Tennis: Nadal reports back, matching his status

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Rafael Nadal reported back at his home tournament in Madrid after almost a month without injury. The Spaniard, who still had a goodbye in the first round, defeated Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 7-6 (7/4) in the second round of the Masters 1000 tournament on Wednesday. The 35-year-old took the first step towards his sixth title in the Spanish capital.

Against Kecmanovic, it looked like a short working day for Nadal in the first set. The Spaniard only needed 37 minutes to secure the first half. A rainstorm shortly after the start of the second set, however, seemed to have thrown Nadal out of step. The 35-year-old had a much harder time with his Serbian opponent and, unlike the first set, had to go into a tie-break. There, the 21-time Grand Slam winner from Mallorca had the better end to himself and advanced to the next round after one to two hours with an ace.

Nadal had played his last match to date on March 20 in the Indian Wells final. At the time, the Spaniard had to admit defeat after 20 victories en suite by Taylor Fritz of the United States. However, Nadal had played the match with a stress fracture on a rib in the semi-final. In the round of 16 in Madrid, the local hero meets the Belgian David Goffin, who put the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in place 6: 4 6: 2.

Djokovic – Murray as a special “treat”

A special “treat” awaits the fans in the round of 16 on Thursday. Because the Scot Andy Murray then meets the world number one Novak Djokovic as a reward for his first gravel track victories in five years. Although the duel has already taken place 36 times on the ATP Tour, the latest edition is special. Most recently, Djokovic and Murray met in the Doha final in 2017. The Serb won the final in three sets.

19 comparisons and thus more than half took place in finals. Djokovic leads 25:11 with each other, on clay it is 5: 1. Since the last meeting, Murray has endured a period of suffering with hip problems and hip surgeries. Djokovic, on the other hand, has not played much this year as he has not been vaccinated against the corona virus.

Murray had extended Dominic Thiem’s ​​wait for his comeback victory in the first round by a 6: 3 6: 4. In the second round on Tuesday, the former Wimbledon and US Open winner number 14 eliminated Denis Schapovalov from Canada 6: 1 3: 6 6: 2, thus securing the duel with his longtime rival Djokovic.

ATP tournament in Madrid

Second round table:
Novak Djokovic (SRB / 1) Gael Monfils (FRA) 6: 3 6: 2
Andy Murray (GBR) Denis Shapovalov (CAN / 14) 6: 1 3: 6 6: 2
Hubert Hurkacz (POL / 12) Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP) 6: 4 4: 6 7: 6 (7/5)
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) Casper Ruud (DEN / 5) 7: 6 (9/7) 2: 6 6: 4
Rafael Nadal (ESP / 3) Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) 6: 1 7: 6 (7/4)
David Goffin (BEL) Sand Shell Botic (NED) 6: 4 6: 2
Cameron Norrie (GBR / 9) John Isner (USA) 6: 4 6: 7 (5/7) 6: 4
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP / 7) Nikolos Basilashvili (GEO) 6: 3 7: 5
Andrei Rublev (RUS / 6) Jack Draper (GBR) 2: 6 7: 4 7: 5
Daniel Evans (GBR) Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP / 17) 6: 3 5: 7 7: 6 (7/2)
Diego Schwartzman (ARG / 13) Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) -: – -: –
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / 4) Lucas Pouille (FRA) -: – -: –
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN / 8) Cristian Garin (CHI) -: – -: –
Jannick Sinner (ITA / 10) Alex de Minaur (AUS) -: – -: –
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) Sebastian Korda (USA) -: – -: –
Alexander Zverev (GER / 2) Marin Cilic (CRO) 4: 6 6: 4 6: 4
First round tableau:
Novak Djokovic (SRB / 1) Goodbye
Gael Monfils (FRA) Carlos Gimeno Valero (ESP) 6-3 6-0
Andy Murray (GBR) Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6: 3 6: 4
Denis Shapovalov (CAN / 14) Ugo Humbert (FRA) 7: 6 (7/1) 6: 3
Hubert Hurkacz (POL / 12) Hugo Dellien (BOL) 7: 5 6: 7 (11/13) 6: 3
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP) Lloyd Harris (RSA) 7: 5 6: 3
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) Borna Coric (CRO) 6: 3 4: 6 6: 4
Casper Ruud (DEN / 5) Goodbye
Rafael Nadal (ESP / 3) Goodbye
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 6: 4 7: 5
David Goffin (BEL) Aslan Karatsev (RUS) 6: 2 7: 5
Sand Shell Botic (NED) Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP / 16) 6: 7 (6/8) 7: 6 (7/1) 6: 3
Cameron Norrie (GBR / 9) Kwon Soon Woo (KOR) 7: 5 7: 5
John Isner (USA) Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 7: 6 (10/8) 6: 4
Nikolos Basilashvili (GEO) Fabio Fognini (ITA) 7: 5 6: 4
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP / 7) Goodbye
Andrei Rublev (RUS / 6) Goodbye
Jack Draper (GBR) Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 6: 4 6: 3
Daniel Evans (GBR) Federico Delbonis (ESP) 6: 3 6: 4
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP / 17) Jenson Brooksby (USA) 6-0 6-2
Diego Schwartzman (ARG / 13) Benoit Paire (FRA) 6: 2 6: 7 (5/7) 6: 1
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Maxime Cressy (USA) 6: 2 7: 6 (7/4)
Lucas Pouille (FRA) Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6: 3 6: 4
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / 4) Goodbye
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN / 8) Goodbye
Cristian Garin (CHI) Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6: 1 6: 3
Alex de Minaur (AUS) Pedro Martinez Portero (ESP) 7: 6 (7/2) 1: 6 6: 3
Jannick Sinner (ITA / 10) Tommy Paul (USA) 6: 7 (4/7) 7: 6 (7/4) 6: 3
Sebastian Korda (USA) Reilly Opelka (USA / 15) 6: 3 7: 5
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) Ilya Ivashka (RUS) 2: 6 6: 3 7: 5
Marin Cilic (CRO) Albert Ramos Vinolas (ESP) 6: 3 3: 6 6: 4
Alexander Zverev (GER / 2) Goodbye

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