At the ATP Mutua Madrid Open 2021, with about forty minutes late on the schedule, Daniel Evans manages to solve Jeremy Chardy's practice and make it through the first round cut. Same fate for Lloyd Harris, who against Grigor Dimitrov does not take advantage of a mega-advantage of 5-2 40-0 in the third set and only wins in the tie break.
Carlos Alcaraz will celebrate his eighteenth birthday together with Rafael Nadal on the Manolo Santana court. Everything was easy at the beginning for the very young Spaniard, who left only four games on the road against Adrian Mannarino.
Needless to say, everyone in the inaugural stage. Fabio Fognini, fresh from the quarterfinals in Monte-Carlo and from the disqualification in Barcelona, despite some back problems, and a huge amount of unforced errors, Fognini evidently manages to limit the damage and above all to build a gap deciding set.
The 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3 final is emblematic: there will therefore be the derby with Matteo Berrettini, fresh champion of the ATP 250 in Belgrade.