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Master 1000 Madrid: Nadal easily dismisses Berdych



TENNIS Master 1000 Madrid – World Number 1 and Madrid defending champion Rafael Nadal cruised to a 6-4 6-2 to qualify for the semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open. The King of Clay showed improving form compared to his previous appearances on clay where he did not get through in two consecutive clay tournaments where he had previously won a total of 16 trophies (8 in Monte-Carlo and 8 in Barcelona). Diego Sampaolo

Interviews, results, order of play and draws of the Mutua Madrid Open

The eagerly-anticipated quarter final between Rafa Nadal and Tomas Berdych did not really fulfilled the expectations. Nadal won easily against Juan Monaco and Jarkko Nieminen. Berdych faced a much tougher test yesterday when he fought back from a set down to edge Grigor Dimitrov in the third round.

Berdych, who won for the last time against Nadal in Madrid in 2006 when the tournament was held indoors before 16 consecutive defeats and reached the final in the Magic Box in 2012, posed a threat only in the first set before Nadal took full control of the match.

In the first set Berdych held serve in the opening game for1-0. Berdych earned a break point in the second game but Nadal forced the game to deuce with an ace and managed to save the break point. In the third game Berdych held serve to 15 to take a 2-1 lead. In the fifth game Berdych won three consecutive games to win the game to 30 for 3-2. In the sixth game Nadal rallied from 0-30 to take the lead 40-30 but he hit his forehand into the net. Berdych sent a forehand wide to drop the game for 3-3.

At 3-3 Nadal earned two break points after a long rally. Berdych saved the first break point for 40-30 but Nadal converted the first break point chance to take the edge for 4-3. Nadal backed it up holding his serve to pull away to 5-3. Berdych won the next game but Nadal went up 40-0 to earn three set points. The Spaniard held his serve to love to wrap up the first set with 6-4. Nadal played his best tennis of the year with a solid percentage on serve

Berdych won the first game of the second set. Nadal broke serve for the second time in the match with a forehand winner to draw level to 1-1 before rallying from 0-30 in the third game with four consecutive points to break in the third game for 2-1 with a down-the-line forehand.

From then on the match was played on Nadal’s serve and it turned out a one-sided match. He backed up the break to 15 to pull away to 3-1. Nadal went up 40-30 on Berdych’s serve but the Czech player saved a break point in the fifth game to keep his hopes alive to stay in the match.

However, Nadal held his serve to 30 to go up 4-2 before getting a second break of serve in the seventh game to extend his lead to 5-2. Nadal earned two match points at 40-15 and closed out at the first opportunity with his third ace of the match.

It was certainly the best match on clay for Nadal this year. Nadal has reached his fourth semifinal in five appearances in Madrid. He will face Roberto Bautista Agut who beat Barcelona finalist Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-4

Nadal scored his 17th win over Berdych in 21 head-to-head matches and his 304th win on clay (with just 26 defeats). The Spaniard will be looking to clinch his fourth Madrid title after 2005, 2010 and 2013. He has already won 43 trophies on clay.

It was a match with a lot of intensity. It was my toughest match so far in the tournament. I knew I had to go a step forward. Talking about my level, I didi t pretty well. I managed to save a break point at the beginning of the match and I also saved another Love-30. I think that I played well in the key moments. To make it to the semifinals for the first time in the clay season here in Madrid is great news for me”, said Nadal


Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket



The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.


Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.


Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.


Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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