Kiki Bertens, Andy Murray win inaugural Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro

Kiki Bertens, Andy Murray win inaugural Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro

Catch up on all four days of the virtual competition and mid-match banter.

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Day 4 Results:

SEMIFINALS

Fiona Ferro d. Sorana Cirstea, 6-3

David Goffin d. Stefanos Tsitsipas, 7-6 (6), after saving a match point in the tiebreaker.

"He won, a few times, the tournament in real life. So in video games, I hope it will be different."—Goffin, on his possible final-round opponent, Andy Murray.

Kiki Bertens d. Caroline Wozniacki, 7-5

"I played a few times with Fiona. It's going to be really tough. I want to win it again"—Bertens, the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open champion

Andy Murray d. Diego Schwartzman by default (connection issues)

Andy Murray, [10-6], but the two will play off-stream to determine finalist

With the game being a "disaster", the two restarted twice: 

Before the first one:

Murray told Schwartzman, "I'm going to serve up the T on this one." Murray proceeded to serve out wide. He later successfully hit an underarm serve for an ace, giving a shoutout to Nick Kyrgios.

Before the second one:

Schwartzman: "This is a Isner and Karlovic game!"

The connection issues persisted, and after Schwartzman won a Supertiebreaker 10-6, he said to Murray:

"We need to talk with the organization to fix this. You deserve to be in the final. We need to split the prize money we share to the foundations. And then you play the final. I think it's going to be better for TV for everyone. If you are in Europe, the transmission is better."

The two had planned to try and play offline, but decided to make Murray the finalist.

FINALS

Kiki Bertens d. Fiona Ferro, 6-1

Bertens, who won the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open in real life, won the 2020 edition in virtual reality.

Andy Murray d. David Goffin, 7-6

"I think he's a little better than me at the game. He knows how to use the drop shot, the inside out forehand, so he has a few more options. My serve was probably the biggest difference."—Murray

"The heart rate gets up there a little bit, especially at the end. It's difficult, cause at least when you're nervous in an actual tennis match, you feel a little bit more in control. Whereas when you're playing with technology, you feel like you're not in control."—Murray

"Nooo. I paid a lot to have the best connection."—Goffin


Day 3 Results:

Andy Murray d. Alexander Zverev, 6-1

Kiki Bertens d. Belinda Bencic, 6-4

Stefanos Tsitsipas d. David Ferrer, 6-2

Sorana Cirstea d. Bianca Andreescu 7-6 (4)

"Like, OMG, OMG."—Andreescu
"I don't know how you did that." (Andreescu) "I don't either, believe me." (Cirstea)

"I was so stressed."—Cirstea

Diego Schwartzman d. Fabio Fognini, 6-3

Caroline Wozniacki d. Johanna Konta, 6-0

Fiona Ferro d. Donna Vekic, 7-6 (3)

David Goffin d. Benoit Paire, 6-0


Day 2 Results:

Andy Murray d. Rafael Nadal, 3-0

"If you talk to Rafa, tell him to be not in such a bad mood next time."—Murray

Karolina Pliskova d. Carla Suarez Navarro, 3-1

"Another match point, I need an ace."—Pliskova, just before hitting an ace

David Ferrer d. Dominic Thiem, 3-0 (Thiem did not compete)

Elina Svitolina vs. Johanna Konta: TBD

Benoit Paire d. Rafael Nadal, 3-1

"I think he's been taking some time to prepare, because he's been injured."—Nadal

Fiona Ferro d. Carla Suarez Navarro, 3-0

"I've tried to play one hour every day for the past two weeks."—Ferro

Fabio Fognini d. Kei Nishikori, 4-2

Belinda Bencic d. Karolina Plsikova, 4-3 (1)

"You're more pumped than your normal tennis match."—Bencic
"You're moving like a grandmother."—Bencic

David Ferrer d. John Isner, 3-0

Kiki Bertens d. Donna Vekic, 3-0

Andy Murray d. Denis Shapovalov, 3-0

Fiona Ferro d. Belinda Bencic

"200 k.p.h., just like in real life."—Ferro, after serving

Lucas Pouille d. Karen Khanchanov, 3-0 (Khachanov did not compete)

Victoria Azarenka d. Elina Svitolina, 3-1

(Several F-bombs)—the winner, Azarenka

David Goffin d. Alexander Zverev, 3-0

Angelique Kerber d. Eugenie Bouchard, 4-3 (3)

"Angie, I thought you were bad. What's happening?"—Bouchard
"I can't finish a point against you. Just like in real life."—Bouchard
"Guys, I usually play better than this. I never double fault, I swear."—Bouchard

Benoit Paire d. Denis Shapovalov, 3-0

"I have to get some better internet connection."—Shapovalov, asked about whether he'd want to play in future virtual tennis tournaments.
"I travel with the [Nintendo Switch]. I do game."—Shapovalov

"Ooooh, what a match. I have to be very offensive."—Paire, on hearing he'll play David Goffin in the quarterfinals.
"I travel sometimes with my PlayStation. I play with my coach, Monfils, Kyrgios. I'm a gamer."—Paire, on his gaming background.

Sorana Cirstea d. Victoria Azarenka, 3-1

"Jesus Christ!"—Azarenka

Caroline Wozniacki d. Madison Keys, 3-0

"I just got my PlayStation a few days ago, so I guess I'm a natural."—Wozniacki
"I played Kiki Bertens the other day in practice, and I think she's the favorite."—Wozniacki

Kristina Mladenovic d. Madison Keys, 4-3 (3)

"To be honest, I was nervous at the beginning—I never played PlayStation before. But as a professional athlete I was motivated to get into it. I practiced a few days before."

Stefanos Tsitsipas d. Frances Tiafoe, 3-0

"I hope he's not as difficult to play as on the court. He had a tremendous career."—Tsitsipas, on his quarterfinal opponent, David Ferrer.

Bianca Andreescu d. Kristina Mladenovic, 3-0


Day 1 Results:

15:00 Madrid time/9:00 a.m. ET/6:00 a.m. PT: Schwartzman d. Ferrer, 4-3 (4)
Followed by: Bencic d. Suárez Navarro, 3-1
Not Before 15:30: Nadal d. Shapovalov, 4-3 (3)
Followed by: Ferro d. Pliskova, 3-0
Not before 16:00: Charity match: Nadal vs DjMariio - cancelled (Nadal requested move to Tuesday)
Followed by: Murray d. Paire, 3-1
Not before 16:30: Cirstea d. Konta, 3-0
Followed by: Schwartzman d. Isner, 3-1
Not before 17:00: Kerber vs Vekic - incurred technical difficulties. Not played.
Followed by: Tsitsipas d. Fognini, 3-0 - after technical difficulties forced restart
Not before 17:30: Cirstea d. Svitolina, 4-2 - saved three match points
Followed by: Fognini d. Tiafoe, 4-3 (4)
Not before 18:00: Bertens d. Kerber, 3-0
Followed by: Goffin d. Pouille, 3-1
Not before 18:30: Vekic vs Bouchard - result TBD. Bouchard twice disconnected.
Followed by: Tsitsipas d. Nishikori, 3-0
Not before 19:00: Wozniacki d. Mladenovic, 4-2
Followed by: Zverev vs Khachanov - not played
Not before 19:30: Konta d. Azarenka, 4-2
Followed by: Thiem vs Schwartzman - not played
Not before 20:00: Bertens vs Bouchard - not played
Followed by: Nishikori d. Tiafoe, 3-0
Not before 20:30: Wozniacki d. Andreescu, 3-0
Followed by: Zverev d. Pouille, 3-1
Not before 21:00: Andreescu d. Keys, 4-3 (2)
Not before 21:30: Charity match: Borja Iglesias d. Tiafoe, 3-0


Day 1 Quotables:

Bouchard was disconnected with a 1-0, 0-15 lead over Vekic, prompting the Croatian to be told she won by default:

Bouchard: "Staaaaaaahp!"

Vekic: "Yessssss, I won one point but I won the match!"

Tsitsipas following his second successive 3-0 victory:

"I feel a bit like Rafa on clay right now."

Tiafoe on the variety Nishikori displayed:

"Dude, this is unbelievable. I'm getting toyed with right now."

Wozniacki shares details of practice sessions with Murray:

"He won the first game we played. Then the second game we played, he got some time violations and got disqualified, so I'll take that as a win for me. The third one we played, I won that one. So really 1-1. But today, I think he practiced all night. This morning, he said let's warm up and he completely destroyed me. He played very well today."

Q: He said to us, that he can't play because he's a father and really busy. Is he a liar, he was playing a lot in the night?

Wozniacki: "I don't know. Something happened from yesterday when I played him and today when I played him. He was a different Andy Murray."