Djokovic, Ferrer Open Clay Season Tuesday In Monte Carlo; Fognini Authors Fabulous Escape
by Staff | April 14th, 2014, 3:46 pm
  • 42 Comments

Defending champion Novak Djokovic opens his 2014 clay season tomorrow in Monte Carlo. After a sub-par start to the season, the World No. 2 who beat Rafael Nadal in the final last year, enters having just won the Indian Well-Miami double.

“Right now I do have confidence after the wins that I had in Indian Wells and Miami,” Djokovic said. “They arrived at the right moment for me because I had a bit of a slow start to the season. Beating Rafa and Roger [Federer] in the finals definitely gives me a confidence boost. Hopefully I can use that at the start of the clay-court season.”

With Boris Becker expected back in his box, Djokovic will face qualifier Albert Montanes in the second round. The Serb and Nadal have combined to win the last nine Masters 1000 events.


Also in action is 2013 French Open finalist David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Earlier this afternoon in first round play seeds Fabio Fognini and Tommy Robredo both advanced. Fognini won the match of the day overcoming a 7-5, 5-2, 30-0 deficit to shock Joao Sousa.

“I don’t know what happened to me. I was [up] 5-3 in the first set, then I was [down] 7-5, 2-0, then 5-2,” said Fognini a semifinalist in 2013. “If you want to talk about my tennis, I’m not happy today. But, you know, on the other hand, I was I think a bit lucky. But happy to be in the second round again because this victory, it’s really important for me.”

The flamboyant Italian will next face Roberto Bautista Agut on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will begin their event. Federer meets Radek Stepanek who was an easy winner today over Ivo Karlovic.

TUESDAY MONTE CARLO SCHEDULE

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
A Seppi (ITA) vs [13] M Youzhny (RUS)
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
[Q] A Montanes (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
J Chardy (FRA) vs [6] D Ferrer (ESP)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[Q] T Gabashvili (RUS) vs G Simon (FRA)
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs M Granollers (ESP)
[14] K Anderson (RSA) vs G Monfils (FRA)
[5] T Berdych (CZE) vs D Tursunov (RUS)


Also Check Out:
Streaks That Ended After Rafael Nadal Lost To David Ferrer Today In Monte Carlo [Chart]
Djokovic Withdraws From Monte Carlo
2014 Marquee Clay Schedules: Follow Nadal, Djokovic And Federer On The Road To Roland Garros
“Muzz-Cut” Murray Opens Clay Season Against Troicki In Monte Carlo Tuesday
Novak Djokovic: It’s Always Tough Playing Rafa, But I Know I Can Win Against Him

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get Tennis-X news FREE in your inbox every day

42 Comments for Djokovic, Ferrer Open Clay Season Tuesday In Monte Carlo; Fognini Authors Fabulous Escape

Josh Says:

Best of luck to Novak for tomorrow – wish I was able to watch :(


Okiegal Says:

His little bride to be hangs on tight to him…..can’t blame her……he’s a good looking guy and the #2 tennis player in the world……Rafa fan reporting in on a non-Rafa thread, for those of you who are interested!!


CCback Says:

Best of luck to Nole !!


ertorque Says:

Interesting to know Chardy’s thoughts about the current top players………….

http://www.montecarlotennismasters.com/News/Tennis/2014/Interview-Transcripts/Jeremy-Chardy-Sunday.aspx


nadalista Says:

“Q. Do you think he’ll catch Roger in the Grand Slams?
JEREMY CHARDY: Yeah.

Q. Do you think he’s going to pass him?
JEREMY CHARDY: Yeah, I think. ”

Oh dear, that’s you, mon frère, off the Fedfans’ Christmas card list.


Hippy Chic Says:

Cute picture and wishing Novak and co all the best for the CC season,Roger,Stan,Andy(although your not playing this week)….


Hippy Chic Says:

^Another Rafa fan sending a post on a none Rafa thread,for those that are interested^.


nadalista Says:

Hmmm, I see Novak’s lined up his excuses early, just in case:

http://www.style.com/peopleparties/parties/scoop/global-041414_Naked_Heart_Foundation_Rafael_Nadal_Novak_Djokovic/

“The persuasive supermodel and philanthropist invited a group of her closest friends and supporters of her charity, the Naked Heart Foundation, to witness a private match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the NHF on Saturday. Due to injury, Djokovic had to sit out at the last minute, which was unfortunate because he gave Vodianova the idea in the first place.”

Sigh, wasn’t it the ankle last year…..I forget.


Giles Says:

“wishing Novak and co all the best for the CC season …..”
Several names are mentioned but I don’t see Rafa’s name in that list, you being a Rafa fan and all that!


Michael Says:

Boris Becker is coming back to the box. Can that be a good or bad omen for Novak ? Just kidding!!


Hippy Chic Says:

There is no such thing as a jinx or a curse in sport IMO,its a complete fallacy,you make your own luck….


Giles Says:

Boris posted a picture. So???


Translated Age Says:

Congrats to Nole and all of his fans here on T-X for Nole’s choice of orange on his T-shirt!!!

Simply vibrant. Well deserved by all of his fans!!!!

Ajde!!!! Idemooooo!!!!


nadalista Says:

Hehehe! @TA you are too much. Btw, has HQ decided which one you are, @TA or @ATL?


Hippy Chic Says:

@6.38am Im not going there anymore,as its just not worth the hassel,nervous energy or aggrivation anymore,read my post @4.33am on the Novak French Open thread,the tennis x fan police telling people who should root for whom etc….


Translated Age Says:

Nice pic @BBR!!!!

Ajde Nole and Boom Booom!!!


Hippy Chic Says:

Well there you go,Novak clobbers Montanes,Novak will win MC,Rome,Madrid,RG,shame hes not playing Barcelona as he would probably win that too,this from a Rafa fan,and at least i cannot be called a Rafafanatic that way….


Giles Says:

@9.48 am Lol. Nice way of getting out of the question posed.
No need for hassle, nervous energy etc etc, just get your priorities straight. IF you are a Rafa fan shouldn’t you include him in that list of names you were extending your good wishes to???
#Geeeeeez!!


Hippy Chic Says:

^Will will cheer quietly,and wish him good luck from the comfort of my arm chair,away from this bloody forum^….


Josh Says:

Good stuff, Djoko. Important to win as efficiently as possible in the early rounds. Only caught the first 6 games of the match, but he seems in reasonable nick so far


Wheels Says:

Lol, some not so veiled tongue in cheek barbs aimed at me I guess. Sincerity is the grand daddy of honesty and what does that tell you folks? A whole lot of insincerity going on here. The difference being, I can take it in good humor because I don’t have a particular favorite.


Gordon Says:

Wait, I’m puzzled! Staff writes in this article,

“Beating Rafa and Roger [Federer] in the finals definitely gives me a confidence boost. Hopefully I can use that at the start of the clay-court season.”

Um, this is a tennis blog site, right? I don’t think Federer has slipped that far from the average tennis follower’s consciousness where you have to say anything more than Roger to identify him. Is putting his surname in brackets really needed?

If you are just trying to be precise I understand, but shouldn’t you put [Nadal] after Rafa? I mean, some of us might think Novak [Djokovic] was talking about Rafa Schwartzman or Rafa Cheung.

😜


Hippy Chic Says:

Wheels my posts were certainly not aimed at you,just a generalisation,and i indeed meant every word of it,if i say someone else will win everything other than Rafa,dont celebrate his wins or titles,dont talk about anything other than his tennis,congratulate everyone elses wins and titles,and congratulate every little solitary thing that every other player does ie TV shows etc,then one cannot be described as a fanatic and could probably exist here peacefully,well thats the hope and plan anyway??


SG1 Says:

Hippy Chic Says:
There is no such thing as a jinx or a curse in sport IMO,its a complete fallacy,you make your own luck….

———————–

Agreed, not in the metaphysical sense. I don’t think Boris will have a negative effect on Novak either.

This being said, athletes can sometimes feel unlucky (or intimidated) against certain opponents and in so doing, lose the game or match before ever stepping into the field of play. There’s a reason Tiger Woods was almost unbeatable in his prime and it wasn’t just about his game. Guy’s playing next to him psyched themselves out. A weird form of luck.

The Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 18 consecutive times in the post season. In several of those instances, Boston had the better team. While it’s not a jink or magical outcome, it does kind of defy logic.


Josh Says:

You people really need to calm down.


SG1 Says:

My point being, if you flipped a coin, I suspect you’d be at it a long time to get 18 consecutive heads or tails.


Giles Says:

I think most if not all sportsmen and women believe in luck. They generally are a superstitious bunch. Hence the need for mascots.


Hippy Chic Says:

SG1 LOL you have a point i suppose,what do you think about the concept of Karma,do you think that exists,because myself and my significant other have always been unlucky yet weve never done anything bad to anyone else,just interested??


Josh Says:

If we’re going into this we might as well ask ourselves the question: What does it really mean to be “unlucky”?


SG1 Says:

I don’t believe in Karma. I think that we’re all a product of the choices and circumstances that surround us, many of which we don’t have any control of. I have no idea why bad things happen to good people or vice versa. Perhaps, in 100,000 years from now, there’ll someone able to predict our life outcomes and behaviour based on algorithms that account for nurture, nature and whatever else goes into the equation.


Hippy Chic Says:

Josh i cant calm down im afraid,as i suffer with depression,i have good days and bad days,tomorrow as they say is another day,and could be a good day,anyway Novak looked very good today serve and vollying,he will be tough to stop in this form….


SG1 Says:

I think that in professional sport, luck is an overused word. Some tennis players hit lines frequently while others just miss just as frequently. There’s an innate talent at the pro level that separates the stars from the “unlucky” folks.

Perhaps injuries are the only area where “luck” plays some role. You can do all the work of your contemporaries (training, practice etc.) and get hurt more for no apparent reason.


skeezer Says:

“I think most if not all sportsmen and women believe in luck. They generally are a superstitious bunch. Hence the need for mascots.”

What a bunch of Crock.

Most sportsmen(women) believe you make your own luck. They never count on it nor expect it. It’s more like “Sh!t happens”.


Ben Pronin Says:

Gordon, first use of someone’s name needs to include the full name.

“Perhaps, in 100,000 years from now, there’ll someone able to predict our life outcomes and behaviour based on algorithms that account for nurture, nature and whatever else goes into the equation.”

Captain America spoilers?


Humble Rafa Says:

I hope the Boris will put the Egg Lover’s tennis where it belongs – No. 2.


Humble Rafa Says:

Most sportsmen(women) believe you make your own luck. They never count on it nor expect it. It’s more like “Sh!t happens”.

Dear Philosopher,

Spoken like a champ.


Gordon Says:

Ben Pronin Says:
Gordon, first use of someone’s name needs to include the full name.

Ben, if you are citing some rule of journalism I will agree with you. It is alongside “Use of a nickname for a person should include an explanation of who the person is.”

This is a tennis site; everyone knows that Rafa means Nadal just as they know Roger means Federer.

I was just being silly, as I really wanted to imagine someone named Rafa Schwartzman. 😛


Okiegal Says:

The word “luck” is in Webster’s Dictionary…..it’s got to mean something, I’m not so sure what. It maybe more in line with what Skeezer said, “Crap happens! There is lots of superstition among athletes in lots of sports……some of it gets pretty funny, but to each his own…..whatever floats their boat!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Yeah that’s what I was told when I started writing on here.


Giles Says:

“It’s more like sh!t happens”. Typical quote from a bs poster.


skeezer Says:

^yeah right. We all know you think Fed and Nole are………… “Lucky”. LOL.

Top story: Davis Cup Final Preview: Why I Think Roger Federer's Swiss Team Comes Up Just Short Against France
  • Recent Comments
Rankings
ATP - Nov 17 WTA - Nov 17
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Angelique Kerber
10 David Ferrer10 Dominika Cibulkova
More: Tennis T-Shirts | Tennis Shop | Live Tennis Scores | Headlines

Copyright © 2003-2014 Tennis-X.com. All rights reserved.
This website is an independently operated source of news and information and is not affiliated with any professional organizations.