Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid – It has been another action packed day on the blue courts of Madrid in the main stadiums and on the outside courts.
At the start of the day the cheerful Ukraine Alexandr Dolgolopov and winner of the Serbia Open in Belgrade last week Andreas Seppi were engrossed in a long battle out on court 7. Both top 20 players went toe-to-toe and battled it out from the baseline, but it was the Italian who took the first set in a tie-break.
After a strange second set where neither player could hold serve and were broken four times consecutively, Dolgopolov regrouped and snatched the set in a tie-break before securing his place in the third round with a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 score line.
On the outside courts Richard Gasquet dismissed Troicki with ease 7-5, 6-3 and compatriots Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Igor Andreev and Ryan Harrison respectively.
In the Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario arena the home crowd were pleased to see Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and Nicolas Almagro make it through to the next round and Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro also progressed to the third round.
All the main talk was about the action today in the Manolo Santana arena which saw David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal progress to the third round after their straight set victories against Radek Stepanek and Nikolay Davydenko.
The main stadium matches opened up with an easy victory for Agnieska Radwanska after she dropped only one game against Sara Errani racing to a 6-0, 6-1 victory, whilst Victoria Azarenka was made to work a bit harder against Ana Ivanovic that was more challenging than the 6-4, 6-4 score line would suggest.
Fifth seed Samantha Stosur was victorious on court 4 against Petra Cetkovska with a 6-3, 6-2 win and eighth seed Li Na also needed only two sets to dispatch of twelfth seed Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-4.
Ekaterina Makarova had a good day on court with a straight sets victory over Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-4.