The Mutua Madrid Open 2021 is ready to open its doors to professional tennis players after the 2020 interruption forced by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Last edition champion Novak Djokovic will be absent, as announced in the past few hours.
The main draw tournament will be held from 2 to 9 May next and will precede the prestigious events in Rome and Roland Garros in Paris, the culmination of spring swing on clay. World number 2 Rafael Nadal will make his debut in the home event against the winner between Adrian Mannarino and the very young Carlo Alcaraz, while he could already meet our Jannik Sinner in the third round, provided that this - 14th seeded - manages to overtake Guido Pella is one of Jan-Lennard Struff and a still qualified unknown.
Possible challenge between Nadal and Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals, with the German who finds himself the winner of Miami Hubert Hurkacz in his own part of the draw, as well as Kei Nishikori and Karen Khachanov who will see it in the first match.
The Austrian Dominic Thiem, seeded number 3, could meet Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals, in a part of the draw also attended by the Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Jaume Munar, the latter opposed to Alex De Minaur.
Argentine Diego Schwartzman could face Monte Carlo champion and recent Barcelona finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals, but the presence of players such as Aslan Karatsev (vs Ugo Humbert), Denis Shapovalov, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Casper should not be underestimated.
Ruud (as opposed to the 20-year-old Canadian), who have the real possibility of doing very well. As for Matteo Berrettini, the Italian tennis player - credited with a bye - has the opportunity to make his debut immediately against Fabio Fognini, who will face a player coming from the qualifiers.
Matteo finds himself in an insidious part of the board that also includes opponents such as Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Pablo Carreno Busta, Cristian Garin, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and above all the number 2 seeded Daniil Medvedev, absent in the Principality of Monaco due to his positivity to the virus.
Kyrgios on the comparison with Tomic: "I've never been insulted like this"
Just a few years ago Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic were considered as two of the greatest young talents not only in Australian tennis but in the entire world scene.
The two then saw different paths with Kyrgios who did not meet expectations but still remained in the elite and at the top of tennis, also taking satisfactions such as those of beating legends of the caliber of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
On the other hand, Tomic slowly got lost in distractions and came out too early from the tennis that counts: the former number 17 in the world rankings is now number 233 in the world and sails away from the main ATP tournaments.
It was the end of last year and Tomic was the protagonist of an episode outside the world of tennis with the Australian who published a rough photo with his girlfriend and model Vanessa Sierra on the well-known portal Onlyfans.
Kyrgios was one of the first to dislike the choice made by his colleague. Both Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic are considered Bad Boy of world tennis and the two are often combined and compared in terms of more or less similar paths.
Nick Kyrgios does not think so and for this reason in the last few hours he has published a post on social media where he harshly criticized this comparison.
Here are his words: "Today I was compared to Bernard Tomic and I think I have never suffered a greater insult. Did he create a foundation? Did he raise money for the fires? Guys, this is disgusting. I am compared with people who have Only Fans, we talk about success and I tell you that I have beaten all the Big Four."
Kyrgios is currently out of the 2021 Australian Open where he was eliminated in the third round by Dominic Thiem; the Australian has decided to skip all season on clay and for this reason he will not even participate in Roland Garros 2021.