In seven participations at the Mutua Madrid Open, Elina Svitolina at most got three times the second round. Fresh from the very good semifinal under the roof of Stuttgart, needless to say the first of the season, Elina Svitolina combines it big on the clay-courts of Madrid.
The no.4 of the seeding does not take advantage of a 5-1 advantage in the course of the deciding set against Jil Teichmann. Rather. She misses a total of six match points (four in the eighth game, two at the foot of the tie break) and gives up on the threshold of three hours of play in a decidedly confusing way.
The Swiss tennis player then hooks her second career success against a Top 5 with a resounding 2-6 6-4 7-6 (5) and reaches Paula Badosa in the second round. In a segment of the board without obviously a mistress. No problems the first match played by the world number one Ashleigh Barty, with an avalanche on Shelby Rogers.
In the same portion of the draw also arrive the successes of Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova, on a collision course in the WTA Tour for the fourteenth time in their careers. Iga Swiatek finds red clay, six months after the Paris victory, and leaves two games to Alison Riske.
She also recorded the success of Sloane Stephens (the fifth of the season) and the return to singles after three years of Elena Vesnina. Atp Estoril: Shapovalov eliminated. Coria out at the ATP in Munich. Denis Shapovalov, after a decidedly subdued start to the season - seasoned only by the semifinal in Dubai - the Canadian talent also crumbles against Corentin Moutet.
He finishes 6-4 2-6 6-4. Cameron Norrie survives Pedro Martinez, Richard Gasquet gives way to Christian Garin without taking the field. On the other hand, the successes of Nikoloz Basilashvili and Jan-Lennard Struff in the derby with Domenik Koepfer must be recorded in the ATP 250 in Munich.
Surprise of the day the misstep of Federico Coria in the final part of the day, who against the Slovak Norbert Gombos collects only five games. Four in the inaugural fraction.
Rafael Nadal got a Roger Federer's record!
Until Sunday, Swiss Roger Federer was the only player to have played at least 12 finals in three different ATP Tour tournaments. Roger succeeded in Wimbledon, Halle and Basel, three of the most imperious strongholds of the very Swiss champion.
At Wimbledon Federer reached the final act 12 times, winning the title eight times; on the grass in Halle, on the other hand, 13 finals have been played, while as many as 15 (absolute record in the Open Era) that played in the 'home' tournament in Basel.
By playing - and winning - the final in the Masters 500 in Barcelona against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rafael Nadal thus took away this particular primacy from his friend and rival Federer. Of course, Manacor's left-handed forts are all on clay: Roland Garros, Monte-Carlo and, indeed, Barcelona.
At the 13 finals of Roland Garros - accompanied by as many victories - the 12 conquered both in the Monegasque 1000 and in the Catalan 500 keep company. The first six positions of this special ranking that counts the finals played for each single tournament see, therefore, only two names appear: Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.
A further demonstration, if needed, of the total domination that these two champions have been able to impress on world tennis over the past 15 years. The two could hypothetically find themselves against each other at Roland Garros, an appointment in which Roger should participate.
In 2019 Rafa defeated Roger with a clear 3-0 in Paris, before the rematch enjoyed by the Swiss a month later, always in the semifinals, on the meadows of Wimbledon. In the week of Barcelona, whose central court has already been named after the strongest Spanish tennis player ever - Pista Rafa Nadal -, the Majorcan reached another, yet another, monstrous figure in terms of tennis played on crushed brick : beating the Japanese Kei Nishikori, in fact, Nadal has filed the victory number 450 on the red courts, streak then extended to 452 after the success in the final.