Since 2009, the ATP Mutua Madrid Open an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event has been held at La Caja Mágica in the south of the Spanish capital and played on clay. Following, the venue change, this tournament has seen 4 different champions. No prizes for guessing who. Here we take a look back at the past 5 ATP finals at the Mutua Madrid Open:
2012: Roger Federer bt. Tomas Berdych 3-6,7-5,7-5
Unfortunately, the 2012 version of the tournament will not be remembered for Roger Federer winning for the second time at La Caja Mágica and 3rd time in Madrid, but more for the controversial blue clay courts that had received mixed receptions from the players all week. It was the first tournament to be played on blue courts and was intended to help the visibility for TV viewers. Regarding the tennis, after claiming the first set, Berdych let his 2nd title at Masters level slip through his grasp as Federer fought back to stand victorious as he continued his charge to regaining the World Number 1 ranking later in 2012.
Federer fires forehand in Madrid Final HotShot:
2013: Rafael Nadal bt. Stan Wawrinka 6-2,6-4
The home favourite, Rafael Nadal continued his scintillating comeback from injury with his 5th title of the season and second in three weeks in Spain with a comfortable win over Stan Wawrinka, who would also enjoy a career best season that would eventually see him make his debut at the World Tour Finals. In the May sunshine, Nadal would claim his third title in Madrid, winning for the 9th time in 9 attempts against the Swiss number two, taking his 19th consecutive set in the process.
2014: Rafael Nadal bt. Kei Nishikori 2-6,64,3-0 (RET)
It was Rafa’s time again in Madrid as he overcame Kei Nishikori who eventually had to retire due to injury to claim his 27th title at Masters level. Nishikori was competing in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final and was on the verge of an upset leading 62, 42, before he called for an injury timeout. Nadal battled back to win the second set and take a commanding lead in the final set as Nishikori was forced to retire.
2015: Andy Murray bt. Rafael Nadal 6-3,6-2
Andy Murray came into the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open a happy man. He’d recently become married and had just won his first clay court title in Munich beating Philip Kohlschreiber in 3 sets. He started the week in the same vein beating the German for the second time in a few days, before arriving in the final to face Nadal searching for his 5th title in the capital. In truth, it was a once-sided final as Murray comfortably beat an error-strewn Nadal, recording his greatest clay court victory as of that point.
TennisTV Nadal Hotshot vs Murray:
2016: Novak Djokovic bt. Andy Murray 6-2,3-6,6-3
In last year’s final, Djokovic continued his dominance over his closest rival, world number 2 Andy Murray as he won his 5th title of the season and his 33rd match of the season, before May was finished. On an uncharacteristically gloomy day, defending champion Murray battled back from a set down to force a decider, but it wasn’t enough as the Serb achieved his 23rd win in 32 meetings against the Brit, triumphing in a thrilling final that lasted 2 hours 6 minutes.
TennisTV Djokovic vs Murray Highlights:
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And especially for you we also created a similar list for the Last 5 WTA Mutua Madrid Open Finals.