ATP Madrid: Rafael Nadal Cruises; Andy Murray Toils Past Radek Stepanek

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 | 0


Rafael Nadal continued his unbeaten run on clay swing as he made a winning debut at the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday. The Spanish ace looked in glorious touch and was as good as ever en route a 6-3 6-3 win over Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov in the second round battle.

The fifth-seeded Nadal served four aces, won 100 percent points on his second serve, and broke his opponent’s serve thrice throughout the match to extend his winning streak to 11 matches, having previously emerged victorious in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

2nd seed Andy Murray had a rather grueling day in the office as he was made to stretch by Czech veteran Radek Stepanek, before the former prevailed 7-6 3-6 6-1 in two hours and 16 minutes. Murray looked rusty in the first two sets, getting his serve broken once each in both the sets.

Murray, however, found the rhythm as the match progressed as he dominated the decisive set. He not only got better on his serve by firing four aces in the third set, but also toyed with Stepanek’s service and serve-and-volley game plan, to eventually walk away with a victory.

Elsewhere, the likes of Juan Martin del Potro, Milos Raonic, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils, Nick Kyrgios, and Fabio Fognini were among the ones to have made further progress at the tournament here.


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