Australian Open Winners Wawrinka, Li Na Tuesday In Madrid; Tsonga, Dimitrov Advance
by Staff | May 5th, 2014, 10:45 pm

Australian Open champions Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na headline play at the Madrid Masters 1000 on Tuesday. Wawrinka, who just won the Monte Carlo Open, takes on rising star Dominic Thiem.

Spanish favorites David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Nicolas Almagro are also in action.

On day two earlier, Grigor Dimitrov knocked out fellow 22-year-old Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 6-4. Kei Nishikori stayed hot beating Ivan Dodig and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was 3-set winner as well. Lone American man John Isner opened with a win over Gabashvili.

“Clay does suit my game very well,” said Isner. “I’ve had some very good results on clay and I’ve had some results that haven’t been so good. Sometimes it’s a bit of a slower surface. I think more than that, it bounces up high, which I like because I’m so big. When it’s warm and sunny, like it is today, it actually plays pretty fast and the ball bounces up high. That was the case today and I took advantage of it.

“It really doesn’t take me too long [to find my confidence on clay]. Winning a match like today helps. If I hadn’t won that match, I’ve got a week to think about it. Each time you go out and play a real match and you’re able to win, it helps so much and gives you confidence going forward. This tournament and Rome next week are huge tournaments and I want to do well.”

In the women’s first round, Aga Radwanska turned away Genie Bouchard 7-6, 6-2. Former French Open winner Sam Stosur beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-0, Simona Halep blew out Julia Goerges and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki bounced Ekatarina Makarova.

“I thought I served pretty well and then used my forehand to dictate the points, but my movement was good too, and to feel comfortable with that on a court like this is critical,” Stosur said. “The ball does fly a little bit on these courts, so you need to feel like you’re behind it and in control of it, or else it gets a bit out of control.”

Li Na also won, and she returns tomorrow in second round play to face Jie Zheng. Stuttgart champ Maria Sharapova squares off against Christina McHale and in an all-Serbian affair, Ana Ivanovic meets Bojana Jovanovski.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray start play on Wednesday.


MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA – J Zheng (CHN) vs [2] N Li (CHN)
WTA – [8] M Sharapova (RUS) vs C Mchale (USA)
Not Before 3:15 pm
ATP – [5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [WC] A Ramos (ESP)
ATP – F Verdasco (ESP) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [Q] D Thiem (AUT) vs [3] S Wawrinka (SUI)
Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [11] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs B Jovanovski (SRB)

ATP – [Q] I Sijsling (NED) vs [14] T Haas (GER)
ATP – [Q] A Golubev (KAZ) vs N Almagro (ESP)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – G Muguruza (ESP) vs S Stosur (AUS)
WTA – F Schiavone (ITA) vs [10] S Errani (ITA)
ATP – [WC] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [10] K Nishikori (JPN)

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10 Comments for Australian Open Winners Wawrinka, Li Na Tuesday In Madrid; Tsonga, Dimitrov Advance

contador Says:

Looking at what is going down in Stadium Three, that is where I would start my day, if I had a ticket for manic Tuesday in Madrid:

1) Gulbis vs Jerzy Janowicz
2) Fabulous Fogna vs the Dog
3) Cilic vs Joao Sousa
4) Raonic vs Jeremy Chardy

Then go directly to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario to join the Nishikori fan section. And finish off the evening in Manolo Santana watching Stan the Man vs Young Gun, Dominic Thiem, followed by Ivanovic and Bojana Jovanovski.

As it is, in the real world, I set an early alarm clock and try to get a stream for whatever tennis is streaming before going to work.
That is all a Tennis Junkie can do eight time zones from Madrid.

contador Says:

Another great match from Gulbis!

Why am I being moderated?

contador Says:

Fognini and Dolgo just starting. Stadium Three is where the action is at.

seeing if this benign post is also moderated. What gives, tennis-x?

contador Says:

alright I will stop posting…..obviously

Giles Says:

Wawawawa taken out by Thiem. Well done Thiem, great match.

the DA Says:

I was mightily impressed with Thiem tonight. He was like a mini-Wawa. Some of his shot-making was breathtaking. Stan knows how some of his opponents have felt lately ;) While everyone bets on Raonic and Janowicz, my money is on Thiem making some noise in the not too distant future.

Margot Says:

I hope Dimi continues to make waves. He is developing into such a talent under Rasheed’s eagle eyes. Such variety and speed, looked very at home on the clay, I thought. Also thought PCB had loads of potential too. OMG his coach though…don’t do as I do, do as I tell you.
Lol watch Dimi lose today now.
Was wondering if you too like Dimi. He has that same effortless grace that Fed has.

the DA Says:

@Margot – Dimi is still my favorite from the next gen and I hope he continues upward. Thiem keeps on impressing me every time I see him. His game seems to have matured more quickly than Raonic & Jankowicz. He was so composed in defending BPs and closing out the match last night. We’ll see.

Getting nervous about tonight’s match. I hope he at least puts up a great fight.

contador Says:

Seems fairly smart, is what I have guessed, Dominic Thiem. We’ll see.

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