Madrid Madness! Del Po stunned, Sharapova + Halep out, Thiem announces himself and business as usual for No.1

Well, Wednesday has proved a manic day in Madrid. As the week goes on the draw shortens and nothing like it has done today with big names out, future stars shining and the usual suspects up to their tricks!

Thiem has announced himself!

Dominic Thiem had to do it this week, no excuses. He has now set up a meeting with Nadal and it will be a good marker to see how far he is away from Rafa as right now he is his biggest challenger on this surface.

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Down a set and a break with Coric serving for the match the Austrian produced some inspired and hard fought tennis something we haven’t seen as he continues to return from this ankle injury a few months back but it was there and with the win announced his arrival on the clay court season.

Del Po out!

Usually he is the man you can rely on in tight situations and when he found himself 4-0 up in the third set tie-breaker that did look like that however Lajovic who deserves a lot of credit won 7 of the next 8 points to secure the biggest win of his career.

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You can see from the graphic from when he took set two that he stepped up his performance by retreating behind the baseline further and soaking up the pressure of Del Potro’s ground strokes, as they say sometimes the best attack is defence and it proved for the Serb.

Halep and Sharapova out!

Well this was a surprise.

Karolina Pliskova is surprising us all on the clay courts winning once again…ย  with her title in Stuttgart and what she has done so far this week in Madrid against Halep as well has thrown her name into a hat of Roland Garros contenders as she looks like she’s playing without pressure.

Sharapova is out. I’m not terribly surprised, she had a good week with a couple of decent wins but Kiki Bertens is a pain to play against, she hangs on in there and just goes for it and credit to her for wins over Sharapova and Wozniacki this week.

50!

Rafael Nadal doesn’t usually sit at the bottom of a piece I write but save the best to last. 50 consecutive sets of tennis won on a single surface, absolutely magnificent! A new record taking over John McEnroe’s 49 on carpet.

 

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