Sky Sports brings you live action from the Masters 1000 Series in Madrid and Rome

Last Updated: 30/04/14 2:15pm

Rafael Nadal defends his Masters 1000 Series titles on Sky Sports

The Masters Series continues as the world's top tennis players battle it out at the Madrid Open live on Sky Sports from May 5-11, before moving on to the Italian Open from May 12-18.

King of clay Rafael Nadal is defending champion at the Masters 1000 event in his home country, and will begin his defence when the tournament kicks off on Sky Sports 3 from 12pm on May 5.

The Spaniard saw off Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets 12 months ago, and will be looking to pick up his fourth Madrid title, but Australian Open champion Wawrinka triumphed him in Monte-Carlo in April and has been on stunning form in 2014.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has endured a tough season blighted by injury, but the Scot will hope to at least match his run to the last-eight last year, when he lost to Tomas Berdych.

The preparation for Roland Garros continues the following week as the world's best move to the second Masters 1000 event in as many weeks, this time at the Italian Open in Rome.

Rafael Nadal is again defending champion after he despatched Roger Federer in last year's final, but there will be several players gunning for success as they look for form heading into the second Grand Slam of the year, and coverage from Rome starts at 10am on Sky Sports 3 on May 12.

Be sure to tune in for two tournaments which could have a serious effect on the world rankings ahead of the US Open, which will be live on Sky Sports later this summer.