Novak Djokovic Back In Win Column In Madrid, Joins Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray In Thursday Sweet 16
by Staff | May 4th, 2016, 7:42 pm
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After stumbling in his clay opener last month, former champion Novak Djokovic had no issues Wednesday in his first match at Madrid Wednesday, crushing Borna Coric 6-2, 6-4.

“[It] was a satisfying performance against a young player that I had never played against, somebody who was in form,” Djokovic said. “I watched his match against Almagro, who won a tournament last week, and he beat him comfortably. That deserves respect.

“We know each other well. We’ve practice many times. I do see myself in him a little bit. We play a similar style. He’s a great fighter. For his age, he’s quite mature and mentally tough. We have a very nice relationship. Today was the first official match we’ve played against each other, so I was happy with my performance. It was a fun match to be part of.”

Djokovic will next face Roberto Bautista Agut tomorrow after the Spaniard dismissed Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.

“[Bautista Agut]‘s style is not really characteristic of Spanish tennis, which involves a lot of rotation and spin on the shots. [But] he always makes the opponent play an extra shot. He’s very calm on the court, very composed. We’ve played each other few times. It’s going to be a good one,” said Djokovic of the flat-hitting Spaniard.”

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal returns to face Sam Querrey, who beat Lucas Pouille of France in three sets.

“Querrey is a player that plays very well and the altitude suits him a lot,” said Nadal who is 3-0 against the American.

And defending champion Andy Murray is back after a day off to battle the tricky Gilles Simon. Murray has won 13 of 15 against the Frenchman.

Also today, former finalist Kei Nishikori won a tough battle against Fabio Fognini while 2013 runner-up Stan Wawrinka fell to rival Nick Kyrgios 7-6, 7-6.

Nishikori now faces Richard Gasquet.

David Ferrer also Tomas Berdych also advanced to a Sweet 16 Thursday showdown.

Jack Sock ended the hopes of Juan Martin del Potro is straight sets 6-4, 7-6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ousted Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-4. Tsonga now meets Milos Raonic.

In the match of the day, Pablo Cuevas edged Gael Monfils 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4) in also 2-hours, 30-minutes. With poor light late in the contest, the match actually had to be moved to court 3 to finish. Cuevas will take on Kyrgios.

THURSDAY MADRID SCHEDULE
MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
ATP – [16] G. Simon (FRA) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [6] S. Halep (ROU) vs I. Begu (ROU)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs S. Querrey (USA)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) vs [Q] P. Tig (ROU)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ start 12:00 noon
WTA – [Q] L. Chirico (USA) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [9] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs P. Cuevas (URU)
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs J. Sousa (POR)
ATP – [11] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [7] J. Tsonga (FRA)


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60 Comments for Novak Djokovic Back In Win Column In Madrid, Joins Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray In Thursday Sweet 16

Dave Says:

Gasquet is 6 and 0 against Nishikori. That surprises me.


Humble Rafa Says:

That surprises me.

No need to insult my friend. He is a fine player and choker in the French tradition.


Wog Boy Says:

Nole went stright after his match to watch Real Madrid, Rafa was there too:

https://youtu.be/-t-PoLngYyY


jane Says:

2 great champs who clean up very well. love novak’s tan suit. :)


Wog Boy Says:

jane, sorry for my ignorance, but what “clean up” means, don’t forget, I am wog and my English os not perfect?


Dave Says:

Hey Wog Boy,

Is Wog Boy a good film? It’s Australian from what I have read.


Dave Says:

I have been sick in bed with food poisoning for the past 3 days. So I have had a lot of time on my hands. haha.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

It is definitely fun to watch and relaxing, I liked it. You will feel relaxed after watching it, it os comedy but with fair bit of truth in it. Thats where I got my moniker from, chek this scene:

https://youtu.be/HlvUFQwCylE


Dave Says:

Okay cool. I will check it out. Let me know how the power of now is going as well.


Wog Boy Says:

I didn’t have time to read it, so my daughter took it, she returned the book few days ago, didn’t have a chance to talk to her, I was away. I’ll let you know as soon as I finish reading it.


Wog Boy Says:

BTW, Serbian tea is hood for stomach, flue and other bugs, kill them instantly and makes you feel good too.


Dave Says:

Where am I going to get Serbian tea in Mexico? If you only knew what it’s like to get stomach issues in Mexico. It can last over a week. It’s brutal. Nothing like Canada. Ship me some Serbian tea. haha.


Wog Boy Says:

Ok, I’ll give you the link how to make it and you only have to find some some Serbian brandy ( rakia or slivovitz) in Mexico, make sure you dilute with water as in vide or you will go crazy, and don’t overdo it, up to three cups will make you very, very happy;)

https://youtu.be/6UOBlgjRJCg


Van Persie Says:

Good luck to Nole. He was a bit rusty with his serve yesterday, perhaps he will do better today.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Dunje is my favorite :)


Wog Boy Says:

BP,

You mean brandy made from dunje? It is hard to find it hear. But I wouldn’t boil it, it is too good for that, I would just drink it as it is.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ sorry it is VP


Dave Says:

The problem with that is that I don’t drink alcohol anymore. I used to love brandy though. So it sounds like if you drink it in moderation it would do the trick very nicely. I am starting to feel a bit better now. I took a bunch of stuff and it is starting to kick in. Thank you for thinking of me though.


Van Persie Says:

Exactly, brandy made from dunje. When I am in Timisoara I can get it in restaurants. We have also an restaurant called Yugoslavia. Best food there …and dunje brandy. I love it :)


Wog Boy Says:

Yes dave, specially during harsh Balkan winters, that’s national sport, combined with smoked bacon, raw garlic and onion, you never get sick, kills all the bugs…though you might end up with liver failure, but hey, you have to die from something;)


Dave Says:

Okay. I watched the video. That looks like it would be soooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.


Dave Says:

You made me laugh with that last comment.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

You have good taste, dunje brandy is top stuff.


jane Says:

wog boy i meant “dress up” for more formal occasions. usually we see rafa and novak in their “work clothes” i.e., shorts, t-shirts, sweatpants – not suit jackets. :)


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
This song goes really well with dunja brandy, when ever I hear it I want to get smashed, just for you:

https://youtu.be/e1HG07dWXuk


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

Thanks, I got it.


Van Persie Says:

Wow, thanks WB, a wonderful song :)
I love serbian music and language…Serbian is the softest among the slavian languages


Van Persie Says:

^ slavic languages. correction


Okiegal Says:

I think what we have here on TX is a bunch of alkies…..so here ya go…🍺🍻🍷🍹🍸🍻 CHEERS!!


chrisford1 Says:

Interesting that Djokovic takes the time with a ferw on his team to go over he most recent match of a coming opponent, even one (Coric) that is not expected to be a problem and who Novak practices with a lot.
Takes nothing for granted. Has routines that seem to help him quite a bit, including this one. Always scout your opponent, big or small. Don’t be surprised, don’t miss the vulnerabilities and best strategy.
Djokovic wants to be #1 a long time.


J-Kath Says:

“Djokovic wants to be #1 a long time.”

And he will be.

@ Dave: In Libya it was called “the Tripoli Trotts”….caught me once when driving….enuf said. PS: Get well soon.


J-Kath Says:

Fort MacMurray…..oh these poor people. Believe Jane is Canadian – hope she lives far from the devastation.


anki Says:

RBA can cause to Novak, tricky early round opponeny. Hope his serve will be much better than yesterday.


Van Persie Says:

JK, He won today, so..he’s a Brit :)

Just teasing U


lakie Says:

Not an unexpected result from Murray.


J-Kath Says:

Sorri VP – Of course….how could I forget.


Dave Says:

Wow. Nishikori sure choked on double match point. Gasquet breaks back.


Dave Says:

Thank You J-Kath.


Van Persie Says:

Am a bit fascinated by Jamie Murray …reminds me on Kyle MacLachlan, when he was young.


Daniel Says:

Djoko in great form today, a lot of winners at will. Routine win for him in 2 easy sets, first he will serve for 5-2.

Real fun begin on Quarters, where I think he will play Raonic,Than Kei/Kyrgios and final Murray/Nadal


RZ Says:

@Van Persie – I’m trying see the Jamie M/Kyle M connection but not seeing it.


Dave Says:

67% first serve in the 6-2 set for Djokovic. That’s good. Let’s see how set 2 goes.


Daniel Says:

Broke to love to close 6-1.

Seems he is fully focused from now on. In 1 month time he could be holding RG trophy.


Dave Says:

The match today was easily one of the best matches Djokovic has played all year. I will put it barely behind Doha against Nadal. That was a statement win. Wow.


jane Says:

novak’s return was just on song at the end of the match: lovely to see.


Giles Says:

Hahaha. They still keep dreaming about Roland Garros Trophy. Rafa has NINE!!


Dave Says:

Giles,

That’s what makes Rafa and Novak so special. These guys never give up and will keep pushing to reach their goals. Everyone said that Rafa was done many times. Including this last time. He always comes back and keeps fighting. Nole will continue to do the same for the French Open title. I never used to like Nadal back in the day. But over the years I have learned to respect him and what he does for tennis. He is an amazing player with an amazing desire to keep coming back stronger and stronger to get back to the top. Novak and Rafa have different strengths and are better on some surfaces than others. But I would never count out Novak. Especially if Stan isn’t in form this year and not likely to do a repeat performance. Andy beating Novak isn’t seeming to be the most likely scenario at Roland Garros. So that leaves Rafa. And unless Rafa can be back to 2013 or 2014 form, which he still isn’t, will be lucky to win a set at Roland Garros against Novak. And even if Rafa is back to 2014 form that’s no guarantee it will be good enough to beat Novak this time around as he is an improved player since than and ready for the challenge. Both players are great and I respect both of their games. It is strange to think that Novak doesn’t have any French Open titles for a surface that really does suit his game. Just like it’s strange to think that Rafa only has 1 Australian Open title and 2 U.S. Open titles, when clearly the slower Australian Open court suits his style more than the U.S. Open court. But that’s how it goes sometimes. I just have to give both these guys credit for never giving up. And I’m sure Rafa would love to get his hands on a WTF. Federer has 6 and Novak has 5. I would never count Rafa out


Dave Says:

Giles,

That’s what makes Rafa and Novak so special. These guys never give up and will keep pushing to reach their goals. Everyone said that Rafa was done many times. Including this last time. He always comes back and keeps fighting. Nole will continue to do the same for the French Open title. I never used to like Nadal back in the day. But over the years I have learned to respect him and what he does for tennis. He is an amazing player with an amazing desire to keep coming back stronger and stronger to get back to the top. Novak and Rafa have different strengths and are better on some surfaces than others. But I would never count out Novak. Especially if Stan isn’t in form this year and not likely to do a repeat performance. Andy beating Novak isn’t seeming to be the most likely scenario at Roland Garros. So that leaves Rafa. And unless Rafa can be back to 2013 or 2014 form, which he still isn’t, will be lucky to win a set at Roland Garros against Novak. And even if Rafa is back to 2014 form that’s no guarantee it will be good enough to beat Novak this time around as he is an improved player since than and ready for the challenge. Both players are great and I respect both of their games. It is strange to think that Novak doesn’t have any French Open titles for a surface that really does suit his game. Just like it’s strange to think that Rafa only has 1 Australian Open title and 2 U.S. Open titles, when clearly the slower Australian Open court suits his style more than the U.S. Open court. But that’s how it goes sometimes. I just have to give both these guys credit for never giving up. And I’m sure Rafa would love to get his hands on a WTF. Federer has 6 and Novak has 5. I would never count Rafa out


anki Says:

Best I have seen Novak play in the last two, three months. Stellar performance and that last return game, how good was that? I am so pleased to see Novak in good form again,as in not just barely winning, but winning in style.


Dave Says:

I don’t even think Novak himself or his camp expected him to play that well today. Especially at the end. It was quite amazing tennis to see.


Van Persie Says:

Happy that Nole raised his level today.
Perhaps we will have a Nole-Rafa final :)

RZ,

I saw some similarities regarding physiognomy…it might be the chin.:)


anki Says:

Late night match for Nole tomorrow, anyway think he will win comfortably against Tsonga/ Raonic. Kyrgios/ Nishikori will be the real challenge, especially Nick with his big serve and killer FH.


Margot Says:

Andy played much better today. Phew!
And Nick beat a very accomplished clay courted. Anyone else noticed how badly Nick stoops. Really noticeable.He’ll have to be careful, a hunch in later life is not nice.
Alexandria technique needed.
Looked happy on court today, lovely smile he has.


jalep Says:

So proud of Nick Kyrgios — at this moment. Go Nick!
Proud of Andy and Nole too.

Who else? Simona, Louisa Chirico, Cibby, Patricia Maria Tig…Kei for finally getting a win over Gasquet.

My mother would be all over Nick Kyrgios for his bad posture – he’d never hear the end…


Margot Says:

Ooer is that Madison Keys up cosy next to Nick? Same woman was watching his match.
He needs your ma jalep. Wonder why he stoops, he’s not THAT tall.


jalep Says:

What are you talking about, Margot? Madison Keys and Nick today? Didn’t see it.

Nick’s girlfriend is fellow Australian, Ajla Tomljanovic. She’s about the same size as Keys.

Everyone needs a mother like mine 🙂


Margot Says:

Commie said it jalep, obviously a dip stick….that’s how rumours start….;)


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy @10.36pm, lovely pictures of Rafa and Novak very sexy, both wore it well, love a man in a suit, CHEERS ;-)) ….


J-Kath Says:

To UK Tennis Followers:

Don’t you think Nole looks very much like CJ on “Eggheads” on UK TV? Evertime I see the programme it strikes me. (On the plus side, I am thinking of Nole 5 days a week…whether he’s playing or not!!!).

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