Tsonga, Simon Advance; Murray, Zverev v Verdasco Tuesday In Madrid
by Staff | May 8th, 2017, 11:46 pm

Three Frenchmen advanced out of the first round Monday at the Madrid Masters, led by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who needed three tough sets to put away Andrei Kuznetsov 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-5.

In a countryman showdown, Gilles Simon saved two match points to beat Gael Monfils in, what else, but an unusual 0-6, 6-0, 7-6(0) encounter. Monfils held matchpoints in the third with Simon serving 2-5. But after winning 11 of 13 games, the momentum swung back to Simon’s side.

Nicolas Mahut also played a final set breaker against Jack Sock, going down 4-2 before storming back to win it 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(4).

Tsonga advanced to a meeting with 35-year-old David Ferrer who came from a set and a break down to beat qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-4.

“I’m very proud of my career. But that figure is a very big figure. It’s something quite big to achieve, very difficult to achieve for a tennis player,” Ferrer said. “Fortunately, I’ve been lucky. I have had a long career. I still have a lot of time ahead of me. I’ve won a lot of matches and that makes me very happy. I’ve been very happy playing tennis.”

Tomas Berdych, Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov were also winners.

On Tuesday, world No. 1 Andy Murray debuts against Marius Copil. Alexander Zverev squares off against Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco.

“Expectations are high. I want to do well the next few weeks. In many ways, it’s the most important part of the year. There’s a lot of big tournaments that come very quickly, one after the other,” said Murray. “I’m motivated and looking forward to it.”

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will open play on Wednesday.

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
ATP – I. Karlovic (CRO) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
WTA – R. Vinci (ITA) vs [3] S. Halep (ROU)
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [WC] M. Copil (ROU)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
WTA – [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [Q] O. Dodin (FRA)

ATP – [WC] T. Robredo (ESP) vs [WC] N. Almagro (ESP)
ATP – B. Paire (FRA) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU) vs C. Bellis (USA)
ATP – [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) vs [13] L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs K. Bertens (NED)

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5 Comments for Tsonga, Simon Advance; Murray, Zverev v Verdasco Tuesday In Madrid

Margot Says:

Don’t quite know where to put this but saw you were chatting about AB some while ago so thought it might be of interest. Here’s wee Dan’s “take.” https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/08/dan-evans-aljaz-bedene-tennis-britainhere to put this,

J-Kath Says:

@ Margot

For some reason the Guardian article wouldn’t open for me – maybe my computer needs warmed up – but I yesterday I did read one version. I usually like wee Dan but he’s really OTT and I wish he himself would “put up or shut up”.

Am off shortly (away) for a few days so will likely miss Andy on court – let’s hope he’s still around on Friday evening.!!!!

Margot Says:

Mucked up the link Kath. Here it is.
Enjoy your time away. Who knows if Andy will be in or out by Friday! Fingers crossed.

Daniel Says:

Murray serving for a clean straigth sets victory. Next Coric or Pouilie and kost likely Thiem in QF, he also is leaidng his match.

Hope this weeks the seeds doesn´t fall and make up for some interesting matches. Tomorrow packed day with basically everybody on court.

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