May/19

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Madrid

Reilly Opelka continues to rise almost as fast a beanstalk, straight setting Pablo Carrena Busta. Fine win for the American over the slumping Spaniard who is having a quiet year.

Taylor Fritz just battled back from a break and mini break down to beat Grigor Dimitrov in the first set tiebreaker. Dan, have you stuck a fork in Dimitrov yet? Fritz showing dangerous power and clutch play.

Kiki Mladenovic looked good but not great in her first match with new coach Sasha Bajin but defending Madrid champ Petra Kvitova eliminated her 63 76. Both players looked similar despite one being a right and the other lefty, but Kvitova showed more emotional adrenaline, she wanted it more. Kiki is too stoic as a singles player, she shows more fire and fury in doubles. For some reason she does not show much positive emotion in singles, only after she loses, you may find her sitting on the ground crying and smashing racquets.

Del Potro returned with a doubles win with Nishikori, his first match since February when he lost in Delray Beach to McKenzie McDonald.

Rafael Nadal keeps psotponing his press conferences, two days in a row.

Feliciano Lopez is the tournament director and not playing.

David Ferrer had a big farewell ceremony attended by Nadal, Federer, Nishikorai, Cilic but there were two noticeable no shows… Djokovic or Del Potro.

101 comments

  • Hartt · May 12, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I think Stefanos and Félix will have a big rivalry, and FAA does have a good chance to win the next time they meet. What I think is great about Félix is he potential. Although he is a good player at age 18, he will continue to improve. I can’t wait to see how he will play in two years time, when he is 20, the age Stef is now.

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