Murray Strong In Opener; Djokovic, Nadal Wednesday In Madrid
by Staff | May 9th, 2017, 11:25 pm
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World No. 1 Andy Murray opened his Madrid campaign in strong fashion blowing out Romanian wildcard Marcus Copil 6-4, 6-3.

Murray, who reached the finals last year and won the title in 2015 (and in 2008 when it was on hard courts), is now 11-0 in the first round a the event. But there’s still work to be done after a dissapointing start to the year.

“I still think there’s a ways to go I don’t think I’m playing perfectly just now,” said Murray. “I think there’s just things I can definitely do better. But the most positive thing about tonight was that I feel like I can serve a little bit better than I did today.”

Dominic Thiem and David Goffin were also second round winners.

Wrapping up the first round, it was a tough day for Spanish hopefuls. Alexander Zverev beat the homestanding Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-3. Ivo Karlovic saved 4 matchpoints to deny Roberta Bautista Agut in a final set breaker and Benoit Paire knocked out Pablo Carreno Busta.

Also, Ryan Harrison kept Bernard Tomic reeling and Gilles Muller upeneded Tommy Haas.

It’s a big Wednesday with 3-time champion Rafael Nadal returning to face Fabio Fognini. Defending champion Novak Djokovic, now coachless, debuts against Nicolas Almagro and Stan Wawrinka battles Paire. David Ferrer also takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

WEDNESDAY MADRID SCHEDULE
MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
WTA – [WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
ATP – [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs B. Paire (FRA)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 12:00 noon
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
ATP – D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [10] J. Tsonga (FRA)
ATP – G. Simon (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [LL] B. Coric (CRO) vs [Q] P. Herbert (FRA)
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs [7] M. Cilic (CRO)


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66 Comments for Murray Strong In Opener; Djokovic, Nadal Wednesday In Madrid

Daniel Says:

Dmm it, Almagro saving a bunch of BP this last games. Djoko unable to break and close the match.


Daniel Says:

And he loses second set. Some of his shots lacks power although, Almagro when he wants he spanks the ball


skeezer Says:

Almagro has been off the map for awhile now ranked a lowly 76. Now he’s up an early break in the third. Djoker better take of business from here or he’s out another tournament.


Daniel Says:

Now that’s the old Djoko back, breaking back, 2-3. Let’s see if he compose himself and close this match now that he leveled third set after being own 0-3


Van Persie Says:

Cannot see the match, but ATP might introduce OCC. Nole would have the opportunity to ask Pepe for help


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
Nastase was in the stands…with attractive dark hair woman, little bit younger though;)


gonzalowski Says:

Nole answering in Spanish at the oncourt interview.
Spanish crowd sometimes call him fondly “Jesulin”, for his resemblance with a famous spanish bullfighter, Jesulin de Ubique
:)


Wog Boy Says:

The only consistency that Nole is showing this year is that there is no consistency during the match, he can’t keep the focus and level (high) of play for longer than one set.


Van Persie Says:

Haha WB, perhaps was his actual wife, Brigitte.


Wog Boy Says:

Actually, you are right, I goggled his wife and it was her, and I judged the years ok, she is 40..and gooood loking:)


Van Persie Says:

A very bottoxed lady :)


Wog Boy Says:

Yeah, that too:) it looks like it is bottox epidemic in eastorn Europe, I noticed same in Belgrade last year, their lips are all pumped up, didn’t like it.


Van Persie Says:

Well WB, I guess each big vity in Eastern Europe owns it’s sillicon valley :)
Yep, botox looks very unnatural.
Always liked Meg Ryan, was disappointed, that she also used it.


Wog Boy Says:

Well VP, Belgrade definitely has silicone valley, and literally so, one street in the heart of the city (Dorćol) is nicknamed “silicon valley” I am not going to explain why, there are kids reading TX too:)


Wog Boy Says:

I can see Rafa got broken, come on Rafa, when I wake up I want to see that you won. Ajde Rafa! Time for bed, it’s 1am.


Wog Boy Says:

Ajde Halep too, good night:)


AndyMira Says:

Awww!Nice words WB!Thank u so much!!Have a good night sleep!


Daniel Says:

At last. a good fight win. Had he lost to Almagro which is one of the biggest mental cases on tour he would be toasted.


Daniel Says:

Foggy was 3-1 and had 3 BP’s. Once Nadal saved that game was clear Foggy would get broken right after. Now 3-3 and Nadal serving. Order restored.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Have been in Beograd in 2010, so know about that, thats why I used the expression.:)
Thanks for the Info on Nole.

Good night!


Daniel Says:

Again, after Foggy lost set point, knew he would get broken serving for the set.

Moya talking like crazy to Nadal in the stands, guess he learn Tony way quickly.


Daniel Says:

0-40 and Fognini doesn’t break. Nadal closing the set 7-5 next game.


Anto Says:

Nadal playing too tentatively.


Anto Says:

I think he is still nervous at times.


AndyMira Says:

Hey M!Yoohoo!Can u see me at the bottom now?Hope you’re enjoying yourself up there M!


Anto Says:

Wow fognini still not folded! Intresting.


Anto Says:

Nadal can’t even put a decent return of fognini’s first serve.


Margot Says:

AM we’re up and down like yo yos! Swapped places now.
Meanwhile Rafa is really off and Foggy had had about 12 million break points and converted 1!


Anto Says:

Now i fear an upset. Unless nadal improves his play he may very well lose.


Anto Says:

I am sensing an early break for fognini.


AndyMira Says:

Hey M!..Yeah!..1 minute i saw your legs dangling joyously up there..and next thing i knew,my legs at the top of your head now!lol!!

Bout Rafa vs foggy…as usual lol!lol!lol!lol!lol!…urgh!My sexy chest hurt!!


Anto Says:

Finally fognini gifts the break to Nadal. I still sense a not so go service game from Nadal and fognini braking back.


Anto Says:

*not so good


Anto Says:

Nadal so far served good in this set. I just hope he doesn’t drop his level.


Anto Says:

As i thought Nadal starting nervously. Missing first serves


Anto Says:

well its getting out of hand from Nadal.


Anto Says:

Now the chances for nadal losing are more than he winning. He still is playing very nervously.


Anto Says:

Match point Nadal. I would be very sad if Nadal loses from here.


Anto Says:

Match point no 2


Anto Says:

One good return please Nadal


Anto Says:

Yay Nadal won.


gonzalowski Says:

2h.57min. Bravooo! How different the 3 sets matches from Nole and Rafa, IMO.
Nole breezing in spite of the tight score. Rafa struggling and sweating a lot.


Anto Says:

If he plays like this vs Nick, the result wont be the same i fear.


Daniel Says:

Another match Foggy pushed Nadal but come short after 3 hours.

He broke Nadal when Nadal served for the match but lost serve like this. Doube fault when game point ager saving 1 MP was crucial.

Madrid showijg again that Nadal will have a hard time.
Tomorrow is Kyrgios who has a much better serve than Fognini. Let’s see which Kyrgios qill show up.


Jenny shekersavva Says:

Well done nadal under the circumstances with an ear infection it was a brilliant performance anyone else would have retired half way through the match. keep up the excellent work and determination.


JM01 Says:

How awful was Novak? No depth and power in his groundies, thankfully it was Almagro at the other end. Doesn’t even look fit enough for best of 3, no way he is ready to play best of 5.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree JM01, he can play one set on top level, as he did first set, serving nicely, opening the court, good old groundies landing at oponents shoelaces, hitting corners and lines, deadly return, great positioning.
In second set after that 26 shots point, that he won on his serve, he couldn’t get his breath back for another five minutes and Almagro, who is much heavier was ready for the next point in no time.
He is shanking due to not being able to bring his body in the position for BH or FH, Almagro, who is not quickest player on tour was reaching all Nole’s shots, that old Nole would make winners, but this one is without pop in his shots.


Wog Boy Says:

The only stats that is better than usual, is second serve winning percentage, it was close to his good old days, and that got him over the line.


Wog Boy Says:

BTW, what was Muratoglou doing in Nole’s box, is he new “big” name coach, since Serena will be out for a while:)


chrisford1 Says:

Appreciate the news on Muratogluu, WB.
I haven’t seen Novak play in Madrid yet, and maybe I need to be sure to see him play by watching the next round, but at MC it was as you said about Madrid. Novak can’t hit outright hard winners like he used to, his stamina is down and I don’t know if he has the mental strength and confidence on top of that to be “old Novak” again.


Wog Boy Says:

No probs CF1, he probably was just a guest, and I tried not to pay attention on Nole’s box, but you never know.


JM01 Says:

@WogBoy yup, flashes of brilliance here and there and then back to being crap. Shaky ground strokes with no power or depth, getting tired after some rallies, that vegan diet is taking its toll on him. Absolutely zero chance he can compete in a best of 5 if this continues. He was playing at an okay level for set and a half and then same old pattern for 2017, getting broken while serving to stay in the set after failing to convert 1234456 break points. When was the last time he had a straight forward win? Oh and I felt like smashing my Laptop whenever they showed Lord Imaz and Marko on my screen, haha.


Wog Boy Says:

JM01,
I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out that Imaz and Marko are an item, which I don’t have a problem with, but why they sucked Nole into it and destroyed his career, isn’t enough that they all live like parasites on Nole’s expense, is that brothers love or pure jealousy from Marko’s part??


JM01 Says:

Haha, all I get is that Lord Imaz and Marko are not a good influence on Novak. Why did he had to change his winning formula and get Pepe into his team, like on what capacity is that clown there since the last year. You are from Serbia, you may know more as to what is going on in his camp? What is the media’s take on all this over there?


chrisford1 Says:

Now, now WB..Novak became a legend and achieved records while playing against some very fine players – not just Rafa, Fed, and Andy – so it is a career already distinguished and with half a decade, 3/4ths of a decade left, if he is lucky.
It is a career that can’t be destroyed by recent events. I just hope he can regroup and win a few big events. Get closer in “Slamcount” get some more Masters titles, and a ATP Finals win to tie Roger at 6 at the top of that events winners, leave the 5 trophy count wins tie Novak shares with Sampras and Lendl.

I want Djokovic to leave the game with dignity and prestige and not be remembered as the great player who collapsed after a year of winning the non-calendar Grand Slam, got into a weird cult and did crazy things and couldn’t play tennis for shit.


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,
Ok, I didn’t word it properly, what I meant is excatly what you said in your last paragraph starting with:

” I want Djokovic to leave the game with dignity …”

Nothing to add.


chrisford1 Says:

WB, To cheer you up…this could be Novak 6 months after being force fed m eat and bouncing Pepe le Peau like a medicine ball off the wall for 100 reps

http://d12gru76acl07x.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/scott-adkins-training-program.jpg


Wog Boy Says:

JM01,
I don’t live anymore in in Serbia, but go regularly there, check the press on daily basis, watch there TV channels, and most importantly talk with my friends (thank you viber), siblings and nephews and nieces.
They are in disbelief, sad, numb, but don’t hate him nor they are angry at him what I can’t say for Jelena and Marko.
Just year ago he would’ve won presidential election in Serbia with a landslide, now, maybe local council where he grew up.


Wog Boy Says:

^^
“their” not “there”


JM01 Says:

@Wog Boy Exactly how I feel too sad and disappointed with how things have panned out, But anyway he has had a great career and as @Chrisford1 put it nicely, want to see him bow out on a winning/ good note.


Wog Boy Says:

JM01,
I don’t know if you ever had the chance to see him coming back to Belgrade after he won Wimbledon in 2011, and evrything was spontaneous, more than 100 thousand people greeted him at the main square in Belgrade and all the way from the airport to the square, spare three minutes and watch it, when ever I watch it I have goosebumps, literally so, picture says it all even if you don’t understand commentary:

https://youtu.be/bq3PkfgC67M


Van Persie Says:

I predict a difficult match for Nole today. All matches are difficult for him lately….
Rafa vs Nick should be a good one, but unpredictable for me.
Andy should win in 2.


Van Persie Says:

I like Angie, was a bit disappointed a bit yesterday, that she quit the game at 5-0. She should have played until 6-0. What was the difference?


Van Persie Says:

^^ sorry, was meant for WTA thread


JM01 Says:

@Wog Boy, I have seen a video of that. What a reception he got. What a year 2011 was..

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