Nadal, Djokovic, Murray on Court Wednesday in Monte Carlo
by Staff | April 14th, 2010, 12:25 am
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The big guns – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray – make their 2010 debut in Monte Carlo on Wednesday.

Two time champ and No. 9 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero opens the day against German Benjamin Becker in a first-time meeting. In the second match, Djokovic, who is the top seed in a Tennis Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career, takes a 2-1 head-to-head edge against Frenchman Florent Serrra. In the third match, Nadal, who is 29-1 lifetime in Monte-Carlo, having won 27 straight matches and five straight titles, plays Dutch qualifier Thiemo de Bakker for the first time.

Said Nadal, “I am coming here with I don’t know sure I try to play my best to try to win. I’m another one that I hope have my chances to play a tournament and have a chance to have a very good result. But, you know, is a Master 1000. Is a very difficult tournament. Almost all the best players of the world are here. I did well last years on clay. I hope continuing doing like in the past, no?”

In the final singles match, Murray, a semi-finalist last season, squares off against top German Philipp Kohlschreiber for the first time.

“Actually I feel pretty good,” Murray said. “I’ve been practicing well, but playing good in practice. You know, obviously in the matches, last few months, haven’t gone particularly well. But if I’m feeling good in practice. If I can fight through some matches, I’ll start to play better and better. So I’m not too worried about the last couple months, you know, because I’ve been playing well. You know, I’ve been playing well in practice; not in the matches. You know, I know it might take me a little bit of time, but I’ll start to play well in them, too.”

The highlight of outer court matches includes No. 7 seed Mikhail Youzhny against former World No. 3 David Nalbandian, and No. 8 seed Ivan Ljubicic against Frenchman Michael Llodra.

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
B Becker (GER) vs [9] J Ferrero (ESP)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs F Serra (FRA)
[Q] T de Bakker (NED) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [3] [WC] A Murray (GBR)
M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) vs [WC] R Gasquet (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[Q] A Golubev (KAZ) vs [11] D Ferrer (ESP)
A Seppi (ITA) vs A Montanes (ESP)
[8] I Ljubicic (CRO) vs M Llodra (FRA)
D Nalbandian (ARG) vs [7] M Youzhny (RUS)
[4] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) vs N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB)

COURT 2 start 10:30 am
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [13] S Wawrinka (SUI)
[12] T Robredo (ESP) vs V Troicki (SRB)
[14] J Monaco (ARG) vs M Berrer (GER)

COURT 9 start 12:00 noon
[15] J Melzer (AUT) vs P Petzschner (GER)
D Ferrer (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs [3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) – After Suitable Rest

COURT 11
E Butorac (USA) / M Kohlmann (GER) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / S Wawrinka (SUI) – After Suitable Rest


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67 Comments for Nadal, Djokovic, Murray on Court Wednesday in Monte Carlo

Huh Says:

Hopin for Nole or Muzza to win the MC masters.


Huh Says:

Good luck Rafa!

Better luck Nole!!

Best of luck Muzza!!!


OllyK Says:

Ajde, Nole! ;)


jane Says:

Good luck to the “big guns” tomorrow – bring your best!


Kimmi Says:

stan beats gulbis easily, look at me thinking an upset. congats stan.

he is on the stand cheking out novak match


Kimmi Says:

great wins for ferrero and ferrer too


Kimmi Says:

goodall is saying djoko is serving better than he did in north america and dubai. nole fans should be relived ;)


stu Says:

Kimmi, I’m not watching the match but from the stats it sure doesn’t look like it!


Kimmi Says:

i just tuned in to the match and heard that. they said only 2 df and sevind above 60 in the fist set. so , that is good.

now the df are coming in this 3rd game second set..ooooops tripple break points. got broken back. yap, that was a very bad game by novak. he is still in the lead though!


madmax Says:

novak is just struggling on his first serve – which is understandable, hopefully he will get this right, but so far, so good.


Kimmi Says:

p.petzschner is almost home against melzer. i thought melzer could win this but petsz looks like is got it.

winner here plays murray v kohl winner.

GO murray, needs to get past kohl today


Kimmi Says:

djoko is very vocal on court today. he is looking frustrated!


stu Says:

are we going to finally get a clean(ish) 2-set win?


Kimmi Says:

seppi got the second set after losing the first, i think seppi can win this match

djoko opportunity to finish serra here 0-40 break

djoko to serve for the match next


Kimmi Says:

6-2 6-3 djoko great win!


stu Says:

Its all in the head. He just feels more comfortable with Vajda. I watched only 3-4 serves, but they looked like some hybrid between the old and the new to me…


Kimmi Says:

hehehe goodall is going to keep an eye on djoko serve for the whole week he says. he is giving djoko thumbs up today though..just a little glitch on one bad game where he hit two consecutive doubles but overall great serving.

clay king is next…and time for me to go to work!


madmax Says:

nadal should win this easy, c’mon de bakker is a qualifier!


madmax Says:

contador,

are you around?

did you see gulbis play today? or have you still dumped him?


Sean Randall Says:

61 60 win for Rafa in an hour. Scary start to the clay season.

Murray v. Kohlschrieber next up. This should be a tough.


madmax Says:

why scary sean? I didnt expect anything less from rafa, he needs to play a top ten player before you say “scary start to the clay season”.


Janadev Says:

I picked Kohlschrieber to upset Murray…But I am not sure after watching Kohlschrieber’s first round I think Murray can win this in straights


Ben Pronin Says:

I think it’s a pretty good warning to the rest of the field. This is Rafa’s turf, and he plans on keeping it that way.


Janadev Says:

Wow the first few games of the Muzza’s match proves that my prediction is right…let’s see what’s happens


madmax Says:

ummmm, murray seems a bit out of sorts right now. I hope that his team have given him a mighty pep talk and told him that he is capable of winning any tournament. I think Andy is in love and needs to put that aside for now.


jane Says:

Just woke up and checked the scores: woot, Djoko made it past the first round! That’s progress. Happy to hear he’s serving a little better. Phew.

But – come on Murray!!! What’s happening?

Looks like Rafa may be back to his best; or anyhow, that’s a dominant start, though I don’t know how much of a clay player de Baker is. Rafa baked him a bagel anyhow.

Hi Madmax – haven’t see you lately.


Polo Says:

Two of the big guns have already come through. Novak had some patchy moments which is understandable considering his recent coaching debacle. Nadal played like Nadal on clay.

Murray is playing like he has a hangover. I hope he recovers and makes a game of it so that even if he loses this match, he would not come off it with fresh scars.


Polo Says:

madmax Says:
“I think Andy is in love and needs to put that aside for now.”

If that is what being in love does to him, I would hate to see what breaking-up would do.


Ben Pronin Says:

How can he be in love when they were broken up for a few months. That’s nonsense. Murray is just confused right now with his tennis.


madmax Says:

Jane,

Hi. yes, been on holiday for a week and got back on sunday -serious jetlag – but much better now for more sleep – missed you and the rest of the crowd here. Popped in yesterday, but always feel a little “lost” when feddy isnt playing.

Though, was pleased that novak came through for you, margot, ollyk and duro – DURO! we are still here! where are you now?! swing by and say hi, even for a few seconds!

Well Jane, Murray is in a quandry. I always look at him and the “face” he puts on before he goes to court – he needs a haircut Jane, he needs Kim in the box and he needs much more passion and inspiration in his game. This is just NOT murray right now. He can hit any shot in the book when he wants, but I feel he has lost his edge right now, may be he will pull back this set and make it a cracker of a third. I really didnt expect this though.

Murray has a lot to prove and I just wish he would relaxxxx out there, I think that he thinks about winning a slam too much, so that the other tournaments COULD (and I say, COULD), pass him by if he is not careful.

Murray needs a rethink and a slap (in the nicest possible way!).

Have you read the book thief yet Jane?


madmax Says:

leif shiras has just said, he is surprised because he hasnt seen any of the murray fire – especially in the second set.

He said murray looks “subdued”.


Polo Says:

I think losing this match will give Murray the slap that he needs.


jane Says:

madmax, oh nice to hear that you’ve had a holiday. I haven’t done any reading other than work-related. Term is almost over though. Final exams next week, then the last of the marking. After that I don’t teach until fall term, so I can relax, watch tennis, films, read etc.

As for Murray, there is no doubt that Kohls is not an easy first rounder! Kohls took out Djok at the French, got a set off Fed at Wimbledon and upset Roddick a couple years ago at the AO. He’s streaky and talented but often he doesn’t pull through. However, if a top guy is off his game just a little then he can definitely get the upset.

I just think Murray needs to get a couple of wins under him and that’ll help both his confidence and play. He’s got everything, as you say, and we saw that at the Australian. But he’s clearly not feeling good on the court. Bummer! I like Murray, love watching his tennis, and want to see him and his best.


Ben Pronin Says:

3rd loss in a row????


Sean Randall Says:

Murray has completely lost the plot! He just hasn’t recovered from the Federer loss.


stu Says:

wow, scary, muzza. wake up!


funches Says:

I had Bellucci making the semis and taking out Murray along the way. If he hadn’t lost that third-set tiebreaker to Kohlschreiber, I probably would have been right.

Murray is in big trouble short-term. He will need a huge Wimbledon because he won’t get out of his funk during the clay-court season, where he’s never been very good anyway. His results were OK last year, but he lost to every serious clay-court player he faced.


jane Says:

Poor Andy. This is just depressing. We need Murray back! : ( Commiserations margot and Kimmi. He’ll be back, it’s just a matter of when.

Does this affect his ranking? I know he was in semis here last year. Sigh.

If it’s true that he is not recovered from the Fed loss, I hope he continues with that counseling. It’s April, and that was early Feb. I know it’s easy for a player to feel a prolonged hangover from a tough loss, but Murray doesn’t want this to ruin his season. He’s got to try and bounce back soon. I am not sure that is it. It’s also about getting grooved; he’s just not getting the wins to build the momentum and confidence.


Sean Randall Says:

Can I get my hour back from watching that crap performance?

Juan Monoco also lost to Berrer. Another surprise.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

So who exactly is in charge? I mean, I keep hearing the Federer/Nadal era is over. But it sure ain’t Murray. It sure ain’t Nole. Unless DelPo comes back full force, or Cilic makes the leap soon, we may be seeing another year of shared Slams between the Gruesome Twosome.


stu Says:

wow, thats an embarrassing loss…i don’t see why the Fed loss has affected him so..i mean he lost to Roger Federer the king of Slams! and he had a good tournament, made it to the final…and it wasn’t a close match like madrid 09 or wimb 09 that could cause a bit of a hangover…im not saying he shouldn’t be upset, but it should be something he can get over, no?


madmax Says:

A shocker.

I dont believe this. You know I am not a big murray fan, but I have NEVER, and I say NEVER seen Murray look as if he couldnt wait to get off the court! WTF!

He was subdued and he was NOT playing his best. You have to play tennis every day, you have to get out there, and play free tennis, play like you want to win! C’mon Andy! What went wrong today.

And do you know Jane, no matter which player we support, you dont do what the fans did at Monte Carlo, they booed and whistled murray off the court. That is disgusting. I cant stand that, so uncalled for, Andy is a great talent, I recognise that. It’s tough when you play against players like Kohls, I have always liked Kohls, and I remember the match you refer to against Fed, he certainly is no walkover. But Kohls deserved the win, though I do think that Murray was totally lost today! C’mon Andy! You have a team of millions around you! WTF!

Murray needs to sort out his head. Will be interested to read the Post match presser. His serve was crap and his drop shots were poor, his overheads missed the line, he was just not murray today. WTF! I’m mad! Because even though I didnt particularly care for the result of either player today, I would still have liked to have seen a competitive match!

Today, he didnt have it. He wasnt really trying (to me), he just didnt seem to be able to come up with the shots.

What now? Far too many errors and it seemed like he didnt really care.


Sean Randall Says:

TennisVagabond, Murray doesn’t have it. Not right now and not after that showing. So yes, the “Gruesome Twosome” will be in charge!


NELTA Says:

Murray and Monaco losing didn’t really hurt my challenge draw because only a small % of people picked the upset and I had Montanes winning. The Youzhny/Nalbandian match has the potential to blow up anyone’s draw. It is roughly a 60/40 split. I picked Nalbandian so if he loses 40% of the group will gain points on me and I will drop thousands of points in the standings.


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t think anyone really expected a shake up in the slams. But the Masters that aren’t on clay can still go to anyone.


jane Says:

madmax “they booed and whistled murray off the court. That is disgusting. I cant stand that, so uncalled for”

I agree 100%. The Miami crowd booed Djoko, last year at the French some even booed Rafa! Talk about kicking someone when they are down. I know they’ve paid for the tickets and I understand they want to see the players at their best, but EVERY human being has bad days and off days and that’s just not a reason to boo, imo.

But crowds are fickle things sometimes.


Janadev Says:

Fat Dave could not convert from 8 break points in 5 services games..


Ben Pronin Says:

Maybe they booed him because they were mad he beat Nadal in Australia.


Polo Says:

I feel bad for Murray losing and then getting booed off the court. It must be a horrible feeling which nobody should ever wish on anyone to experience whether you like him or not. There really are mean people out in the world.

I hope to see Murray recover and be back to his usual fine form. It makes for good tennis if everybody plays the best he can.


stu Says:

whats with this red-eye rafa pic on the homepage?


jane Says:

Polo says ” It makes for good tennis if everybody plays the best he can.”

Indeed – fully agree. It’s just more exciting for everyone.


SG Says:

stu Says:
wow, thats an embarrassing loss…i don’t see why the Fed loss has affected him so..i mean he lost to Roger Federer the king of Slams! and he had a good tournament, made it to the final…and it wasn’t a close match like madrid 09 or wimb 09 that could cause a bit of a hangover…im not saying he shouldn’t be upset, but it should be something he can get over, no?

————————————–

Murray is a man who’s questioning his game. He looks at what Fed can do and he wonders whether or not he can play to the guy’s level. It’s not easy to accept the fact that someone is better than you are. Particularly when being the best is all that matters.

Murray needs a commitment to offence. He has the skills but not the mindset. This is why he reverts to defenisveness when he plays Fed. He can beat anyone else playing passively so he’s been lulled into a false sense of security. It’s time to hit out, serve and volley some, chip and charge and whatever else. It’s OK to lose some battles if you win the war. When Murray figures this out, he’ll beat Fed on the big stage.


margot Says:

jane, kimmi: Ouch, but just as I thought. Andy is horribly short of match practise and playing like this he wont get any!
Ben: rumours in press he is working at a “reconciliation” with kim. This endless stuff with the Davis Cup hasn’t helped either.


margot Says:

And now I’ve just watched my favourite night club bouncer get very tight and lose HIS match! Woe is me..


jane Says:

What night club bouncer? Am I missing something margot??


madmax Says:

Ben Pronin Says:
How can he be in love when they were broken up for a few months. That’s nonsense. Murray is just confused right now with his tennis.

April 14th, 2010 at 10:09 am

Ben, if you lived in the UK, you would know that there has been a lot of press about Andy and Kim getting back together, meeting at his place, even pictures of them to support – i love a good romance.


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m not saying they’re not back together. I’m saying they just got back together after a lengthy break up. Where is the love?


madmax Says:

Ben,

have you been dumped?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Ben, let it go. You’re just being weird now.


margot Says:

jane: It’s Youzny, don’t u think he looks just like one?


Huh Says:

shame on MC crowd!


madmax Says:

Ben Pronin Says:
How can he be in love when they were broken up for a few months. That’s nonsense. Murray is just confused right now with his tennis.

April 14th, 2010 at 10:09 am

Ben Pronin Says:
I’m not saying they’re not back together. I’m saying they just got back together after a lengthy break up. Where is the love?

April 14th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

your post ben makes no sense at all.


Daniel Says:

I understand part of what Ben is saying. Usually we associate being “in love” the very first time you had this feeling. They are back together now, so this in love doesn’t seems apropriate, is more like overcoming some old diferences. But, you guys can be right, maybe they are maddly in love again, ike if they just started.


jane Says:

margot – lol. I guess so; he’s got that authoritative salute thing going on too. I usually think of bouncers as beefier though. : )


jane Says:

Ben’s thinking of “new” love, and since theirs is a “renewed” love, he may not think it would distract him from tennis.

However, making up is very, um … distracting too.

Well, you get the idea. I think madmax has a point and so does Ben. But I think there’s love regardless of whether it’s old or new. : )


jane Says:

Oh I see Daniel already said what I said: he’s too fast for me. ; )

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