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Madrid Open Friday Preview: The Men’s and Women’s Match of the Day

Rafael Nadal and Petra Kvitova look to extehnd their winning run on the clay.

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On Friday in Madrid, we’ll have the Men’s quarter-finals and the Women’s Semifinals. On the Men’s side, the Rafael Nadal steamroll continues, but there’s several big hitting and big serving challengers remaining in the draw. On the Women’s side, out of an open draw emerge a few new favorites for Roland Garros.

 

Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem

It was 51 weeks ago when Thiem defeated Nadal in Rome, the last time anyone won a match, or even took a set, against the king of clay. But Nadal has somehow upped his clay level to new heights this year, putting even more distance between himself and every other player on the tour. By contrast, Thiem is not as strong a clay player as he was last year, especially coming off an ankle injury in March. He barely survived his last two rounds in Madrid in tight third sets, so his game does not appear to be in a place to challenge Nadal. That being said, Thiem is a big-hitting player who will go for his shots regardless of his form. If he gets hot on Friday, he’s the type of player that can overcome Nadal. While that seems unlikely, I do think we’ll get a closer match than the two had a few weeks ago in Monte Carlo, where Rafa dropped just two games.

Karolina Pliskova vs. Petra Kvitova

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Both of these big-hitting Czech players come into this semifinal with a lot of confidence. Both recently won clay court titles: Pliskova in Stuttgart, Kvitova in Prague. Both are also on impressive clay court winning streaks of nine straight matches. Is one of these former French Open semifinalists ready to go all the way in Paris? Certainly the higher altitude in Madrid helps their games, but they’ve both proven their clay court prowess. Surprisingly, they’ve only faced each other twice before. Kvitova won both meetings, but they haven’t played in over three years. I’m sure both players still know plenty about each other’s games. Not only have they been Fed Cup teammates for some time, but the infamous Czech coaching carousel must lead to information about each player being leaked as coaches move from pupil to pupil. Based on current form, the winner of this match becomes the top contender for the Roland Garros title.

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Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova splits with coach Sam Sumyk after seven months

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Sam Sumyk will no longer coach Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian player got off to a good start to her 2020 season under the guidance of the French coach reached the quarter finals before losing to eventual finalist Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open but she has split from the French coach after seven months. Sumyk has confirmed the news to the French tennis website We love tennis. Earlier this yera Pavlyuchenkova won 19 of her 27 matches and reached the final in Moscow in the seven months under the guidance of Sumyk.

 

Pavlyuchenkova won two Junior Grand Slam titles and became the Junior world number 1 at the age of 14 in 2006. She reached her career-high of world number 13 in July 2011. The Russian player has won 12 singles titles and 5 doubles titles. She also reached six quarter finals at Grand Slam level at the 2011 French Open, at the 2011 US Open, at Wimbledon 2016 and at the Australian Open in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Sumik had previously coached two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka, former Wimbledon and Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza, former world number 2 Vera Zvonareva and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

Under the guidane of Sumik Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title in 2012. The Belarusian player defended her title in Melbourne and climbed to the world number on eone year later.

The 53-year-old coach helped Muguruza clinch her maiden Grand Slam title at 2016 Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2017.

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Jannik Sinner sets Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion Jannik Sinner set Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19.

 

The Italian player announced the news that he will donate 10 Euros alongside Starwing Sports for every photo of a pizza that resembles himself or any past or present Italian figure to raise funds for medical supplies in Italy during the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to help fight the spread of the virus.

Sinner is currently training in Monte-Carlo during the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last February Sinner reached his first ATP 500 quarter final in Rotterdam after scoring the biggest win of his career against world number 10 David Goffin. He earned his first Grand Slam main draw win of career against Max Purcell at the Australian Open.

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Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision to postpone the Olympic Games

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This year’s Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision of the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s authorities to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games until 2021.

 

The decision of postponing the Olympics was announced on 24th March through a joint statement made by the President of the International Olympic Thomas Bach and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

Djokovic, who had prepared a pair of shoes inscribed with the words “Tokyo 2020”, thinks that the health of the people around the world is much more important.

“I am sad that the Olympic Games are postponed, but I am sure that it’s the right decision for the health of everyone involved. Let’s look forward to Tokyo 2021. Although the situation looks horrible in some parts of the world, I think that humanity in some parts of the world, Novak Djokovic thinks that humanity with get through it and can profit from it”, said Djokovic.

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