Madrid Open 2021 is one of the three Masters 1000 tournaments in clay. One of the important events during the clay season takes place before the Roland Garros and serves as the preparatory tournament for the big event.
In 2020, the tournament was not held because of the Covid-19, and this year the tournament is slated from May 2nd – 9th. Novak Djokovic is the defending champion but he decided not to defend his title.
Madrid Open 2021 will feature 08 of the top 10 players in the rankings. Big names include Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman, and Matteo Berrettini complete the list.
Madrid Open 2021: When and where?
- When: May 2nd – May 9th, 2021
- Where: Manzanares Park Tennis Center, Madrid, Spain
- Venue: Caja Magica
- Surface: Clay
- Singles & Doubles Final: May 9th, 2021
- Defending Champion: Novak Djokovic
- Most Successful: Rafael Nadal (05 times winner)
The qualifying event will be taking place on May 1st – 2nd.
What is the Madrid Open?
Madrid Open is one of the three clay-court Masters 1000 events; Monte-Carlo and Rome are the other two.
Rafael Nadal is the most successful player in the tournament’s history. He holds the record for most titles (05), most finals (08), and most match wins (61).
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Netherland’s Kiki Bertens are the defending champions in the men’s and women’s singles category respectively.
Novak Djokovic – Defending champion not coming
Novak Djokovic, the world number one and the defending champion at the Madrid Open has decided not to participate in the event and not to defend his title. A decision that came on the back of a grueling 3-hour and 26-minute semifinal defeat at the Serbia Open against Aslan Karatsev.
Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas two years ago to claim his third title in the Spanish capital, the joint-second most titles at the event.
Rafael Nadal looking for more history
After the withdrawal of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal is the top seed in the event. Entering the tournament, once again, as the favorite player to win the title. He is coming on the back of the 12th title in the Barcelona Open.
In the 2019 edition, the latest one, Nadal lost in the semifinal against the Greek’s Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Nadal vs Young Guns
As the world number one and Roger Federer are the only players featuring the top ten who are not coming to play the event, it leaves only Rafael Nadal the senior player in the contingent. All the other players featuring in the top ten list are below 28 years. Nadal is taking all the momentum to the event having recently lifted his 12th Barcelona title.
Stefanos Tsitsipas probably has the best chance to trip the Spaniard at the event. The Greek has played two clay tournaments this season; he won the Monte-Carlo Masters while was runner up at the Barcelona Open losing to Nadal in the final despite having a championship point.
Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem will be making their clay-court season debut this year.