Nadal Beats De Minaur, Reaches Third Round In Madrid

Rafael Nadal (photo: Diego Souto/MMO)

MADRID/STARNBERG, April 27, 2024

Rafael Nadal has booked his spot in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open by winning against 10th-seeded Australian Alex De Minaur, 7-6 (6), 6-3 at the Caja Magica on Saturday afternoon.

Nadal, who scored his first Top 20 win since the 2022 ATP Finals, avenged a straight-set loss to De Minaur last week on home soil in Barcelona. In front of packed stands on Pista Manolo Santana, the 37-year-old Spaniard capitalized on four of his five break-point chances and won 52 per cent of the total points played to prevail after two hours and two minutes.

“I’m super happy to be able to be competitive against a great player like Alex, play over two hours. It means a lot to me and the atmosphere here is just a joke, so I can’t thank enough everybody here,” said the five-time Madrid champion, who will next play Argentinian Pedro Cachin.

“If I am able to play weeks in a row and if I am able to play tennis, then I’m going to see how far I can go and how competitive I could be. But that’s not the case yet, just step by step and let’s see how I recover.”

Sinner cruises past Sonego

Earlier in the day, top seed Jannik Sinner beat fellow Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-0, 6-3 in only 69 minutes.

“I know him really well because we play Davis Cup together and we are good friends. So I just tried to stay focused because these kinds of matches are not easy to play. I feel so good and solid on court,” said World No. 2 Sinner.

“I’m very happy to be back here. Last year I missed this tournament and I feel more excited. I love the atmosphere and the crowd. I’m just trying to play some good tennis and we will see how the tournament goes.”

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