Keys to Challenge Gauff in Madrid Clay-Court Battle

Keys to Challenge Gauff in Madrid Clay-Court Battle

The Mutua Madrid Open's Round of 16 features an intriguing all-American clash between Madison Keys and Coco Gauff. While Keys excels on grass, she's also formidable on clay, boasting a 67-44 record. Gauff, known for her clay-court prowess, has a 38-15 record on the surface.

Keys has impressed in Madrid, defeating Irina-Camelia Begu and Liudmila Samsonova in straight sets. The altitude and slower bounce of the clay enhance her power and give her more time to execute her shots.

Gauff's clay-court game is equally impressive, but Keys' ability to attack her forehand and exploit her shaky serve could prove problematic. Keys' return game is strong, breaking 40.0% of the time on clay over the past year.

While Gauff is favored to win, Keys has the potential to force a tiebreaker or win four games in both sets. Her strong serve and ability to capitalize on Gauff's lows make her a threat.

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