The Mutua Madrid Open is here (April 29 to May 9). The best tennis on the planet returns to the Magic Box after a year of absence, since in 2020 it could not be held due to the pandemic. This season, the Masters 1,000 in the capital of Spain resurfaces in style, with a daily attendance of some 5,000 spectators who will be able to enjoy ten days of racket figures as important as Rafa Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka or Simona Halep, among others.
In the list of candidates for the title, two names stand out above the rest: Rafa Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Not surprisingly, both are the ones who have conquered the tournaments played so far on the dirt tour: the Greek triumphed in Monte Carlo and Nadal in Barcelona. In addition, both starred in one of the best endings in history in the Count of Godó, so they arrive in top shape. Andrey Rublev, second in this year's 'Race', along with Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Diego Schwartzman or Jannik Sinner, among others, they are presented as serious alternatives.
There can be no other top candidate for the title in Madrid that is not the number 1 and dominator of the WTA circuit, Ashleigh Barty. But aside from the Australian, two other players like Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep They are presented as his great rivals in the fight for the title. We will also have to take into account other players such as Petra kvitova (triple champion of the Mutua Madrid Open), Maria Sakkari or Aryna Sabalenka, among other.
Despite having a stellar participation, this edition of the Mutua Madrid Open will also have very sensitive losses, both in the men's and women's teams. On the ATP side, players of the stature of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka, among others. While in relation to the final WTA draw, the most sensitive casualties are represented by Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu Y Garbiñe Muguruza (He did not recover in time from a muscle injury).