Posted by Staff on April 18th, 2021 @ 7:11 pm
For the first time since 2012, Belgrade will host an ATP event. The city is back on the ATP calendar and does it with a splash securing world No. 1 and Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic as its headliner.
Djokovic won two of the previous editions of Belgrade back in 2009 and 2011, and to collect a third he might have to deal with the likes of No. 2 seed Matteo Berrettini, …
Posted by Staff on April 18th, 2021 @ 6:52 pm
After a shockingly poor performance in a quarterfinal loss Friday to Andrey Rublev in Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal will hope to regain his footing on his favorite surface in Barcelona this week.
The King of Clay has won this title 11 times already, will again will the big favorite. Though the field is tough with Monte Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas seeded second, Rublev third followed by Diego Schwartzman, Roberto Bautista Agut, …
Posted by Staff on April 18th, 2021 @ 6:36 pm
Astra Sharma of Australia rallied from a set down to stun the heavily-favored Ons Jabeur 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 to win her first WTA title in the Charleston final on Sunday.
“To come out of this with a win, it’s really unexpected, it’s amazing for me, I have no words,” Sharma said.
In just her second career final after 2019 Bogota two years ago, Sharma was blown away in the opening set before …
Posted by Staff on April 18th, 2021 @ 6:15 pm
Stefanos Tsitsipas added his name to the growing list of Masters champions on Sunday easing past Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 in the Monte Carlo final.
The 22-year-old Greek never dropped in a set in five matches en route to his sixth title, though faced just one player in the Top 20, his 8th-ranked opponent today.
“I just can’t describe it,” Tsitsipas said of the win. “It was unbelievable. So many things went …
Posted by Staff on April 17th, 2021 @ 2:47 pm
For the second straight event at this level, there will be a new name added to the growing list of Masters champion.
Sunday in Monte Carlo, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev will meet for the first Masters clay event of 2021. Tsitsipas is appearing in his third Masters final after 2018 Canada and 2019 Madrid while Rublev is in his first.
Rublev backed up his big victory over Rafael Nadal yesterday …
Posted by Staff on April 16th, 2021 @ 8:44 pm
Rafael Nadal had one of his worst days on clay. The 11-time Monte Carlo champion was a shell of himself today in the quarterfinals against Andrey Rublev. The Russian capitalized on 36 unforced errors from Nadal for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory.
“For sure he didn’t play his even good level today,” Rublev said.
“Today I was a bit lucky, especially the first set, he was not really feeling the serve well. …
Posted by Staff on April 15th, 2021 @ 8:04 pm
Dan Evans entered the week at the Monte Carlo Masters with a total four career wins on clay courts. Today, he collected his third victory of the week on his least favorite surface stunning World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5 in 2 hours, 9 minutes.
“Obviously I’m happy,” Evans said. “I’m still in the tournament. After the tournament, I’ll look back at what a good day it was. Yeah, it …
Posted by Staff on April 14th, 2021 @ 8:48 pm
Novak Djokovic spoke very highly of Jannik Sinner. Djokovic beat the teen earlier today in Monte Carlo and not surprisingly, left his first official meeting with the Italian impressed.
“I think he’s very talented player,” Djokovic said of the 19-year-old. “He has established already himself at I feel like high level of the men’s game, playing Masters finals, winning already a couple of tournaments, for his age. I think what …
Posted by Staff on April 14th, 2021 @ 7:46 pm
On a drama-less day at the Monte Carlo Masters where 13 of the 14 matches finished in straight sets, tournament favorites Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round.
Playing in their first matches since Melbourne, Nadal blasted past Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-2 while Djokovic was in full control in a 6-4, 6-2 win over teen Jannik Sinner.
Djokovic is now 10-0 on the year after his first meeting with …
Posted by Staff on April 13th, 2021 @ 8:55 pm
Following a loss today to Cristian Garin, Felix Auger Aliassime talked about the hiring of new coach Toni Nadal, who is Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former mentor. He joins the team under current coach Fredric Fontang.
“In the last month of last year I was starting to think that there might be a possibility for me in the future to work with someone with a lot of experience at …
Posted by Staff on April 13th, 2021 @ 8:44 pm
Stefanos Tsitsipas showed his clay cruising past 2021 breakout star Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the third round at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The Greek is now 18-5 on the season.
“I knew I had to face a difficult opponent today,” Tsitsipas said. “I managed to push him back and attack with my forehand. Things worked out pretty well for me.
“My clay court experience helps a lot to come …
Posted by Staff on April 13th, 2021 @ 8:18 pm
A positive COVID test has forced No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev out of the Monte Carlo Masters, it was announced on Tuesday.
“It’s a big disappointment not to play in Monte-Carlo. My focus is now on recovery and I look forward to getting back out on Tour as soon and as safely as possible,” said Medvedev.
Medvedev tested positive on Monday. The tournament allowed players who have homes in Monte Carlo to …
Posted by Staff on April 12th, 2021 @ 6:37 pm
The Rome entry list was released today and Roger Federer’s name wasn’t on it. The Swiss who was a 4-time finalist at the Foro Italico could still take a wildcard down the road, but as of now he’s scheduled only for Madrid and then the French Open.
Federer hasn’t played on clay since his 2019 semifinal loss at the French Open to Rafael Nadal.
Federer underwent two right knee surgeries last …
Posted by Staff on April 12th, 2021 @ 6:18 pm
On a wet day by the Mediterranean just a handful of matches were completed Monday at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Surprise Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev made his mark topping the talented Italian teen Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-4.
Karatsev got early breaks in both sets then endured a four hour rain delay late in the second to get through his Monte Carlo debut.
“It was a really tough match my first match of …
Posted by Staff on April 11th, 2021 @ 6:01 pm
There are no fans this year in Monte Carlo, and that’s a problem for Benoit Paire. Today, Paire dropped his sixth straight match losing to Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-6(5).
After the loss, Paire continued to express his hatred of playing under COVID conditions, and with no fans.
“I have nothing to expect,” Paire said. “I just don’t care. There’s no magic. What is the pleasure playing like this? Of course, it’s …