In the first match, after a six-week hiatus due to a rib injury, Rafael Nadal defeated Miomir Kikmanovic without dropping a set, and advanced to the third round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid. Alexander Zverev had a difficult journey.

Marcin Mutica

Rafael Nadal

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My goal is to accept what happened and try to give my best. I know it won’t be easy, but I’m confident – said Rafael Nadal a few days ago. This week, the Spaniard returns to competition after a six-week absence due to a rib injury. In the first match, after a pause, he defeated Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1, 7:6 (4) and advanced to the third round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid.

He still came out on the field with big energy and in the first set he simply blasted his opponent off the field, losing only one game. The second match, played indoors due to rain, was more difficult for the Spaniard, but Mallorca turned the ball in his favour in the second half.

In the hour and 55 minutes of play, Nadal sent three aces, used four of the six break balls, and made 29 goals. In the 1/8 finals, he will face third seed Spaniard David Goffin, who has a 4-2 tally. Belgium’s qualifying match was defeated by Van de Zandscholp on Wednesday.

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Alexander Zverev had a very rough ride at the start of competing in the Mutua Madrid Open. In recent weeks, in the average elimination Germany, after more than two hours of battle, won 4:6, 6:4, 6:4 with Marin Cilic.

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In the first group, I lost focus. “I think I played well and I’m happy with this win, because Marin is a strong opponent,” said Zverev, the second seed, quoted by Wednesday.

The British showed their good side. seeded to ninth, Cameron Norrie defeated John Isner 6:4, 6:7 (5), 6:4 and will face Carlos Alcaraz, “Seven” of the championship in the third round. In turn, Daniel Evans beat out Roberto Bautista who was No. 17, and his next opponent will play the “six” as Andrei Rublev.

Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid (Spain)
ATP Masters 1000, clay courts, prize pool of €6.744 million
Tuesday 3 May

Second round of singles:

Alexander Zverev (Germany 2) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Rafael Nadal (Spain, 3) at Mimir Kekmanovic (Serbia) 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Cameron Norrie (UK 9) BJ John Isner (US) 6-4 6.7 (5) 6-4
Daniel Evans (UK) beat Roberto Bautista (17) 6-3 5-7 7-6 (2).
David Goffin (Belgium, Q) – Botic van de Zandschulp (Netherlands) 6-4, 6-2

Hubert Hurkacz met another opponent. He made a surprise on Wednesday

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