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Madrid Masters 2018 Live Stream: Watch and bet on Madrid Masters tennis live online, 6-13 May 2018

Live Tennis Staff in News 18 Dec 2017
  • Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev lead the field at the Madrid Masters
  • Madrid Masters tennis live from Madrid's Caja Magica from 6-13 May 2018
Five-time Madrid Masters champion Rafael Nadal leads the field at the Caja Magica in 2018, live from Madrid from 6-13 May (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Five-time champion Rafael Nadal returns to defend his Madrid Masters title, joined by Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and more when the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open begins on Sunday 6 May 2018.

Madrid Masters 2018 tournament schedule

Mutua Madrid Open 2018

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
05 May 2018 11:00WTA R1Caja Magica
06 May 2018 11:00ATP R1/WTA R1Caja Magica
07 May 2018 11:00ATP R1 & R2/WTA R2Caja Magica
08 May 2018 11:00ATP R1 & R2/WTA R2Caja Magica
09 May 2018 11:00ATP R2/WTA R16Caja Magica
10 May 2018 11:00ATP R16/WTA QFsCaja Magica
11 May 2018 11:00ATP QFs/WTA SFsCaja Magica
12 May 2018 11:00ATP SFs/WTA finalCaja Magica
13 May 2018 11:00ATP finalCaja Magica

Who is playing the Madrid Masters in 2018?

Played just a few weeks before the clay-court season comes to its climax at the French Open, the Madrid Masters is a key battleground ahead of the second Grand Slam of the year at Roland Garros as well as a significant prize in its own right and, as one of nine Masters 1000 Series events played throughout the year, boasts a field packed with the biggest stars. 

Rafael Nadal is sure to be rapturously received by the Spanish crowds when he takes to the court at the Caja Magica in pursuit of a record sixth Madrid Masters title. The 'King of Clay' doesn't quite enjoy the same special relationship with the high-altitude, slippery Madrid clay that he has with the clay of Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Roland Garros, but has nevertheless triumphed five times in Madrid - once back in 2005, when it was still held on hard courts, and four times since, including in 2017 when he triumphed at the Caja Magica as part of a splendidly resurgent clay season which saw him win tenth titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Paris.

Defending champion Nadal could be joined by three-time winner Roger Federer, who might reverse his 2017 decision to skip the clay season, while the 2018 Madrid Masters looks fairly certain to feature both 2015 champion Andy Murray and 2011 and 2016 winner Novak Djokovic, both of whom should be rounding into something like their best form after extended injury breaks in 2017. The same goes for French Open champion Stan Wawrinka and 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori, who also missed parts of the 2017 season and will be eager to find their best tennis at the Caja Magica ahead of even bigger tests at Roland Garros.

Then there are those players who have yet to break through in Madrid. Dominic Thiem, the rising Austrian who has twice been an French Open semifinalist, finished runner-up to Nadal at the Madrid Masters in 2017 and would love to go one better. Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov both won Masters 1000 Series titles - a rare achievement for anyone outside the 'Big Four' - in 2017 and won't be keen to rejoin the rank and file, while David Goffin continues to add effectiveness to his fleet-footed game and the local crowds will be keen to see Pablo Carreno Busta continue his upwards momentum.

With the likes of Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin del Potro and Milos Raonic also threatening, the 2018 Madrid Masters promises to be as packed with great matches as its draw is with stars when it begins on Sunday 6 May.

Madrid Masters 2018 seeds

Check back here for a definitive list of seeds once the draw for the Madrid Masters is released.

About the Madrid Masters

The Caja Magica – or 'Magic Box' - in Madrid, Spain, hosts a combined ATP and WTA tournament that has attracted masses of fans in its relatively short lifespan. Both tournaments are the second-highest calibre in tennis rank, and offer 1000 ranking points to the tournament victor. Thus, the WTA's Mutua Madrid Open is a Premier Mandatory event – requiring the attendance of all the game's elite – whilst ATP's Madrid Masters is part of the Masters 1000 Series in men's tennis.

The Madrid Masters debuted on tour in 1990. The tournament was played on indoor hard-courts from 1990 up until 2008, and during that time toured locations. Held in Stockholm, Sweden for its first five outings, it moved to Essen, Germany in 1995. From 1996 to 2001 the tournament relocated to Stuttgart, before finally coming to Madrid in 2002. It has remained there since, staying at the Madrid Arena from 2002 to 2008, and arriving at its current home of the Caja Magica in 2009.

Boris Becker won that first edition of the tournament in 1990, and continued to claim triumph in 1991. Up until 2017, the German held the record for most titles won in the tournament's history with four (1990-91, 1994, 1996) - but that all changed in 2017. 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal has never quite been as comfortable with Madrid's high-altitude clay as he is at some other events - and was noticeably unhappy with the switch to blue clay - but the Spaniard can always count on the rapturous support of the home crowds. Winning his first title in 2005 when Madrid was a hard-court event, Nadal triumphed on the clay of the Caja Magica in 2010 and 2013-14 before a 2015 defeat to Andy Murray in the final postponed his quest for the all-time record - the Scot claiming his first triumph at the event with a 6-3 6-2 win.

Murray also beat Nadal in the semifinals in 2016, but the Spaniard would not be denied in 2017, beating an impressive lineup of Fabio Fognini, Nick Kyrgios, David Goffin, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem to claim a record fifth title. 

Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the only other players of Nadal's era to have won the event multiple times. Federer did so in 2009 (defeating Rafael Nadal) and 2012 (defeating Tomas Berdych), while Murray first triumphed at the event in 2008 and took the title on clay in 2015. Federer's latest triumphant season was the lone year in which the event was played on blue clay – a controversial experiment which drew mixed reception from fans and players alike. Novak Djokovic stated: "I'm not really too happy about it... There is a certain rule within the ATP that the president is able to make decisions for himself without having players agree. That rule has to be changed because it is not fair... We need to feel that our opinion matters. That was not the case this time."  No other tournament in the sport's history has ever opted for blue clay, and the  Madrid Open's move back to traditional clay in 2013 set the event back on a positive track.

Djokovic joined Murray, Federer and Nadal on the list of multiple Madrid Masters champions when he captured his second title in 2016, defeating Murray in the final in what would be a preview of the French Open final, before Nadal reclaimed the title in 2017, defeating Dominic Thiem to become the all-time leader for Madrid Masters titles with five. 

Madrid Masters 2018 tournament information

Mutua Madrid Open tournament information

Mutua Madrid OpenATP/WTA
Dates5-13 May 2018
LocationMadrid, Spain
VenueCaja Magica
SurfaceRed clay (outdoors)
CategoryATP Masters 1000/WTA Premier Mandatory
First played2009 (in present form)
Draw size (men)48 singles/16 doubles
Draw size (women)64 singles/28 doubles
Prize money (men)€5,719,660
Prize money (women)€4,771,360
Most titles (men)Rafael Nadal (5)
Most titles (women)Serena Williams/Petra Kvitova/Simona Halep (2 each)
Reigning men's singles championRafael Nadal
Current men's doubles championsLukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo
Reigning women's singles championSimona Halep
Current women's doubles championsChan Yung-Jan/Martina Hingis

Previous Madrid Masters champions

Previous Madrid Masters champions

2002Andre AgassiJiri Novak
2003Juan Carlos FerreroNicolas Massu
2004Marat SafinDavid Nalbandian
2005Rafael NadalIvan Ljubicic
2006Roger FedererFernando Gonzalez
2007David NalbandianRoger Federer
2008Andy MurrayGilles Simon
2009Roger Federer (2)Rafael Nadal
2010Rafael Nadal (2)Roger Federer
2011Novak DjokovicRafael Nadal
2012Roger Federer (3)Tomas Berdych
2013Rafael Nadal (3)Stan Wawrinka
2014Rafael Nadal (4)Kei Nishikori
2015Andy Murray (2)Rafael Nadal
2016Novak Djokovic (2)Andy Murray
2017Rafael Nadal (5)Dominic Thiem

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Madrid Masters 2018 Live Stream: Watch and bet on Madrid Masters tennis live online, 6-13 May 2018

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