At the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, the match that closed day 5, between Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek, was undoubtedly the most fascinating. On the court, the world number one against the Roland Garros 2020 champion. Despite the initial problems, the seed no.1 cancels a 0-3 disadvantage by winning seven of the following nine games and, thanks to an early-break in the second, puts as in the logic of things, the basis for escape.
Swiatek's comeback attempt is useless, as he does not take advantage of a 0-40 situation in the sixth game and who no longer finds sufficient weapons to close the gap at the disadvantage. Fourteenth consecutive success on clay courts for Barty, who, in the quarter-finals on Thursday, will face three-time tournament champion Petra Kvitova.
The Czech tennis player cuts the share of twenty appearances in the season in the first part of the day and as expected also grabs the fourteenth victory thanks to a tiring 6-3 4-6 6-4 against Veronika Kudermetova. Success enhanced by nine aces and a very high percentage of points with the first ball despite the empty pass in the heart of the second set.
Petra defeated Veronika for 6-3 4-6 6-4, qualifying for the quarter-finals of the tournament, where she will face world and seed No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, who she defeated at third round Iga Swiatek. The Czech tennis player embellished her success with nine aces and with a very high percentage of points with the first ball despite the empty pass in the heart of the second set.
In the press conference after the match Kvitova talked about the difficult challenge she had to face on the center court of Madrid. She said: It was definitely very tough today. It almost felt like a men's match all about serving, with only one break in each set.
I'm happy to have managed the match mentally, especially when I was 15-40 down in the third set and 30-30 even. The serve helped me and I'm happy with how we played, it was a good tennis."
ATP Madrid 2021 day 2
At the ATP Mutua Madrid Open 2021, with about forty minutes late on the schedule, Daniel Evans manages to solve Jeremy Chardy's practice and make it through the first round cut.
Same fate for Lloyd Harris, who against Grigor Dimitrov does not take advantage of a mega-advantage of 5-2 40-0 in the third set and only wins in the tie break. Carlos Alcaraz will celebrate his eighteenth birthday together with Rafael Nadal on the Manolo Santana court.
Everything was easy at the beginning for the very young Spaniard, who left only four games on the road against Adrian Mannarino. Needless to say, everyone in the inaugural stage. Fabio Fognini, fresh from the quarterfinals in Monte-Carlo and from the disqualification in Barcelona, despite some back problems, and a huge amount of unforced errors, Fognini evidently manages to limit the damage and above all to build a gap deciding set.
The 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3 final is emblematic: there will therefore be the derby with Matteo Berrettini, fresh champion of the ATP 250 in Belgrade.