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Apr 23, 2023, 18:52

The tournament starts on 24 April 2023 with the first two days being reserved for qualification matches.

As expected Djokovic will not play in Madrid and the draw took place today - but has not been published yet.   I will provide the full match schedules starting with Round 2 tomorrow or asap.       

Apr 23, 2023, 21:15

Seeded Players 

1       Carlos Alcaraz
2       Daniel Medvedev 
3       Casper Ruud
4       Stefanos Tsitispa
5       Andrey Rublev
6       Holger Rune
7       Felix Auger Aliassime
8       Taylor Fritz
9       Frances  Tiafoe
10     Karen Khachanov
11     Cameron Norrie 
12     Hubert Hurkacz
13     Alexander Zverev
14     Tommy Paul
15     Lorenzo Musetti
16     Alex de Minaur
17     Borna Coric
18     Pablo Carreno-Busta             
19     Daniel Evans
20     Roberto Bautista-Agut 
12     Denis Shapovalov
22     Sebastian Korda`
23     Botic van de Zanchulp
24     Francisco Cerundolo
25     Sebastian Baez
26     G rigor Dimitrov
27     Miomir Kecmanovic
28     Yoshihito Nishioka           
29     Alejandro Davidovich Fokina   
30     Tallon Griekspoor
31     Jiri Lehecka
32     Ben Skelton

Notable absentees are -

*     Novak Djokovic
*     Jannik Sinner
*     Rafael Nadal
*     Matteo Berrettini

Their rankings could be detrimentally effected.

So there were 32 seeded players at the start of the tournament - but how many is left after ROUND 2?    Answer - 20 seeded players - the following are gone\-

*    One player withdrew from the tournament;
*    The following in evaluation from a ranking perspective -

                 1 - 9               -     2 Players
                 10-19             -     4 Players
                 20-29             -     3 Players
                 30-32             -     3  Players

In the top Half of the Draw  another 5 seeded players lost in Round 3.    There were some surprise results as well.   Rune losing to Davidovich Fokina is one    - the other one was the way Zverev thrashed his opponent.   I wonder how he is going to fare against Alcaraz in Round 4.   Last year in the final Alcaraz thrashed Zverev badly - Will the same happen in the Round 4 on Monday?    

Another poor day for the Seeds - there is now only 9 seeds remaining and there are still in Round 4 7 unseeded players in the mix.     The following in evaluation from a ranking perspective -

*             1-10           -      6 players
*            11-32          -      3 players  


Apr 23, 2023, 21:30



Top Half of the Draw

1     Carlos Alcaraz                            vs      Emil Ruusuvuori

26   Grigor Dimitrov                          vs      Gregoire Barrere 

22   Sebastian Korda                         vs       Hugo Grenier       

13   Alexander Zverev                       vs       Roberto Carballes Baena

10   Karen Khachanov                       vs      Thiago Monteiro

20   Roberto Bautista-Agut                vs        Quinton Halys

28   Yoshihito Nishioka                      vs        Alex Molcan     

5    Andrey Rublev                              vs        Stan Wawrinka

3    Casper Ruud                                 vs        Matteo Arnaldi'

30  Tallon Griekspoor                        vs        Jaume Munar

 Oscar Otte                                        vs         Daniel Altmaier

15   Lorenzo Musetti                          vs        Yannik Hanfmann  

12    Hubert Hurkacz                          vs        Richard Gasquet

17   Borna Coric                                 vs        Hugo Gascon

29   Alejandro Davidovich Fokina      vs        Albert Ramos-Vinolas

6     Holger Rune                                vs         Alexander Bublik

Bottom Half of the Draw

7     Felix Auger-Aliassime                vs         Dusan Lajovic

32    Ben Skelton                                vs        Jan-Lennard Struff

24     Francisco Cerundolo                 vs         Pedro Cachin

9      Frances Tiafoe                           vs         Tomas Martin Etcheverry

14     Tommy Paul                             vs         Roman Safiullin

19     Daniel Evans                           vs         Bernabe Zapata Miralles

25     Sebastian Baez                        vs          Marcos Giron

4      Stefanos Tsitsipas                     vs          Dominic Thiem

8      Taylor Fritz                              vs           Christopher O'Connell

27    Miomir Kecmanovic               vs           Christian Garin

21    Denis Shapovalov                   vs           Zizou Zhang   

11    Cameron Norrie                      vs           Yosuke Watanuki

16    Alex de Minaur                       vs           Marco Cecchinato    

23   Botic van de Zandschulp         vs           Aslan Karatsev      

31    Jiri Lehecka                             vs           Alexander Shevchenko

2      Danill Medvedev                    vs           Andrea Vavassori       

Apr 26, 2023, 19:08



Top Half of the Draw

1     Carlos Alcaraz                                     vs         26   Grigor Dimitrov 

 13   Alexander Zverev                              vs         Hugo Grenier

10   Karen Khachanov                              vs         20   Roberto Bautista-Agut

5    Andrey Rublev                                   vs         28   Yoshihito Nishioka    

Matteo Arnaldi'                                        vs          Jaume Munar

Yannik Hanfmann                                   vs           Daniel Altmaier

12    Hubert Hurkacz                              vs          17   Borna Coric

6     Holger Rune                                    vx          29    Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

Bottom Half of the Draw

7usan Lajovic                                         vs           Jan-Lennard Struff

9      Frances Tiafoe                                vs           Pedro Cachin

Bernabe Zapata Miralles                         vs           Roman Safiullin     

4      Stefanos Tsitsipas                            vs          25     Sebastian Baez

8      Taylor Fritz                                      vs          Christian Garin

11    Cameron Norrie                             vs            Zizou Zhang

16    Alex de Minaur                              vs           Aslan Karatsev      

2      Danill Medvedev                           vs           Alexander Shevchenko

Apr 28, 2023, 20:05



Top Half of the Draw

1     Carlos Alcaraz                                      vs    13   Alexander Zverev

5    Andrey Rublev                                       vs    10   Karen Khachanov

Jaume Munar                                               vs     Yannik Hanfmann

17   Borna Coric                                          vs      29    Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

Bottom Half of the Draw

Pedro Cachin                                               vs      Jan-Lennard Struff

4      Stefanos Tsitsipas                                vs      Bernabe Zapata Miralles 

8      Taylor Fritz                                          vs      Zizou Zhang

2      Danill Medvedev                                 vs       Aslan Karatsev 

Apr 29, 2023, 07:32

What is wrong with Casper Ruud?    To the surprise of many Ruud last year played in some semifinals and even though he was poor in the final matches he played in he got extra ranking points - eg 1300 points in the Roland Garros tournament.    

Ruud was poor in the matches he played in in January 2023 and he then took a month off away from tennis.   It did not help him and since he retuned to play he just cannot get past rounds 2 or 3 and was beaten by  unseeded players in matches.  He seems to be out-of-form - but it is worse,  He h as like Medvedev last year  was poor because h lacks attacking ability in matches, -just to h it back balls and giving openings for opposing players to attack is a definite recipe for disaster. 

He was at one stage ranked 2 in the world - now he is back to 4 - if present trends continue he would be out of the top 10 by the end of the year.     



May 01, 2023, 00:03



Top Half of the Draw

1     Carlos Alcaraz                                 vs          10   Karen Khachanov

17   Borna Coric                                    vs            Yannik Hanfmann

Bottom Half of the Draw

4      Stefanos Tsitsipas                         vs           Jan-Lennard Struff

Zizou Zhang                                         vs            Aslan Karatsev    

May 01, 2023, 14:25

I took a bet on a double match with Rublev and Khachanov being leg 1 today and on Rublev beating Khachanov in the Round 4 match tomorrow.   Would like to win on that one.           

May 01, 2023, 15:56

Ruud is a steady Eddie, he doesn’t have a killer shot….to me  the surprise is not so much that he has fallen back into the pack, but that he got to Number 2 at one point.

May 01, 2023, 16:37


My impression as well.     I will expect him to play in Rome next week and then in the Roland Garros tournament.   Poor performances in those two tournaments will take Ruud out of the top 10 rankings.

I still have no idea of who will be the finalists in Madrid.   In the top half of the D raw (with Rune gone) - it depends on what happens in Round 4 between Alcaraz and Zverev and the winne o that will likely have to play Rublev in the quarterfinals.   The winner of those matches are likely to be the one finalist.   

As to the bottom half of the draw I think  that he level of performances of players being in the bottom half of the draw is comparatively weaker.   - but want to see what happens in the matches being  played today.           

May 02, 2023, 16:42



1     Carlos Alcaraz                    vs                17   Borna Coric

Jan-Lennard Struff                    vs                Aslan Karatsev   

May 03, 2023, 15:14

Oops on your bet… Roob left.

May 04, 2023, 20:51



1     Carlos Alcaraz                  vs           Jan-Lennard Struff  

In a 3 setter Carlos Alcaraz is Champion in Madrid again.  

It was a bit of a struggle for Alcaraz to win - but congrats to him is utterly deserved.  

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