Break Points: Move Over, Grigor

Notable results:

  • Madrid R32: Rafael Nadal d. Juan Monaco, 6-1 6-0
  • Madrid R32: Dominic Thiem d. Stanislas Wawrinka, 1-6 6-2 6-4
  • Madrid R32: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d. Jelena Jankovic, 6-2 5-7 7-6(3)
  • Madrid R32: Agnieszka Radwanska d. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3 4-6 7-6(6)

News and links:

There’s a new Baby Fed in town–two, actually. Roger Federer withdrew from the Madrid Masters to be with his wife as she delivered another pair of twins:

Novak Djokovic is another Madrid no-show, but his wrist problems seem to be under control. We can expect him back on tour next week:

“He should be ready for Rome, that’s the plan. The French Open should follow,” Prague therapist Pavel Kolar said. “The treatment took place last week but we agreed he would resume training gradually, slowly, to avoid a recurrence.

Andy Murray is one of the few top players remaining in Madrid, but he remains without a coach. It’s tough to separate the furious British media speculation from reality, especially when a  John McEnroe’s name comes up:

The Scot said: “Every player would consider someone with his credentials. I like listening to him commentate and he has a lot to offer as well. It’s interesting but if anything comes from it, who knows?”

While Lleyton Hewitt didn’t add to his win total this week, he is close to accomplishing a particularly rare feat:

Lleyton Hewitt is within a whisker of qualifying for a very elite club–players who have won 100 matches on each of the three major tennis surfaces, hard, clay, and grass. He has 367 on hard, 120 on grass, and 98 on clay. If he manages to reach this milestone, he’ll be the last player to do so for a long time.

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