Day 5 of the Madrid Open 2021 had some interesting results, as several top seeds bowed out of the tournament. Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak to seven matches, as he defeated Alexei Popyrin in straight sets. However, the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedvev all failed to advance into the last 8, after facing shocking losses in the third round.
Rafael Nadal storms into the quarterfinals
Rafael Nadal stormed into the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open 2021, as he defeated Alexei Popyrin in straight sets. The Spaniard won by a score-line of 6-3, 6-3. The 34-year old broke his opponent on four occasions during the match, and converted 67% of his break points. He won 57 points compared to the Australian’s tally of 45 points. The 20 time Grandslam champion had a first serve accuracy of just 65%, something which he will hope to improve in the coming matches.
Dominic Thiem wins in straight sets
Dominic Thiem, third seed at the Madrid Open 2021, secured a straight sets victory over the Australian, Alex de Minaur in the third round clash. The Austrian defeated Minaur by a score line of 7-6, 6-4. Thiem converted 3 out of his 9 break point opportunities, whereas, Minaur converted 2 of his six opportunities. He won a total of 77 points in the match, as compared to the Australian’s tally of 69 points. Thiem served four aces, and had a first serve accuracy of 70%.
Alexander Zverev produces a dominant display
Alexander Zverev secured a straight sets victory over Dan Evans. The German won in straight sets by a score line of 6-3, 7-6. Zverev served up seven aces during the whole match, and won 80% of his points on first serve. Next up for Zverev is a clash against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals on Friday. The fifth seed won 71 points in the third round, compared to Evans’ tally of 61 points.
Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev bow out
Daniil Medvedev’s poor form on clay courts continued, as he was beaten in three sets by Cristian Garin. The Russian lost the first set, but won the second set in a tiebreaker. However, Garin produced a dominant display in the third set, and won 6-7, 6-7, 6-1.
Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Casper Ruud in the third round. The Greek lost in straight sets, 7-6 and 6-4. The fourth seed was nowhere close to his best, as he failed to get even one break point opportunity. His serve was way off the mark, as he served three double faults and had a first serve accuracy of just 63%.
Andrey Rublev was defeated by John Isner in a three set thriller. Isner served up 28 aces, compared to Rublev’s tally of 0 aces. Rublev was never broken during the match, but lost two crucial tie-breakers against the American. The Russian lost 7-6, 3-6, 7-6. Isner will now face the third seed, Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals.
- Other Results
- Matteo Berrettini defeats Federico Delbonis (7-6, 6-4)
- Alexander Bublik defeats Aslan Karatsev (6-4, 6-3)