Dutch female tennis star Kiki Bertens, who was finished as runner up in the Madrid Open a year ago, came back with a vengeance to claim the Madrid Open title just 12 months later.
It was a remarkable tournament for the 27-year-old who lost out to Petra Kvitova last year, with Bertens failing to drop a single set in Madrid.
Perfect for Simona Halep
Bertens made light work of Sloane Stephens in their semi final clash, winning 6-2 7-5, to set up a mouth-watering tie with Romania’s Simona Halep in the final. Halep had overcome a second-set fightback from Belinda Bencic in their semi final duel to make it to the Madrid Open final, with the Romanian then presented with the opportunity to overtake Naomi Osaka at the top of the rankings with victory in the final, but the impressive Bertens had other ideas.
Bertens Makes History
Bertens managed to beat Halep in straight sets 6-4 6-4 in what is her biggest career title win so far. Her victory at the Madrid Open also ensured the Dutchwoman not only climbed into 4th on the world rankings, but into the record books too, with Bertens now the highest-ranked female Dutch tennis player of all time. She’s also the first woman in history to win the Madrid Open without dropping a set along the way.
Over in the men’s final, it was a familiar face lifting the Madrid Open Crown, with Novak Djokovic winning the tournament for the third time in his career. Djokovic, 31, came up against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, the man who beat Rafael Nadal in the semis. In true Djokovic style, he took just over 90 minutes to end Tsitsipas’ hopes, winning 6-3 6-4.
The Best Of Djokovic
Speaking after his record-equalling 33rd Masters 1000 title, Djokovic said, “This is a very important win for me, especially for my confidence.” He went on to add, “I wasn’t playing my best tennis after the Australian Open so I was looking to regain momentum. I played some of my best tennis here.”
Tsitsipas – A Worthy Opponent
Tsitsipas, who has enjoyed a fantastic season, beating Roger Federer in the Australian Open and Rafael Nadal in Madrid, was also praised by Djokovic. “I needed to step up, Stefanos is very talented. He beat Rafa, he had a late night and he wasn’t as dynamic in his movement and that was probably due to his long match.”
The French Open Calls
Djokovic will now be aiming to claim his second career French Open title next month as it will mean he holds all four Grand Slam titles. Djokovic is firmly in position as World Number 1 following his Madrid Open success, with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer a long way back in the distance. Losing finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas has climbed one place into 9th following the Madrid Open, with Juan Martin del Potro and Kei Nishikori now within his sights.