Some do and some don’t go to Monte Carlo but for the rest their clay season will now begin in full swing with the first of two Masters 1000 in quick succession but what questions do we have ahead of Madrid?
Forget defending title!
Every time he steps on court or is seen in Madrid he will be referred to as defending champion. Zverev has been very open about his personal life of late and his tennis and he needs to forget he is defending a title in Madrid and just play. The worst thing about being a top player out of form is that all eyes are on you and that is something that won’t shift.
Following his win in Barcelona the eyes of the world will be on Dominic Thiem once again as his credentials to really put some impressive form together will come under scrutiny. I think he can win if he is in the zone and completely focused on his game he stands a good chance most of his defeats this year have been against players outside top 45 in the world so sometimes finding that intensity early on is an issue.
One last time
For the final time we will see David Ferrer in Madrid. The Spaniard will be playing his final tournament of his career and what a emotional week this will be, read more below;
We haven’t seen one since February and the other we haven’t seen on clay for a few years but Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro are due back at the Caja Magica. Read more on their returns below;
Is a title here imperative?
In the run-up to a major a bit of momentum is key. Rafael Nadal is happy with the progress he has made from Monte Carlo to Barcelona where he exited both tournaments early by his standards so is a title win here and with it being a Masters 1000 at home crucial?
Novak Djokovic is in the same camp. We haven’t seen his best since Melbourne and in Monte Carlo that conviction was lacking behind his shots. I think he needs a very big week in Madrid and I’m interested to see how it pans out.
Ones to watch
Monte Carlo champion Fabio Fognini is certainly one to watch, the court speed should suit him very much so and with what he did a couple of weeks ago he is capable of repeating this form.
In good form is Laszlo Djere, Daniil Medvedev and Dusan Lajovic as well as Spaniard Jaume Munar who is playing some of his best tennis at the moment.