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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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‘He Needs To Bulk Up’ – Tennis Great Cast Doubt On Alex De Minaur’s French Open Chances

John Newcombe believes it will be a few more years before the world No.27 reaches his peak.

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One of Australia’s most decorated Grand Slam champions of all time believes compatriot Alex de Minaur still has a way to go before he poses a threat at the French Open.

 

Former world No.1 John Newcombe believes the 21-year-old needs to improve on his physicality before reaching his peak on the surface. De Minaur comes into the Grand Slam high in confidence after reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open in what was his best performance at a major so far in his career. He was knocked out of the tournament by eventual winner Dominic Thiem.

Although De Minaur’s preparations for the clay took a blow last week after he lost the first round of the Italian Open to German qualifier Dominik Koepfer. The world No.27 had a set and 3-0 lead over Koepfer before losing. He is not playing in any tournament this week leading up to Roland Garros.

“I’d have to see the draw, how it comes out, but it will be hard work for him,” Newcombe told the Australian Associated Press about de Minaur’s chances in Paris.
“He’s going to have to do a hell of a lot of work. If he got to the quarters, it would be a terrific effort.
“He’s not going to be physically where he needs to be, just bulking up a bit, until he’s 25, 26.
“But he’s got a good all-court game and he understands the game well, so there’s no reason he can’t be a pretty good late maturer (on clay).”

This year’s clay-court major will be the fourth time the Australian has played in the main draw. In his three previous appearances, de Minaur has only won one match which was against Bradley Klahn last year.

During a recent interview with atptour.com, the Next Gen star gave little away about his expectations for the clay this year given the revised schedule. The French Open is taking place just two weeks after New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic which brought the sport to a five-month standstill earlier this year.

“Realistically, you never know until you step out and play matches. It’s a very quick turnaround, something that has never happened to play such an important event after a slam. I’m taking it all in, doing as best as I can and we will have to see,” he said.

De Minaur has won three ATP titles and has scored four wins over top 10 players so far in his career. He is currently the only player from his country ranked in the world’s top 40 on the ATP Tour.

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Novak Djokovic claims his 36th Masters 1000 title in Rome

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Novak Djokovic came back from 0-3 down in the first set to beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3 after 1 hour and 53 minutes in the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. Djokovic claimed his fifth title in the Eternal City and his 36th Masters 1000 trophy and his 81st career title. Djokovic has become the oldest Rome champion. 

 

The World number 1 player extended his record in 2020 to an impressive record of 31 wins in 32 matches, including four titles at the Australian Open, Dubai, the Western and Southern Open in New York and Rome. 

Djokovic dropped his serve three times and earned five breaks of serve. 

Djokovic wasted a game point and dropped his serve, when he netted his backhand. Schwartzman hit four service winners in the second game to consolidate the break for 2-0. 

Djokovic made a backhand error to face a break point in the third game. Schwartzman earned his second break to open up a 3-0 after 18 minutes, as Djokovic netted another backhand.  Djokovic earned a break point chance and conveted it after a double fault from Schwartzman. 

Djokovic held serve at 15 with an ace in the fifth game to claw his way back to 2-3. The Serbian star forced an error from Schwarzman to earn a breka point in the sixth game and got the break, when the Argentine netted a forehand. Djokovic held serve at 15 to take a 4-3 in the seventh game. Schwartzman hit a forehand down the line winner at 30-15 in the eighth game and held serve with a service winner to draw level to 4-4. 

Djokovic saved a break point in the ninth game with a volley winner and held serve to take a 5-4 lead. Schwartzman saved a set point with a forehand winner and drew level to 5-5 after two deuces with a backhand the line winner. 

Djokovic held serve after a deuce to take a 6-5 lead forcing Schwartzman to serve to stay in the set for the second time. Djokovic converted his third set point to win the opening set 7-5 after 70 minutes. 

Schwartzman earned an early break at the start of the second set. Djokovic got the break back to draw level to 1-1 when Schwartzman sent a forehand wide. 

Djokovic hit a winner at the net to hold serve in the third game. Schwartzman hit four winners in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2.

Djokovic saved two break points in the fifth game and held serve with a service winner to take a 3-2 lead. Schwartman held serve with a drop shot. Djokovic won his service game at love to take a 4-3 lead and broke serve at love in the eighth game with a backhand down the line winner. Djokovic held serve at love to close out the final. 

“”It was a great week. A very challenging week. I don’t think I played my best tennis throughout the entire week, but I think I found my best tennis when I needed it the most in the decisive moments today, yesterday and in every match. That definitely makes me very satisfied and proud that I managed to find that fifth gear when it was most needed. Turning to Paris, I could not ask for a better tournament here in Rome. Another big title and i super pleased with it”, said Djokovic. 

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Stan Wawrinka Parts Way With Long-Time Coach Norman

Stan the man is on the look out for a new coach for the first time in almost a decade.

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It is the end of an era for three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka after he announced his split from coach Magnus Norman.

 

The former world No.3 confirmed on Monday that the two have decided to end their collaboration with ‘mutual consent’ following eight years working together on the Tour. Norman was last with Wawrinka at the Italian Open last week where the Swiss player lost his opening match to rising star Lorenzo Musetti. It is unclear as to exactly when the decision was made.

“After 8 great years together Magnus Norman and I have decided to part ways by mutual consent. We have had an amazingly strong, enjoyable and hugely successful partnership. We reached the height of this sport together and I want to thank him for helping me win everything that I could ever dream of winning,” Wawrinka said in a statement posted on Instagram.

44-year-old Norman is a former world No.2 player himself who reached the final of the French Open back in 2000. During his coaching career, he guided Wawrinka to various milestones in his career that includes 13 ATP titles with three of those being at Grand Slam level. The Swede has also been recognized by the ATP for his work with Wawrinka after winning the inaugural Coach of the Year award back in 2016.

“He’s been a great coach, friend and mentor and will always be a dear friend,” Wawrinka said in a tribute.
“I want to publicly thank him for all his hard work, dedication and commitment in making me a better player over the years. Winning three grand slams have been a life changing experience for me and I could not have done that without him. I wish him all the best in his next chapter in his life.”

The announcement from the world No.17 comes a week before the French Open starts. Wawrinka has been training on the clay for the past few weeks after deciding against travelling to North America to play in the US Open. Instead, he played in a couple Challenger events and won a trophy in Prague last month. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 15-3 so far in 2020.

It is unclear as to who will be replacing Norman in Wawrinka’s team.

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