Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 12th 2014 Contents Maria Sharapova from Russia celebrates her victory holding her trophy after a Madrid Open tennis
tournament final match against Simona Halep from Romania in Madrid, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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MADRID---Rafael Nadal won his
fourth Madrid Open title yesterday
after Kei Nishikori was forced to with-
draw with a back injury when trailing
2-6, 6-4, 3-0 in the final.
Earlier, Maria Sharapova bounced
back from a poor start to defeat Simona
Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the women s
Nadal became the first repeat winner
in Madrid, and recovered from two
recent quarterfinal losses on clay to
win his second title on the surface and
third overall this year.
Nadal showed signs of improvement
this week compared to his early exits
in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, but still
didn t look quite like the player who
has won eight French Open titles.
"We don t deserve the victory,
(Nishikori) deserves it, he played better
than us the whole time," Nadal s uncle
and coach Toni Nadal told Antenna 3
TV. "We had a lot of luck today. We
didn t really come back, he was hurt."
After both players held serve to start,
Nishikori jumped out to a 5-1 lead with
powerful groundstrokes that over-
whelmed Nadal, who couldn t find a
way to counter his Japanese opponent.
"After the early breaks (Nadal) got
tense and his opponent played at a
great level," Toni Nadal said.
After being broken in his first service
game in the second set, Nadal slowly
clawed back into the match at the Magic
Box although Nishikori was already in
some discomfort when Nadal broke
back for 4-4.
Nishikori needed a medical timeout
to treat his sore lower back, and his
energy looked sapped as he hit a shot
long to concede the set.
Nishikori visibly struggled in the
third before eventually retiring.
"I m very sorry for what happened
today for everybody," said Nishikori,
who will become the first Japanese
player in the top-10 when the new
rankings are released. "Unfortunately
I was hurting today and I was too hurt
Nadal s victory guarantees he will
stay No. 1 heading into Roland Garros.
Sharapova, who lost to Serena
Williams in last year s final, crumbled
in the opening set when she held her
serve just once.
But Halep s serve dipped in the sec-
ond set, and Sharapova started hitting
pinpoint ground strokes that kept the
fifth-ranked Romanian running. The
ninth-ranked Russian converted both
her break points in the set to even the
Sharapova then pulled away in the
deciding set with an early break to fol-
low up her triumph in Stuttgart with
a maiden title in Madrid. Since the 2011
French Open, Sharapova has a 47-3
record on clay---with all three defeats
coming to Williams, who withdrew
with a leg injury on Friday.
"I don t know how I pulled it off,"
Sharapova said after winning her 32nd
career title. "I came close last year, and
I didn t have a great first set today, but
I knew it wasn t over until the last point
Sharapova planned to continue her
center court celebration on the plane
ride to the Rome Masters.
Isner was upset by 64th-ranked
Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the
first round of the Italian Open
yesterday, eliminating the lone
American from the men s event.
Also, 16th-seeded Tommy
Robredo held off Juan Monaco of
Argentina 7-6 (3), 6-4; and
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany
outlasted big-hitting Jerzy Janow-
icz 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2.
Jeremy Chardy of France beat
Robin Haase of the Netherlands
6-4, 6-4 and will next face Roger
Federer, who is expected back on
tour following the birth of twin
Second-seeded Novak Djokovic
will meet Radek Stepanek, the
Czech veteran who rallied past
Pablo Andujar of Spain 5-7, 6-3,
The women s tournament
begins today with Serena
Williams as defending champi-
on.Caroline Wozniacki, a former
top-ranked player, withdrew due
to a knee injury.
ROME---Andy Murray is taking
his time finding a coaching
replacement for the departed Ivan
Lendl because he wants to find
a long-term solution.
The Wimbledon champion says
while it would be "ideal" to have
someone in place before the French
Open---which starts in two weeks
--- he hasn t talked to any possi-
Speaking ahead of the Italian
Open, Murray says, "It s very
important that whoever it is knows
I want it to be a long-term thing,
and that s one of the reasons why
I haven t put in a lot of phone calls
just now. I don t want to mess up
and just pick anyone."
Murray parted ways in March
with Lendl, who helped to turn
him from a four-time Grand Slam
runner-up into a two-time major
Melzer upsets 9th-seeded Isner at Italian Open
Murray looking for long-term coaching solution
Nadal, Sharapova snatch Madrid titles
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