Raonic Upends Dimitrov In Madrid, Del Potro Wins; Nadal v Monfils Wed.
by Staff | May 8th, 2018, 8:53 pm

Milos Raonic picked up his first Top 10 win since 2017 Brisbane, topping World No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the third round at the Madrid Masters on Tuesday.

Raonic had lost his last six to Top 10s since upsetting Rafael Nadal at the start of last year in Brisbane and hadn’t beaten Dimitrov since 2011, saved a break point at 3-all then broke to gain the final edge.

“I played well. Created a lot of opportunities, made the most of a few of them,” Raonic said. “Overall a very positive level and a positive performance for me.

“I’m trying to move forward. That’s where I can do my best. That’s where I can give myself the best opportunity to win,” Raonic said. “I’m happy with that. I’m happy with the fact that I was able to execute and serve well.”

Since the start of Dubai, Dimitrov is just 6-6.

Raonic’s win moves him into a tasty Canadian showdown against swashbuckling Denis Shapovalov who edged Benoit Paire 6-4 in the third.

Indian Wells champion Juan Martin del Potro opened his 2018 clay campaign by taking out Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 6-3.

“I was playing well out there,” said Del Potro. “That gives me confidence towards the next match.” And next in the third round will be first-time meeting with Dusan Lajovic who upset Richard Gasquet.

“[Lajovic] won a really good match against Gasquet. On clay he’s a very powerful player. He plays a very intelligent game. It’s going to be a tough match, as all of the matches on clay for me. I will just try to play a little bit better than today,” said Del Potro. “I will try to be concentrated, focused, and I’ll try to stay in control of the match.”

In first round play, Roberto Bautista Agut, Borna Coric, Fernando Verdasco and Pablo Cuevas were all winners. And Robin Haase sent out Hyeon Chung. Verdasco’s win over Paolo Lorenzi was his 500th of his career.

On the Wednesday ticket, Rafael Nadal opens play against flying Frenchman Gael Monfils. “Gael is a tough opponent for everybody,” Nadal said. “He’s a player with a lot of talent, with a lot of potential. He’s a tough opponent, of course.”

Novak Djokovic also returns to take on Brit No. 1 Kyle Edmund and Alexander Zverev looks to keep his recent surge going against Evgeny Donskoy.

Manolo Santana Starts At 12:00 Noon
3rd Rd 1 Simona Halep VS (Q)Kristyna Pliskova
Not Before 2:00 Pm
2nd Rd Kyle Edmund VS 10 Novak Djokovic
Not Before 4:00 Pm
2nd Rd 1 Rafael Nadal VS Gael Monfils
Not Before 8:00 Pm
3rd Rd 3 Garbiñe Muguruza VS 14 Daria Kasatkina
Not Before 9:30 Pm
2nd Rd (Q)Evgeny Donskoy VS 2 Alexander Zverev

Arantxa Sanchez Starts At 12:00 Noon
2nd Rd 11Roberto Bautista Agut VS Philipp Kohlschreiber
Not Before 2:00 Pm
3rd Rd 9 Sloane Stephens VS 6 Karolina Pliskova
Not Before 4:00 Pm
2nd Rd Feliciano Lopez VS 13 Diego Schwartzman
Not Before 6:00 Pm
3rd Rd Maria Sharapova VS Kristina Mladenovic
Not Before 8:00 Pm
2nd Rd (Q)Federico Delbonis VS 5 Dominic Thiem

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34 Comments for Raonic Upends Dimitrov In Madrid, Del Potro Wins; Nadal v Monfils Wed.

Margot Says:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/08/andy-murray-doubt-wimbledon-new-injury-fears-johanna-konta Rather a gloomy article about Andy. Off topic thread is b******d so can’t put it there, sorry.

Daniel Says:

Djoko about to close second set.
he better wins this in three. Another three set loss early will be a major setback

skeezer Says:

Congrats to the Brit, well played.
Obvious Djoker has a looooong road back to relevance. Commend him for keepin on keeping on.

gonzalowski Says:

uuff chofer was right, Nole isn’t still there, in the moment of truth, losing 4-3 has allowed to be broken, and lost it straight.
hard loss I guess.

Maybe he has this Pepe-love attitude, on 3-3 in the third he has applauded Edmund for a good point from him, when perhaps he should be focused on winning.

skeezer Says:

DJoker saying his opponent was lucky, and hitting lines and bad bounces. Sounds like some old Djoker fans here that used to complain about Feds excuses. Lol

Don’t see any problem with Nole’s explanations of his loss, it was close, little things matter. But same should apply to other players as well, no?

Still like his improvement of play, well kinda. But one thing have happened since him being out of the game. Other players have gotten better, and he has not adjusted yet to that. You simply cannot get back into the game now and play, you must get back into the game with improvement from when you left.

Daniel Says:

Damm it, Djoko ruined my draw. Bet that eventually he would start winning again, but I am starting to believe his best days are over. I know it tkes some time to get back to the top but he should be better already. The field is not even that strong and he just can’t win anymore.

He is like an average top 50 player now, can’t hardly win 3 matches and let alone a three set match. Such a pitty, was watching some highligts of his big matches with other Big 4 and what he could do againts them for a while was outstanding. The man himself is responsible for 20% of all Nadal’s losses on clay.

Humble Rafa Says:


You Japanese are fooled easily. Coming back from injury is hard. You can’t bet on unproven people like the Egg Lover. He has no track record of bouncing back from injuries.

If you would like to know if Japan is a 5th world or 6th world country, our resident expert on such matters is available.

Humble Rafa Says:

The man himself is responsible for 20% of all Nadal’s losses on clay.

I have lost 35 matches on clay.

7 Djokovic
3 Gaudio
2 Murray, Federer, Thiem, Fognini, Ferrer
1 Wawrinka, Soderling, Cuevas, Moya, Gonzalez, Verdasco, Coria, Zeballos, Andreev, Ferrero, Almagro, Rochus, Mutis, Lapentti, Corretja

SG1 Says:

Wow! Rafa has lost that many matches on red/blue clay? A very pedestrian record. I’ve never lost a single match on red or blue clay.

SG1 Says:

I’m shocked by Dimitrov’s loss to Raonic. This matchup looks awful for Raonic. Particularly on clay. What is it with Dimitrov? He looks great for short periods and then he lays eggs like this.

SG1 Says:

Don’t expect much from Novak this year. I believe that he will be much more in form come Australia ’19.

Look at Del Po. He needed all of last year to really build up to what he’s been doing this year.

Humble Rafa Says:

Wow! Rafa has lost that many matches on red/blue clay?

Pretty pedestrian record. Just a few 10-baggers at the FO, Monte Carlo, etc. Not something to be proud of, for sure.

Thangs Says:

Now, nole fans know how it felt for Fed and Nadal fans during 2013 and 2015.. It was so noisy during 2015/16 here in tennis-x.

Humble Rafa Says:

Dear Misspelt name,

The Arrogant One fans were crying. The Egg Lover fans are not crying yet.

In an unrelated matter, those fans who were crying in 2015, were also crying in 2018. Different tears I suppose.

Willow Says:

Urgh they are showing a repeat of the Madrid final in 2011 between Nadal and Djokovic, not exactly a fond memory its like the commies enjoy reminding us sooo much of Rafas clay defeats,and that scene of Novaks team afterwards and that gyrating on top of a car bonnet, hmm funny how they never seem to show repeats of Rafas wins go figure :-/

Willow Says:

Thangs we have a saying here in Britain which goes “Be careful who you kick on the way to the top, as those same people can kick you twice as hard on your way back down ” !

chofer Says:

Dear people

BY NOW, you should be aware madrid has always played like a very fast indoor claycourt, especially Caja Magica, a stadium son tigh, you don’t need microphones to be heard all around!

Therefore, a big hitter has the opportunity, if not perhaps the confidence, to beat Rafa.

Having said that, Little Diego is out of confidence, so the MacEnroe record is sure to be broken next. And he’s still the favorite hands down.

But Madrid it’s still Rafa’s least favorite clay court. There’s a little hint of hope in that, no?:))

chofer Says:

To all dear Britich people here, especially Margot!

Re, Murray :((

Re, Edmunds: I don’t think I’ve seen a player before who reminded me most of Courier in EVERY aspect of the game. Especially that whipped FH.

Unlike Courier, it remains to be seen how far he can go. Like the American, that BH still needs work.

chofer Says:

I’ve said that because I’m not surprised in the least Raonic beat Dimitrov.

Humble Rafa Says:

Britich people here

Oh boy, I thought my English was bad.

Daniel Says:


Actually, I think Nadal will be more vulnerable in Rome. Acumulation of matches: should he win Madrid, it will be 15 matches in 26 days with 5 more in 7 matches if he intends to sweap clay; plus he lost there last 3 times in QF and last 4 straight years (with Final in 1´to Djoko). Even tough he had major success there (7 titels) during his golden days (2005-2014), it now stands as a clay tourney he hasn’t won in 4 years!!! :-0

On paper Madrid should be worst for m him, but considering is his home and with competion (all former chamipons: Djoko, Murrya and Fed out), hard to see him lose. Maybe DelPo can operate a miracle in semis.

chofer Says:


You’re Emglish is the worst thing about you. Of this, I’m sure of, no?

chofer Says:

And my problem is dyslexia, not language. Go bother someone else. You’re annoying.

chofer Says:


Perhaps. I don’t think he has played more than an hour and 10 minutes so far… That’s not too much of a task.

Last year was different. Thiem was indeed playing better.

Daniel Says:

Curious to see DelPo tomorrow and Zverev also. Thiem already playing three sets close matches. Actually cheering for Coric to win over him tomorrow and face Nadal in QF.

chofer Says:

Delpo has played only 6 matches on clay in more than three years. He’s a quality player, but I think it would be unreasonable to ask that much of him.

Zverev should be THE man. He’s tested on clay. Already won a Masters 100 on it. Won Munich last week.

Thiem is struggling. I can see Coric winning. But I’m not sure of him. His is a game of endurance and athleticism. He’s not that powerful as it seems.

Somehow, strangely, he’s managed to win over Rafa. Very easily.

I really want to see that match if he handles Thiem. I don’t know exactly what he could do to bother the Spaniard. Nadal does evrything a little better than Borna in the “physical” game.

I couldn’t see their matches, so it’s intringuing to me what Borna did to Rafa to have won convincingly before.

It’s like a mystery to me.

Willow Says:

Whats going on with Novak, he was awesome against Nishikori, then he loses over 3 sets against Edmund, i was with Daniel in thinking he wouldnt have any trouble against( no disrespect) such a player, its as Skeezer said other players have figured him out, not imidated by him, Federer and Nadal didnt rest on their laurels, and when they both went through slumps found ways to improve their games, Novak hmm ?

skeezer Says:

Edmond backed up his win over Novak by beating the Gof in the next rd.

jalep Says:

Edmund is playing well here in Madrid – Novak had his chances in the 3rd set after playing solid and winning the 2nd set. Edmund played more confident, strong tennis than poor Nole or Kei on this fast clay court.

My hopes are still up for Novak to eventually get his old fight and energy back.

Didn’t see the match but the score looked like Goffin took a spanking from the powerful Edmund. I didn’t expect that! Come on, Goffin! lol…

Me too, Daniel. Cheering for a Coric win. He looks better here than Thiem.

Woot! Go Shapo, too!

jalep Says:

Yeah, Kyle Edmund reminds me of Courier. Wasn’t the biggest Courier fan back in the day.

SG1 Says:

Humble Rafa Says:

Britich people here

Oh boy, I thought my English was bad.


HR…you’re English is excellent. It’s your guy’s grass court play in England that’s been lacking that last 6 or 7 years.

Humble Rafa Says:

It’s your guy’s grass court play

There is no your guy. It’s me.

Also get a name without a number in your name. You are not King George III.

skeezer Says:

“You are not King George III.”
Either are you. And you’re not even Rafael Nadal. Not funny either.

SG1 Says:

Once again HR…I apologize. It’s YOUR grass court game that’s been lacking the last 6 or 7 years.

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