Nadal Out Of Italian Open

Rafael Nadal the seven-time champion is out of the Italian Open in Rome after losing to Dominic Thiem in straight sets 6-4 6-3. Thiem victory brings Nadal 17 matches winning run on clay this season to an end & will now face Novak Djokovic or Juan Martin del Potro in the semi finals.

In the other semi-final today big serving John Isner is taking on Alexander Zverev.

Nadal & Djokovic Into Quarter-Finals In Rome

Rafael Nadal the seven-time champion is through to the last eight of the Italian Open in Rome after beating American Jack Sock in straight sets 6-4 6-3. Nadal nows extends his unbeaten run on clay this season to 17 matches & will now face Dominic Thiem in a repeat of last weeks final in Madrid.

Novak Djokovic the world number two is also through after defeating clay court specialist Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-4 6-4. Next up for Novak is Juan Martin del Potro. The shock of the day was world number three Stan Wawrinka losing to big serving American John Isner 7-6 6-4.

Murray Knocked Out Of Rome Masters

World number one Andy Murray and defending champion has been knocked out of the Rome Masters in the second round by Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4. The world number 29 Fognini was just to good for Murray who continues his poor run of form before the French Open which starts on May 28th.

World number two Novak Djokovic who has never failed to reach the quarter-finals in Rome came through his second round match this afternoon in straight sets 7-6 6-2 against British number 3 Aljaz Bedene.

Roger Federer To Miss French Open

Roger Federer the current World number five & 18-time Grand Slam winner has made the decision to miss the French Open & the rest of the clay-court season. This is an attempt to continue on the ATP Tour for many years to come & recognises that careful scheduling will be the key to his longevity. Federer who won his first Grand Slam in 5 years when he won the Australian Open back in January, will now turn his focus to the grass court season & will surely be one of the favourites for the Wimbledon title.

Nadal Wins Madrid Open Title

Rafael Nadal has won his fifth Madrid Open title today by beating Dominic Thiem in straight sets 7-6 6-4 & now moves back into the top four in the world rankings. Nadal has now won 15 clay court matches in a row this season & adds the Madrid title to his Barcelona Open & Monte Carlo Masters victories. With his current form no one would bet against Nadal winning the French Open which starts on May 22nd.

Nadal Beats Djokovic In Madrid

Rafael Nadal the four time champion beat Novak Djokovic this afternoon in straight sets 6-2 6-4 to reach the Madrid Open final. This ends a three-year, seven-match losing streak against Djokovic. The last victory over the Serb was in the French Open final in 2014. Nadal record on clay this season is 14 – 0 & will now face Dominic Thiem or Pablo Cuevas in the final tomorrow.

Nadal To Face Djokovic in Madrid Semi-Finals

Rafael Nadal a four-champion in Madrid will take on this afternoon Novak Djokovic who has won the title twice for a place in final. Yesterday Nadal seeded fourth beat Belgian ninth seed David Goffin in straight sets 7-6 6-2. While Djokovic had a walkover when Kei Nishikori withdrew with a wrist injury.

In the other semi-final Pablo Cuevas with play in form Dominic Thiem.

Shock Defeat For Murray In Madrid

The World number one Andy Murray is out of the Madrid Open with a shock defeat today against Borna Coric in the last 16 of the Madrid Open. Murray was beaten in straight sets 6-3 6-3 by Coric ranked 59th in the world.

Its not been a good clay court season for Murray so far following his shock defeat in the last 16 of the Monte Carlo Masters & also losing in the semi-final of the Barcelona Open.

Djokovic & Nadal Into Third Round In Madrid

Novak Djokovic the World number two is into the third round of the Madrid Open with a victory over Spanish wildcard Nicolas Almagro 6-1 4-6 7-5. This is Djokovic first match since parting company with his coaching staff on Friday & will now face Feliciano Lopez.

In form Rafael Nadal also progressed to the third round with a win against Italian Fabio Fognini 7-6 3-6 6-4, in a match lasting just under three hours to set up a thrilling encounter with Nick Kyrgios.