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Khachanov upsets Rublev, Alcaraz dominates Zverev, and Karatsev reaches first Masters 1000 quarterfinal

There are simply eight gamers left within the Madrid Open draw, with Alcaraz, Tsitsipas, Karatsev, Khachanov, Coric, Struff, Zhang and Altmaier all progressing to the quarter finals.

The 2 all-Russian clashes each resulted within the underdog recording the win as Karen Khachanov got here by means of a detailed battle with Andrey Rublev earlier than Aslan Karatsev comprehensively dispatched Daniil Medvedev to make his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal.

Carlos Alcaraz then made gentle work of Sascha Zverev 6-1, 6-2, dropping simply 8 factors on serve whereas placing the German’s personal supply beneath fixed stress.

A lifeless internet twine at 5-5 within the third set tiebreak then helped Borna Coric scrape over the road in opposition to Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Whereas Zhizhen Zhang saved match factors to take out Taylor Fritz in a 3rd set tie break.

Each Struff and Altmaier additionally progressed to profit from their fortunate loser entries into the event, beating Cachin and Munar respectively.

Stefanos Tsitsipas was the ultimate winner of the day, seeing off house hopeful Bernabe Zapata Miralles for the lack of simply 4 video games.

Spherical of 16 Madrid Open 2023 Outcomes

Winner Loser Scoreline
Carlos Alcaraz (1) Alexander Zverev (13) 6-1 6-2
Aslan Karatsev (Q) Daniil Medvedev (2) 7-6(1) 6-4
Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-3 6-1
Zhizhen Zhang Taylor Fritz (8) 3-6 7-6(5) 7-68
Karen Khachanov (10) Andrey Rublev (5) 7-6(8) 6-4
Borna Coric (17) Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (29) 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(5)
Jan-Lennard Struf (LL) Pedro Cachin 7-6(7) 6-7(7) 6-3
Daniel Altmaier (LL) Jaume Munar 6-3 6-0

Khachanov Crashes Rublev’s Occasion

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Within the first all-Russian tie of the day, Karen Khachanov upset Andrey Rublev 7-6(8), 6-4 to make his first Madrid Open quarterfinal.

Khachanov has had a stable season to date, and though he hasn’t been pulling up timber, he’s eighth within the race rankings and has made the latter phases at a lot of the occasions he’s performed in.

On this match, he was the steadier of the 2, saving two units factors within the first set tiebreak from 4-6 and carrying that momentum into the second set, the place he served nicely, saving the only real break level he confronted to ebook his spot within the final eight.

It’s all the time tough to play in opposition to one another. On one aspect, we all know one another’s video games completely as a result of we’ve been coaching collectively for thus a few years. On the identical time, we all know what to anticipate, but in addition, after all, a bit nervous about enjoying in opposition to one another. We’re good pals, however on the courtroom, we’re rivals. It was all a matter of protecting the serve, and if in case you have any probabilities on the return, go for it. That’s what I did. Khachanov on dealing with Rublev.


Match Stats

  Karen Khachanov Andrey Rublev
Aces 5 7
Double Faults 2 3
First Serve 44/72 (61%) 42/73 (58%)
1st Serve Factors Received 35/44 (80%) 33/42 (79%)
2nd Serve Factors Received 18/28 (64%) 17/31 (55%)
Break Factors Saved 1/1 (100%) 3/4 (75%)
Service Video games Performed 11 11
1st Serve Return Factors Received 9/42 (21%) 9/44 (20%)
2nd Serve Return Factors Received 14/31 (45%) 10/28 (36%)
Break Factors Transformed 1/4 (25%) 0/1 (0%)
Return Video games Performed 11 11
Internet Factors Received 9/12 (75%) 12/16 (75%)
Winners 24 28
Unforced Errors 11 10
Service Factors Received 53/72 (74%) 50/73 (68%)
Return Factors Received 23/73 (32%) 19/72 (26%)
Whole Factors Received 76/145 (52%) 69/145 (48%)

Karatsev Crushes Medvedev


Two years in the past, Aslan Karatsev was somebody you wouldn’t need to see in your part of the draw however together with his kind taking a nosedive, he’s fallen out of the highest 100 and till this week hadn’t overwhelmed anybody within the high 20 since Indian Wells in 2021.

So naturally, he was the underdog in opposition to one in every of this season’s in-form gamers, however the former Dubai Champion has discovered his kind, coming by means of qualifying, and he’s now within the quarterfinals due to a 7-6(1) 6-4 win over Daniil Medvedev.

The Russian struck the ball superbly all through, and whereas it’s normally his backhand doing the harm, he fired 18 of his 27 winners on the forehand aspect. 

Medvedev had no actual solutions as he was regularly dragged outdoors the tramlines and resorted to lamenting that the courtroom was too small for him and that he must be on Manolo Santana, given he was the 2nd seed—a petulant retort from Daniil, who was being outplayed.

I’m feeling nice, enjoying nicely. I have to give attention to each match to arrange for the subsequent one… [Against top players] you focus extra, should be 100 per cent, and focus extra as a result of they don’t offer you any free factors. You should be constant and mentally powerful, so I feel I’m doing nicely. Karatsev on his spectacular run in Madrid.

Match Stats

  Aslan Karatsev Daniil Medvedev
Aces 2 4
Double Faults 0 0
First Serve 43/64 (67%) 43/61 (70%)
1st Serve Factors Received 34/43 (79%) 29/43 (67%)
2nd Serve Factors Received 14/21 (67%) 11/18 (61%)
Break Factors Saved 3/4 (75%) 0/2 (0%)
Service Video games Performed 11 11
1st Serve Return Factors Received 14/43 (33%) 9/43 (21%)
2nd Serve Return Factors Received 7/18 (39%) 7/21 (33%)
Break Factors Transformed 2/2 (100%) 1/4 (25%)
Return Video games Performed 11 11
Internet Factors Received 11/16 (69%) 3/7 (43%)
Winners 28 12
Unforced Errors 4 4
Service Factors Received 48/64 (75%) 40/61 (66%)
Return Factors Received 21/61 (34%) 16/64 (25%)
Whole Factors Received 69/125 (55%) 56/125 (45%)


Alcaraz Makes Brief Work of Zverev

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Carlos Alcaraz produced one more high quality efficiency on house soil as he dispatched Sascha Zverev 6-1 6-2, breaking the person he beat in final yr’s remaining 4 instances.

It was extremely one-sided, and Zverev had no solutions to the extent Alcaraz produced, with the Spaniard not dealing with a single break level and successful 50% of his return factors.

For me, it’s wonderful to play on the stage that I performed right now. It’s been a query mark for me… I performed nicely, really feel actually good proper now, and this match provides me confidence. Initially [I felt nerves], however it’s a must to deal with [them]. One of the best gamers on the earth deal with the nerves actually [well], and I need to be like them. Attempting to not present the opponent that I’m nervous in any respect. I need to get pleasure from enjoying within the Caja Magica in entrance of my house crowd. It’s been wonderful for me to play right here, so I get pleasure from each second. Alcaraz on his win over Zverev


Match Stats

  Carlos Alcaraz Alexander Zverev
Aces 5 3
Double Faults 1 4
First Serve 24/41 (59%) 40/60 (67%)
1st Serve Factors Received 21/24 (88%) 22/40 (55%)
2nd Serve Factors Received 12/17 (71%) 8/20 (40%)
Break Factors Saved 0/0 (0%) 6/10 (60%)
Service Video games Performed 8 7
1st Serve Return Factors Received 18/40 (45%) 3/24 (13%)
2nd Serve Return Factors Received 12/20 (60%) 5/17 (29%)
Break Factors Transformed 4/10 (40%) 0/0 (0%)
Return Video games Performed 7 8
Internet Factors Received 6/7 (86%) 3/8 (38%)
Winners 14 8
Unforced Errors 4 8
Service Factors Received 33/41 (80%) 30/60 (50%)
Return Factors Received 30/60 (50%) 8/41 (20%)
Whole Factors Received 63/101 (62%) 38/101 (38%)

Zhang Sees Off Fritz

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Like Khachanov and Karatsev earlier than him, Zhizhen Zhang was one other outsider who defied the chances by defeating Taylor Fritz 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(8).

Zhang, the primary Chinese language participant to crack the highest 100, regrouped after serving for the match at 5-4 within the third and saved three match factors en path to reserving his maiden Masters 1000 quarterfinal.

For all Zhang’s plaudits, Fritz will rue the wealth of alternatives that got here his approach, with the American main by a set and a break and the forehand he sprayed lengthy at 8-7 within the breaker was a poor miss.

Test the match stats under, and it’s exhausting to consider that Fritz wasn’t the victor. The tennis scoring system strikes once more!


Match Stats

  Taylor Fritz Zhizhen Zhang
Aces 11 7
Double Faults 2 3
First Serve 62/104 (60%) 60/107 (56%)
1st Serve Factors Received 48/62 (77%) 42/60 (70%)
2nd Serve Factors Received 27/42 (64%) 28/47 (60%)
Break Factors Saved 2/4 (50%) 5/8 (63%)
Service Video games Performed 17 16
1st Serve Return Factors Received 18/60 (30%) 14/62 (23%)
2nd Serve Return Factors Received 19/47 (40%) 15/42 (36%)
Break Factors Transformed 3/8 (38%) 2/4 (50%)
Return Video games Performed 16 17
Internet Factors Received 8/9 (89%) 16/23 (70%)
Winners 36 35
Unforced Errors 9 11
Service Factors Received 75/104 (72%) 70/107 (65%)
Return Factors Received 37/107 (35%) 29/104 (28%)
Whole Factors Received 112/211 (53%) 99/211 (47%)

Different Spherical of 16 Matches

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  • Altmaier Annihilates Munar: Daniel Altamaier made the Madrid Open draw through fortunate loser standing, and he’s made probably the most of it, making his first Masters Quarterfinal with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Jaume Munar.
  • Coric Knocks Off Fokina: A 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5) win for the Croat and a really shut match that was basically determined by a lifeless internet twine at 5-5 within the third set tie breaker that Fokina had zero play on Ouch!
  • Struff Sinks Cachin: Again to again Masters 1000 quarter finals for the German who’s into the final eight as a fortunate loser.
  • Tsitsipas Takes Down Zapata Miralles: A routine win for the Greek who noticed off the house hopeful 6-3 6-1 in 1 hour and 13 minutes.

Madrid Open 2023 Quarter Ultimate Matches

  • Carlos Alcaraz (1) vs Karen Khachanov (10)
  • Daniel Altmaier (LL) vs Borna Coric (17)
  • Jan-Lennard Struff (LL) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (4)
  • Zhizhen Zhang vs Aslan Karatsev (Q)

Who’re your picks to return by means of the quarterfinals? Let me know within the feedback.

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