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ATP Masters Preview: All you need to know ahead of the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open

With less than a month to go before the annual festivities at Roland Garros, we reach the midst of the clay court season in early May as players look to hone their skills ahead of the big one in Paris.

Fresh from their exploits in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, the players on the ATP Tour enter two Masters 100 tournaments in quick succession. Later this month comes the Italian Open in Rome, but first we arrive at the Mutua Madrid Open.

Action in the main draw begins on Monday.

 


Mutua Madrid Open:

Related imageLocation: La Caja Mágica (“The Magic Box'”), Park Manzanares, Madrid, Spain.

Founded: 2002 (16th edition)

Prize fund: €5,719,660

2017 dates: 5th-14th May, 7th-14th May (main draw).

Defending 2016 champion: Novak Djokovic

Most titles: Rafael Nadal (4)

Points breakdown*: Winner – 1000, runner-up – 600, semi-finalist – 360, quarter-finalist – 180, round-of-16 – 90, round of 32 – 45, round of 64 – 25,  round of 128 – 10.

(*The 16 seeded players receive a bye to the second round and automatically accumulate rankings points for that round).


Ranking permutations

Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a shot during a training session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne

As 2016 champion, the currently out-of-sorts Novak Djokovic is defending 1000 ranking points in Madrid.

Ranking Player Total points Points defending in Monte Carlo Next best*
1 Andy Murray 11,870 600 0
2 Novak Djokovic 8,085 1000 0
3 Stan Wawrinka 5,695 10 0
4 Roger Federer 5,125 0 0
5 Rafael Nadal 4,735 360 0
6 Milos Raonic 4,155 180 0
7 Kei Nishikori 4,010 360 0
8 Marin Cilic 3,565 0 0
9 Dominic Thiem 3,535 10 90
10 David Goffin 3,265 10 90

(*The ATP rankings are determined by each players best 18 tournament results over the past 12 months. On account of having played more tournaments than those that are currently accounted for in the rankings, a players ‘next best’ score would replace Madrid Open points if they were a higher value after points were dropped.)


The draw and outlook for top stars

 

(The full interactive Madrid Open draw will be available here)

 

Words by Jack Sumner

 


 

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