Down Goes Novak Djokovic! Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem Thursday In Monte Carlo
by Sean Randall | April 13th, 2016, 3:38 pm
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What start to the clay court season! After months of domination, Novak Djokovic slipped and tumbled out of his 2016 clay court debut today losing to Jiri Vesely 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round at Monte Carlo.

The loss snapped Djokovic’s 21-match Masters win streak and gave him his worst loss by ranking in six years!

“He played very solid. He was serving very big. He was playing tactically good and aggressive,” Djokovic said after. “When he was a break up in the third set, he was playing bravely. He was coming in, (hitting) drop shots, big serves. He was going for it. He deserved to have it.

“I have to congratulate the better player today on the court and just move on from there,” Djokovic said. “It is what it is. Sometimes you don’t play your best and you lose.”

And Djokovic was far from his best. After consecutive wins at Indian Wells and then Miami, Djokovic was sloppy and slow at times on the court today, and he admitted after of fatigue.

“For me, there were just very few things I could take out from today’s match as a positive. I was playing really, really bad,” he added. “I wasn’t feeling any freshness.

“I will get a long break now,” Djokovic said. “The time off will serve me well, mentally mostly.”

And Djokovic needs that break. So unless he loses early again in Madrid next month, there’s not much to read into this one. Novak’s still king.

“This is a proof nobody’s unbeatable,” said Djokovic. “Happens so many times in my career that I lose a match. It’s not the first time.”

And it won’t be the last.

Vesely, who’s still only 22 but is kind of lost in this next generation wave, did just enough to take advantage of Djokovic and hit some key dropshots down the stretch.

“I’m just very, very happy,” said Vesely. “It’s something amazing actually. When I went on court, I had completely different thinking, like I hope to win a game or I really hope to do well. But I really had no idea that I really would be able to beat Novak today. So for me it’s just something what I still can’t believe it really happened.

“Novak wasn’t at his best level, that’s for sure, and he made a lot of mistakes from the beginning,” Vesely added. “That’s what gave me a little bit more confidence, creating the rallies. I didn’t give him too much rhythm.”

So Djokovic will get a few weeks off to recharge, and that allows the rest of the field a chance at a rare title without having to go through the Serb. Now, who’ll take advantage?

Earlier, former champion Stan Wawrinka got past Philipp Kohlschreiber in two. And Milos Raonic was also a winner.

But with Djokovic out, Roger Federer now becomes the favorite on the top half, though he’ll have JW Tsonga likely if he gets through Roberto Bautista Agut tomorrow.

And now Rafael Nadal has to be feeling even better. The 8-time champ opened his European clay season beating Aljaz Bedene without much fuss 6-3, 6-3. But tomorrow he faces rising youngster Dominic Thiem who beat Nadal earlier this year in Buenos Aires.

“I know that I have to improve for tomorrow. But I have confidence because I have been practicing very well these weeks. Let’s see if I am able to play the way that I was practicing. Tomorrow is going to be a tough match against a difficult opponent.

“I expect a tough match. Thiem is a great player, who is having a great season. Clay is probably the best surface for him. I expect a very difficult match. I know to have chances, I have to play very well. I need to do it and I going to try to do it.”

And I think I’ll lean ever so slightly with Rafa here. I hear there might be some wrist issues, but if Rafa’s OK I think he seizes the opportunity. The Djokovic loss has to really put up the antenna in the Nadal camp.

Andy Murray will lock up with Benoit Paire. Murray hasn’t been at his best of late, so it figures to be a tough match against the talented Frenchman.

Also falling out today was another finalist from a year ago, Thomas Berdych who was shocked by Damir Dzumhur and Richard Gasquet got bounced by countryman Lucas Pouille.

We’ve heard a lot about this next wave. Vesely now has his big win. Can Thiem get another? Pouille is playing well and Dzumhur is just 23.

Bottom line, this tournament just became wide open and the players know it. So who’s going to take advantage?

THURSDAY MONTE CARLO SCHEDULE
COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
[16] B. Paire (FRA) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [12] D. Thiem (AUT)
[3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
[WC] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [8] J. Tsonga (FRA)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 am
[Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs [10] M. Raonic (CAN)
[15] G. Simon (FRA) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
J. Vesely (CZE) vs [13] G. Monfils (FRA)
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [LL] M. Granollers (ESP)


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120 Comments for Down Goes Novak Djokovic! Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem Thursday In Monte Carlo

J-Kath Says:

Andy…Get your act together NOW.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Tournament is really wide open.

I pick Fed as favourite for the simple reason that he has the best chance to make the finals.

On the other side, I would pick Stan, Rafa, Andy and Milos in descending order.

If Rafa makes the finals against Fed, its his. Against the other three, I like Fed’s chances.

Of course, I’m a Fed homer, so there is some rose-coloured glasses there. Monfils, Goffin and Tsonga all have been playing great and have a great chance to take advantage of Novak’s absence and make the finals.

Great matches on tap tomorrow: Stan/ Simon, Rafa/Thiem, Vesely/Monfils plus Fed, Milos, Andy and Jo.


Daniel Says:

Indeed TV, Fed looks the safer bet for finals and the other side we still don’t know for sure. Which Murray and Wawa will show up or if Nadal will restore clay order. Maybe after tomorrow’s matches we can have a better idea.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Isn’t it strange how Goffin’s career has suddenly exploded? How come no one’s accusing him of ‘roids? He looks the part, don’t he?


RZ Says:

@TV – Goffin still looks scrawny to me. As for his sudden good play, it was a long time coming, and after a few setbacks he worked his way out of the challenger circuit (similar to what Johanna Konta has done on the WTA side recently). I think the Davis Cup finals helped propel him too.


J-Kath Says:

I very much like Goffin as a person of excellent virtues, –he is a very fine player and worthy of support – the reality is he is much too small to ever contemplate a huge future…sadly. I would like to see him eventually getting some award but can’t think what might be appropriate…he will never win a grand slam…there’s about 8 players that will stop him. Consistency Award????


J-Kath Says:

Yes, Nole’s absence makes the contest very interesting in terms of Federer who would have had to beat him to win.

No doubt Nole will be back – with a vengeance….so all you guys, make hay while the sun shines, so to speak…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

RZ, come on, its a joke. My 7 year old has bigger arms!


Green Lady Says:

Time will tell if this is merely some blip, or rather a loss that will open up the CC can of worms for the other players, lets see how Novak fairs in Madrid and Rome, before drawing any bigger conclusions, even then he could still win RG without winning a warm up tourney (most unlikely) ,maybe if Rafas cleans up on clay, he will regain his confidence and go on to win a 10th FO after all ….


RZ Says:

@TV – doh! Completely missed that. LOL.


skeezer Says:

“…Sometimes you don’t play your best and you lose.””
and sometimes the other player plays his best and he wins.


SG1 Says:

Green Lady…I’ll opt for a blip at this point. It’s his first match on clay in a while so I’d expect that he’ll pick up momentum and ultimately be a force to reckon with by the time RG comes around. Sometimes…stuff happens.


Vami Says:

Vesely vs Dzumhur in the final. Vesely will get injured in the second set and Dzumhur will be the new champion.


lakie Says:

A strategic loss for Djokovic. Maybe he played for the appearance money. But I think his loss at Monte Carlo would not have surprised anyone and it definitely pleased his fans who wanted him to focus on the French Open.


chrisford1 Says:

lakie – When Djokovic enters a tournament, he plays to win, not tank.
Also, it’s his “home court”, he trains on it, likes it. And the MC country club is something he sometimes bikes and much less often, jogs to, from his flat.
Of course, he does now have more time to fuss with his new restaurant before it opens.


Wog Boy Says:

Maybe the timing for his restaurant is just not right, it is fairly demanding project and can be destructive, it could wait year or two, no?

Same happened with those charity balls before Wimbledon and USO, took his focus from more important things in his career, and he lost both of those GSs, thanks God they stop organizing them.
Off to Madrid, here we come Madrid, what an lovely crowd;)


lakie Says:

cf1 djokovic is not going to spend any time on his new restaurant. His focus is the French Open. He won’t tank but he won’t fight to the death either. Winning requires a lot of mental and emotional energy and he is not going to waste it as in earlier years trying to gain a psychological edge over Nadal. I was fully expecting him to lose MC and he did. I am sure his fans too were not expecting him to sweep the clay Masters.


jane Says:

^ definitely not lackie! i didn’t expect it, especially after winning another iw/miami double. wasn’t last year the only time someone won all of iw/miami and monte carlo? i think so.

wog boy, yeah, i know what you mean about the timing of the restaurant, but the most important thing, i think, is the “rest” he can get now. by the sounds of his interview, he really needs it.


anki Says:

Novak never tanks, that is just a pathetic excuse for his loss. He just cannot expect to win in the early rounds by showing up for the match, this loss will be a wake up call for him and his team. Vesely had a clear game plan, didn’t give Novak any rhythm from the get go. Well deserved win for him.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

Nole is the first and the only one to win first three masters, no reasonable person would expect him to win it again, if it is so easy to win opening three masters the GOAT or Rafa would do it during their peak years. I definitely didn’t expect him to win,MC, not even to go too deep, just few matches.
It was the fans of other two who kept repeating “just give him the trophy”, not Nole fans. We keep saying that this unseen domination in open era won’t last forever, one has to question level of Nole motivation after makin final after final and tournament after tournament in the last 18 months, it just has to deep at some stage including focus and concentration, it was coming for while and Nole fans saw writing on the wall, but those “knowledgeable” no Nole fans loughed us off.
It is perfect time for the derp in his game and motivation, it would be really bad to see him making SF aand losing to certain one;)
Thank you Vesely, I was happy you beat Nole..


skeezer Says:

History.
73 wins.
402 threes.
Warriors.
Curry.
One amazing season.

No excuses.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “to dip” and not “to deep” or “derp”


jane Says:

wog boy, lol… dip, deep, derp. yes, we’ll just have to wait and see how novak does next event, but i am not too worried. it may even be a good thing in the long run. who knows? can’t win them all. did you know this will be the first title since shanghai 2014 that novak won’t defend? not too shabby. :)


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

Thanks, I didn’t know that, not to shabby at all..


roy Says:

his form has dipped lately from his ‘zone’. making errors and losing sets to unseeded people. if he takes another early loss in the clay season, that RG voodoo might be an issue.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer…..Thought about you in regard to the amazing season the Warriors have had…..Good on them and I know your are busting your buttons!! Kudos to them!


Okiegal Says:

Now Wog Boy you can’t be serious that you are glad Vesely beat Novak?? Surely you jest????


Colin Says:

Roy, I think you mean “hoodoo”.


Pauly Says:

Poor win by Nadal
Terrible forehand
His opponent was targeting Nadal’s once feared forehand
As I said Nadal’s forehand must return or else kiss success goodbye


Green Lady Says:

Agree with Anki and Skeezer above, i think to say Novak tanked would be direspectful to the tournament, fans, and Veserly, not only that Novak plays to win, hes an elite player, nothing to do with him needing a rest, or playing for an appearance fee, no big deal or crisis, he was beaten by a better player on the day, and what about Vesely wheres the congrats for him, for taking out Novak whos been the best player on tour for half a decade now, i mean doesnt he get congrats or a mention ?? ….


sisay Says:

Did novaks loss motivated Sean to write this article?…he usually writes an article for a masters at the draws and after the semi finals…just my thinking…but i am glad nole lost…specialy to someone other than the big names…and i have a feeling he did it on purpose; i think he is fadeup with the media hype on him winning everything in sight and he doesnt want that to destruct him on his quest to the french open…


Green Lady Says:

^And it becomes about Novak losing to save himself for the FO, rather than Vesely winning, been here before, and its a big gamble then if it doesnt pay off ? ^ ….


sisay Says:

Yes GL it is a big gamble and it should pay off…but dont you think winning everything on the line till French is adding more and more pressure on himself…that is how i feel it now and may be i am wrong…


Green Lady Says:

Sisay theres nothing in my post, that i dont stand by, he was beaten by a better player, a player that was having an amazing day, and its as simple as that, nothing to do with tanking or saving himself, Vesely won the match, rather than Novak lost the match, end of sorry ! ….


Wog Boy Says:

Okie,

Yes, I am glad Vesely beat Nole and not somebody else. There is absolutely no jest, check my posts during the match and you hardly see me posting during Nole’s matches.

GL,

Are you sure you watched the match?


J-Kath Says:

Andy Murray’s a pain in the rear….he’s going out…


Wog Boy Says:

Andy will be right, he’ll work his way to victory ..hard way, as usual..


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy i saw highlights, so not all the match i will admit, but people are missing the point, i dont think/believe for a minute, that Novak deliberatly lost in one tourney, simply to save himself for another (which comes up alot for the top players) , he plays to win, hes an elite player, i think/believe he has more integrity for the tournament, and for Vesely, hes a warrior, a lion, unless he loses then hes saving himself, no disrespect but theres nothing i dont stand by, or have to apologize for ! ….


J-Kath Says:

Green Lady

I think Nole has won Wimbledon twice without a warm-up match on grass….if I’m mistaken WogBoy or Jane will know for sure..


J-Kath Says:

Gosh there’s a tough match going on between Raonic and Dzumhur


Green Lady Says:

J-Kath yeah exactly, i find it unlikely that Novak wont win either Madrid or Rome, but even if he didnt, he could still win RG, Stan didnt win a warm up on clay last year, but went on to win the FO, go figure, sports funny that way ….


jalep Says:

J-Kath

Nole goes to The Boodles before Wimbledon.

Paire is showing some patience and mental fortitude in the last set. Unpredictable Paire. He still has to serve for it.


Green Lady Says:

Hi Jalep ….


jalep Says:

😎 Hi there, GL.

No surprise that Paire couldn’t serve it out. He’s a lot like Verdasco that way, lol…

Come on Andy!


Okiegal Says:

Does anyone have a good link for this tournament??


jalep Says:

Okie, I’m watching Tennis Channel.

Sometimes this one works:
http://www.batmanstream.com/tennis-live-streaming-video.html?hc_location=ufi

Or google ‘live stream tennis’ and take your pick. Dicey streams, tho.


J-Kath Says:

Thanks Jalep.

As WogBoy said, Andy did it the hard way.

Am not actually watching just occasionally at scores
(have a 3000 word article to finish tonight)…I’m a pain to myself.


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep….Thanks, I am watching the Batman link
and as you said, it’s dicey!!


Green Lady Says:

Der, ner, ner ,ner Batman, sorry couldnt resist lol ! ….


nits Says:

Nadal has saved 7 break points out of 8 in 1st set what to say???


Daniel Says:

Saw the end of Murray match and the resume was like: Murray wanting to lose and Paire not wanting to win. In the end Murray came through an important win as he did not olay his best and Paire has every chance. Hope he improves agaisnt Raonic, who he never lost and start playing better.

Wawa is crushing Simon but he saved a bunch of BP’s, Simon is just not able to break. Same as Nadal who already face BP in 3 of 5 times he served being broken once. In the end he’ll win as well.


Daniel Says:

Nadal saved 12 of 13 BP’s, similar to that infamous RG 2007 final with Fed when he saved 16 out of 17 I think.

If Thiem doesn’t win this set he will lose in two. This has to exert him mentally.


Daniel Says:

1 hour ans they are still in 9th game


jane Says:

thiem was 1 in 15 bps vs novak in miami
he’s already 1 in 14 vs nadal in just set 1
seems he has issues with conversion

meanwhile stan is crushing simon


nits Says:

Break point no 15


nits Says:

saved again


nits Says:

break point no 16


jane Says:

1 in 16 now. clearly, if you’re thiem’s coach this is something you want to address!


nits Says:

what nadal is doing by giving 16 break points in a set i don’t understand?
What Theim is doing by converting only one out of 16 break point even i don’t understand this?

Bizzare


nits Says:

now nadal gets 2 set points i think he will convert


nits Says:

Theim saves


Daniel Says:

Now is time for Thiem to save BP, (set points) and force a breaker.
My take is Nadal close set 1 and kill Thiem’s resolve who will be very frustrated going in set 2.


Daniel Says:

Did Nadao serve in all those BP’s to Thiem BH? It is always a lefty advanatge to serve ad court left wide serve to opponent BH.


nits Says:

Nadal wins 1st set
An ugly display of preservance


Green Lady Says:

WTF, How the hell did Rafa win that set ? ….


Vami Says:

This is a good opportunity to see what’s Dominic made of. He played better in the 1st but Raphael the Ninja Turtle out-muscled him.


anki Says:

Thiem is crap in converting BP’s. Even worse than the match vs Djok in Miami. Nadal is so clutch, he is doing okay.


Vami Says:

Sean, tsk tsk…
You have my name on the list for automatic moderation. You’re such a nice dude, protecting the world from me. As far as racist oink oink goes or middle aged women talking about their sexual frustrations, that’s fine? No moderation for those folks?


Daniel Says:

Thiem with an early break again, let’s see of he keeps ti this time. But hard to see him winning 3 three setters back to back, specially a Nadal who seems ready for battle.
Too bad I can’t see the matches live, shoudl have called work “sick” and stay home😜🎾


Daniel Says:

And Nadal broke right back. Thiem is not winning the important points. All games he was broken wen to deuce so he had chance to hold it. With Nadal serving first, eventually he will crumble again.


Vami Says:

Dominic reminds me of Novak when Novak was 18 mentally-wise. A lot of talent but mentally not there in important moments. Dominic’s problem, he’s not 18 but 22. I still think he could work on this. It took Novak quite a few years to turn it around, perhaps all Dominic needs is a few good runs in good tournaments.
How things are going I can’t see him winning this match but his time will come. He’s doesn’t seem to be there yet.


nits Says:

now Nadal will serve for the match


nits Says:

Nadal wins

But he should be worried or happy??


Wog Boy Says:

Anybody who beats Thiem on clay in two should be happy, Rafa can take only positives from this match, was behind in both sets and finished on top,


Daniel Says:

First set was it for Thiem. Another player who is now able to play Nadal tough.

Nadal x Wawa could be a cracker, As Wawa seems showed up to play this tourney. the winner will be in final I think because Murrau barely escape today and Raonic needed 2 third set tiebreaks to win against less stelar competition, so even if he beat Murray can’t see him passsing Nadal or Wawa.
Now onto Fed’s match.


Giles Says:

Vamos Champ! Well done.
At least I didn’t say ” WTF how the hell did Rafa win that match”.


J-Kath Says:

Hey all you Nadal fans…he did it…my golly you must be thrilled….congrats


Giles Says:

ATM there’s only one Rafan here!


Daniel Says:

Looks like all higher seeds will ein today, 4 in the bottom half (Murray, Wawa, Nadal and Raonic), Monfils alreadya set and a break up and I expect Fed, Tosnga and Goffin to also win.


Markus Says:

Thiem, good at 22 but at that age still not ready for prime time. This match with Nadal is very reminiscent of his recent match against Djokovic, works so hard to get so many break points but when he gets there, suddenly does not seem to know what to do. And today, he was not even playing against the good old version of Nadal.

By the way, Nadal, even this lesser model, can still beat anybody on clay. Win this tournament and the old version may just come to life again.


Pauly Says:

Great effort Rafa
The fighting spirit is back
Saving all those break points in 9th game first set was massive for his confidence
Good luck for Rafa


RZ Says:

“Andy Murray’s a pain in the rear….he’s going out…”

J-Kath – you turned it around for Andy! Please post this anytime he’s playing sloppy so that he’ll win. :-)


RZ Says:

Thiem was trending on Twitter earlier today. There seemed to be 2 types of posts – those who were praising his good play and those who were criticizing his inability to convert break points. I guess the missed BP chances was the story of the match.


jalep Says:

RZ, Okie … or anyone — highlights for Rafa v Thiem:
http://www.flashscore.com/match/OK4ZJK0g/#video

😋
Rafa’s confidence looks strong just in time for Stanimal — should be great!


RZ Says:

Thanks Jalep! I’ll take a look.


Daniel Says:

1 h and 8 min winnfor Fed, just what the doctor ordered. Hope he wins next 2 in straights and save himself to fight in final as it’s not going to be an easy match: Nadal, Murray, Wawa or Raonic.


jatin Says:

It was amazing to see Fed playing again and that too with such efficiency. Loved the way he played against a very tough Bautista agut who was trying really hard to grind him down.
I was so thrilled to watch some of those shots which fed hit today. He is moving so well on clay :)
Loved the match.
Excited for stan vs rafa tomorrow. Hope you tennis-x guys are doing fine these days.


Daniel Says:

Haaskenstein


RZ Says:

@Daniel – it’s surprising at this point that he’s not completely bionic.


Margot Says:

Phew!


Daniel Says:

RZ, but he still got the looks, you just can’t have eveything in life, so something gotta give


Daniel Says:

Granoles serve for the match but diehard Goffin broke, buf now is under pressure on his serve.

Tsonga winning realtively easy.


Daniel Says:

Granollers wins it. Good openong for Monfils who willbe favorite in that match to defend his semis points from last year. Nad he has a shot at either Fed or Tsonga there to make the finals.


skeezer Says:

Federer Breezes Into Monte-Carlo QFs
http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/federer-tsonga-monte-carlo-2016-thursday
Love watching the Maestro, float like a butterfly sting like a bee. Well done Fed!


J-Kath Says:

Thanks RZ: @ 10.58 remark.

I was getting a bit p-ssed with him…kept peeping after that…held a couple of crystals in hope and gave up. Pleasant surprise…given what you said…I’ll use my negative attitude against him tomorrow if he doesn’t get a grip.

Summary: Thanks for giving me a grin.


RZ Says:

@Daniel – I’m very grateful that he still has the looks! :-)
@J-Kath – Glad it made you smile (especially as Andy sometimes makes it hard for his fans to smile)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Man, what a quarterfinal line-up tomorrow!

Can I blow off a whole work day??

I’m especially pleased to see Stan showing good form early in the clay season. Sorry Novak fans, but I want to see someone put up a fight at RG. I don’t think it will be Rafa or Fed, but Stan and Andy, maybe. (yes, everyone will jump on me that Rafa is kind of RG– I stand by the assertion I’ve made repeatedly: Rafa is awesome, and can beat anyone on tour, but he’s just too slow to beat Novak on clay. Opinion worth what you paid for it)


Margot Says:

Can’t take much more of this snatching victory from the jaws of defeat Andy!
How about snatching victory from the jaws of victory, for a change.


Daniel Says:

TV, was thinking tbe same avout Murray. He is due to turning the tide against Djoko (unless the mental damage is done for good) and if he plays himself into form on clay he could be the joker card.
But he will need some good wins first, beating Raonic and reaching final for a start


J-Kath Says:

RZ: Just realised I won’t see Andy’s match tomorrow..off with my document….if you are free to report? The truth, the whole truth or nothing but the truth. Nah,why should I want to hear that….unless?!!


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – Sorry, I don’t think I’ll be able to see it as it’s the first match, which is very early in the morning for me. Plus Margot won’t let me watch Andy’s matches. :-) But I’m sure between Margot, GL, and others, we’ll get a report.


Green Lady Says:

Tennis Vagabond im a Rafa fan that completely agrees with you, he can beat anyone on clay most of the time, but Novak is the one player that gives him sleepless nights now even on clay, i think its like with Williams and Sharapova now, in that Rafa needs a favour from someone else….


Heather-Flower Says:

Well, well, well Rafa!…..long time and No 1 hot shot guy Dojo knocked out!….King of Clay! its time to do your thing and earn your stripes in this golden opportunity!…. a gift from the gods ….go, Go, GO!…:) H x


django Says:

Wog
I was not so sure he was gonna win MC. After winning Miami he said it was hard to go right to clay (not enough time) but he had done it before.
I wish he would skip Madrid but I’m not the boss.


Margot Says:

I can’t watch either! Andy is on his own! Yikes!


Michael Says:

It is looking incredible Novak lost but he has proven now that he is human afterall. I think that he should have opted out of Montecarlo coming from back to back tournament victories to give him some time to refresh. But, he took a decision to play Monte Carlo since it is a place of his residence and he couldn’t afford to miss it. Result, he was outlasted by a better player on court where Novak was not even near half his best and looked weary and tired with exhaustion.

Who knows ? This must be a blessing in disguise for his quest at Rolland Garros !!


Green Lady Says:

Michael doesnt Veslely get any congrats, or is it all about Novak losing ? ….


Wog Boy Says:

django,

I don’t know about Madrid, is it right or wrong to play?
I guess Nole and his team made up their mind to play while back since it was know from mid end February that he will play Madrid. Ion Tiriac is one of the reasons he will play Madrid.


Wog Boy Says:

For the people who are having a problem to spell the surname of the man who beat Nole (most of you) it is VESELY, meaning “happy” or “cheerful” and he definitely was both, happy and cheerful” after his match with Nole.
Why don’t you try to make a little bit of effort and check the surname before you post.


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy dear me, i will check my spelling from now on before i post, it never was my strong forte, and i didnt know we would be held under such scrutiny for our spelling anyway, VESELY SORRY ….


Wog Boy Says:

GL,

I am not talking about any words, I am talking about people’s names, I dont see you making mistakes with other players names, then why with Vesely? It is basic respect to address somebody with their proper name, that’s what I learned when I permanently moved to live in anglosaxon society, no need to get agro, as for the spelling of the other words, your countryman Colin is in charge, not me.


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy i am from Anglosaxon society, and no agro, although it sounded as though you were getting aggressive with me, and i had enough of that earlier in the week with other posters to last a lifetime, sometimes i make spelling mistakes and that includes with names, as this is a small laptop and im short sighted in one eye, but as a poster i respect you, and do get why you would find it irritating/disrespectful seeing surnames spelt wrongly, apologies for any misunderstanding ….


Okiegal Says:

Green Lady….if it makes you feel any better, I blame all of my typos on dyslexic fingers! Lol I was shocked you got called out on that in the first place………but don’t apologize….just a slight mistake.


Green Lady Says:

Okie i always take it to heart, when its a poster i like and get on well with though, thats my trouble here, when its the ones that attack me personally, i dont give a rats wotsit lol ….


Michael Says:

Alison @ 3.35 am,

I have already credited Vesely for this fantastic win. If you read my post well, you would have been able to discern it. That said, Novak for some inexplicable reason played below par and paid the price. That is not an excuse, but just an explanation since a 55 ranked player can win against the Top ranked player only when he is below his best. Interestingly, Vesely is yet to win against a Top ranked player rated from 1 to 10.


Green Lady Says:

OK Michael sorry no harm or foul, and nice to see you here by the way ….


Michael Says:

Thank you too and it seems Rafa is serving for the match against Wawarinka. Is it Trophy No. 10 for Rafa at Montecarlo with Novak out of the way !?


Markus Says:

I thought Djokovic was the number 1 player when Vesely beat him a couple of days ago.

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