ATP Madrid Open 2021: Day 3- Thiem, Rublev, Berrettini, all advance, Sinner and Agut triumph, Shapovalov falls

Day 3 of the ATP Madrid Open saw top players like Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini showcase their talents and advance to the third round of the competition.

Dominic Thiem Andrey Rublev Matteo Berrettini
Dominic Thiem Andrey Rublev Matteo Berrettini

Day 3 of the ATP Madrid Open was a moving day. The top guns, most of them, made it safely into the next round. Dominic Thiem made a winning return to the tour, Andrey Rublev, and Matteo Berrettini won as well. Jannik Sinner and Roberto Bautista Agut advanced as well. While Denis Shapovalov was dumped out of the tournament. 

Dominic Thiem cruises past Marcos Giron

Dominic Thiem had not taken to the court since March, but when he made his return you felt like he had never gone away. Thiem recorded a comfortable 6-1 6-3 win over his American opponent Marcos Giron to move into the third round. 

The Austrian, playing for the first time since a surprise loss to Lloyd Harris in Dubai, broke his 91st-ranked opponent’s serve four times and did not face a breakpoint. Thiem will next face Australia’s Alex de Minaur in the third round.

Andrey Rublev survives Tomy Paul scare 

Andrey Rublev was far from his best in the encounter against Tomy Paul, but somehow found a way to win and remain alive in the tournament. Playing the world no.58, Rublev went a set down early in the tie, but regained his composure to win the next two sets and seal the match. Rublev completed his come from behind win in three sets, 6-7 6-3 6-4. 

Matteo Berrettini eases past Fabio Fognini

Berrettini won the match up of the Italians as he defeated Fognini in straight sets 6-3 6-4. Berrettini won in 1 hour and 21 mins, and recorded his best ever performance at the Madrid Open. What stood out in the match was Berrettini’s service. He ended up winning 85% of his first service points. 

Sinner and Agut both move to the next round

Italian teenager Jannik Sinner booked his place in the second round when his opponent Guido Pella withdrew with a leg injury in the second set while trailing 6-2 4-4, he will face Alexei Popyrin in the second round. Roberto Bautista Agut was pushed to three rounds by Italian Qualifier Marco Cecchinato. Agut won the first set, but Cecchinato fought back to win the second via tiebreak. Agut though came back strongly to win the third set and seal the match 6-2 6-7 7-5. 

Bublik stuns Shapovalov

Shapovalov was beaten 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 by Kazakh Alexander Bublik., After the match Shapovalov said that he lost the match in the head and not on the court, he said it was more of a mental thing. But a hard fought victory against a quality opponent will give Bublik a lot of confidence. 

Other Results: 

  • Casper Ruud defeats Felix Auger Aliassime (6-1,6-4)
  • Albert Ramos Viñolas defeats Taylor Fritz (7-5,5-7,6-4)
  • Alex de Minaur defeats Lloyd Harris(6-2, 3-0)

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