We’re into the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open, and there are some great matches on Friday's schedule. A lot of eyes are going to be on the meeting between world No. 9 Carlos Alcaraz and world No. 4 Rafael Nadal, and you can’t blame people for being excited about that one. However, we’re looking to world No. 10 Felix Auger-Aliassime taking on world No. 3 Alexander Zverev as our prime money-making opportunity for this slate.
This tournament is one that really suits Zverev’s game nicely, as the clay allows him to get into a lot of people’s serves as a returner. Meanwhile, his serve doesn’t really take a hit because of the conditions in Madrid. That’s why he has been able to win this event twice in his career, with one of those wins coming last year. The 25-year-old has, however, gotten off a little easy with his draw, and he hasn’t exactly looked great despite that. Zverev needed three sets to get by world No. 24 Marin Cilic in his first match, which wasn’t the most inspiring of outings. Then, world No. 63 Lorenzo Musetti had to retire in the second set of their match in the round of 16.