It Seems Like Novak Djokovic Is Playing Monte Carlo, But So Too Is Rafael Nadal Who’s Won 42 Straight Matches There
by Sean Randall | April 13th, 2013, 12:35 pm
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The clay season begins in earnest this weekend at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters. A week after suffering a frightening right ankle sprain, Novak Djokovic is in the field and after practicing yesterday is apparently ready to play. The top seed will be joined by the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, who seeks a record ninth title.

Juan Martin Del Potro took a wildcard and he’s in the draw. Andy Murray, JW Tsonga and Tomas Berdcyh are also among the top contenders to Nadal. Roger Federer and David Ferrer are among those not playing.

Looking over the draw, Djokovic is a good spot early on. After a bye, which will give him a few more days to get that ankle into shape, the Serb will play the Youzhny/Traver winner, then his first seed could be a player coming all the way from Houston in John Isner or Juan Monaco (the two play today in the semifinals there). And from there his quarterfinal opponent will likely be Del Potro or possible Milos Raonic. Del Potro is returning early after some left wrist issues so I like Novak in the rematch of their Indian Wells semi.

In the second quarter, Berdych, Richard Gasquet and Marin Cilic are the standouts of a pretty week section. The way Berdych has been playing I like him to get to the semifinals to face Djokovic. Cilic could be the spoiler and Gasquet has been playing well but the Frenchmen seems to struggle on his home red clay.

Seeded third, Nadal will likely open against countryman Fernando Verdasco, then Kolhscreiber followed by Simon, Tipsarevic or maybe Florian Mayer. Verdasco has been awful this year and the German Kohlschreiber is not as great a threat on the clay as he is on say grass. So Nadal, as if he needed it, really got a great draw. And the guy is a ridiculous 44-1 at the event having won his last 42!

Miami champion Murray might have some interesting battles. The Scot who’s never reached a clay tournament final will be tested in the third by Stan Wawrinka then either Tsonga or Nicolas Almagro. I think I like Wawrinka to get through a tough quarter, though the Tsonga-Almagro match, if it happens, should be a good one. Stan’s been playing well this year and on the clay I just feel he’s due to get rewarded. Almagro is the best clay player in the group but having to come from Houston isn’t going to help.

So my initial semifinals look like Djokovic-Berdych, Nadal-Wawrinka. Somehow I think Berdych denies us a rematch of last year by beating Djokovic who’s still not 100% comfortable on the clay. But then it’s all Rafa in the final. Nadal takes it again with no sets lost.

Before then, there are some really intriguing first round matches including Isner-Gulbis (let’s see if Ernie can build off his impressive hardcourt season, or will he fizzle away as usual), Raonic-Benneteau, Dolgopolov-Tomic, Fognini-Seppi (Italians clash), Anderson-Janowicz (big power servers on clay) and Malisse-Dimitrov.

Regarding Djokovic, I have to say I’m surprised he’s playing. That said, I’m not surprised his ankle is OK. But given the busy schedule he’s had the last month and the injury which has limited his clay practice, skipping Monte Carlo wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world in my opinion. If I was in the Djokovic camp it’s not the ankle that would concern me, it’s the schedule. And we know there is a bigger goal late next month. Of course he still could withdrew but it sure seems like he’s intent on playing.

Matches begin tomorrow. I believe Tennis Channel starts up on Monday.


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102 Comments for It Seems Like Novak Djokovic Is Playing Monte Carlo, But So Too Is Rafael Nadal Who’s Won 42 Straight Matches There

the DA Says:

Wawa just lost to Robredo in Casablanca.


Brando Says:

Excellent analysis Sean. Agree with you re Novak: he probably should skip this event. Be smart to do so. I think Delpo can get him here.


BadaBing Says:

Love this draw! Novak, if you stay in this tourny just go get some match play and don’t bust your butt.


Humble Rafa Says:

Love this draw! Novak, if you stay in this tourny just go get some match play and don’t bust your butt.

His butt is fine. It’s the ankle that’s the problem.


Humble Rafa Says:

There are some things that can’t be cured by sitting in the oxygen chamber.


contador Says:

That’s a great photo of Nole and Andy!

Well, my bracket is picked without the qualifiers. I like picking for clay – it does not take long at all. Rafa to win. The other high seeds need to pace themselves through CC season = my guess

Rafa Fans should be delighted with the draw. Not saying that as a snide remark, but sincerely, Rafa is too good for the field on clay – unless it would be vs 2011 Djokovic.

I hope Rafa skips Barcelona and Madrid :D


jane Says:

Awesome picture The DA, thanks for sharing!!


Humble Rafa Says:

They both look like sick men. You should see a pic of your Humble Highness with his goat. Oh…those days..when we played exos.

Miss bucket loads of money, and whipping my goat.


Steve 27 Says:

I hope Rafa skips Barcelona and Madrid

No sense. Madrid, perhaps, but Barcelona is a priority for Nadal.


Fleischer Says:

Djokovic is not a threat to Rafa anymore. Rafa may not be lucky enough to get Djokovic during this clay season.

Nole has to first get through the likes of Delpotro, Berdych to get the privilege of getting thrashed by Rafa.


Fleischer Says:

Djokovic is extremely lucky to have got the ankle injury. All his losses in this clay season will be attributed to that. People will conveniently ignore the fact that he failed miserably in his last two masters on his favorite surface before the injury.


skeezer Says:

^ Nole is not a threat, lucky, failed miserably. Now a multi-moniker Rafa fan is so scared of Nole’s prescence she invents excuses for him if he loses. Yada f$ckin yada.
Rafa is the King of excuses, not Nole. Fact.

7 will never be forgotten. All time record. If Nole is healthy, he’ll be formidable, and A threat.

But this is wll known Beast country, no need to sugar coat it.
Expectations are on Rafa, not Nole.


skeezer Says:

And now for something actually meaningful and happening, Isner vs Almagro in US Clay court final…..both are in MC. Will they make an impact?


Fleischer Says:

Geezer the pseudo Nole fan,
Continue licking Nole’s boots….he is your only hope for slowing down Rafa’s charge against the legacy of your GOAT….LOL

Number 20 (yes 20 losses !!!) is coming soon….lets see who gets this privilege first Nole at MC or Fed at Madrid ?


skeezer Says:

Gleischer,

Have always supported Nole, before u started spewing here. Get educated.


skeezer Says:

“Djokovic is not a threat to Rafa anymore”

I’ll save and treasure this quote.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am just returning from a long lay off. So expectation should be adjusted accordingly. I plan to lose around 4 sets before the French Open, one of my worst in recent years.


nadalista Says:

Aw, enough with the pre-excuses for Novak please Sean. If he’s playing, he’s fit.

And all of a sudden Novak is not 100% comfortable on clay? Or did you mean to say he is not 100% comfortable meeting Rafa on clay right now? I think you’re projecting your own fears for Novak’s chances there Sean. Novak will be fine.

Let’s get it on……..


Ngentot Says:

@Fleischer,

“This clay season is going to be a season of excuses from Nole and Federer”.

And how exactly do you know it’s going to be the case?

Man, it’s O.K to be excited and optimistic about your fave this clay season. But it sounds as if you already know all the outcome.LOL


rafaeli Says:

Novak could have problems right form the off. Youzhny or DGT are the sort of players who could give Novak’s Ping-Pong game grief. The 2013 model of Novak is a downgraded version of the 2011 model, so anyone can cause him trouble these days. His path to the SF is not as smooth as Sean would like us to believe. There is Delpo in the Qtrs as well and if he goes over that hurdle he could still have a battle on his hands with Berdych.

The ankle injury is not that bad, let’s face it, but it is true that he hasn’t had much time on clay which could also hamper him.

Murray also managed to have all his nemeses in his Qtr – let’s see how that pans out.


Giles Says:

USO 2010 semis fed v nole. I guess Nole won cos he received support from geezer! LMAO #BetweenAndBetwixt


Giles Says:

Well done Fernando Alonso winning Chinese Grand Prix. Rafa will be a happy bunny!


nadalista Says:

@Giles, my sentiments exactly, this will give Rafa an extra fillip! It’s a shame Sergio Garcia couldn’t maintain his early momentum at the Masters.


the DA Says:

“Murray also managed to have all his nemeses in his Qtr ”

Huh? How so?


Giles Says:

nadalista. That is the problem with Sergio, he does tend to go walkabout.


volley Says:

““This clay season is going to be a season of excuses from Nole and Federer”

the excuses of the fans are more entertaining and often outlandish. imo, the most creative ones are from Federer fans but i remember a Nadal fan blaming one of his losses to Djokovic in 2011 on the death of Seve Ballesteros.


Giles Says:

^^^ Grief is manifested in many different ways. According to the Nole fans he lost the Monte Carlo final last year due to his grandfather’s death.


Giles Says:

^^^ And just to remind you Ballesteros was a Spanish icon in the golf world. Did you see the homage paid to him in the Ryder Cup last year?


Ngentot Says:

@Giles,

I and volley responded to Fleischer’s post, but somehow you are the one busy responding. Are you sure you’re not the same person as Fleischer? LOL

Sorry, at first I didn’t notice, but now it seems that Skeezer was right about you using different monikers.


volley Says:

@Giles

i’m well aware of who Ballesteros was and remember seeing some of his greatest wins. being affected by the death of a close relative is understandable. to be affected by the death of a compatriot sporting legend less so.


Nadalista Says:

Rafa does not need excuses festooning his losses to Novak in 2011. He lost fair and square. If people want to offer excuses for Novak’s losses to Rafa in 2012, or the ones yet to come, that is their prerogative.


Nadalista Says:

So far, Rafa has practiced with Tipsy, Berdy and Troicki.

Vamos!!!


rafaeli Says:

the DA Says:
“Murray also managed to have all his nemeses in his Qtr ”
Huh? How so?

Istomin is virtually the only one in Murray’s Qtr. who hasn’t beaten him and they’ve only played once, so that’s not a significant stat.


Brando Says:

I hope Andy gets to the SF. That would be a good positive start to his clay season. For me a highly successful clay season for Andy would be beating everyone on clay not named Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Del Potro. That would be real progress. The other 4 quite frankly speaking are just better clay court players. No shame in that. Consolidating his clay game should be the priority in this clay swing IMO.


the DA Says:

@rafaeli – it seems insignificant to me. He has winning a H2H against every projected player in his Qtr. Hardly nemeses.

@Brando – agreed.


skeezer Says:

@Ngentot

Thank you for pointing out the obvious.

Fans may drum up excuses for there fav, its sport, but in the end the actual player is responsible for there excuses. Hasn’t Rafa and his Coach proven to be the GOAT of that?


Nadalista Says:

And when the actual player drums up excuses for himself it’s not sport?


Nadalista Says:

@skeezer, we’ll take your word regarding Rafa and his Coach. After all, you follow them more closely than Rafa’s fans ever could.


skeezer Says:

@nadalista here is a post you’ll like;

I am picking Rafa in the bracket challenge. Wtf?

;)


Ben Pronin Says:

Are the Nadal fans serious??? They’re criticizing preemptive excuses??? Is this some kind of twilight world I’ve entered???

I agree with whoever said the issue for Novak won’t be his ankle but his lack of preparation on clay. Although how big of an issue is up for debate because I don’t think it’s huge. Downgraded pong game? What? Anyone can give him trouble? What? Because he hit a small slump in 2 tournaments? You guys know Djokovic was on a 22 match winning streak before he lost to Del Potro? And then he had a bad day against a guy who had a great day in Miami. It’s the sport! This happens all the time! I just want to see Djokovic go on a tear over these next few months just to see what crazy excuses Nadal fans come up with if he starts losing to him. Hypocrites.


Ben Pronin Says:

http://www.jssm.org/inpres/2595/2595text.php

“The athletes showed a low tendency regarding future doping usage, although most of them are convinced that doping does exist in tennis. Since athletes declared that their coaches are their main source of information about NS and doping, future studies should investigate what coaches actually know about such problems. KSN (sport nutrition) has been found to be protective against potential doping behavior in the future. Males are found to be more prone to doping than females. Therefore, in order to prevent doping behavior in tennis we strongly suggest intensive educational programs on sports nutrition and doping-related problems.”


Giles Says:

Tomic out, Bellucci out.


Sirius Says:

Ben,

not much to worry about novak’s form. federer had a similar slump in 2007 but look how he ended that year. i think novak will end the year on a high note and will get at least one slam. either roland garros or the uso.

btw i think he will get a few wins over rafa if they meet after clay season, but not so confident about clay season


oromis Says:

“Huge mess around Nadal’s exit of his training court
today.Lots of people who got totally out of control.Security
overwhelmed, kids panicking and some fainting. Nadal had to be taken out of the crowd
by security, seen folded in half at some point between
secu guys. Frightening.” @carole_bouchard twitter feed.


Johnny YJS Says:

Final NADAL Berdych


skeezer Says:

^such idiotic stuff. How do Rafa fans talk about excuses? Talk about others.


Sirius Says:

“^such idiotic stuff”

^haven’t you gotten used to it?? i’m sure you’ve seen more of THOSE stuffs from a CERTAIN section on this forum :)


Fleischer Says:

Nadalista Says:
Rafa does not need excuses festooning his losses to Novak in 2011. He lost fair and square. If people want to offer excuses for Novak’s losses to Rafa in 2012, or the ones yet to come, that is their prerogative.

April 14th, 2013 at 7:40 am

Great post Nadalista.


Roger Federer Fan Says:

Its great to see my fellow fed fans working really hard here. Kudos to you all.
Should never allow the bu## pcikers fans to post here. They should be driven back to TT.

Skeezer,
You are doing a great job here. Federer needs fans like you.


courbon Says:

@ Nadalista: Absolutelly right. I don’t remember any of Noles fans (Jane, Wog Boy, Michael … ), including me, finding exucess for Novaks looses against Rafa.He lost last year Fair and square as you said.I know it sound as a phoney, but we have to have respect for each other guys-thats the only way to enjoy tennis and have a healthy relationship with your own favourite…


Ben Pronin Says:

Fleischer, how about some examples?


the DA Says:

It looks more and more like Nole won’t play. One journo reported that Benneteau practiced with him today and said that he barely moved. Another said that Nole will decide on Tuesday.


Fleischer Says:

Ben Pronin,

You forgot the very first fedal match at miami 2004 ?


skeezer Says:

All players can come with excuses(especially Rafa fanatics like Gliescher ). But most everytime(excuses)? Even when they win or lose?! There is only one……RN.
ROTFL.


skeezer Says:

“The culprits were the pseudo Nole fans (fedt@@rds in disguise aka geezer)”

Show me a bunch of posts by yours truly about giving Nole excuses for losses. Its ok….I’ll wait.

Meanwhile, while your at it, dig up also the posts by Rafa himself, his fans, the media, about losses and excuses. Report back.


Brando Says:

@courbon: So GLAD to see you posting Courbon!:-) you are hands down my favorite nole fan and poster. I really like the confidence you showed in your guy when you said that you wish Rafa to return ASAP and 100% for the clay swing so that nole can face him. Great confidence and true backing of your guy- much respect for such fans who welcome all challenges for their fav! And you are right: Rafa and Nole fans do share a MUTUAL respect for the other player. I remember when nole did his 7-0 v Rafa, hardly any Nole fan was rubbing it in to Rafa fans. Likewise, Rafa fans were respectful last year during the 3-0. It’s funny really: the ONLY sector who go on about the 7-0 are NOT nole fans. Their just a sour group who go on about how h2h are not important, then state another one all the while knowing their fav wasn’t upto v Rafa. LOL- best ignore them and their pettiness- Rafa and Nole fan know what the deal is in such regard!


jane Says:

The DA, yes, Nole is holding off until Tuesday to decide for sure. Apparently he really wants to play Monte Carlo, because it is his home-away-from-home event, but he doesn’t want to take any undue risks. Apparently the ankle was heavily taped in practice.

Here are some tweets:

@NeilHarmanTimes: Djokovic says he’ll decide on Tuesday if he plays Monte Carlo. He is cautiously optimistic but needs total re-assurance

@adel1609: Djokovic in presser: will not play if he feels he can t give the best of him on court. #MonteCarloRolexMasters”

@Carla0786: #Djokovic: ” I feel better and better but I can’t tell if I will play on wednesday” pic.twitter.com/f2suUjgBr3″

Also, Nole now speaks 5 languages fluently and I am totally jealous!! He did an interview in French for French TV today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_5D0ESNJj8&feature=youtu.be


queen Says:

Well, he was off for seven month so maybe took some language courses:D love it! Vamos Champ!


contador Says:

Great interview, Jane.

I’m envious too. I could understand his French though! Maybe it means his vocabulary in it was not over my head. :D

5 languages fluently is enviable! let’s see, Serbian, English, French, German, Italian ….right? I imagine if he can speak all those, he can pick up many others, maybe not fluent in them but just a natural talent for linguistics. wow.


courbon Says:

@ Brando: Thank you for kind words.Well, I personally think that Rafa will get Djokovic next couple of months but I have a faith that Novak will faith back in a month, two or six-who knows…I like their rivalry


jane Says:

queen, I think you’re confused. Nole wasn’t off for 7 months. :D

courbon, yes, I think it comes naturally. I presume he can speak more than Serbian? Possibly other Baltic languages too? So maybe it’s more than 5. Crazy, and makes me envious.

I like the Rafole rivalry to a degree, but I do think it’s very hard on them physically; hopefully they both work on keeping points a bit shorter in future so they don’t all-out wear each other out! But they have had some amazing matches over the years. A few real heart-breakers for Nole – so close, like Madrid in 2009. At least he has a couple of clay wins over Rafa. As many as Fed? I can’t remember but I think so.


contador Says:

http://www.jssm.org/inpres/2595/2595text.php

Very much appreciate that link, Ben Pronin.

Interesting about the faith in coaches and athletes taking Nutritional Supplements. I think of the difference between Gulbis and Djokovic while coaching and the inherent variables attached to motivation. I mean the difference in what one would accept and do would be huge and challenging. The potential for doping behavior and management of safe NS would need be approached so differently too .


alison Says:

Just come back after a weekend away,and some things never change,be nice if people could stick to watching and talking about tennis,rather than throwing personal insults at one another,for heavens sake its only a game people lighten up a bit,im not one of those fans whom thinks Rafa has some sort of god given right to win MC,dont get me wrong ill be delighted if he does,but Novak is not ranked world no 1 for nothing im sure he will bounce back,if not at MC then one of the other CC tournies,in fact to say bounce back is ridiculous,as Ben said he lost to Delpo at IW,then an inspired Tommy Haas at Miami,its a blip it happens to all players,hardly the end of the world.


Humble Rafa Says:

What’s up with all this injury drama from The Egg Lover – I am playing MC, now I am not.

Make up your mind, and be a grown up like the rest of us.


jane Says:

“but Novak is not ranked world no 1 for nothing ”

True, but he’s not ranked number 1 for winning clay tournaments. ;) Those belong to Rafa for the most part alison; there’s no denying it. Clay season is the most bankable season for bettors who want as close to a sure thing as they’re going to get in tennis. Just look a winning percentages! In umpteen tries (probably close to 30 combined), Nole and Fed have managed only 2 wins each over Rafa on clay. The boon for fans, I guess, is that they’ve consistently managed to reach the clay finals and semis to meet Rafa on clay (Nole more so in recent years) so I guess it says something about their abilities on this surface. The problem is that Rafa has had a virtual lock down on the clay season for years! I would be surprised to see it change this year. Then again, they still have to play the matches, so we’ll see.


alison Says:

Jane fair enough,but im not one of those people who bases the future on what happened in the past,i always think Rafa is vulnerable when playing Novak,and thats a testament to how great Novak is as a player,and domination doesnt last forever,no offence but i just think his fans are selling him short,then again as you say they still have to play the matches so we will see.


alison Says:

Nice picture of Rafa and Novak together on the opening page.


contador Says:

Isner beats Almagro to win Houston. Sheesh, and I picked Gulbis over Isner. Maybe Isner will be tired and lose. Isner the clay courter.

Isner looked surprised he won – first time win over Nico, too.

Tommy Robredo is apparently back to some good form. Did not watch any of it but he wins Casablanca.


BadaBing Says:

Neil Harman is a disgrace and since he despises Novak he should STFU and comment about his favorites instead.


alison Says:

Bracket picking looks a bit thin on the ground this time,i was away so missed out this time unfortunatly,also noticed alot of the names have been wiped of the list now too.


Brando Says:

Novak better play for the sake of my bracket.

Surely his ankle is worth risking for such a honorable cause?

:-)


jane Says:

“his fans are selling him short” – alison, how so? I know both myself and Wog boy have expressed the opinion that maybe Nole should rest rather than play MC, regardless of the ankle injury (which happened 1 week ago), mainly because of his full schedule of late. Fans of other players have said similar. We’ve also both said we figure his team knows best. Personally I think Nole can tough it out; I just don’t want to see him jump into clay action too quickly with very little prep time given he was just playing on fast hard until last weekend. Plus this event is non-mandatory whereas Madrid and Rome are not, so this is his chance to opt out.

Badabing, re: Harman, if you’re referring to an article he put out around the time of the AO this year, then yeah that surprised me too.


jane Says:

Monte Carlo website has Nole’s press conference: sounds cautiously optimistic I guess, but it also sounds like a lot of people around him are urging him to play:

http://www.monte-carlorolexmasters.com/News/Tennis/2013/Tournament/Monte-Carlo-Sunday-Djokovic-Preview.aspx


alison Says:

Jane sorry i just think you should have a bit more faith in your guy is all,but hey whatever im just giving my opinion,i dont really know what else to say,so ill say no more about it,other than all the best to Novak whatever happens(sigh).


Wog boy Says:

jane,

That is correct, we have been saying long before injury that Nole should skip MC. The reason was obvious, DC commitments and not enough time to prepare for CC season, nothing to do with fear of anybody. I think that he missed only once MC and that was smart move and payed of big time then. He should do the same now.

On the other note, about others urging him to play, that is my worry, he might choose to please others (wouldn’t bee first time) instead instead of the other way around. You cannot do much about that, that is in him, that is mentality of the surounding he is coming from.

I still hope he will pull out and go and get ready for Madrid.


alison Says:

Alright Wogboy,alright Jane sorry i spoke :(,point taken.


Brando Says:

‘he might choose to please others’:

Good man Nole. Realizing the importance of my bracket- what a stand up guy he is! :-)


contador Says:

lol, Brando. It is all about ‘my bracket’ isn’t it.

so happy I picked Nadal…hehehe


jane Says:

alison, no worries, just wondering what you meant is all. Maybe some fans are selling him short? I don’t know. Maybe he should play everything and he’ll prove us wrong. Hey I’d be shouting from the mountain tops that I was mistaken and 100% wrong were he to pull the surprise of all surprises and beat Rafa here, where he hasn’t been beaten in NINE YEARS! Ha ha! Ajde Nole. :) On the other hand, perhaps Murray will win in the semis? Or maybe Delpo or Berd will win in the finals. On the other hand maybe the ocean behind the court will freeze over? Anything is possible. ;) Just kidding. Let’s see. I don’t know what to expect from Nole; he was having an awesome season until Dubai but his form at IW and Miami was up and down. So it’s hard to say. Rafa looks great at IW. But Delpo did come close to beating him in the final. So you never know.


Wog boy Says:

alison,

Nothing to do with you, just repeating what I was saying before about this year Nole’s decision to play DC. After Miami all the players were already on clay getting ready for CC season and Nole was in Idaho playing on the fastest HC and enjoying fresh mountain air. I know he likes mountains, he was raised on the most beautiful one but I just don’t think it was good for the rest of the season. I am happy he helped Serbia win DC match and that can give him much needed boost but as much as I am patriotic I am trying to be pragmatic too. Serbia as a country with only 4 (four) top 50 (maybe even top100) players in its history won DC once and Nole was part of it. He has nothing else to prove to anybody in Serbia and doesn’t have to play but he wants and that is him, and that is why I have great respect for him as a person.


Brando Says:

@Contador: LOL, it is! :-)


skeezer Says:

Congrats to big man John for a Clay title!


skeezer Says:

@contador

Me too ;)


courbon Says:

@Brando>If Nole hurt himself because of your brackeT-I m not talking to you!


Kimmi Says:

Congratulation Adam Scott for winning The Masters. Is this the guy who was going out with Ana Ivanovic?


Wog boy Says:

Kimmi,

Yes, that is the guy, they had two goes and it didn’t work:)
He looks like a very nice and humble bloke.


Kimmi Says:

Wogboy, big win for him. Aussie must be going crazy.


BadaBing Says:

Neil Harman vexes me. I’m terribly vexed.


Wog boy Says:

Kimmi,

You are not wrong, some of the news:

“Huge congratulations to Adam Scott – the first Australian ever to win the Masters,” tweeted Prime Minister Julia Gilard.

“By any measure this is a historic day for Australian sport. Adam Australia is incredibly proud of you,” Ms Gillard said later.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was quick to tweet his congratulations: ” What a putt from Adam Scott at #The Masters – the first Aussie to win at Augusta. Congratulations, Australia is proud of you.”
… and the list goes on …
Sporting and political figures all joined to celebrate his victory.

The Australian:

“Aussies unite in celebrating new Masters champion Adam Scott”

This is sport crazy nation, I am lucky to live here:

This is from me to all Aussies:

“Waltzing Matilda … Waltzing Matilda …
you’ll go a Waltzing Matilda with me …

^ This is unofficial Aussie anthem, check it out on You Tube.


Kimmi Says:

Nice to read that wogboy. I watched the final round. Under pressure he putt amazing :)))))


skeezer Says:

@wogboy

Great story re; Scott. Congrats.


Brando Says:

@Courbon: LOL, I would understand and I wouldn’t blame you. But can you honestly blame Nole for playing on for the sake of my bracket? Personally I cannot think of a more worthy reason for him to do so. :-)


alison Says:

Jane let me clarify,i dont believe he should play if theres still an injury issue,and hes sensible enough to pull out if there is any doubt,but all im saying is if he does play its because hes fit enough,and as i say if theres one player that makes Rafa vulnerable then its Nole,anyway whatever he does decide to do i only hope for the best for him as i do for all the players :)


Michael Says:

42 straight matches at Monte Carlo ? That looks pretty insane. With no one to challenge him seriously, Rafa can well climb to over 50 in the next year. The way it looks, Rafa looks invincible. If any one can stop him, it can only be Novak at his best. But, right now Novak is playing his worst and so ??


alison Says:

Novaks had a blip as Ben said he lost at IW to Delpo whos a top 10 player,and then in Miami to an inspired Tommy Haas,its tennis you have wins and losses it happens to the best of them,are they expected to be perfect all the time no?but it does not mean that they have a god given right to win all the time either.


alison Says:

2011 was the most unconvincing and dissapointing display of CC tennis i have ever seen from Rafa,he struggled against Lorenzi at MC 1ST round,lost at Rome and Madrid to Novak,and struggled 1st round against Isner at RG,last year was better only losing one set to Novak in the FO final,hes been pretty good this year aside from the loss against Zeballos on his 1st tourney back,the rest of the CC season,i dont know,its just a hunch and although he could clean up again,i think hes vulnerable as hes not getting any younger.


Giles Says:

^^^ “I think he’s vulnerable as he’s it getting any younger”. Hmmm. I suppose you assume the rest of the players are “getting younger”???


alison Says:

Giles yeah true.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What an incredible tournament this is shaping up to be. Already tomorrow we have a great line up of matches
DelPotro vs Dolgopolov
Davydenko vs Tsonga
Isner vs Gulbis

plus, Nice Canadian Raonic teaming with Bad Australian Tomic in a tennis re-enactment of Midnight Run.

All this before the MegaStars debut. Even if Nole sits out, this will be a great event. If Nole plays, it will feel like a Masters.

Of course, there’s a good chance that Rafa will demolish the field, and continue for the season, but right now its exciting.

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