Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and the Winners and Losers at 2014 Madrid Masters

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Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and the Winners and Losers at 2014 Madrid Masters
Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press

The 2014 Madrid Masters had unpredictable twists, but Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova were familiar names in the winner’s circle. Was Rafael Nadal just lucky? His Uncle Toni had a few things to say about that.

Madrid also gave more experience to rising stars Simona Halep and Kei Nishikori. Will either of them finish their climb with the French Open title?

There were also interesting comments from Andre Agassi, though nothing to enlighten the ongoing and irresolvable Greatest of All Time debate. Why is this topic really just a lot of hot air and smoke?

And we look ahead to the Italian Open, hoping that a healthy Novak Djokovic and a rested Roger Federer can throw their competitive fire into the Roman arena.

This is our weekly Winners and Losers column, where we look at the unusual, disappointing and triumphant happenings in tennis.

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