Nadal Makes 95-Year-Old Manuela’s Dream Come True - 2時間前  ATP World Tour

Early this morning, Rafael Nadal received a very special message. Before playing in the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open, the Spaniard read some heartfelt words on social media. Among his 15 million followers on Twitter, somebody’s message stood out over the rest. “Today, my grandmother, at 95 years of age, will fulfil her dream of seeing you live,” wrote Carlos Carrizosa, the grandson of the protagonist of this wonderful story.“She is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and she told me that before she forgets what tennis and you mean to her, she wanted to s...more
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How ‘The Outlook Of The Match Changed’ For Nadal Against Zverev - 4時間前  ATP World Tour

Top seed Rafael Nadal was left ruing his missed opportunities after bowing out of the Mutua Madrid Open quarter-finals to an on-song Alexander Zverev on Friday. The World No. 2 led Zverev 4-2 in the first set, but the German broke straight back after a spate of uncharacteristic errors from Nadal. The Spaniard then had a break chance at 4-3, but flubbed a forehand to give his opponent a lifeline back into the set. From there, Nadal said, the match completely turned. The 2018 champion Zverev rallied to win 6-4, 6-4 and book a place into the semi-finals. “I’m leaving Madrid with an o...more
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Zverev Claims Third Straight Nadal Victory - 6時間前  ATP World Tour

Alexander Zverev earned his third straight victory against Rafael Nadal on Friday to reach his second Mutua Madrid Open semi-final. The German rallied from 2-4 down in the first set to clinch his first clay-court win against the five-time Madrid champion 6-4, 6-4. Zverev also won the pair’s two most recent indoor hard-court meetings at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals and last year’s Rolex Paris Masters in straight sets. [WATCH LIVE 1] Zverev, who is yet to lose a set this week, is two wins away from his second Madrid title. The 24-year-old owns a 13-2 record at La Caja Magica, highlighte...more
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Federer Enters Comic Book World With Globi - 7時間前  ATP World Tour

Roger Federer fans will be delighted to hear that the Swiss will never stop playing tennis, at least in cartoon form. This week, Globi released its 92nd edition of the Globi series titled “Globi and Roger”. The iconic blue parrot, who can best be described as Switzerland’s Mickey Mouse, was created by Robert Lips in 1932 as a cartoon strip that later became a picture book. Globi has been most popular in Switzerland and Federer boasts his own comic collection from his childhood. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) Globi&r...more
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QF Preview: Will Nadal Continue Making History Against Zverev? - 20時間前  ATP World Tour

Rafael Nadal is into his 15th Mutua Madrid Open quarter-final. And on Friday, the Spaniard will have a chance to continue rewriting the record books at the Caja Magica. The five-time champion will take on Alexander Zverev to earn a spot in his 75th ATP Masters 1000 semi-final. The legendary lefty will try to ride the support of the Spanish crowd against his German foe. “It’s always special to player here,” Nadal said. “There is no one place in the world [where] I have the support that I have here. It’s great to have some crowd back with us. We need more, honestly....more
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Zverev Eager For Quarter-final Clash With Nadal In Madrid - 1日前  ATP World Tour

Alexander Zverev is cautiously optimistic about his chances of beating Rafael Nadal on clay. With a 6-3, 7-6(3) win over Daniel Evens on Thursday, the German set up a blockbuster quarter-final against Nadal at the Mutua Madrid Open. Nadal leads their ATP Head2Head Series 5-2, but Zverev has won their past two matches (on indoor hard courts at the Rolex Paris Masters in 2020 and the Nitto ATP Finals in 2021). “I've beaten him the last few times that we've played but obviously beating him on a clay court is very different,” Zverev told ATPTour.com. “I've had some tough battles...more
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Rafael Nadal Named 2021 Laureus Sportsman Of The Year - 1日前  ATP World Tour

Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open on Thursday, but that was not his only victory of the day. Later in the evening the Spaniard was announced as the 2021 LaureusSportsman of the Year. Nadal also claimed the prestigious award in 2011 and was a nominee in 2009, 2014, 2018 and 2020. The other nominees this year were Joshua Cheptegei, Armand Duplantis, Lewis Hamilton, LeBron Jamesand Robert Lewandowski. 📣 The 2021 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year is....@RafaelNadal pic.twitter.com/Ubp0GdBz4X — Laureus (@LaureusSport) May 6, 2021 “I want to say thank yo...more
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Ruud Stuns Tsitsipas In Madrid - 1日前  ATP World Tour

Casper Ruud earned one of the biggest wins of his career on Thursday, upsetting red-hot Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(4), 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open. The Norwegian had previously been winless against top five opponents in the FedEx ATP Rankings. But the World No. 22 showed no fear against the fourth seed, earning the lone break of serve in the second set to triumph after one hour and 34 minutes. [WATCH LIVE 2] Ruud is into the quarter-finals of his third consecutive clay-court ATP Masters 1000 event. The 22-year-old made the semi-finals of last year’s Intern...more
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Isner Upsets Rublev In Madrid - 1日前  ATP World Tour

John Isner knocked out sixth seed Andrey Rublev 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-6(4) at the Mutua Madrid Open on Thursday. The World No. 39 moves into his second quarter-final appearance of the season and faces Dominic Thiem for a place in the semi-finals. “I’m very happy,” Isner said. “I wasn’t the better player out there today; I did win the match. My serve kept me in it. There’s a reason he’s won so many matches this year.” Until Madrid, Rublev had advanced to the quarter-finals or better in all seven of his tour-level appearances and entered his second meeti...more
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Nadal Beats Popyrin, Reaches 15th Madrid Quarter-final - 1日前  ATP World Tour

Rafael Nadal continued his chase for a record-extending sixth Mutua Madrid Open title on Thursday, beating Aussie Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals. This is the top seed's 15th trip to the last eight in the Spanish capital; the last time he didn't make it this far was 2012. Nadal will next play 2018 champion Alexander Zverev or tricky Briton Daniel Evans, who upset World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Monte-Carlo. The scoreline was straightforward, but there were difficult moments for the Spaniard. Nadal faced 0/40 in his first service game of the match at 0-1, but Popyrin made thre...more
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Ruud Moves Into Madrid Semi-Finals Over Bublik - 2時間前  ATP World Tour

Casper Ruud eased past Alexander Bublik 7-5, 6-1 to move into the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals on Friday. "It's a great feeling, it’s my third Masters 1000 semi-final, third in a row on clay," Ruud said on court. "I’m just playing the tennis of my life for the moment and I'm enjoying it." In a tight first set Ruud broke Bublik at 6-5 by capatilising on his fourth set point. Ruud would then run away with the match in just 69 minutes. He's into his third ATP Masters 1000 clay-court semi-final (Rome and Monte-Carlo). In addition to three consecutive clay-court Masters 1000s semi-fi...more
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Zverev Reaches Madrid Semi-finals With Puetz - 4時間前  ATP World Tour

Alexander Zverev had a winning day on Friday at the Mutua Madrid Open. After taking out Rafael Nadal in the singles quarter-finals, he took to the court with compatriot Tim Puetz to beat Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 for a spot in the doubles semi-finals. On Saturday, Zverev will first take on Dominic Thiem and then he and Puetz will face third seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos. Granollers and Zeballos took out the French tandem of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 7-6(3), 6-2. Second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic advanced with a tight 6-3, 6-7(4), 10...more
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Thiem On Isner's Serve: ‘Like A Goalkeeper Facing A Penalty’ - 6時間前  ATP World Tour

Dominic Thiem has compared facing John Isner’s serve to a football goalkeeper in a penalty shootout after beating the American on Friday for a place in the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals. Speaking after his 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win on Friday, Thiem admitted, “I think it's comparable to a goalkeeper [facing] a penalty. If he places it well, if it has the right speed, there's just no time to react. “You either have to guess or hope that he's missing the first serve. It's just pure luck actually to return it. It's like a 50/50 chance. That's why it's so, so tough.” Isner, who has ...more
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Thiem Works Hard For Madrid Semi-final Spot - 11時間前  ATP World Tour

Dominic Thiem worked hard on Friday for a place in his fourth straight Mutua Madrid Open semi-final. The third-seeded Austrian found a way to beat John Isner of the United States 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 55 minutes. Down a set, Thiem saved four break points at 2-2 in the second set and left it late in the decider, breaking Isner’s serve at 4-4 with a number of superb low returns. The 27-year-old, who is playing in his first tournament since the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in March, finished runner-up in Madrid in 2017 (l. to Nadal) and 2018 (l. to Zverev). "I think we all k...more
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Berrettini's Road From Painful Sneezing To The Madrid QFs - 1日前  ATP World Tour

Just a few months ago, Matteo Berrettini felt pain in his abdominal region even when he sneezed. Now, the Italian is on a six-match winning streak and into the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open. “I’m really happy. At the same time, it is not something that came so easily,” Berrettini said. “I had to work really hard. I'm still working really hard. Every match is a fight. I'm really putting a lot of effort to be able to be mentally ready.” Berrettini got off to a strong start in 2021, leading Italy to the ATP Cup final and advancing to the fourth round at the...more
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Ruud Stuns Tsitsipas In Madrid - 1日前  ATP World Tour

Casper Ruud earned one of the biggest wins of his career on Thursday, upsetting red-hot Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(4), 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open. The Norwegian had previously been winless against top five opponents in the FedEx ATP Rankings. But the World No. 22 showed no fear against the fourth seed, earning the lone break of serve in the second set to triumph after one hour and 34 minutes. "He is one of the best players this year on the Tour, one of the ones who has won the most matches. He's won his first Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo. Barcelona he was very c...more
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Dodig/Polasek Through To Madrid Quarter-finals - 1日前  ATP World Tour

Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek opened their Mutua Madrid Open title bid on Thursday with 6-4, 6-7(2), 10-7 victory against Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau. The fourth seeds won 70 per cent of their first-serve points (23/33) and did not face a break point throughout the one-hour, 52-minute match. Dodig and Polasek will face Munich finalists Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen for a place in the semi-finals. [WATCH LIVE 1] Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic also needed a Match Tie-break to defeat Max Purcell and Luke Saville 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 and extend their unbeaten record at ATP Masters 1000 events this year...more
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Nadal Seeks Double Digits In Rome; All You Need to Know - 1日前  ATP World Tour

Rafael Nadal will attempt to win 10 or more titles at a single tour-level event for the fourth time in his career at next week’s Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. The nine-time champion, who has already reached double digits at Roland Garros (13), the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (12) and the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (11), will return to Rome with his sights set on a 10th title run at the Foro Italico. Nadal owns a record 63 victories at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament and will be seeking his first trophy in Rome since 2019, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in a three-set championship...more
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Nadal On Ronaldo: 'He Was One Of My Favourite Football Players' - 1日前  ATP World Tour

Rafael Nadal has big fans around the world. But one attendee inside Manolo Santana Stadium on Thursday at the Mutua Madrid Open during his win against Alexei Popyrin was more familiar than others for the Spaniard: football legend Ronaldo. “I always admire the top athletes,” Nadal said. “I am a big fan of sport. When I was a kid, Ronaldo was playing in Barcelona with my uncle. So yeah, [he was] one of my favourite football players of all time, one of the best players that I saw play.” One of Nadal’s uncles, Toni Nadal, is well-known in the tennis world for his work...more
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Garin Takes Out Medvedev In Madrid - 1日前  ATP World Tour

Cristian Garin equalled the biggest win of his career on Thursday when he defeated World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-1 at the Mutua Madrid Open. The Chilean broke the Russian twice in the third set to reach the quarter-finals after 2 hours and 30 minutes. Garin won 75 per cent of his service points, hit six aces and faced just one break point. [WATCH LIVE 1] This is Garin’s second victory against a World No. 3. En route to the 2019 BMW Open title in Munich, the Santiago native outlasted two-time defending champion Alexander Zverev in three sets. Garin will meet Belgrade champion...more
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