Tennis players from across the world will showcase their rare talents and skills in this year’s Mutua Madrid Open in Spain. The tournament starts on May, 3 and will extend through to May, 12. Talented players, men and women alike with extraordinary skills, will be keen not only to win games but to entertain highly enthusiastic fans from across the globe who will be hoping for victory for their favorite players.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem are some of the household names with impressive careers that will headline this year’s tournament.
Alexander Zverev from Germany won the 2018 Madrid Open and will be keen to defend his title this year. It will not be a walk in the park for him as he will be facing some of the world’s best tennis players of all time. Zverev will need to employ new tactics backed by a strong desire to win in order to clinch this year’s title.
As this year’s tournament begins, who do you think will lift the Mutua Open trophy?
It won’t be easy to predict who will take the title home as the match involves some of the best. Any player could emerge the winner in this year’s tournament. Players’ history, their current rankings and desire to win will be key factors to determine who wins the tournament.
We take a look at some of these players’ history and ranking standings and try to analyze who will emerge the Mutua Madrid 2019 winner.
Novak Djokovic’s History
Novak Djokovic will not be leaving anything to chance in this year’s Mutua Open. The reigning World’s No.1 will be seeking to show his court prowess in Madrid as he takes on his opponents.
The 31-year-old Serbian has proved before that he is the player to beat. Djokovic currently boasts of 73 ATP singles titles. Playing against such a player will not be an easy task for any opponent.
The 15-time Grand Slam winner has won seven times in his last 10 matches this year, although he lost in his last match against Daniil Medvedev (6-3 4-6 6-2) in the Monte Carlo Masters tournament. Djokovic will be going into the tournament with an aim of redeeming himself and proving his critics wrong.
The Serbian player currently has 11,160 points to his name. His opponents should be careful to avoid defeat.
Rafael Nadal to cause trouble in Madrid
Rafael Nadal is currently second-placed in ATP rankings with 7,765 points. Just like Djokovic, Nadal has an impressive career history. The 32-year-old Spaniard has won 80 ATP titles and 33 Masters titles. He has also won seven times in the past 10 matches.
Nadal’s impressive career achievements prove that he is more than capable of winning the Madrid tournament. The 17-time Grand Slam winner will be a mountain to climb for his equally skilled opponents. We will be waiting to see if Nadal clinches the title.
Alexander Zverev to defend his title
Alexander Zverev pulled off a surprise win during last year’s tournament stunning his opponents, tennis fans and experts across the world. He beat Dominic Thiem (6-4, 6-4) at the Manolo Santana Stadium to secure the Mutua Madrid Open title last year.
With that in mind, the 22-year-old German will not hesitate to treat his fans to another spectacular win in his quest to retain the title. His rivals should expect a tough fight when they encounter him.
Zverev who has managed 5,770 points this season has won 10 ATP titles and three Masters titles. Zverev has lost six of his last 10 matches this year but that will not take his eyes away from the prize.
Though his achievements might seem less compared to the careers of Nadal and Djokovic, they should not at any point underestimate his abilities, as he will do everything in his power to stay on the throne.
Roger Federer is the player to beat
Roger Federer will be the player to beat in this year’s tournament. The 37-year-old Swiss sportsman is currently fourth in ATP rankings and has managed 5,590 points. Federer has managed 101 ATP singles titles in his career, a feat that makes him one of the favorites to win this year’s tournament.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner will be going into this tournament aiming at making the statement that he is not afraid of his rivals. Not even World’s No.1 or No.2 worry him.
His opponents should be careful because he will make them sweat. Federer has won nine of his last 10 matches this year which makes him a lethal opponent.
The World’s No.4 will be coming with high hopes of carrying the trophy but Federer will need to overcome two of his tough rivals, Nadal and Djokovic, to keep his dream of winning alive.
Dominic Thiem’s stats
Dominic Thiem narrowly missed last year’s Mutua Open title after losing to Alexander Zverev, and this time round he will not let go of his dream of winning. Thiem is currently the world’s No.5 with 5085 points.
The slim point difference between Thiem and two of his opponents above him in ATP rankings, only means that it will be a difficult task for his rivals to stop him from achieving this year’s title.
The Austrian star has won 13 ATP titles in his career, an achievement that he hopes to continue in Madrid. Thiem has won eight times in his last 10 matches and nothing will stop him from winning in Mutua Open. We will be waiting to see if he will manage to keep his winning streak.
Will it be Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem?
Based on the above statistics, I would bet on either Roger Federer or Dominic Thiem to win this year’s tournament.
Alexander Zverev is highly unlikely to retain the title as this year’s competition appears tougher than ever. However, Rafael Nadal also stands a high chance of making it to the top, judging from his past performance in the tournament.
This year’s Mutua Open could turn out to be a three-horse race. Anything could happen and we are impatient to see who lifts the trophy.
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