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Madrid Open: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic eye last 8

Novak Djokovic smacking a forehand

With Roger Federer out and Rafael Nadal through to the next round, all eyes would be on Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic.

 

A resurgent Djokovic takes on the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez and Top Seed Murray who takes on the Croatian Borna Coric in the Madrid Open. Considering the dip in form of both Djokovic and Murray, these encounters look quite promising on the entertainment front.

The defending champion, Djokovic has had a quiet season by his standards and after the departure of his long time coach Marian Vajda, Djokovic has a point to prove. After a scrappy affair with Nicolas Almagro in the opening round, the Serb looks to regain his confidence before a potential showdown with Rafael Nadal. Lopez will enter the match with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 victory over the Frenchman Gilles Simon and would not be as intimadated as he would have been last year.

Having an 8-1 record against Lopez, we should see a rejuvenated Djokovic today, with the Serb clinching their last meeting at Indian Wells in 2016. Djokovic is currently ranked No.2 while Lopez is ranked No.38 on the ATP Charts.

Murray, like Djokovic has had a subdued start to a season and that has been frustrating for him. After getting ousted from the Semi-finals of the Barcelona open by a rather weak opponent, Murray looks to strengthen his preparation for the French Open. With an easy win in the opening round, Murray is all geared up for another early win.

Coric on the other hand, has had an impressive run from the qualifiers into the main draw and will look to stall an imminent Murray victory, may be even cause an upset.

Murray and Coric have faced off twice in ATP tournaments with the Scot cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 win in Paris in 2015.

Both Murray and Djokovic look to send a message to Nadal, with impressive victories today.

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