A pretty star-studded third-round singles lineup on Manolo Santana Thursday, that kicks off with Djokovic v Murray.
Okay, well, that didn’t happen; Murray withdrew because of illness.
And then you had Rafael Nadal. And then you had Carlos Alcaraz on his 19th birthday.
The secondary court sked wasn’t chopped liver, either.
It was to the point where young guns Félix Auger-Aliassime and Jannik sinner, both top-10 seeds, were on … Stadium 3. But in the end, the first career meeting between two young’uns who will be meeting plenty in major moments for the next decade, wasn’t much of a match.
Mutua Madrid Open
Location: Madrid, Spain
Category: ATP 1000 (Joint event with the WTA Tour)
Surface: Red Clay
Dates: May 1 – 8, 2022
Prize money: €7,499,290
Draws: S56 – D28
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Singles, third round
 Novak Djokovic (SRB) def. [WC] Andy Murray (GBR) WALKOVER (food poisoning)
 Alexander Zverev (GER) def. Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) 63 10 retd
 Rafael Nadal (ESP) def [Q] David Goffin (BEL) 63 57 76 (9)
 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) def Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 63 64
 Andrey Rublev def. Daniel Evans (GBR) 76 (7) 75
 Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) def.  Cameron Norrie (GBR) 64 67 (4) 63
 Hubert Hurkacz (POL) def. [Q] Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 75 63