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April 20th, 2014

Stanislas Wawrinka: It’s Amazing And It’s Special To Win My First Masters 1000

A career best season continued today for Stanislas Wawrinka. The 29-year-old who shocked the tennis world in January winning the Australian Open, won the first big clay event of the season today defeating friend and countryman Roger Federer 46, 76, 62 to claim the Monte Carlo Masters title.

“It’s always special to play Roger,” said Wawrinka. “We know it’s always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He’s my best friend on the tour. …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:12 pm in Monte Carlo | 18 Comments »

April 20th, 2014

Roger Federer: Of Course I’m Happy For Stan, He Was Tougher In The End And Deserved It

Despite a tough loss in his bid to win a first Monte Carlo Masters title, Roger Federer was all praise for his friend Stanislas Wawrinka’s 46, 76, 62 win today in the final. Federer, who wasn’t even scheduled for the event, beat an injured Novak Djokovic yesterday but come up a little short and was outplayed in the final set by Wawrinka.

“Of course, I’m very happy for Stan,” said Federer. “It’s a huge win …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:04 pm in Monte Carlo | 7 Comments »

April 20th, 2014

Nadal in Barcelona, Sharapova in Stuttgart: Previews

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain; Surface: clay

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Fabio Fognini, Kei Nishikori, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Jerzy Janowicz, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ernests Gulbis, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Fernando Verdasco, Marin Cilic, Feliciano Lopez, Marcel Granollers, Dmitry Tursunov, Benoit Paire

Floaters: Nikolay Davydenko, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek

Notes: Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal heads the field, and after a bye likely starts against Davydenko…(14) Marcel Granollers after a bye likely starts against The Worm…Wildcards went to Argentine Facundo Arguelleo, and Spaniards Roberto Carballes Baena, …

Posted by Staff @ 1:48 am in Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 19th, 2014

Novak Djokovic: The Good Thing Is I Don’t Need Wrist Surgery, But I Don’t When I Can Play Tennis Again

Following his 7-5, 6-2 loss today to Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo semifinals, defending champion Novak Djokovic spoke about his injured right wrist which hampered him during the match.

“The good thing is I don’t need to have surgery,” said Djokovic. “I don’t have anything ruptured or something like that. I’m going to go see doctors tonight and then tomorrow again have another MRI.

“I really don’t know what’s the diagnosis, to be honest,” he …

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Monte Carlo | 15 Comments »

April 19th, 2014

It’s An All Swiss Monte Carlo Final: Roger Federer v Stan Wawrinka, Who’s The Pick?

After a crazy Friday, things settled down Saturday during the Monte Carlo semifinals. If fact, it was rather anti-climatic. Stan Wawrinka came out of the blocks strong and then held on to beat David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6.

And then his countryman Roger Federer joined him in the Sunday final with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over an ailing Novak Djokovic.

The defending champion Djokovic spoke at the start of the week of having some minor wrist issues, but when he took the court …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:17 pm in Monte Carlo | 165 Comments »

April 18th, 2014

Nadal Suffers Early Knock Out; Federer v Djokovic Saturday; Monte Carlo SFs Picks And Pans

After five relatively calm, uneventful days at our first big clay test of the season, the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters was thrust into absolute chaos on Friday. The highlight of course was reigning King of Clay and 8-time champion Rafael Nadal’s shocking loss to 32-year-old David Ferrer in no less than two sets.

Behind a bounty of errors (41 all told) from Rafa, Ferrer knocked down Nadal 7-6, 6-4 to end a 17-match losing streak to his countryman on the dirt.

“Losing …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:32 pm in Monte Carlo | 251 Comments »

April 18th, 2014

Rafael Nadal: I’m Not Happy About Today, I’m Not Happy With How I Played

Rafael Nadal is not happy. In an error-strewn loss the “King of Clay” was shocked by countryman David Ferrer 76(1), 64 today in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals. Nadal, who had been to the final the loss nine years at the event winning eight, suffered his first loss on clay to Ferrer in 10 years.

“Losing hurts everywhere. On clay always a little bit more,” said Nadal. “I am not happy today about what I did. Not very happy about the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:48 am in Monte Carlo | 49 Comments »

April 18th, 2014

Streaks That Ended After Rafael Nadal Lost To David Ferrer Today In Monte Carlo [Chart]

David Ferrer stunned compatriot and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal 7-6, 6-4 in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Friday. Ferrer’s win broke a number of streaks that were in Nadal’s favor going into the match:

17
Wins over Ferrer on clay

9
Appearences in the Monte Carlo final

30
Clay court match wins

46
Wins in quarterfinals matches at clay events

15
Appearences red clay Masters finals

11
Clay events reaching the semifinals

7
Wins over Top 10 players on …

Posted by Staff @ 9:57 am in Charts, Monte Carlo | 9 Comments »

April 17th, 2014

Federer v Tsonga, Nadal v Ferrer; Monte Carlo QF Picks And Pans

I can’t recall the Top 4 claycourt players having it this easy through two rounds of matches at a Masters Series event. But that’s been the case thus far at Monte Carlo this week.

King of Clay Rafael Nadal lost nine games.

Roger Federer lost just eight.

Stan Wawrinka played just one match losing only two.

And defending champion Novak Djokovic dropped a mere two in two matches.

But easy street should come end this weekend, and perhaps even on Friday when the quarterfinals get …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:55 pm in Monte Carlo | 203 Comments »

April 16th, 2014

Roger Federer Could Miss The French Open Or Wimbledon For Birth Of Third Child

Roger Federer and wife Mirka remain mum on the due date of their third child, but Federer hinted today that he would skip tournaments like the French Open to be by his wife’s side.

“So we’re just waiting,” Federer told the AP on Wednesday. “It’s a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife. I’ve played enough tennis matches. Missing a tournament or missing a match wouldn’t change anything for me.”

When asked if it could mean missing …

Posted by Staff @ 5:34 pm in French Open, Wimbledon | 19 Comments »


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Rankings
ATP - Apr 14 WTA - Apr 14
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Richard Gasquet9 Maria Sharapova
10 Milos Raonic10 Dominika Cibulkova
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