Before starting the Mutua Madrid Open, Rafael Nadal had a very friendly chat with Feliciano Lopez, his great friend, tennis player and tournament director. The two talked about many topics and Rafa revealed which tennis players he has most connected with over the years.
He said: "Before the Internet came I must say that all of us older tennis players spent much more time together and also for this reason I have great relationships with them. I get along well with all the Spaniards, I think of Marc Lopez, Pablo Andujar, Roberto Bautista and Feliciano Lopez himself.
Among foreigners I have an excellent relationship with Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem, but also with Argentines Juan Monaco and Mariano Zabaleta." There are only a few days left and the Mutua Madrid Open, Masters 1000, held on the Spanish clay-courts of Madrid, much awaited by tennis players and tennis fans, will officially begin.
The most anticipated man, needless to say, could only be the twenty-time winner of Grand Slam titles and king of clay Rafael Nadal: here Rafa has won 5 titles and 8 overall finals and is once again the great favorite for the final victory of the tournament.
With the absence of world number one Novak Djokovic will be the Majorcan seeded number one of the tournam After the victory in the ATP 500 in Barcelona, where he also canceled a match point in the final and fought in a great battle against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rafael Nadal appeared energized in view of the next matches and above all he is working to conquer the form best in view of Roland Garros 2021, a tournament where the Spaniard aims to conquer his 21 Grand Slam title, detaching Roger Federer and thus becoming the male athlete with the most Slam titles in the world of tennis.
The Spaniard has been grappling with an eternal Grand Slam title race with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for some time and at the moment the Serbian is behind at 18 compared to 20 by Rafa and Roger.
Bianca Andreescu is positive to the swab and she will skip Madrid
Bianca Andreescu is positive to COVID-19 and will not play the Mutua Madrid 2021.
After being stopped for over a year, the Canadian had to play the Australian Open after two weeks of hard quarantine following the positivity at COVID, among others, of his coach Sylvain Bruneau. Then she got injured during the final in Miami and now she, upon arrival in Madrid, where she was supposed to play the WTA 1000 at Caja Magica, she tested positive for the swab and therefore she will not be able to take the court for the first time in the Spanish capital.
This is her confirmation: "To all my fans, after taking two negative swabs before my flight to Madrid, upon my arrival I was informed that unfortunately I tested positive for COVID-19, and for this reason I will not be able to play the Madrid Open next week.
I feel good, I am resting and I am continuing to follow the appropriate protocols and guidelines. I can't wait to get back on the court very soon."