the king of clay, Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) is in Madrid in the round of sixteen. The Spanish defeat in front of a home crowd the qualifiers Félix Auger-Aliassime in two sets 6:3, 6:3.

Against the 18-Year-olds, the veteran indicated, however, more of an effort than expected. So he comes in the first sentence of the first when the score was 3:3 at the first Break, and uses this at the end of the set. In the Second Auger Aliassime fends off four match balls on the supposedly secure fifth sunk Nadal from the shortest distance in the network – a shake of the head when the 32-Year-old.

In the sixth start-up it works finally, but still. Nadal qualified for the quarter-finals, where he meets Frances Tiafoe.

Stan in the Sweater into the eighth-final

Also at the time of his second appearance in Madrid Stan Wawrinka (ATP 34) gives himself no nakedness. The Argentinian, Guido Pella (ATP 26) destroys it in two sets 6:3, 6:4.

The Start of the Swiss is shaky, in his first Game, he has to help his opponent two break chances. This can not utilize Pella. In the episode Stan plays is becoming stronger. And after the Break to 3:1, he leaves nothing more to chance. He brings the edge easily and get the set with 6:3.

The second passage is contested. Once again, the Swiss fights off two break balls. And then at the crucial Moment itself. In the third start of the Service break for 5:4 succeeds.

Although he stands with his back to the wall, not Pella, but still beaten. He earned a Rebreak-Chance and fights off three match balls. Then his resistance is broken. After exactly 90 minutes, Wawrinka, who is competing in the unfamiliar long-sleeve Outfit recovered to win his fourth match point and wins the first duel with the Argentinean.

In the eighth-final meets Stan Wawrinka on the Japanese Kei Nishikori (ATP 7).


in Addition to Wawrinka also Belinda Bencic (22) celebrates a success. The Ostschweizerin dominated against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova (WTA 85) over the entire game and wins in the end after a good hour in two sets 6:0, 6:2. In the quarter-final, the world number 18 expected to be a significantly harder task. Then you have to against the world number 1 Naomi Osaka ran. The Japanese is considered to be the favourite of the tournament.