Tennis: Nadal reports return to suit his position

Tennis: Nadal reports return to suit his position


Rafael Nadal returned to his home tournament in Madrid after nearly a month of injury. The Spaniard, who still had a bye in the first round, defeated Serbian Miomir Kekmanovic 6-1 7-6 (7/4) in the second round of the Masters 1000 tournament on Wednesday. The 35-year-old took the first step towards his sixth title in the Spanish capital.

It looked like a short day’s work for Nadal in the first set against Kekmanovic. The Spaniard needed just 37 minutes to secure the first half. However, shortly after the start of the second set, the rain stopped Nadal showing him the way out. The 35-year-old had a tough time with the Serbian opponent and had to go into a tie-break, unlike in the first set. There, the 21-time Grand Slam winner from Mallorca had a better end for himself and advanced to the next round after 1:57 hours with an ace.

Nadal played his last match in the Indian Wells final on 20 March. The Spaniard had to give up after 20 wins by Taylor Fritz from the United States at that time. However, Nadal played in the semi-finals with a stress fracture of a rib. In the Round of 16 in Madrid, local hero meets Belgian David Goffin, who outclassed Dutchman Boutique van de Zandschulp in a 6:4 6:2 spot.

Djokovic – Murray as a Special “Treat”

A special “treat” awaits fans in Round 16 on Thursday. Because Scott Andy Murray meets then world number one Novak Djokovic as a reward for his first clay court victory in five years. Although there have been 36 duels on the ATP tour, the latest edition is special. Because recently, Djokovic and Murray went head-to-head in the 2017 Doha final. The Serb won the final in three sets.

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19 comparisons and thus more than half took place in the final. Djokovic is face-to-face from 25:11, on clay it’s 5:1. Since the last meeting, Murray has endured a period of suffering from hip problems and hip surgery. Djokovic, on the other hand, hasn’t played much this year as he hasn’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Murray had extended the wait for Dominic Thiem to 6:3 6:4 for his comeback win in the first round. In the second round on Tuesday, the former Wimbledon and US Open winner knocked out No. 14 seed Denis Shapovalov from Canada 6:1 3:6 6:2 to secure a duel with his longtime rival Djokovic .

ATP tournament in Madrid

Tableau of the second round:
Novak Djokovic (SRB/1) Gail Monfils (FRA) 6:3 6:2
Andy Murray (GBR) Denis Shapovalov (CAN/14) 6:1 3:6 6:2
Hubert Herkaz (POL/12) Alejandro Davydovich Fokina (ESP) 6:4 4:6 7:6 (7/5)
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) Casper Roode (Dane/5) 7:6 (9/7) 2:6 6:4
Rafael Nadal (ESP/3) Miomir Kekmanovic (SRB) 6:1 7:6 (7/4)
David Goffin (BEL) Botic van de Zandschulp (NED) 6:4 6:2
Cameron Norrie (GBR/9) John Isner (USA) 6:4 6:7 (5/7) 6:4
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP/7) Nicholas Basilashvili (GEO) 6:3 7:5
Andrei Rublev (RUS/6) Jack Draper (GBR) 2:6 7:4 7:5
Daniel Evans (GBR) Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP/17) 6:3 5:7 7:6 (7/2)
Diego Schwartzman (ARG/13) Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) ,
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE/4) Lucas Pouille (FRA) ,
Felix Auger-Aliasim (CAN/8) Christian Garin (CHI) ,
Generic Sinner (ITA/10) Alex de Minaur (Australia) ,
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) Sebastian Korda (USA) ,
Alexander Zverev (GER/2) Marin Cilic (CRO) 4:6 6:4 6:4
First round tableau:
Novak Djokovic (SRB/1) bye
Gail Monfils (FRA) Carlos Gimeno Valero (ESP) 6-3 6-0
Andy Murray (GBR) Dominic Thiem (auto) 6:3 6:4
Denis Shapovalov (CAN/14) Ugo Humbert (FRA) 7:6 (7/1) 6:3
Hubert Herkaz (POL/12) Hugo Delion (BOL) 7:5 6:7 (11/13) 6:3
Alejandro Davydovich Fokina (ESP) Lloyd Harris (RSA) 7:5 6:3
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) Borna Couric (CRO) 6:3 4:6 6:4
Casper Roode (Dane/5) bye
Rafael Nadal (ESP/3) bye
Miomir Kekmanovic (SRB) Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 6:4 7:5
David Goffin (BEL) Aslan Karatsev (RUS) 6:2 7:5
Botic van de Zandschulp (NED) Pablo Carreo Busta (ESP/16) 6:7 (6/8) 7:6 (7/1) 6:3
Cameron Norrie (GBR/9) Kwon Soon Woo (KOR) 7:5 7:5
John Isner (USA) Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 7:6 (10/8) 6:4
Nicholas Basilashvili (GEO) Fabio Fognini (ITA) 7:5 6:4
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP/7) bye
Andrei Rublev (RUS/6) bye
Jack Draper (GBR) Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 6:4 6:3
Daniel Evans (GBR) Federico Delbonis (ESP) 6:3 6:4
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP/17) Jenson Brooksby (USA) 6-0 6-2
Diego Schwartzman (ARG/13) Benoit Pierre (FRA) 6:2 6:7 (5/7) 6:1
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Maxime Creasy (USA) 6:2 7:6 (7/4)
Lucas Pouille (FRA) Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6:3 6:4
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE/4) bye
Felix Auger-Aliasim (CAN/8) bye
Christian Garin (CHI) Francis Tiafo (USA) 6:1 6:3
Alex de Minaur (Australia) Pedro Martínez Portero (ESP) 7:6 (7/2) 1:6 6:3
Generic Sinner (ITA/10) Tommy Paul (USA) 6:7 (4/7) 7:6 (7/4) 6:3
Sebastian Korda (USA) Reilly Opelka (USA/15) 6:3 7:5
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) Ilya Ivashka (RUS) 2:6 6:3 7:5
Marin Cilic (CRO) Albert Ramos Vinolas (ESP) 6:3 3:6 6:4
Alexander Zverev (GER/2) bye
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