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Mutua Madrid Open 2014: Interviews, draws, results and order of play

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TENNIS Mutua Madrid Open 2014 – All the interviews, the results and the order of play from the combined even in Madrid’s Caja Magica.

 

Results

Men’s singles draw

Women’s singles draw

Men’s doubles draw

Women’s doubles draw

Order of Play

Interviews

11th of April 2014

Santana: “The way Nishikori was playing the ball was going so fast. It’s not easy to surprise Rafa.”

Nadal: “I suffered a similar situation in Australia this year. So I know what I’m talking about and how bitter is it”

Nishikori: “It was very sad, especially I was winning, playing almost best tennis in my life.”

Sharapova: “I don’t take these moments for granted because I know what it’s like to be out and injured.”

Halep: “I don’t have regrets because it was an amazing week for me”

10th of April 2014

Nishikori: “I tried to change my tennis a little bit, a little more aggressive than before.”

Ferrer: “I’m hurt because I’ve lost a really tough match.”

Nadal: “After I think a great match yesterday, have the confirmation today that the improvement is real l”

Nadal: “You never win without playing well. This is the reality. You don’t win a Masters 1000 playing badly”

Bautista Agut: “It’s been a beautiful week for me. I could have played today’s match a little bit better.”

Sharapova: “I was the one that was being aggressive and hitting deep and taking advantage early in the rally”

Halep: “I couldn’t believe that I can come back again.”

9th of April 2014

Ferrer: “In Monte Carlo I had good feelings. This week I have had those good feelings once again.”

Nadal: “In Madrid I always play at this time. It’s not a matter of TV. For me, no problem at all. I like to play with sun”

Maria Sharapova Part 1 “Experience helps to come back and stay focused”

Maria Sharapova Part 2 “I wouldn’t mind if it (on court coaching) didn’t exist”

Sharapova: “I will say the match was very close. I think it really could have gone her way today”

8th of April 2014

Murray Part 1 “He played very well from start to finish”

Murray Part 2 “The only thing that I have done this week well is I served much better”

Murray part 3 “I don’t know if it’s a question of confidence or not”

Gulbis “Thanks to the organisation, they put me Tuesday first round. I asked for it”

Berdych Part 1 “Grigor started really well. Since I made the (break) point in the second set things changed”

Berdych Part 2 “I don’t do anything special (before I play Nadal). Maybe I should do something different”

Dimitrov “I appreciate the support of the Bulgarian fans”

Raonic “(Nishikori) played better than I did the important points. He played better than I did the two tiebreaks”

Nadal: “Here I have to win three matches. It’s easier that Real Madrid wins the Champions League.”

S. Williams: “I love playing on clay. I actually always have. Sometimes didn’t work out for me.”

Li Na: “Here I still feeling especially the balls fly a lot. So that’s why I was coming here pretty early to prepare for the tournament.”

7th of April 2014

Murray: “It’s been a tough ten days. I had an idea what was going on with Elena because my mom is very close with her and her husband.”

Nadal: “I was dominating over the points and playing very well.”

S. Williams: “I think the fact that I didn’t win the first slam makes a lot less pressure for me.”

Halep: “I love to play here. This tournament means a lot for me, because the last year help me a lot.”

6th of April 2014

Wawrinka: “I was really positive trying to find a way to win. I didn’t.”

Thiem: “I cannot really believe it. I was in this famous zone during the match. I was really unbelievable concentrated.”

Sharapova: “It’s more little things that ultimately add up and make you a better player.”

Ferrer: “What happens is that the first day is not easy. It’s the same for everyone.”

5th of April 2014

A. Radwanska: “I think the tiebreak was the biggest key in that match. I think that gave me more confidence”

4th of April 2014

Nadal: “The ranking is lying a lot of times. The ranking is not fair a lot of times.”

Murray: “I love hard courts. I think it’s a challenging surface for the joints.”

Ferrer: “This year Wawrinka has gone a step forward. He has surprised all of us.”

Wawrinka: “I’m just trying to take tournament after tournament. That’s the only way to improve, to make more points.”

3rd of April 2014

S.Williams: “I love Madrid. I love the tournament directors and the people that run it.”

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Intriguing Team-Ups Lure Eyes Doubles’ Way. Will They Stay For The Problems, Too?

Will the recent surge in high-profile double partnerships have any impact on the long term future of the discipline?

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Cincinnati Open, Western and Southern Open, Andy Murray, Feliciano Lopez
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In one of his press conferences at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Andy Murray said he would not be playing the US Open. His announcement came a day or so after his initial declaration that he would be playing only the two doubles events in the final Major of the season. A few things came out of Murray’s remarks. The first and the obvious was that the former world no. 1 was ready to give it his all (yet again) to play singles. The second, the understated aspect, was that doubles while seeming easy vis-à-vis singles required just as much focus, if not more. Then, there was a third.

 

In tennis’ continuity though, the relevance of the doubles game is not a recent epiphany. However, the last few tournaments of the 2019 season that featured some eclectic partnerships – Stefanos Tsitispas and Nick Kyrgios, Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez, the Pliskova twins, Andy and Jamie Murray, and so on – has made doubles slightly more prominent than singles.

Singles has become monotonous with the same set of players making it to the final rounds. On the other hand, doubles has brought in more verve to the existing status quo of the Tour, with each player’s individuality adding to the dynamics of the team. After his first outing as Kyrgios’ doubles partner at the Citi Open in Washington in July, Tsitsipas pointed this out.

“It’s the joy of being with a person who thinks differently and reacts differently. I would characterise him (Kyrgios) as someone who likes to amuse. I’m very serious and concentrated when I play, but he just has the style of speaking all the time. It’s good sometimes to have a change,” the Greek had said.

These changes – as seen with Murray’s recent decision – may not extend for a longer period. The culmination of these short-term team-ups does – and should – not mean the end of the road of doubles piquing attention, per se. At the same time, these transitory partnerships also reroute the discussion back to the financial side of the doubles game.

In a recent interview with Forbes, Jamie Murray – a doubles specialist – shared how conducive it had become for players to take up doubles as the sole means of a tennis career these days, as compared to in the past.

“Because the money is always increasing in tennis, it is a much more viable option to go down the doubles route a lot earlier than previous generations. Before, people would play singles and then when their ranking dropped, they played an extra few years of doubles. Now it is a genuine option to start off much younger and have a career in doubles,” the 33-year-old said.

Despite Murray’s upbeat attitude, these increases have not exactly trickled towards doubles, especially at the Slams including the upcoming edition of the US Open. For 2019, the USTA showed-off yet another hike in the prize-money coffer. The men’s and women’s singles champions will be awarded $3.8 million. In comparison, the men’s and women’s doubles teams winning the respective title will get $740,000. This sum gets further diluted for the mixed-doubles’ titlists who will get $160,000 as a team.

This is the third and final takeaway that emerged from Murray’s US Open call. For several of these singles players, intermittent doubles play is an option. For those who play only doubles, that is the only option they have. The doubles game requires similar effort – travel, expenses and fitness – the costs continue to outweigh the benefits. These momentary team formations are a gauge revealing the disparity of tennis’ two sides, visible yet obliviated beyond tokenism.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career

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Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.

 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.

 

Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.

 

“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

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David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati

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David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.

 

Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.

The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open  2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.

Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.

“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”

 

 

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