Madrid Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
The top names in the tennis world descended on the Caja Magica in Madrid to tackle a fixture of the clay-court season in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament known as the Madrid Open.
Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka, David Ferrer and Roger Federer were just a few of the names in the hunt for a title at the major event, with Nadal holding on to his No. 1 ranking and successfully defending his tournament championship.
Maria Sharapova won the women's side of the tournament.
For Nadal, it was a tough challenge. The best in the world has been rather uncharacteristic as of late, losing back-to-back quarterfinals at tournaments he historically dominates. He says the best thing he can do is fight through the tough times, per the Associated Press, via ABC News:
I have been working since I lost in Barcelona. You have to continue and continue and continue, and think that things are going to work out for you. When you come from tough moments like this, you come back with a little more intensity to try to be back as soon as possible. That's what I'm trying to do right now.
The work continued in Madrid, where Nadal once again had to fend off Wawrinka, who was red hot after winning his first Masters 1000 title at Monte Carlo.
One name Nadal didn't have to worry about? Rival Novak Djokovic, whose arm injury is still not 100 percent. Per the AP, via ESPN, Djokovic put in the effort to make an appearance but to no avail.
"I did everything possible in order to play in Madrid," he said, "but unfortunately my right arm injury has flared up again."
Losing a name like Djokovic hurt the tournament, but not as much as it would have in past years thanks to an incredibly stacked field.
With Nadal a bit down on his luck until this event, this was clearly a must-see event.
|Seed||Men's Draw||Women's Draw|
|1||Rafael Nadal||Serena Williams|
|2||Novak Djokovic||Li Na|
|3||Stanislas Wawrinka||Agnieszka Radwanska|
|4||Roger Federer||Simona Halep|
|5||David Ferrer||Petra Kvitova|
|6||Tomas Berdych||Jelena Jankovic|
|7||Andy Murray||Angelique Kerber|
|8||Milos Raonic||Maria Sharapova|
|9||John Isner||Dominika Cibulkova|
|10||Kei Nishikori||Sara Errani|
|11||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||Ana Ivanovic|
|12||Grigor Dimitrov||Flavia Pennetta|
|13||Fabio Fognini||Caroline Wozniacki|
|14||Tommy Haas||Carla Suarez Navarro|
|15||Mikhail Youzhny||Sabine Lisicki|
|16||Tommy Robredo||Sloane Stephens|
Day 8 Results
Day 8 Results
No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 10 Kei Nishikori, 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 (retired)
No. 8 Maria Sharapova defeated No. 4 Simona Halep, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
Day 8 Recap
In the final day of the 2014 Madrid Open, both the men’s and women’s championship matches went to all three sets, making for one of the most intriguing rounds of the entire tournament.
On the women’s side, No. 8 seed Maria Sharapova stunned No. 4 seed Simona Halep, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, to capture the tournament championship. Sharapova defeated Samantha Stosur, No. 2 seed Li Na and No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska on her way to the finals victory over Halep.
For all the doubters that believe Sharapova will eventually cool off once again, her continued elite play is a sign of good things to come as the main stretch of Grand Slam season approaches.
On the men’s side, the action was incredible through the first two sets, but the matchup ended in unusual fashion.
After stealing the first set, Japanese star and No. 10 seed Kei Nishikori was looking to build momentum, but No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal bounced back and dominated the second set. With the game even, the focus on set three was through the roof.
Nishikori was in obvious discomfort, according to the Associated Press via USA Today, and looked to be favoring his lower back. Once Nadal took the early lead in the third set, the No. 10 seed retired from the match.
While Nadal looked far from perfect, he is starting to gain confidence and momentum as the major tournaments start once again.
Day 7 Results
Day 7 Results
No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. Roberto Bautista Agut; 6-4, 6-3
No. 10 Kei Nishikori def. No. 5 David Ferrer; 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3
No. 8 Maria Sharapova def. No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska; 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 Simona Halep def. No. 5 Petra Kvitova; 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2
Day 7 Recap
Rafael Nadal is now one win away from a record fourth Madrid Open title after dismissing compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in Saturday's semifinal.
Nadal won 49 percent of his service points and broke Bautista Agut five times in the straight-sets victory.
The defending champion will take on 10th-seeded Kei Nishikori in Sunday's final. Nishikori survived a three-set thriller against Spanish star David Ferrer to reach his first-ever Masters 1000 final.
Meanwhile, on the women's side, fourth-seeded Simona Halep and eighth-seeded Maria Sharapova are each through to Sunday's final after prevailing on Saturday. Sharapova dispatched third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in just over an hour, while Halep came from behind to stun 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a match that lasted more than two and a half hours.
Sharapova was a finalist in Madrid a year ago but neither player has ever won this event before.
Day 6 Results
Day 6 Results
No. 1 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat No. 6 Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic), 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 David Ferrer (Spain) beat Ernests Gulbis (Latvia), 7-6 (3), 6-3
No. 10 Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Feliciano Lopez (Spain), 6-4, 6-4
Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) beat Santiago Giraldo (Colombia), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Caroline Garcia (France), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
No. 4 Simona Halep (Romania) beat No. 11 Ana Ivanovic (Serbia), 6-2, 6-2
No. 8 Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat No. 2 Li Na (China), 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3
No. 5 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat No. 1 Serena Williams (U.S.), walkover
Day 6 Recap
The quarterfinals of the 2014 Madrid Open kicked off with some of the most intense action thus far.
On the women’s side, No. 1 seed Serena Williams was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a thigh injury, giving No. 5 seed Petra Kvitova the path to the semifinals. No. 2 seed Li Na was also eliminated, losing to No. 8 seed Maria Sharapova.
With the top two seeds going down, this tournament is wide open.
To complete the semifinal competitors, No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced past Caroline Garcia and No. 4 seed Simona Halep beat No. 11 seed Ana Ivanovic.
On the men’s side, the biggest battle of the day was the quarterfinal matchup between No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal against No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych. Tennis fans expected a close match, but Nadal dominated and won, 6-4, 6-2.
The other two top seeds in action, fifth-seeded David Ferrer and 10th-seeded Kei Nishikori also advanced via straight-sets victories on Friday. The two will meet in Saturday's second semifinal. Keep in mind that Nishikori's win bumps him into the top 10 in the ATP World Tour rankings.
Roberto Bautista Agut also managed to beat Santiago Giraldo to advance to the semifinals, where he'll battle Nadal on Day 7.
Day 5 Results
Day 5 Results
No. 1 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Jarkko Nieminen (Finland), 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat No. 12 Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) beat No. 7 Andy Murray (Britain), 6-3, 6-2
No. 10 Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat No. 8 Milos Raonic (Canada), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5)
Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia), 6-3, 6-4
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Dominic Thiem (Austria), walkover
Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Lukasz Kubot (Poland), 6-4, 6-2
No. 1 Serena Williams (USA) beat No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain), 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 Li Na (China) beat No. 16 Sloane Stephens (USA), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Roberta Vinci (Italy), 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic), 6-4, 6-3
No. 8 Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Samantha Stosur (Australia), 6-4, 6-3
Caroline Garcia (France) beat No. 10 Sara Errani (Italy), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
No. 11 Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia), 6-1, 6-2
Day 5 Recap
Day 5 of the 2014 Madrid Open featured exciting third-round action on both the men’s and women’s side. The marquee tournament has lived up to expectations thus far.
On the men’s side, No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal dominated Jarkko Nieminen to continue his hot streak heading into the quarterfinals. Nadal will play No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych in the next round after Berdych defeated No. 12 seed Grigor Dimitrov.
The biggest shock of the day on the men’s side came when No. 7 seed Andy Murray was stunned by relative unknown Santiago Giraldo in dominant fashion. Murray looked off from the start and was never able to gain any momentum in the match.
The same kind of drama was found on the women’s side as well.
No. 1 seed Serena Williams and No. 2 seed Li Na were able to hold off their stiff competition in the third round—they beat No. 14 seed Carla Suarez Navarro and No. 16 seed Sloane Stephens respectively—but they weren’t the only top seeds to advance.
No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 5 seed Petra Kvitova, No. 8 seed Maria Sharapova and No. 11 seed Ana Ivanovic all were able to advance to the fourth round as well.
With the field thinning out as the action advances to the quarterfinals, the level of competition and the name power involved makes this must-watch tennis.
Day 4 Results
Day 4 Men's Scores
(1) Rafael Nadal def. Juan Monaco; 6-1, 6-0
(6) Tomas Berdych def. Kevin Anderson; 6-1, 6-4
(7) Andy Murray def. Nicolas Almagro; 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
(9) John Isner def. Marinko Matosevic; 7-6 (9), 6-7 (5), 7-5
Santiago Giraldo def. (11) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; 6-4, 6-3
(12) Grigor Dimitrov def. Marius Copil; 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7)
Feliciano Lopez def. (15) Mikhail Youzhny; 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Lukasz Kubot def. Gilles Simon; 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
Ernests Gulbis def. Alexandr Dolgopolov; 6-3, 6-4
Marin Cilic def Paul-Henri Mathieu; 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
Jarkko Nieminen def. Igor Sijsling; 6-3, 6-2
Day 4 Women's Scores
(1) Serena Williams def. Shuai Peng; 6-2, 6-3
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska def. Svetlana Kuznetsova; 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (6)
(4) Simona Halep def. Lara Arruabarrena; 6-4, 6-4
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. (6) Jelena Jankovic; 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3)
Roberta Vinci def. (13) Caroline Wozniacki; 6-3, 6-3
(14) Carla Suarez Navarro def. Alison Riske; 6-2, 6-4
(15) Sabine Lisicki def. Irina-Camelia Begu; 6-3, 6-4
Caroline Garcia def. Maria Kirilenko; Walkover
Day 4 Recap
A strong mix of dominant favorites moving on, hotly contested matches and a number of upsets characterized Wednesday's action at the Madrid Open.
Men's No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal dropped just one game in cruising past Juan Monaco, while the top women's seed in Serena Williams had little trouble advancing in a 6-2, 6-3 romp over Shuai Peng.
Nadal discussed his dominant display afterwards.
"Each victory helps to raise your confidence," said Nadal, per the Associated Press, via ESPN.com. "I started a little nervously in my movement. I think I moved better and played well, better than I normally play on the clay. I was dominating over the points and playing very well...I think I've done positive things."
Tomas Berdych also advanced in straight sets, but the next two highest seeds in action for the men had some difficulty. No. 7 Andy Murray has struggled to find his form all season, and that didn't change in his match with Nicolas Almagro. After winning the first set 6-1, he lost the next frame by the same score, then ground out a victory at 6-4 in the decisive set.
Towering American John Isner has always struggled somewhat with consistency, so it wasn't a shock that Marinko Matosevic gave him a serious run. Isner beat Matosevic 11-9 in a first-set tiebreaker, then fell on extra points in the second set before winning the last set 7-5. The 23 aces Isner smashed in the match were the difference.
It took third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska three sets to move on over Svetlana Kuznetsova, including an 8-6 win in a third-set tiebreak.
Most notable among the upsets was Jelena Jankovic falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. Janovic rallied after losing the opening set, but fell short in the final set. Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki also got knocked out in Round 2, putting up little resistance in a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Roberta Vinci.
A premier talent on the men's side in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was seeded 11th and lost to Santiago Giraldo in straight sets. The three-time Grand Slam semifinalist couldn't capitalize on Giraldo's 52 percent serving success int he second set, losing eight of 10 points on the Colombian's second serve.
Looking ahead to Day 5, there are some compelling showdowns on tap. Perhaps most interesting to watch will be how Isner bounces back from his tough second-round test in facing David Ferrer. Isner is not the most mobile player, and has lost four of five previous matches to Ferrer, whose fitness gives opponents fits, and he will be supported well as a native favorite.
The best match on the women's side has to be talented American Sloane Stephens, who's seeded 16th but has more potential than that ranking suggests. Stephens can prove it Thursday by beating reigning Australian Open champion and No. 2 seed Li Na, who also won the French Open on clay in 2011.
Day 3 Results
Day 3 Men's Scores
A. Dolgopolov def. (13) F. Fognini; 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
I. Sijsling def. (14) T. Haas; 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
E. Gulbis def. J. Janowicz; 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2
K. Anderson def. R. Stepanek; 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
N. Almagro def. A. Golubev; 6-3, 6-7(9), 7-6(4)
M. Cilic def. J. Sousa; 6-1, 6-1
J. Monaco def. J. Melzer; 6-4, 6-3
D. Thiem def. (3) S. Wawrinka; 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
(5) D. Ferrer def. A. Ramos; 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3
(8) M. Raonic def. J. Chardy; 6-3, 6-3
(10) K. Nishikori def. G. Garcia-Lopez; 6-3, 6-1
R. Bautista Agut def. F. Verdasco; 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-1
Day 3 Women's Scores
(2) L. Na def. J. Zheng; 6-2, 6-3
(5) P. Kvitova def. V. Lepchenko; 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
(8) M. Sharapova def. C. McHale; 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
(10) S. Errani def. F. Schiavone; 6-3, 6-1
(11) A. Ivanovic def. B. Jovanovski; 6-4, 6-2
S. Stosur def. G. Muguruza; 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
L. Safarova def. M. Rybarikova; 6-1, 6-2
Day 3 Recap
David Ferrer, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori were notable second-round winners on the men's side on Tuesday as each advanced to the round of 16.
Raonic and Nishikori both cruised in straight-set wins, while Ferrer needed three sets to dispatch compatriot Albert Ramos, who made life difficult by converting on 5-of-7 break points.
However, 2014 Australian Open champion and third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka wasn't so lucky, suffering a shocking collapse vs. Dominic Thiem. Wawrinka won the first set easily, but struggled down the stretch against a confident Thiem, who saved 9-of-11 break points for the match.
Meanwhile, Fabio Fognini and Tommy Haas were upset victims in Round 1 on Tuesday. The 13th-seeded Fognini fell to Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets and the 14th-seeded Haas won the first set vs. Igor Sijsling only to lose the last two and get bounced from the tournament.
On the women's side, top-seeded stars Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and Sara Errani were all victorious, advancing to the round of 16.
Second-seeded Li defeated countrywoman Jie Zheng comfortably in straight sets, while Sharapova needed nearly two and a half hours to eliminate American Christina McHale in three sets.
Errani was no match fellow Italian and former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, dropping just four games in a straight-sets rout that lasted just over an hour.
Men's and women's action will continue on Wednesday with several marquee matchups.
Defending men's champion Rafael Nadal will open his title defense against Juan Monaco and defending women's champion Serena Williams will look to do the same against China's Shuai Peng.
Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki are some of the other big names who will take to the court on Day 4.
Day 2 Results
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Federico Delbonis (Argentina), 7-6 (4,) 4-6, 6-2
Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat Andreas Seppi (Italy), 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Gilles Simon (France) beat Benoit Paire (France), 2-0, (Paire retired)
Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Nicolas Mahut (France), 6-1, 7-6 (7)
No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) beat Benjamin Becker (Germany), 6-3, 6-4
Marinko Matosevic (Australia) beat Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany), 6-2, 6-2
No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
No. 9 John Isner (U.S.) beat Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia), 7-6 (8), 6-4
Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat Dmitry Tursunov (Russia), 6-4, 6-2
No. 10 Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Ivan Dodig (Croatia), 6-4, 6-4
Marius Copil (Romania) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain), 6-3, 6-4
Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands,) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat Elina Svitolina (Ukraine), 6-4, 6-3
No. 13 Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Ekaterina Makarova (Russia), 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 Simona Halep (Romania) beat Julia Goerges (Germany), 6-2, 6-0
Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Alize Cornet (France), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
No. 15 Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic), 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Eugenie Bouchard (Canada), 7-6 (3), 6-2
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Maria Teresa Torro (Spain), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Irina Begu (Romania) beat Zhang Shuai (China), 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 Li Na (China) beat Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium), 6-1, 7-6 (7)
Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat No. 9 Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia), 6-4, 6-0
Day 2 Recap
There was an incredible amount of action on both the men’s and women’s sides, but the biggest news of Day 2 was tennis star Novak Djokovic withdrawing from the Madrid Open with a wrist injury, according to the AP, via ESPN.
The road to the championship got much easier on the men’s side.
While there were several top stars on the men’s side that advanced on Day 2—most notably John Isner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mikhail Youzhny—Monday was all about the stars on the women’s side.
With bona fide stars like Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic all advancing, the tournament is heating up perfectly. The top names have mostly all advanced in both the men’s and women’s sides, and this tournament will only continue to get better as it draws on.
Day 1 Results
Day 1 Men's Results
R Bautista Agut defeats (16) T Robredo; 6-4, 6-4
G Garcia-Lopez defeats P Andujar; 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
(14) P Mathieu defeats R Harrison; 6-2, 6-4
(3) T Gabashvili defeats (11) L Kubot; 6-3, 6-3
J Chardy defeats L Rosol; 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
(8) D Thiem defeats (7) M Matosevic; 6-4, 6-4
(4) I Sijsling defeats T Bellucci; 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
(6) B Becker defeats (12) B Tomic; 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4
(5) A Golubev defeats (13) A Gonzalez; 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
(1) S Giraldo defeats T Kamke; 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Day 1 Women's Results
 Maria Sharapova (RUS) defeats Klara Koukalova (CZE): 6-1, 6-2
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) defeats Elena Vesnina (RUS); 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4
Roberta Vinci (ITA) defeats Daniela Hantuchova (SVK); 6-4, 6-4
 Ana Ivanovic (SRB) defeats Madison Keys (USA); 6-1, 7-6(4)
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) defeats [Q] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA); 6-4, 7-5
 Sloane Stephens (USA) defeats [Q] Monica Niculescu (ROU); 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Jie Zheng (CHN) defeats [Q] Mariana Duque-Marino (COL); 7-6(5), 6-2
[Q] Petra Cetkovska (CZE) defeats Stefanie Voegele (SUI); 6-1, 6-3
Lucie Safarova (CZE) defeats  Flavia Pennetta (ITA); 1-6, 6-0, 6-3
 Petra Kvitova (CZE) defeats Sorana Cirstea (ROU); 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(4)
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) defeats [WC] Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP); 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Shuai Peng (CHN) defeats Kurumi Nara (JPN); 6-2, 6-3
 Serena Williams (USA) defeats [Q] Belinda Bencic (SUI); 6-2, 6-1
Day 1 Recap
Sunday marked Day 1 of the clay-court spectacle, and it wasn't without drama from the opening gun.
No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo was served an upset on his home soil at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut. While he has never placed better than a quarterfinal appearance in 2004 at Madrid, he was expected to play a tad better against an unranked competitor.
It was a light day for the men overall, but the women's side had its fair share of major names in action.
Maria Sharapova moved past Klara Koukalova with relative ease as she continues her comeback trail after an injury. Ana Ivanovic dispatched of Madison Keys after some late-match drama that made for an entertaining affair.
Serena Williams was her typical dominant self in a blowout victory over Belinda Bencic. She hit 11 aces and broke her opponent five times to finalize the affair in less than an hour. She's far and away the favorite after winning at Madrid the past two years.
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