Marcos is scheduled to play tomorrow, against left-handed qualifier ALEJANDRO FALLA, ranked # 135 in the world. It's the 4th match on Stadium 2 ( Arantxa Sanchez Vicario ). The 1st match starts at 9 am GMT.
Marcos will face Colombian Alejandro Falla in his first round match at the ATP World Tour Master 1000 event in Madrid on Monday. The game is scheduled fourth on Arantxa Sanchez Vicario court. The second match scheduled on the court will not start before 2pm local time, and Spain is GMT +2 hours.
This will be the first time Marcos has met Falla, who is currently ranked 123 in the world. Marcos will hope to make his superior ranking show and advance to the next round where number one seed Rafael Nadal lies in wait. The Spaniard is on a 34 match unbeaten streak on clay, so Marcos will have his work cut out if he makes it through to face him.
The Mutua Madrid Open is played on red clay and the winner will collect a cheque for €3,706,000. Last year saw Rafael Nadal overcome Roger Federer in the final.
In a testing first-round clash at the Mutua Madrid Open on Monday, Marcos battled past Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) in two hours and 34 minutes.
After the first two sets were split, Marcos squandered an early break advantage at the start of the third set, but was not discouraged and held his nerve to close out victory in the tie-break. It was his eighth victory of the season.
His reward? The chance to be the one to snap World No. 1 and defending champion Rafael Nadal’s 34-match winning streak on clay. The pair will meet in the second round of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament in what will be their first meeting since Marcos defeated the Spaniard in the 2010 Cincinnati quarter-finals.
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