barcelona and Madrid. I hope it’s going to be a third very good one tomorrow.”

 

Four-time Roma champion, second seed Novak Djokovic advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Roberto Bautista Agut. Dkokovic will face Juan Martin del Potro- the Argentine upset seventh seed. Kei Nishikori 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Another top men’s seed fell on Thursday when third seed Stan Wawrinka lost to American John Isner 7-6 (1), 6-4 to American John Isner.

“It had been a while, but I was looking forward to the match, “ Isner said. “I thought I played pretty well out there.

“It’s a situation for me where I’m going out there against the No. 3 player in the world. Maybe I have a little bit less to lose than he does.

“I went out there with the belief that if I played well and executed my game plan that I could walk off that court with a win. That’s what happened today. I served well and took my chances when I had them.

“So I was very happy with the performance.”

Venus Williams

In women’s action, Venus Williams stopped a three-match losing streak against top British player Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

“I love this tournament, and I love Rome,” Williams said. “It’s one of my favorite places on earth, so that’s one of the reasons why I have always come here.

“You know, I have had a good amount of success here. Probably sometimes that it wasn’t that great. I’d never leave Rome early; let’s put it that way. I always stay.”

Other women advancing to the final eight- second seed Karolina Pliskova over Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 7-5, eighth seed Elina Svitolina defeated Mona Barthel 3-6, 6-0, 6-0, Kiki Bertens won 7-6 (3), 6-1 over Ekaterina Makarova.

Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit, who knocked out No. 1 Angelique Kerber continued her winning ways stopping 16th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-1, 6-1.

Kontaveit will be battling Madrid Open champion and sixth seed Simona Halep who defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.

In another upset on the women’s side of the draw, qualifier Daria Gavrilova defeated seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

 

 

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 18 MAY 2017

Men’s Singles – Third Round
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 64
J. Isner (USA) d [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(1) 64
[4] R. Nadal (ESP) d [13] J. Sock (USA) 63 64
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d [12] T. Berdych (CZE) 63 62
[6] M. Cilic (CRO) d [9] D. Goffin (BEL) 63 64
J. del Potro (ARG) d [7] K. Nishikori (JPN) 76(4) 63
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d S. Querrey (USA) 36 63 76(7) – saved 3 M.P.
[16] A. Zverev (GER) d F. Fognini (ITA) 63 63

Men’s Doubles – Second Round
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d J. Sousa (POR) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 75 75
[2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) w/o (A Zverev – fatigue)
[4] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d B. Baker (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) 62 67(7) 12-10
[5] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 62 63
[6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) 63 64
R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) d [7] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 46 76(7) 10-8

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 19 MAY 2017

CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
WTA – [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) vs [6] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [16] A. Zverev (GER) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [8] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [9] V. Williams (USA) vs [3] G. Muguruza (ESP)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – J. del Potro (ARG) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)

NEXT GEN ARENA start 12:00 noon
ATP – J. Isner (USA) vs [6] M. Cilic (CRO)
Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [15] K. Bertens (NED) vs [Q] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [8] E. Svitolina (UKR) or [Q] M. Barthel (GER) vs T. Bacsinszky (SUI) or [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs [4] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00 noon
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [5] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)
WTA – [6] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs [2] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)
ATP – [6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA) vs [8] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [4] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / K. Siniakova (CZE)
WTA – [WC] S. Errani (ITA) / M. Trevisan (ITA) vs [3] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
WTA – [1] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs B. Krejcikova (CZE) / S. Zheng (CHN)

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Fabio Fognini Stops No. 1 Andy Murray in Rome Second Round

Andy Murray

Fabio Fognini Stops No. 1 Andy Murray in Rome Second Round

 

(May 16, 2017) World No.1 Andy Murray will head into the French Open with few clay court wins under his belt. The three-time major winner and defending champion lost No. 29 Fabio Fognini of Italy in the second round of the Rome Masters 6-2, 6-4 much to the delight of local fans. Since winning the Dubai title in February, Murray is 5-6.

Fognini was fearless, hitting 22 winners to only four errors.

“I’m sure there were a lot of things I could have done better,” Murray said to media. “Obviously he started the match extremely well, for sure, and then, you know, mid to end part of the second set, you know, there were a few opportunities there.

“But, yeah, he was — you know, he was taking the ball early, you know, hitting the ball close to the lines and dominating most of the points.

“And then second set, you know, towards the end he starts making a few more mistakes. I was getting into it a little bit, but I wasn’t doing enough to — you know, I wasn’t creating enough chances on my own. You know, normally during matches your opponent might give you a few opportunities with some errors, and obviously you hope to create a few yourself.

“That certainly wasn’t the case today. The only chance I really got was when he was making errors.”

 

“Definitely movement the last two weeks has not been good,” Murray continued. “I felt like I moved decent in — you know, in the beginning of the year I was moving well. I moved pretty well in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, but the last two weeks I haven’t moved well.

“You know, Fabio did play some good dropshots, but like you say, I wasn’t actually making a move or a step towards the ball.

“You know, that’s not a good sign, so that’s something, like I said, the last two years on the clay, that’s been a huge improvement for me. My movement has been a big help, you know, last couple of years, but certainly the last couple of weeks that’s been a problem. So I need to address that.”

 

No. 2 Novak Djokovic beat British qualifier Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (2), 6-2.

“Bedene is the kind of player that gives you good rhythm,” noted the Serb. “I had some good exchanges, some good games with rallies and it felt right, especially in the second set.

“Tiebreak I played a great tiebreak. Served very well when I needed to. I just — you know, I just wish that I had started a little bit sharper. But hopefully the next one will be good.”

 

A couple of ATP World Tour milestones from Tuesday – David Ferrer notched his 700th career match win on the tour while Tomas Berdych won his 600th.

 

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROME, ITALY

RESULTS – MAY 16, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Second Round
F. Fognini (ITA) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 62 64
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) 76(2) 62
[6] M. Cilic (CRO) d R. Harrison (USA) 63 62
[9] D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 36 63 62
[12] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] C. Berlocq (ARG) 63 64
J. Isner (USA) d F. Mayer (GER) 76(4) 76(4)

Men’s
Singles – First Round
[13] J. Sock (USA) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 64 16 75
[15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d G. Simon (FRA) 63 63
[16] A. Zverev (GER) d [Q] K. Anderson (RSA) 64 46 64
[PR] T. Haas (GER) d [LL] E. Escobedo (USA) 60 46 76(1)
B. Paire (FRA) d N. Mahut (FRA) 63 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) 64 76(2)
D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Lopez (ESP) 46 63 61
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d *[LL] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 64 62

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
N. Mektic (CRO) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [WC] F. Gaio (ITA) / S. Napolitano (ITA) 76(3) 63
R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) d [WC] S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) 64 62
B. Baker (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d J. del Potro (ARG) / M. Matkowski (POL) 36 75 10-5

*[LL] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) replaced N. Kyrgios (AUS) – hip
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[5] J. Konta (GBR) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 63 60
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 61 76(3)
[16] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) 64 36 12 Retired – left thigh injury
First Round
[Q] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [10] M. Keys (USA) 26 75 75
J. Goerges (GER) d [13] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 76(6) 75
[15] K. Bertens (NED) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 26 62 61
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [Q] A. Petkovic (GER) 63 64
A. Sevastova (LAT) d I. Begu (ROU) 64 64
E. Makarova (RUS) d R. Vinci (ITA) 62 61
[Q] C. Bellis (USA) d M. Doi (JPN) 64 76(6)
[Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) d S. Rogers (USA) 63 64
T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d T. Babos (HUN) 62 62
L. Davis (USA) d C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 57 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

B. Krejcikova (CZE) / S. Zheng (CHN) d [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) 06 64 10-8
[PR] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 36 64 11-9
[WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Petkovic (GER) d [WC] D. Chiesa (ITA) / S. Rubini (ITA) 75 62
[Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) / E. Svitolina (UKR) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / C. Liang (CHN) 64 62
E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Kato (JPN) d S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
ATP – [7] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – [Q] N. Almagro (ESP) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs B. Paire (FRA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [3] G. Muguruza (ESP)

NEXT GEN ARENA start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs A. Cornet (FRA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – K. Edmund (GBR) vs J. del Potro (ARG)
WTA – L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [9] V. Williams (USA)
ATP – [8] D. Thiem (AUT) vs P. Cuevas (URU)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [Q] J. Struff (GER) vs S. Querrey (USA)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am
WTA – L. Siegemund (GER) vs [6] S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – L. Davis (USA) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – [PR] T. Haas (GER) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs E. Makarova (RUS)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] C. Bellis (USA) vs [15] K. Bertens (NED)
WTA – [Q] D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
ATP – [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Barthel (GER) vs [Q] Q. Wang (CHN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)
WTA – [14] B. Strycova (CZE) vs T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
ATP – N. Mektic (CRO) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [8] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)
WTA – [4] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) vs [PR] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] S. Errani (ITA) / M. Trevisan (ITA) vs C. Mchale (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – [12] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
ATP – J. Sousa (POR) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
WTA – N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs [2] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)

COURT 6 start 12:00 noon
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs [Alt] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Venus (NZL)
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs K. Bertens (NED) / J. Goerges (GER)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [7] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) / E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [3] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

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Rafael Nadal Wins Madrid Open for 30th Masters Series Title

Rafael Nadal Wins Madrid Open for 30th Masters Series Title

(May 14, 2017) Rafael Nadal won his third straight clay court title on Sunday defeating Dominic Thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4 to win the Madrid Open, for the fifth time in his career for his 72nd overall career crown. With his 30th Masters title win, he equals Novak Djokovic for most Masters 1000 series events.

It’s his 15th straight match win. With 34 matches won on the year, he leads the tour.

The 14-time major champion from Spain will move up in the rankings to No. 4 ahead of Roger Federer. Nadal also leads in the Race to London for the year end tournament title and World No. 1.

“I think it was a tough match since the beginning, especially here in altitude, which is difficult to make breaks against a player like Thiem,” Nadal said. “Returning the ball is difficult, especially when he hits it so high.

“Since the beginning, I was playing with a lot of pressure. Fortunately I managed to come back and break. I think he made an error, so I managed to break again.

“After that, I calmed down. I think I played a good first set. Anything could have happened at the end of the first set. But I think I played well the important points at the end of the first set. I saved a few set points playing some good shots with my forehand. After that I went for it.

“I knew at the beginning of the second set, it was going to be very important. Once you finish a first set like that, it’s normal to lower your level a little bit. I had to play well in the second set. I started with a break, so that was very good towards what I had to do after that.”

It was the 30-year-old’s second straight victory over the 23-year-old, whom he defeated in the final of Barcelona two weeks ago.

“I think it was a good fight out there,” said the Austrian. “I was much, much better and much closer than in Barcelona. I think I already had worse weeks in my life than this one.”

“I gave everything that I could,” Thiem explained. “But there were many or some chances in the first set. But obviously if you want to play a close match, if you want to have a chance winning against Rafa on clay, I mean, you have to play your best. There’s no other way. And, of course, it would be enough against many other players.

“But, I mean, it was a final of a Masters 1000, my first one, against the best player on this surface ever. Sometimes against the best players in the world, you even lose when you play well. That’s the thing in tennis: there’s only one winner.”

 

Rafael Nadal

“To try to win Roland Garros, you don’t need to be No. 4 or No. 1 or No. 5, what you need is to play tennis very well,” Nadal said. “I don’t think it changes a lot for me. What I’m really happy about is to achieve a title like this here in Madrid. I see myself being able to win important titles and achieve my goals.”

 

“These last few weeks have been very special. I’m very happy for what I achieved,” Nadal said. “It means a lot to me to win at home, it’s always a special place for me.”

Dominic Thiem

“It was a good fight out there. I was much, much better and much closer than in Barcelona,” Thiem said. “Sometimes against the best players in the world, you even lose when you play well.”

 

“Of course, it were unbelievable two weeks in Spain: Barcelona and Madrid. I’m going to enjoy the next hours, then I’ll think about Rome. It’s, again, a big and important tournament.

“Now that I did it once, play really well in such a big tournament, next step is to maintain this level to the next week. That’s what I will try.”

 

Nadal has won three of the tournaments leading into Roland Garros where he hopes to win his 10th title.

“To try to win Roland Garros, you don’t need to be No. 4 or No. 1 or No. 5, what you need is to play tennis very well,” Nadal said.  “This is the situation right now.”

“If I am No. 4 and I played badly, I’m not going to have chances. If I am No. 5 and I play well, I will have the same chances as if I’m No. 4 or No. 5. It’s just circumstantial.

“In my career, being No. 4 or No. 5, I don’t think it changes a lot for me. What I’m really happy about, I really enjoy, is to achieve a title like here in Madrid, to win a title like this.

“Today is a day to be satisfied, to be happy, and to have this trophy. I thought I was going to take it, but apparently it’s going to stay here. After tomorrow, I will think about Rome. That’s everything I’m thinking right now.

“This is a very emotional period of the season. I really enjoy these tournaments. I just try to go for all of them. I try to compete. In Monte-Carlo and Barcelona I did well, same here. I hope to do the same in Rome.”

 

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Rafael Nadal Snaps Seven-Match Losing Streak Against Novak Djokovic to Reach Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal Snaps Seven-Match Losing Streak Against Novak Djokovic to Reach Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal

(May 13, 2017) Rafael Nadal snapped his seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic on Saturday, dominating the world No. 2 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final of the Madrid Open. The last time Nadal defeated Djokvovic was in the 2014 final of the French Open.

Djokovic, who was the defending Madrid champion had won 15 straight sets over the four-time titlist. The Serb still leads the head-to-head against the Spaniard 26-24.

 

For Nadal it’s his 14th straight victory and an ATP World Tour leading 33rd match win on the year.

 

“I have been playing well,” Nadal said of the win.  “I think it was a great first set. I hit good the forehand in the first set, good the backhand, too. I was serving well.

“When I was playing that well at the beginning, it’s true that I felt for moments under control, and in the second not. In the second, the match was much more equal, and anything could happen.

“It’s true that I played a little bit shorter. I changed less directions in the second set. I needed to play more shots down the line with my forehand.

“But that’s normal, no? An important match for me. That’s it. But in general terms, I think I played a great match.”

Asked about how important it was to break the losing streak against Djokovic, Nadal said: “It’s one more match. What’s important to me is to make it to another final. As years go by, depending on the type of victories, can fulfill you a little bit more or less. As time goes by, what is important is the titles, not the opponents that you have beaten. It’s just the titles that you have won.

“It’s true that some matches are more important than others. But I’m just here to try to make it the best possible way, to play my best tennis, and of course to beat an opponent such as Novak, it gives you a lot of confidence. It shows you you’re working in the right way.

“But it’s just another match. As I said yesterday, it gives me another opportunity to win another title, which is important to me.”

 

Novak Djokovic

“Rafa was obviously a better player today,” Djokovic said. “He deserved to win. I mean, he was controlling the game from beginning to the end.

“Second set was a bit closer. Maybe I had some chances to be in the lead, 2-All. Was a long game. I lost the break there.

“But, you know, all in all, I did try my best. It wasn’t a very high quality of tennis from my side. I mean, I made a lot of unforced errors, especially first set.

“Just his quality was very high. You know, he managed to do whatever he wanted really, especially in the first set. I was getting a lot of balls back. He was serving well. He was using his court positioning well.

“Today was warmer than last three, four days, so conditions were quite different. The ball was bouncing very high.

“Well, he managed to be better in these kind of conditions.”

 

Djokovic, who has not so far had a good season by his standards, winning only one tournament this year, and fresh off of parting ways with his coaching team was happy to reach the final four in Madrid. “Well, first of all, it was really good to play in semifinals of big event, and to play against one of the top rivals I have in my life. I haven’t had that feeling in months, so it’s great to feel that.

“It was a positive week, a positive experience. I take, as I say, more positives than negatives into the next week in Rome. As I go along, I hope to continue getting better and getting stronger.

“I felt like I was playing well throughout the week. Today maybe slightly I could have played better. But, again, I just had an opponent that was too good.

“Well, I have to move on. Semifinals is a good result. Hopefully I’ll have another good result in Rome.”

 

Simona Halep

In the women’s final, defending champion Simona Halep held on to the title with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 over Kiki Mladenovic just under three hours.

“I feel great that I could defend this title,” Halep said afterwards. “It means a lot because it gives me confidence for the bigger tournaments.”

There was controversy during the trophy presentation when former player Illie Nastase was on the podium with Halep. Nastase has been banned from all ITF events due to his behavior at Fed Cup.

For the No. 3 seed Halep this was her 14th career title.

“It’s going to be a tough match whoever I face tomorrow,” explained Nadal. “That’s the reality. We’re saying I will be playing against Thiem. He’s No. 3 in the Race, came from the final in Barcelona. He’s young, has a lot of talent. I think the altitude helps him here. The ball bounces high and it’s difficult to control.

“Talking about Pablo, it’s more or less the same. He is doing really well. He played really well in Monte-Carlo, when he beat Wawrinka. Playing really well, then he lost after that. But it was a very tight match, too.

“Whoever is my opponent tomorrow, it’s going to be a very tough match. The only way to win these kinds of tournaments, because you are playing some of the best players in the world, so you have to play at a very high level to be able to beat them.

“This is my goal. This is what I’m thinking right now, to play really well. That’s the only way to be able to have options for tomorrow’s match.”

Nadal will be going for his fifth Madrid title and 30th Masters 1000 crown.

 

Nadal will tale on Dominic Thiem in the final. Thiem beat unseeded Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-4.

“It means a lot to me to play a finals. My first finals in this level,” Thiem said.

“These kind of tournaments are so strong, so it’s amazing for me to go that far. I’m very happy at the moment.”

 

Thiem lost to Nadal in the final of Barcelona in straight sets two weeks ago.

“I think he played a very, very good match in Barcelona. First set there was I think close. I also played well.

“But obviously even if I’m at my best and he’s at his best on clay, probably he’s the better player. If you see his records on this surface, it’s just amazing.

“But, yeah, tomorrow is a new day. I will try to improve the things I didn’t do that good in Barcelona and then we will see what happens.”

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Lucky Loser Borna Coric Beats No. 1 Andy Murray at Madrid Open

Lucky Loser Borna Coric Beats No. 1 Andy Murray at Madrid Open

 

Andy Murray

(May 11, 2017) No. 1 Andy Murray lost to lucky loser Borna Coric of Croatia in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday 6-3, 6-3. Coric became the first person to reach the quarterfinals as a lucky loser in Madrid. Coric reached the main draw after losing in the qualifying tournament when Richard Gasquet withdrew.

“After one match of the qualies where I lost and I was booking my flight back to home, it is surprise for sure,” Coric said of the win.

“But in last two matches, I’ve been feeling pretty good, like I was feeling good like back in Marrakesh.

“I was expecting to play good, but I was not sure how it was going to end. But I was playing really good today.”

Borna Coric

“It’s a huge win, for sure,” the No. 59 ranked Coric continued. “It’s going to mean to me a lot. Also regarding my confidence, which is very important in tennis, obviously, and especially when you are a player like me. So the confidence does play I would say a very big role in my tennis.

“Also it’s going to help me in my ranking. It’s always easier when you’re a little bit higher in the ranking. I don’t know where this is going to put me exactly, but for sure I’m going to be a little bit higher. I can play now a little bit more, let’s say, free. I don’t need to defend many points. I can only earn points.”

 

As for Murray, he has failed to make it past the semifinals of the three clay court events in which he has participated this year.

“Well, most things weren’t working particularly well,” Murray said. “Yeah, wasn’t great. I mean, I started the match okay, but when I started to go behind, I didn’t find any way to improve my game or to make it more difficult for him. I just kind of let the same things keep happening, making mistakes very early in a lot of the rallies. I wasn’t building any points really.

“You know, I didn’t help myself sort of find a way into the match to start playing better. That was disappointing because, you know, you’re not always going to play your best tennis, but you can still find ways to make it difficult for your opponent, and I didn’t do that at all today.”

“It actually felt quite similar to the match I played against him in Dubai. You know, he serves well. He moves extremely well. You know, he never gives matches away. He makes a lot of shots. He’s very consistent.

“You know, if you’re not on your game, and he’s moving well, making a lot of balls, he can make it very, very tough for you.”

Coric will play his quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem of Austria, who  saved five match points to beat Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9).

Novak Djokovic

 

Defending Novak Djokovic champion beat Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-5 to reach the final eight.

“Level was definitely very high today I thought from both players,” said the Serb. “I think Feliciano played really well, especially in the second set. I wasn’t winning too many points on his service games until the last one where I managed to return many balls back in play and then win the match.

“One break was enough, 5-4, 6-5, both sets. But, as I said, it was quite a solid performance from both players, high quality. I was enjoying very much.

“Of course, in the end, you know, 5-All, Love-30, a couple of really long points. I was in trouble, and I managed to get my way out of it, as I said, with some great gets. That pumped me up obviously.

“You know, you’re trying to hold your composure and always find the right balance between pumped up and having great intensity on the court, but at the same time having calm and concentration.”
Djokovic will take on Kei Nishikori next. The 2014 U.S. Open finalist defeated David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3. Nishikori is playing his first tournament since March, he’s been nursing a right wrist injury.

Rafael Nadal

In the night match, Rafael Nadal gave Nick Kyrgios a lesson in clay court play when he demolished the Australian 6-3, 6-1 for his tour leading 31st win of the year.

“I think I played really well tonight,” said the four-time Madrid winner. “Since the beginning of the match, I committed just a few errors. I think I returned the ball very well, even better than normally.

“I think I served very well, committed very few errors. I think I made a step forward compared to yesterday. Of course, to be able to win 6-3, 6-1, whatever the second was, I can’t remember, I think it’s great news. I think it’s not normal to win against an opponent like this because Nick is a really good opponent.”

Nadal will play ninth-seeded David Goffin who won 6-4, 6-2 over fifth-seeded Milos Raonic.

In women’s play Simona Halep, the highest seed left in the women’s draw dismissed Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1 to reach the semifinals.

“I was a little bit nervous, to be honest, before the match, because she has a big serve,” Halep said.

The Romanian will face Anastasija Sevastova next.

Kristina Mladenovic will play Svetlana Kuznetsova in the other semifinal.

Two-time major winner Kuznetsova stopped Eugenie Bouchard’s run 6-4, 6-0.

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 11 MAY 2017

ATP

Singles – Third Round
[LL] B. Coric (CRO) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 63 63
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d F. Lopez (ESP) 64 75
[4] R. Nadal (ESP) d [16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 63 61
[9] D. Goffin (BEL) d [5] M. Raonic (CAN) 64 62
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 63
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 46 64 76(9) – saved 5 M.P.
A. Zverev (GER) d [11] T. Berdych (CZE) 64 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d B. Paire (FRA) 75 06 61

Doubles – Second Round
[7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) / T. Huey (PHI) 67(4) 75 10-6
[8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d [PR] T. Haas (GER) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 63 64

WTA

Singles – Quarterfinals
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 61 61
[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 64 60
[14] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU) 64 64
A. Sevastova (LAT) d K. Bertens (NED) 63 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[3] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 46 63 10-8
I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU) d [4] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 63 36 10-6
[5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) d K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 62 64
[WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d [6] L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 62 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 12 MAY 2017

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 pm
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [9] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [14] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [LL] B. Coric (CRO) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 12:00 pm
ATP – [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) vs [4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [6] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) vs [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

ESTADIO 3 start 2:00 pm
WTA – [3] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs [WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
WTA – TBA after rest – [5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) vs I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU)

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Djokovic and Nadal Survive Challenges to Reach Madrid Third Round; Bouchard Advances

Novak Djokovic

(May 10, 2017) Novak Djokovic came back from a 0-3 deficit in the third set to get past Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, while Rafael Nadal needed just under three hours to win 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4 over Fabio Fognini to move into the final 16 at the Madrid Open on Wednesday.

Asked about his comeback in the third set Djokovic said:” Well, this was the fourth match on the clay court season for me this year, and all of them went 7-5 or 6-4 in the third set. Every match more or less that I’ve played was quite close, dramatic as well. I guess I’m supposed to be tested in every match on clay.

“From positive side, from that perspective, is good for psychological aspects and mental strength and getting confidence back.

“Obviously when you’re not winning too many matches, you have to build the confidence level. So to win the matches like this definitely helps confidence.

“I thought that for almost two sets I’ve played really well. Had 15-40 two times in the second set to finish off the match in straight sets. But, you know, I didn’t use my opportunities.

“He served well. Then he started to swing through the ball. Four games in a row he played really, really well.

“It’s tough to play Nico on any surface. Especially here where it’s altitude, it played quicker a little bit. He loves playing on clay. He was obviously motivated. He has a lot of strength in his shots, a lot of precision. He can, from both corners, hit equally well.

“If he doesn’t make many mistakes, he can really beat anyone. I could feel his very high quality, especially the end of the second set and the beginning of the third.

“But I hung in there and I knew that eventually I’m going to get my chances and going to get some looks on the second serves. When they’re presented, you know, I was ready to use them, which I did.

“Yeah, it was very challenging conditions, as well. Towards the end, a lot of wind. But all in all, a real test for the first match here.”

This was the 12-time major winner’s first match since splitting with his coaching team last week.

As to the speculation on who his next coach could be:”Well, I mean, I understand that people are trying to speculate and trying to look into the possible coaches and create a list because I was saying I would like to have ideally someone who fits into the profile of a person that was kind of in my shoes before, that has been winning Grand Slams. There are not too many of those kind of champions in the history of the sport. I guess it’s normal that people start coming up with names.

“I can’t talk more than that. I’m going to think about who I want in my team. Right now I don’t have yet anyone. But I think by French Open or after French Open, I already going to have someone.”

Defending Madrid champion Djokovic has just one title this year and has been hampered by an elbow injury.

“I’m still finding my way to that consistency level and quality of tennis that I’m looking for. I’m aware that I’m not playing at my best, but I’m definitely believing in myself and the process. Eventually the game will come together.

“I can take a lot of positives from today, as I say, for almost two sets. I was playing really well, consistently, taking my chances, returning a lot of balls back, serving precisely. I wasn’t making too many, you know, errors on the court. Then I had that four-game period which wasn’t that great. But I managed to recover.

“I try to take positives out of it. I know I can identify things that haven’t gone the way I wanted them in the game. But, you know, it’s normal to expect that sometimes you have those ups and downs. I’m going to try to reduce them as much as I can.

“Four consecutive games lost in this level should not happen because otherwise, you know, you’re going to lose the match. I was very close to lose it, as well. He was up 3-Love.

“But as I’ve said, you know, I’m happy with the way I handled the pressure in those moments, just stayed with him, made him play always extra shot. I did my work in the end of the match. So I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Four-time Madrid winner Rafael Nadal saved 10 break points in the first set and had to break serve as Fognini was serving up 5-4 in the first in a very back-and-forth match on Wednesday.

 

“I haven’t played bad, I played really bad,” Nadal said criticizing himself in regard to the match.

“Well, I think that even though I played really badly, my attitude has been very positive. My attitude and the will to win today’s match was there. My level of tennis was not so high today, but I managed to make it through the first round. It was uncomfortable.

“I think before it wasn’t so windy, but when I started playing, it was a really awful day. It was really windy.

“It’s true I’ve been through some difficult days with the issue of my ear, which cost me a little bit of general stability. I feel a little bit strange. But it’s something that is getting better day after day.

“Talking about the game in general, it’s quite simple: I think there was a moment where he was playing really well. There was another moment where both of us played really badly. The third set, we leveled up.

“I think we both played better than what we played in the first two sets. This is a positive thing. But that together with a couple of things, you know, it was the first match in altitude, then it was against an opponent that doesn’t give you a lot of rhythm, and the weather today was not really good. Those three things are not good.

“Also another thing I forgot. I was a little bit nervous today because it was the first day I played, and the conditions were completely different to the previous days. That makes the match very different. Luckily I was able to win, and tomorrow I have another opportunity. Hopefully I’m ready to do much better than today.”

 

Nadal will take on Nick Kyrgios next, who has beaten Nadal before – their first meeting at 2014 Wimbledon.

 

“He’s a very difficult opponent,” said Nadal. “He’s one of the most difficult players you can play. It’s true that I think on clay he’s a very, very tough player. But perhaps here he’s a little bit less difficult to play.

“But here we have the altitude, and that makes him very complicated. He can be even more complicated than a hard court due to the altitude we have here.

“Let’s see what happens tomorrow. If I play late, the conditions will be a little bit slower. But, well, he’s an opponent that’s going to put a lot of pressure on me. He has a very good serve. He’s very aggressive. I have to try to be very solid with my serve, too. I’m going to try to play at a high rhythm.

“I have to play really well to be able to beat him. I think I’m ready to do that. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I think I’m ready to play well because of things in the past months I’ve been playing really well.”

 

In women’s play, Eugenie Bouchard backed up her win over Maria Sharapova, when she advanced to the quarterfinals when No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber was forced to retire with a hamstring injury with Bouchard up 6-3, 5-0.

“All in all I’m very pleased 9with the win), Bouchard said. “I felt I started off a little bit off ’cause the conditions were so different. It was cold. It was really windy from one side to the other, a strong wind. The atmosphere was different from my previous match.

“I just at the beginning felt a little bit out of it, a couple loose errors. But then after that, I got myself together and got my rhythm, felt pretty awesome out there.”

“My first-round win gave me confidence. Feeling a bit better in practice coming into this week gave me confidence coming in.

I thought it was very important today to keep moving my feet a lot and accelerate a lot.”

Kerber talked about her injury with media: “I know it’s the left hamstring. I just felt it in the last game. I think it was not the last point, but the point, like, before.”

“Then the last point when I served, I was sure I cannot play more because I’m actually not the person who is retiring so often. When I feel it, it’s something.

“But I hope it’s not too serious. So I will see it in the next hours or days.”

Bouchard will be play two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova next. “She’s playing well, in general right now, ” said the Canadian. “Also I think she ended the year really, really well. It’s going to be a good battle. I’ve practiced with her before, played against her. I’ve always enjoyed it because she gets a lot of balls back, but she also goes for it. We both have just battled.

“I just want to have fun. I just want to enjoy it and just go for it, as usual.”

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 10 MAY 2017

Singles – Second Round
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) 61 46 75
B. Paire (FRA) d [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 75 46 62
[4] R. Nadal (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) 76(3) 36 64
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d G. Muller (LUX) 64 64
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 16 60 64
A. Zverev (GER) d [7] M. Cilic (CRO) 67(3) 63 64
D. Ferrer (ESP) d [10] J. Tsonga (FRA) w/o (shoulder injury)
[11] T. Berdych (CZE) d R. Haase (NED) 76(5) 63
[12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 75
[16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d R. Harrison (USA) 63 63
[LL] B. Coric (CRO) d [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) 75 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d N. Mahut (FRA) 57 64 64
F. Lopez (ESP) d G. Simon (FRA) 63 36 76(3)

Doubles – Second Round
[2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d F. Martin (FRA) / D. Nestor (CAN) 57 62 10-7
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 76(4)
[4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d [Alt] B. Baker (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) 63 64
[6] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d R. Haase (NED) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 76(6) 76(3)

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 11 MAY 2017

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
WTA – C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [3] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – F. Lopez (ESP) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [LL] B. Coric (CRO)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 12:00 noon
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
WTA – [14] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU)
ATP – [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)
ATP – [PR] T. Haas (GER) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) vs F. Fognini (ITA) / T. Huey (PHI)
ATP – [5] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [9] D. Goffin (BEL)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [11] T. Berdych (CZE) vs A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – B. Paire (FRA) vs P. Cuevas (URU)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
WTA – A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs [3] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [6] L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
WTA – After rest – [4] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – After rest – K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs [5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE)

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Andy Murray Moves Into Third Round of Madrid Open

Andy Murray

 

(May 9, 2017) No. 1 Andy Murray opened his Madrid Open with a 6-4, 6-3 win over wild card No. 104th ranked Marius Copil of Romania to move into the third round on Tuesday. The Scot is a two-time winner of the title in 2008 and 2015.

 

“I found it difficult to start,” Murray said. “I haven’t practiced out there. Well, we practiced out there for 25 minutes before the match, this morning at like 11:00. That had been it.

“It was very lively out there. It was probably the hottest it’s been since we’ve been here. Found it a bit difficult at the beginning to adjust to the conditions. Also never played him before. He serves big, comes forward a bit, uses dropshots. It was tricky.

“But when I started to control the points more towards the end of the first set and second set, you know, I was hitting the ball pretty clean, creating a few chances. I didn’t give him any opportunities.

“It was good for the first match.”

 

Murray, who had been nursing an elbow injury syas that he’s trying to get back into form: “I don’t think I’m playing perfectly just now. I think there’s just things I can definitely do better.

“But, you know, the most positive thing about tonight was that I feel like I can serve a little bit better than I did today.

“I had no breakpoints against me. That was something that obviously I’d struggled on serve a bit, especially the last couple of tournaments. So to not give up any breakpoints in the first match was good.

“I think the altitude does also help a bit with that. It’s a good sign for me that my serve is getting better. Hopefully that continues that way.

“When I serve well, the rest of my game tends to follow. It’s an important part of the game for me. You know, when I can get a lot of free points on my first serve, put a lot of pressure on my opponent’s service games, you know, it really helps my game a lot.

“That was the most important thing for me today.”

 

Wednesday’s schedule will include No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who recently parted ways with his coaching team and four-time winner Rafael Nadal who is dealing with an ear infection an asked for a later start in the tournament.

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 9 MAY 2017

Singles – Second Round
[1] A. Murray (GBR) d [WC] M. Copil (ROU) 64 63
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [LL] J. Donaldson (USA) 63 64
[9] D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Mayer (GER) 76(3) 60

Singles – First Round
[Q] P. Herbert (FRA) d [13] L. Pouille (FRA) 76(5) 67(4) 63
[LL] B. Coric (CRO) d M. Zverev (GER) 63 76(5)
I. Karlovic (CRO) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 76(4) 67(9) 76(7) – saved 4 M.P.
B. Paire (FRA) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 63 64
A. Zverev (GER) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 75 63
G. Muller (LUX) d [PR] T. Haas (GER) 64 76(7)
R. Harrison (USA) d B. Tomic (AUS) 75 46 62
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 63
[WC] N. Almagro (ESP) d [WC] T. Robredo (ESP) 63 36 61

Doubles – Second Round
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) 46 64 14-12
N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) d [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [WC] D. Marrero (ESP) / T. Robredo (ESP) 63 62
F. Martin (FRA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 63 62

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 10 MAY 2017

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
WTA – [WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
ATP – [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs B. Paire (FRA)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 12:00 noon
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
ATP – D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [10] J. Tsonga (FRA)
ATP – G. Simon (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [LL] B. Coric (CRO) vs [Q] P. Herbert (FRA)
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs [7] M. Cilic (CRO)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [5] M. Raonic (CAN) vs G. Muller (LUX)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – [16] S. Stosur (AUS) vs [3] S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – [Q] O. Dodin (FRA) vs [14] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs I. Karlovic (CRO)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs R. Harrison (USA)
WTA – [Q] Q. Wang (CHN) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) vs I. Begu (ROU)
WTA – [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU) vs M. Doi (JPN)
ATP – F. Martin (FRA) / D. Nestor (CAN) vs [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

PISTA 5 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [Alt] B. Baker (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) vs [4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)
ATP – [11] T. Berdych (CZE) vs R. Haase (NED)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
ATP – R. Haase (NED) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [6] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

PISTA 6 start 12:00 noon
WTA – A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – After rest – [6] L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN)

PISTA 7 start 12:00 noon
WTA – TBA based on result – [WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) vs [5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE)
WTA – TBA based on result – [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE)

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