2013 Mutua Madrid Open
The Mutua Madrid Open was held in the Spanish capital from 6-12 May 2013 and featured men and women. It is the 12th time the male ATP tour has played this event and the fifth time the women’s WTA tour has included the Madrid Open in their calendar. Prize money for the men was €4.3 million ($5.57 million) and €4 million ($5.18 million) for women with 56 singles and 24 doubles in the men’s draw and 64 singles and 28 doubles in the women’s event. 16 of the world’s top 17 men played and all of the top 16 women played which gave this the feel of a Grand Slam event.
Men’s Singles & Doubles
The defending champion was Roger Federer but the #2 seed was sensationally dumped out in round 3 by Kei Nishikori. Novak Djokovic was almost eliminated early, this time by Grigor Dimitrov by a score of 7-6, 6-7, 6-3. Andy Murray was expected to challenge but his tournament ended in the quarter finals as the well respected Tomas Berdych accounted for the Brit in straight sets. In the end, it was Rafael Nadal who was the star of the show as he defeated the improving Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4 in the final to make up for the disappointment of losing out in the Monte Carlo Masters just a few weeks previously.
In the men’s doubles, the Bryan brothers were eager to show that they deserve #1 status after losing the Monte Carlo Masters final. After a couple of easy early round matches, they were taken to a final set tiebreak against Chardy and Kubot in the semi-final but made it through to the final. In this match, they showed their undoubted quality by brushing aside Soares and Peya 6-2, 6-3.
Women’s Singles & Doubles
Serena Williams is absolutely dominant at the moment and she was favorite to retain her Madrid Open title. As all of the top players were on show, it appeared as if she may be seriously challenged for her crown. However, only Maria Sharapova of the top seeds looked likely as she powered through to the final without losing a set to justify her #2 seeding. Yet Serena also looked in ominous form as she crushed her first 3 opponents in straight sets before being pushed to a third set by Medina Garrigues in the quarter finals. Nonetheless, she defeated Sara Errani comfortably in the semi-final to set up a match with Sharapova. Those expecting a competitive match were left disappointed as Serena simply destroyed her opponent 6-1, 6-4.
While tennis can be unpredictable at times, the cream tends to rise to the top, especially in the singles events. That Nadal and Williams went home as champions came as no surprise to those in attendance because both players are almost always at the top of their game, especially Serena Williams who looks unbeatable at the moment.