Match Point from Madrid

Ons Jabeur wins her first WTA 1000 title

It has been quite the week for Ons Jabeur, the Tunisian has become the first African/Arab woman to win a WTA 1000 event following her three set win over Jessica Pegula at the Madrid Open.

Ons plays tennis with precision and an array of beautiful shots which has seen her climb inside the top ten and this title win will continue to help her rise on the rankings.

She does go about her tennis on the tour without fuss, she plays and if things don’t go to plan she moves on, she has proved to be one of the most consistent players out there and the numbers speak for themselves…

Jack Draper’s Madrid debut

The 20 year old from Great Britain is on the verge of breaking into the top 100 on the ATP tour, Jack backed up his first Masters 1000 win in Miami with his first on the clay at the Madrid Open with a 6-4 6-3 win over Lorenzo Sonego.

The win does see Jack climb up the rankings to No 106 in the world which will open doors at the majors in a season where the Brit has won 4 titles on the Challenger circuit.

Jack caused some problems for the fifth seed Andrey Rublev but the Russian scraped through from a set down to win 2-6 6-4 7-5.

Andy Murray’s return to clay

Sorribes Tormo stars at home

Sara is a fascinating player to watch, she defines the phrase “she gives nothing away.” The Spaniard is difficult to play against, she keeps the ball in play and makes life incredibly difficult. There aren’t many winners or errors but she forces you into difficult positions.

After wins against Pavlyuchenkova and Osaka the Spaniard went onto finish her run in Madrid at the Quarter Final stage.

Emma Raducanu’s positive Madrid debut

Simona Halep continues her good form

I thought Simona Halep had a really positive tournament once again, there will be disappointment with the defeat to Ons Jabeur but the Romanian’s racked up her 30th win at the Mutua Madrid Open and opened with a superb performance against Paula Badosa.

Simona is on the rise and she is now working with Patrick Mouratoglou and I hope for more of the same in Rome and Paris. Simona has played 9 seeded players in events this year and has won of these matches, the only two defeats coming to Ons here in Madrid and Iga Swiatek at Indian Wells.

Bianca Andreescu’s first top ten win since 2019

More than anything it is nice to see Bianca Andreescu back on the tennis court. The Canadian has had a tough time with injuries and has also taken time for herself and to give to others during her break from the sport.

Bianca plays with such passion and connect with the crowd and her fans. She lives in the moment on the court and feels the emotion and her win over Danielle Collins dropping just two games was in fact her first top ten win since she defeated Serena Williams for the US Open title in 2019.

Carlos Alcaraz wins his first clay court Masters 1000

It does not get better than this, I think at the moment I saw this about every week with this teenager. Carlos Alcaraz has won his second Masters 1000 of the year, his first on clay and on home soil.

He did it beating Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alex Zverev in three consecutive days becoming the first player to defeat Nadal and Djokovic in consecutive rounds on a clay court.

It’s beyond belief what he is doing here, twelve months ago he was a wildcard, ranked outside the top 100 in the world and lost 2-6 1-6 to Nadal, he only turned 19 a few days ago and is producing this consistency and level, hats off to the man!

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