The Mutua Madrid Open chose the five best matches in its history to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the tournament. After a vote through social networks in which more than 70,000 fans participated to choose their favorite, these were the matches that were the winners among all the votes received.
The first clay-court edition of the Caja Mágica in 2009 booked the longest match in ATP Masters 1000 history until then. It was staged by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, where after four hours and three minutes, the Spaniard defeated the Serbian 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(9).
Despite the fact that the Balkan won more points that day (125 against 120) and had three match points in the third set tie-break, it was the Balearic who ensured his presence in the fourth consecutive final, after Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome.
He left his record on the clay court tour that year at 17-0 until then. The Mutua Madrid Open will broadcast the five winning matches on its social networks (Twitter and Facebook) every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. starting on March 24.
Corretja speaks about Djokovic
Former tennis player and analyst Alex Corretja believes replacing former coach Marian Vajda is a very important decision for Novak Djokovic. "Definitely, Novak will need to find someone that is going to be the extension of his hand because that was pretty much what Marian was doing," Corretja said.
"Marian knows exactly how to react and knows exactly how to deal with the key moments because he knows him very well. Maybe when a new one [coach] comes and goes like, 'no, don't do this' or 'don't do that' or 'just calm down' or whatever, it may be that it irritates Novak.
So, I think he really needs to know exactly what he wants for the next profile of coach to find someone that helps him," he continued. "Because otherwise, he is going to be comparing them with Marian all the time, and that can be a little bit tricky.
I think Novak has still got three, four more years to play at least so it will be very interesting to see who he picks because it is a very important decision." Novak Djokovic has been the center of attention for the past few months.
He has chosen to remain unvaccinated due to his personal beliefs. However, that has barred him from entering those countries that have imposed vaccine mandates on foreign nationals entering the country. As a result, he had to miss the Australian Open at the beginning of the season.
While his name was a part of the draw at the Indian Wells Masters, the US did not allow him to enter the country owing to his vaccination status, forcing him to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open.