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Madrid Open Preview: Petra Kvitova Eyes Women’s Title As Zverev Faces Next Gen Star



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Friday was a newsworthy day in Madrid, as Rafael Nadal suffered a defeat on clay for the first time in 51 weeks at the hands of Dominic Thiem.  Today in the semifinals, Thiem will battle Kevin Anderson, a man he’s never beaten in six tries. But in our preview, we’ll focus on the other men’s semifinal, between ATP young guns Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov.  Also on Saturday, the women’s final will take place, with the hottest player on the WTA tour facing a surprise finalist.

Petra Kvitova vs. Kiki Bertens

In the women’s final, Kvitova will look to extend her 10-match win streak and secure her second straight title after taking the trophy last week in Prague.  It would be her fourth title of the year, having already won back-to-back titles earlier this year in St. Petersburg and Doha. A win today would move her passed Simona Halep and into second place in the year-to-date rankings.  Her opponent is a 26-year-old Dutch player going for the biggest title of her career. While not as established as Kvitova, Bertens can play on the clay. Kiki advanced to the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2016, and won the clay tournament in Charleston just last month.  The only time these two played each other, Kvitova lost just one game. But that was three years ago, and on the grass at Wimbledon. Still, considering Kvitova’s current win streak, and the altitude in Madrid enhancing her game, Petra should prevail.

Alexander Zverev vs. Denis Shapovalov

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19-year-old Denis Shapovalov had never won a tour-level match on clay before this week, but now he finds himself in his second Masters 1000 semifinal.  His first such semifinal was his only previous meeting against 21-year-old Alexander Zverev, who stopped the Canadian’s thrilling run in Montreal last summer.  Shapovalov has gone on another impressive run this week, highlighted by defeating the Canadian number one Milos Raonic. Shapovalov will become the new top-ranked Canadian if he wins this semifinal.  But Zverev will be stiff competition. The German is on a seven-match winning streak, having won the title just last week in Munich. Zverev hasn’t dropped a set this week in Madrid, and will be the favorite to advance to his fourth Masters final.


Novak Djokovic Withdraws From Masters 1000 Event In Madrid

Novak Djokovic will miss the Masters 1000 event in Madrid and will look to build up his Roland Garros preparations in Rome.



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Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Masters 1000 event in Madrid as he aims for quality over quantity in his bid for Roland Garros glory.

The world number one has had a rough start to the season by his standards as he is yet to win a title this season after a semi-final defeat to Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open.

Djokovic was hoping a change of surface would bring a change of fortunes but the Serb was defeated in three sets in the semi-finals of Monte-Carlo.

Now it seems that result has made Djokovic rethink his schedule as the current Roland Garros champion has withdrawn from Madrid.

No official reason has been given although the news seems to be not that surprising given Djokovic’s history in the Spanish capital.

The Serb hasn’t played since 2022, where he was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals, and has now won the title there for five years.

It looks like Djokovic will be putting his faith into more favourable conditions in Rome, which is the most similar to Roland Garros in terms of conditions.

Djokovic is a six-time champion in the Italian capital and will aim for a seventh title when he plays there on the 8th of May.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis Questions ‘Insane’ Drug Testing

Thanasi Kokkinakis has been tested three times within the last six days.



Thanasi Kokkinakis has questioned persistent drug testing after he revealed he was tested three times in six days.

The Australian is in good form at the moment having won the Sarasota Challenger in Florida.

Kokkinakis claimed glory with a three set win over Zizou Bergs in the final as he continues to climb the rankings.

However that glory has been overshadowed by the fact that Kokkinakis has revealed he was drug tested three times within a six day period.

The world number 94 described it as ‘insane’ and it comes after Alexandre Muller complained of persistent drug testing after his recent defeats.

Doping has been a huge topic of conversations with Simona Halep losing two years of her career after testing positive after the US Open before the Court Of Arbitration For Sport shortened her case.

Kokkinakis will be hoping that this is the last time he has to deal with persistent drug testing as he continues his clay court season.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Saves Two Match Points To Extend Winning Streak In Barcelona

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a scare to reach the Barcelona semi-finals.



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Stefanos Tsitsipas saved two match points to defeat Facundo Diaz Acosta 4-6 6-3 7-6(8) in Barcelona.

The former finalist saved two match points against the inspired Argentinian as Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals.

It means Tsitsipas is 9-0 in the clay court season and has the chance to set up a potential rematch with Casper Ruud in the final.

The duo met in last week’s Monte-Carlo final where Tsitsipas claimed his third title in Monaco.

Speaking after the match Tsitsipas admitted it was difficult to sustain his level, “I was coming close [to losing] at certain moments in the match. It seemed like a mountain,” Tsitsipas stated to the ATP website.

“I reminded myself that I have a headband that I wear here that has a mountain and that I need to climb it, so it kept me going. It was difficult. It was extremely difficult to sustain the same level throughout the entire match and I think he played incredible.

“I think he left everything out there. He is a good clay-court player. He has a title on the ATP Tour for a reason and today it was a level he was able to bring out on the court that made it quite obvious.

“I got a little bit tense on my serve, I won’t lie. I think I started decelerating a lot, but once I got a hold of that I was conscious of that, it went back to where it belonged and helped me a lot in the tie-breaker because if I didn’t figure it out, I don’t know. It was very mental in general. I really had to go to uncomfortable places mentally and go over the limit at some point.”

Tsitsipas is currently seven in the world in the live rankings as the Greek is looking to claim his first title in Barcelona.

Next up for the Greek will be either Dusan Lajovic or Arthur Fils while Tomas Martin Etcheverry takes on Casper Ruud in the other semi-final.

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