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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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Doubles Player Dream French Open Debut Ended By Instagram Message

Portugal’s Francisco Cabral said he found out he will not be playing in Paris through social media.

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Playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam is the pinnacle of many players’ careers but one player missed out on that opportunity due to an unfortunate situation. 

 

Portugal’s Francisco Cabral was set to play in the men’s doubles tournament for the first time at this week’s French Open. The world No.72 is currently at a career-high after winning his maiden Tour title in Estoril last month with compatriot Nuno Borges. In Paris, he entered into the draw alongside Denmark’s Holger Rune. 

However, shortly before he was set to make his Grand Slam debut Rune pulled out at the last minute. Leaving Cabral unable to look for another partner in such a short time. Rune’s withdrawal from the doubles was based on medical advice after he hurt his ankle during his second round clash against Henri Laaksonen. The Dane tripped over the court cover at the back of the court but fortunately wasn’t seriously injured and managed to continue playing. 

“Right now I feel a huge sadness because it’s a dream to play in a Grand Slam tournament. I’ve been here since Saturday training, waiting, watching games, experiencing a new world because it was my first Grand Slam and it’s another dimension and I was really, really looking forward to being able to play,” Cabral told Raquetc. “And having waited until 15 minutes before game time to know that I wasn’t going to play after all, it cost me a lot, but I did everything I could.”

Caral went on to criticize the behavior of Rune who informed him that he would not be playing in the doubles event via a message sent on Instagram. It is unclear why the two never spoke face-to-face. 

“He only told me that he had sprained his foot, that he was at the doctor’s, and that he had told him not to play the doubles. I’m sad about his attitude because he didn’t even say this to my face, he just sent me a message on Instagram. I don’t think it went well, but as I said, I couldn’t have done anything differently, so I’ll just wait for the next opportunity.” He said. 

25-year-old Cabral is targeting Wimbledon as the event where he will play his first main draw match. 

Meanwhile, Rune will continue his singles campaign at Roland Garros on Saturday when he plays Hugo Gaston in the third round. The former world No.1 junior has shot up the rankings this season to a high of 40th. 

Cabral and Rune has been replaced in the draw by Sander Arends and Szymon Walków. 

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French Open Crowd Crossed The Line, Says Frustrated Alex de Minaur

The Australian explains why he wasn’t entirely happy with the atmosphere in the French capital.

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Alex de Minaur didn’t hide his irritation with fans at Roland Garros following his shock exit from the tournament on Tuesday.

 

The 19th seed fell to home player Hugo Gaston in a five-set epic that lasted more than four hours. De Minaur had a 3-0 lead in the decisive set but ended up losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(10-4) to the world No.74. He has now lost in the first round of the French Open in four out of six appearances.

During the match De Minaur had to contend with a boisterous crowd who were cheering on Gaston. He faced some booing and jeering from those in the stands which the world No.20 was not happy about.

“I think there is a difference between a great atmosphere and supporting your fellow countrymen, which is completely fine and it’s great. I’m sure for him was an amazing atmosphere, he enjoyed every second of it.” De Minaur said afterwards.
“But there is a line that, when I’m getting told things by people in the crowd, making eye contact with me after I hit a double fault, I think there is a certain line that needs to be kind of looked at.”
“Good on him (Gaston) for playing a great match in front of his home crowd and being able to feed off that, and you know, having a moment that I’m sure he won’t forget.”

De Minaur refused to go into what exactly was being said to him from certain members of the crowd but insisted that he was not being intimidated by what was occurring on the court. Towards the end of the match a series of unforced errors, including double faults, costed him dearly.

“I’m pretty sure I dealt with it pretty well, all things considering,” he said. “I was in the moment. I was in the heat of the moment battling out there. It felt like kind of an away Davis Cup match, and I thrive on that. It was a lot sometimes and sometimes you do your best to focus on playing a tennis match. There are outside factors that you do your best to control.“

Heading into Paris, De Minaur had shown encouraging results on the clay with semi-final runs to tournaments in Barcelona and Lyon. He also reached the third round in Rome and took a set off Andrey Rublev when they clashed in Monte Carlo.

Given those recent results on the Tour, it is clear that the latest defeat is one that will sit with him for a while.

Ideally, I will sleep tonight and I will forget all about it, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case,” de Minaur admits.
“It’s disappointing, as everything is, it is what it is. It’s a sport that we are playing. You have your good days, your bad days. You win absolute battles; you lose absolute battles.”

As for Garon, he will face Argentine qualifier Pedro Cachin in the second round. This year’s draw is a golden opportunity for the Frenchman with him guaranteed to not play a seeded player until at least the last 16 if he makes it that far.

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.

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By Kingsley Elliot Kaye

In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.

 

Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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