The Madrid Open, now referred to as the Mutua Madrid Open and sponsored by Mutua Madrilea, is a men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament that takes place in Madrid in the first few weeks of May. The clay-court competition is categorised as a WTA 1000 event on the WTA Tour and an ATP Tour Masters 1000 on the ATP Tour. It was formerly referred to as the Madrid Masters. The red clay court on which the competition is typically played. The 2012 tournament edition was held on blue courts, but blue was later rejected by the ATP.
The tournament, which took the place of the now-gone Eurocard Open in Stuttgart, was categorised as an ATP Masters Series event from its inception as a men’s only event in 2002. It was the first of two Master’s indoor hard court late-season competitions that took place before the ATP Tour Finals, and it was held in the Madrid Arena from 2002 to 2008. It became the second Master’s tournament of the spring European clay-court swing, replacing the Hamburg Open, and it was expanded to include a top women’s competition.
The blue clay court surface was officially approved for the 2012 edition of the competition on December 1, 2011, according to both the ATP and WTA circuits. But after the 2012 competition, players threatened to boycott it in the future, particularly Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (who both lost on the blue court). As a result, the tournament switched back to red clay for the 2013 campaign. The only male player to win the competition on three different court types—hard courts in 2006, red clay in 2009, and blue clay in 2012—is Roger Federer. Only Serena Williams has won the competition twice among female competitors, on red clay in 2013 and blue clay in 2012.
Here is a look at the five most successful men’s champions of the Madrid Open.
What more can be expected of a man who is known as the king of clay? Rafael Nadal is the most successful player to have ever played in the Madrid Open. The Spanish tennis legend has won his home ATP 1000 competition for a total of five times in his career. His first success in the competition came in the year 2005 when he beat Ivan Ljubicic in a classic match which finished 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–3). His latest Madrid Open win was in 2017 when he beat Dominic Thiem 7–6(10–8), 6–4 in the final.
The Swiss tennis superstar is the only one in history to have won the tournament on three different court types—hard courts in 2006, red clay in 2009, and blue clay in 2012. His first victory came in the year 2006 when he beat Fernando Gonzalez in the final 7–5, 6–1, 6–0. Federer’s final win the the Madrid competition was in 2012 when he defeated Tomas Berdych 3–6, 7–5, 7–5 in the final.
Like Federer, Novak Djokovic has also won the Madrid Open three times in his career. The Serbian has been in the best form of late out of the big three of tennis, and it would come as no surprise if he breaks Nadal’s record in the next few years. Djokovic’s first win in the tournament came in the year 2011 when he beat Rafael Nadal 7–5, 6–4. His latest success in the Madrid Open was in 2019 which saw him beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6–3, 6–4 in the final.
British tennis legend Andy Murray has been a winner of the Madrid Open two times so far in his career at a time when he was the best player in the world. Murray’s first success in the competition came in the year 2008 when he beat Giles Simon 6–4, 7–6(8–6). His latest win in the tournament came seven years later in 2015 when he beat Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–2 in the final.
The most recent winner of the Madrid Open on this list in Alexander Zverev. The German tennis player has won the competition a couple of times, and there is plenty of time for him to add to his tally. Zverev’s first win in the tournament came in the year 2018 which saw him beat Dominic Thiem 6–4, 6–4 and his latest success came in 2021 which saw him defeat Matteo Berrettini 6–7(8–10), 6–4, 6–3 in an epic final.
Most successful men’s Madrid Open champions
|2005, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017
|2006, 2009, 2012
|2011, 2016, 2019