ATP Mutua Madrid Open: Murray advances to Round of 16

As the R64 got over at the Mutua Madrilena Open, the seeds went down 13-3, which include the top 8, who got a bye each in the first round. While the world number 1, Andy Murray and the world number 9 are through to the R16, the other matches for the same round are to be held today.

The trio of unseeded French players, namely the doubles brothers Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, and Gilles Simon defeated [13] Lucas Pouille, [14] Jack Sock, [15] Gael Monfils, in 3 sets each. Each of them went down in the second set. While Mahut and Simon got bageled in the second, Herbert lost it in a tie-break. Gilles Simon, played probably the match with the most intriguing score line. i.e. 6-0, 0-6, 7-6(0).
Nick Kyrgios, faced a hard competition in the first set, as Marcos Baghdatis stretched it to a tie-break. Nick managed to win his first match in Madrid, 7-6(1), 6-4, after a tiny break he took from the previous tournament.

The dominating Spaniards on clay, have a different picture in the fixture this time. Out of the 9 Spaniards who entered the fixture, only 4 of them have managed to be through the R64, including the top seed Rafael Nadal. Albert Ramos Vinolas, the Monte Carlo Open finalist, was knocked out easily by Diego Schwartzman. It was their second meeting, and Vinolas has managed to take only 9 games from the Argentine till date. Another Spaniard bit the dust, namely Fernando Verdasco. With an active army of unforced errors by his side, he served, returned, sliced, poor. Alexander Zverev, the Estoril champion, left no chance to convert his opponent’s mistakes into his opportunities. He hit blasting forehands, and very impressive backhands down the line. He hit a backhand down the line winner with an awesome speed of 151 kmph in the second set. The younger Zverev brother is through to the R32.

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