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Madrid Open: Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka in action on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Tennis

Everything you need to know about the Madrid Open with Aryna Sabalenka and Iwa Swiatek in action - watch live on Sky Sports throughout the weekend

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus..reacts during the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament against Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, May 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Image: Aryna Sabalenka is looking to win the Mutua Madrid Open for a third time in four years

Here's everything you need to know about the Madrid Open, which is live on Sky Sports from April 23 to May 5.

The WTA final will take place on Saturday May 4, with the ATP singles final taking place the following day.

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Who's in action on Saturday in Madrid?

Reigning champion Aryna Sabalenka and Iwa Swiatek will face off again at the Mutua Madrid Open in a repeat of last year's final (not before 5.30pm BST).

Swiatek stormed into the final in the space of 71 minutes with a 6-1 6-3 win over Madison Keys before Sabalenka needed more than two hours to overcome Elena Rybakina and continue the defence of her title.

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Highlights of Iga Swiatek against Madisson Keys in the Madrid Open semi-finals.

The world No 1 broke serve in the second game of her match with Keys and, after saving two break points for a 4-1 lead, never looked in danger of relinquishing the upper hand against her big-hitting opponent.

Swiatek will face Sabalenka after she rallied to beat Rybakina 1-6 7-5 7-6 (5), winning the deciding tie-break 7-5.

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Highlights of Elena Rybakina against Aryana Sabalenka from the Madrid Open semi-finals.

Earlier in the day (from 2.30pm BST), Sebastian Korda and Jordan Thompson will face Ariel Behar and Adam Pavlasek in the men's doubles final.

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Korda and Thompson claimed a tense 3-6 6-3 10-8 semi-final victory against Jamie Murray and Michael Venus, while Behar and Pavlasek progressed when Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos withdrew ahead of their match due to a Zeballos leg injury.

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Highlights of Rafael Nadal's defeat against Jiri Lehecka in the Spanish capital

Remaining Madrid Open schedule

  • Saturday May 4 - Women's singles final, live on Sky Sports Tennis from 2.30pm
  • Sunday May 5 - Men's singles final, live on Sky Sports Tennis from 2.30pm

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Pedro Cachin asked Rafael Nadal for his shirt after being beaten by him at the Madrid Open

Where is the Madrid Open being held?

A general view of the new Caja Magica (Magic Box) tennis stadium, which will host the combined men and women's Madrid Open Tennis Tournament from May 8 to May 17, in Madrid, Saturday, May 9, 2009. The arena grounds feature three stadiums with sliding roofs. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Image: Room with a view! Welcome to the Caja Magica (Magic Box)

The iconic Caja Magica (Magic Box) at the Manzanares Park Tennis Centre has been the home of the tournament since 2009.

There are three courts all with retractable roofs and a total capacity of just over 17,000 seats (12,442 in Estadio Manolo Santana, 2923 in Estadio Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and 1772 Estadio 3).

Who are the defending champions?

Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, holds the winner's trophy after defeating Jan-Lennard Struff, of Germany, in the men's final at the Madrid Open
Image: Carlos Alcaraz is the defending Madrid Open men's singles champion

Carlos Alcaraz was aiming for a 'threepeat' having won the title in 2022 and 2023, beating Alexander Zverev in the final two years ago and then Jan-Lennard Struff last year, but his hopes were ended by Andrey Rublev this year.

Aryna Sabalenka defeated world No 1 Iga Swiatek in 2023 to win her second Madrid title in three year, with the pair meeting again in Saturday's final.

Innovative doubles trial kicks off in Madrid

Changes being trialled at the 2024 Mutua Madrid Open include:

  • More Singles vs Doubles action. The 32-team draw will feature up to 16 slots reserved for teams entering via their singles ranking, creating an unprecedented number of matchups between the world's top doubles and singles players, and compelling new narratives for fans.
  • Streamlined schedule over five days (Tuesday to Saturday) during Week Two of the tournament, providing a simpler and sharper schedule for fans and players.
  • Reduced shot clock to accelerate the pace of play and minimise downtime during matches. Time between points will be reduced to 15 seconds following rallies shorter than four shots (four or more shots = 25 seconds).
  • Quicker changeovers with fewer sit-downs to accelerate the pace of play.
  • Free fan movement in the arena during play, adding convenience to the on-site experience.

Upcoming tennis live on Sky Sports

In the run-up to the second Grand Slam of 2024 - the French Open at Roland-Garros from May 26 - you can watch all of the biggest tennis stars in action live on Sky Sports as they compete across the clay-court season...

  • Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome (ATP and WTA Masters 1000) - May 7-19
  • Geneva Open (ATP 250) - May 20-26
  • Lyon Open (ATP 250) - May 20-26
  • Internationaux de Strasbourg (WTA 500 with Emma Raducanu in action) - May 20-26
  • Morocco Open (WTA 250) - May 20-26

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Fans will also be able to follow their favourite players and gain deeper insights from both Tours via Sky Sports News, the Sky Sports App and as well as via Sky Sports' social channels.

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