Novak Djokovic Will Play Monte Carlo!
by Staff | April 16th, 2013, 10:44 am
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Novak Djokovic ended days of speculation over his participation at Monte Carlo today by confirming to the tournament that he will stay in the draw. Djokovic, who received a first round bye, will play his second round match Wednesday against Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny.

Djokovic severely turned his right ankle last weekend during Davis Cup, but has since made enough progress on the injury to allow himself to compete in the first big event of the clay season.

Djokovic has never won Monte Carlo, a seaside city where he has a home. Last year he lost in the final to Rafael Nadal just a few days after the passing of his grandfather.


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41 Comments for Novak Djokovic Will Play Monte Carlo!

Brando Says:

How brave of him! Thankfully onto the tennis now.


Fleischer Says:

Good for Rafa. Its better to get Nole at MC first before getting to the faster court at Madrid.


the DA Says:

Blockbuster OOP tomorrow: up first Berdych v. Granollers then Nadal v. Matosevic; Djokovic v Youzhny; Murray v. Roger-Vasselin .


the DA Says:

Delpo is a little off but he’s being completely outfoxed by Dolgo at the moment. Down a break and about to be knocked out.


the DA Says:

hehe..Dolgo goes walkabout and JMDP steals the 2nd set.


Forehand Says:

Without the Joker MC would have become a cakewalk for Nadal.


the DA Says:

Delpo wins! Dolgo hit 50 winners compared to Delpo’s 17 and STILL lost.


Brando Says:

Vamos Delpo!

The big man showed his fighting spirit in that one.

Should get better as the more matches he plays going forward.


contador Says:

That first set by Dolgo was shot-making from another planet! Too bad he could not keep that up for 2 sets. Slowly the giant turtle passed the bouncing wabbit, and Delpo had the time to get his diesel engine going.

Fun Tennis. and now for Inser and Gulbis; Gulbis going to the woodshed time?


jamie Says:

Read AFTER lunch. LOL.

Serena Williams Hits Rock Bottom in Miami!

http://www.tmz.com/2013/04/16/serena-williams-bikini-booty-photo/


contador Says:

oh jamie…

all black bottoms would have been better


Giles Says:

Hey Jamie. Any predictions?


alison Says:

I think Serena looks fantastic,you dont have to be stick thin to be sexy,shes not your typical blonde pin up type of girl,but she has gorgeous womanly curves,sex appeal comes in all shapes and sizes.


jamie Says:

@Giles

Nadal should win Monte Carlo and Roland Garros because of some *celestial thingies*.

The other clay tournaments are more fuzzy to predict now.


jamie Says:

@Giles

Nadal should win Monte Carlo and Roland Garros.

The other clay tournaments are more fuzzy to predict now.


courbon Says:

I’m with you Alison, on that one!


Giles Says:

^ Thanks.


alison Says:

Courbon lol thanks i know you like Serena,and im saying that as a woman whos small but quite chunky myself,one whos always struggled with her weight through thyroid problems,but Serena looks fab well proportioned.


jane Says:

Good, that’s nice to hear. AJde Nole.

contador ” Slowly the giant turtle passed the bouncing rabbit,” – ha, I can picture it exactly; I’ve missed your apt metaphorical descriptions and nicknames etc.


Brando Says:

It’s funny how beauty really is a matter for the eye of the beholder.

For instance:

For me personally Serena should be arrested for crimes against humanity for wearing far too little.

For others though, she’s wearing far too much! :-)


Daniel Says:

For the sake of my challenge draw, thanks!
Now I will cheer for some russian withdraw with vodka hangover after a night in a cassino so Djoko has 1 less match and 1 more day to rest:)


alison Says:

Just wondering if anybody actually saw any of the matches today,there was some crackers,Grigor scored his 1st win over a top 10 player,playing some sublime tennis,was dissapointed Isner could not back up what he did last week by losing to Gulbis uurgh,also a shame Verdasco lost i was looking forward to a possible match up with Rafa,i wont get to see Rafa or Nole play tomorrow,but hopefully both will come through without too much trouble,and i hope Noles knee is ok,and hopefully the lovely Fabio will back up what he did against Seppi,god that guy is incredibly good looking,anyway should be another great day of tennis,bloody shame i wont see it though.


alison Says:

^Sorry Noles ankle not knee^.


Wog boy Says:

How come nobody is talking about exelent play by Dimitrov yesterday, such a nice and confident game. Only the second top10 player that he has ever beaten. I know Tipsy is not in great form but the way Dimitrov played even top form Tipsy wouldn’t have much chances of beating baby-Fed.


Wog boy Says:

alison,

Well, you metioned Dimitrov while I was posting.


jane Says:

Wog boy, I read on some tweets this morning before work that Grigor played really well. I also notice both Tsonga and Gasquet advanced. I always wonder if a Frenchman will win the FO again someday. Might take a small miracle or more time. The most likely would have to be Jo now. But I just don’t know if he can do it.


alison Says:

Wogboy there were so many great matches today,if anybody actually bothered to sit and watch them,rather than bickering so much,loved the Delpo/Dolgo one too,BTW sorry i took an unecassary pop at you the other day,it was bang out of order.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I wouldn’t put my money on Jo, as the matter of fact I wouldn’t put my money on anybody as long as (healthy) Rafa is around.

alison,

I didn’t take it that way, as pop at me, so not to worry.

I have seen two matches yesterday, Dimitrov and Gasquet one, I just like what I have seen from Dimitrov, game, fighting spirit … everything. Maybe the move to Sweeden is paying off.


Alok Says:

The saga of will he or won’t he is over. Maybe tennis will return to normal. haha


Wog boy Says:

^^ Thanks for update.


jane Says:

I know Wog boy; on clay Rafa is the best bet, maybe the only bet! I have no money to bet anyhow. Will you be able to watch some of the matches tomorrow? Looks like some good ones.


Alok Says:

Fognini/Seppi was a very entertaining match.I like to watch Fabio play. he has a very lackadaisical approach when about to serve and he walks around as though he won’t make it to the baseline, but somehow, his shots are very effective and he’s a lot of fun to watch.

Not at all surprised that Isner lost, but gulbis is not an easy first round opponent for anyone. The big guy is ot a player who’s power-packed with stamina. It’s a given if he goes deep in a previous tourney and then has to play another one back-to-back, that he’ll lose or play rather poorly. In this case he had to play Gulbis, who is not an easy opponent, even for a top player. If only Izzy could work on building up his stamina, he would be able to put up great results when playing back-to-back, and/or difficult opponents. Can’t believe he served 64 aces in Houston. WOW.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Yes, I will be able to see most of them, the ones I cannot see I will record. Time difference is 8 hours, 11am in MC is 7pm here, it is not so bad. I have to check what time Nole starts.


Wog boy Says:

Just checked, Berdych is first (10.30am MC tima, 6:30pm Sydney time), then Nadal, then Nole and last is Andy. I will not be back home for Berdych but will be watching Rafa, Nole and if I don’t fall asleep Andy. Good timing:)


Alok Says:

@contador Says:
That first set by Dolgo was shot-making from another planet! Too bad he could not keep that up for 2 sets.

I think you’ve stated that you’re an RN? If yes, then you probably know why dolgo fades as the match progresses due to lack of energy because of his auto-immune condition. It’s such a shame, because he’s got great shot-making, but fighting against his body, not his opponent, is what usually does him in.

BTW, I think you misinterpreted my comment yeterday on the other thread, but I decided against answering due to the usual avalanche that occurs whenever I mention anything pertaining to that player.


jane Says:

Wog boy, good timing for you definitely; the time difference is a little rough for me at 9 hours ahead. I can’t do the 2:00 am wake ups, so I will be able to catch only the later matches unfortunately – unless they are on replay later in the day.


Michael Says:

It is a brave decision by Novak to be battle ready but in my opinion, not a wise one considering the importance he has attached to the most coveted Rolland Garros title. He should have given some more time to the recovery programme and should not have risked aggravation. Moreover, Montecarlo is Rafa’s second home and he has tremendous confidence over there and in the possibility of a Novak Vs Rafa final, if Rafa wins over there he would be carrying with him great confidence going to the French Open. While in Rome and Madrid, Novak has shown that Rafa can be beaten even on Clay and he would have fancied his chances. But that is not to be and I only hope Novak does not exit early and goes all the way even if it is against Nadal in the finals. This will give a glimpse of where his wavering form is at the moment.


courbon Says:

@Brando: Ha, Ha,…soo true-tastes are so different.You see, I like ‘rubenesce’ girls!I admit, even for my taste, that photo is not the greatest but generally I’m ok with that.


Brando Says:

@courbon: LOL, me too. Put simply: I don’t really like skinny women no matter how pretty looking their face is. I just do not feel any attraction at all. Voluptuous women certainly raise my curiosity if you know what I mean my good man.:-) Serena? This was a bad photo shot. Generally though she doesn’t really appeal at all to me: infact she scares. Hate to be rude, but on a few clinching of the biceps after winning a point she has given the Mike Tyson vibes- and that ain’t pretty to me! Besides: who wants to date someone who isnt shy to give to give public telling off on how beauty lies on in the inside? Sorry sweetheart, all my intentions lie on the outside!:-)


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic breaks at love when Youzhny tries to serve out the first set. Youzhny will have another chance though, so comeback still far from complete. But there’s a little more pep in his step now. Not really sure what the deal is. He’s making unforced errors for what appears to be no reason. Youzhny has played some nice points, and has generally come out really solid. But Novak is, again, just lackadaisical. Too casual.


Ben Pronin Says:

Crap, wrong thread.

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