Nadal Rolls, Djokovic Survives, Murray And Wawrinka Fall In Monte Carlo; Friday QFs
by Staff | April 20th, 2017, 9:18 pm
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Who said the era of clay court specialists was dead?


Not world No. 1 Andy Murray, or No. 3 Stan Wawrinka.

Both were sent home on Thursday from the Monte Carlo Masters. Murray was outlasted 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 by No. 15 seed Al Ramos-Vinolas of Spain, while Wawrinka was dismissed 6-4, 6-4 by No. 16 seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.

“The most normal thing would be to lose the match,” said Ramos-Vinolas on trailing 0-4 in the third set. “But today it’s one of those days that sometimes happens. I still fought. I was fighting. I was 0-4, and I thought that I need to keep playing every point. Then, at the end, I won. I don’t know what to say.”

Murray knew what to say afterwards.

“A few times today, I made some bad decisions,” the Brit opined. “That’s something that, with my team, I’ll look at, watch some parts of the match over, see the shots that I chose and what I would do differently.”

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic barely escaped a likewise third-round exit, defeating No. 13 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

The Serb saved two break points late in the third set to advance.

“It’s great to overcome the big challenge presented to me today with this kind of win, even though I haven’t played the way I wanted,” he said. “He’s very difficult to play against. He’s always making you play an extra ball. It’s a win I’ll take as a great confidence boost. I’m confident that with dedication and commitment and a positive mindset, I can get to the level where I want to be.”

Other Top 10 winners were No. 4 Rafael Nadal squashing a much-anticipated match-up with No. 14 Alexander Zverev by squashing the German 6-1, 6-1, No. 5 Marin Cilic defeating No. 9 Tomas Berdych 6-2, 7-6(0), and No. 10 David Goffin outlasting and upsetting No. 6 Dominic Thiem 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3.

“I played much better than yesterday [against Kyle Edmund],” Nadal said. “I played more aggressively and I played with a very high intensity from the beginning. I was playing much better with my forehand. I maintained that kind of level for all the match, I think. That was the key.”

On Friday the upset-makers will have another go in the quarterfinals, featuring (2) Djokovic vs. (10) Goffin, (4) Nadal vs. unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman, (5) Cilic vs. (15) Ramos-Vinolas, and (11) Lucas Pouille vs. (16) Cuevas.

“Playing in Monte Carlo has a special meaning to me because I live here and I train in this club all year round,” Djokovic said. “I have many friends and family that come and support me. It feels very special. That’s why I always try to give extra effort to really make a good result in this tournament.”

FRIDAY MONTE CARLO SCHEDULE
COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
[15] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [5] M. Cilic (CRO)
[16] P. Cuevas (URU) vs [11] L. Pouille (FRA)
[10] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)


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55 Comments for Nadal Rolls, Djokovic Survives, Murray And Wawrinka Fall In Monte Carlo; Friday QFs

Nits Says:

Just a thought which event will be Nadal’s 10 th title Monte Carlo Barcelona or French Open?. He is going to get one of these three this year


kjb Says:

@Nits

All three? He’s in full on beast mode right now. Definetely one of his best starts to a season ever.


Nits Says:

All three is tough. If Goffin takes care of djokovic today. Nadal will have a smooth path to the trophy.


Nits Says:

Cilic out


HJF Says:

Good , ARV played well to win that match ….


Truthsquad Says:

Nadal looks to have this one in the bag, and once the confidence starts rolling, I don’t see how anyone stops him at RG.


skeezer Says:

Goffin starts off with a hold and a break.


skeezer Says:

4-1 Goffin, playing well.


the_mind_reels Says:

So far Djokovic looks mediocre to bad, and Goffin is holding steady and playing within himself.


Nits Says:

Now Djokovic is facing a quality player who can grab the chances provided. Let’s see


skeezer Says:

Novak has gotten into this match(finally) and starting to move well and strike the ball better breaking down Goffins game. Impressive since Goffin is playing really well. As Nits says, “Let’s see” from here. Still on serve…


Van Persie Says:

Nole smelled blod during last game, where he broke Goffin. Will the shark finally wake up?


skeezer Says:

VP,
He has gotten back that look in his eyes, maybe that fall woke his game up? :)


Nits Says:

Interesting match. Goffin need to have the belief that he can beat djokovic. Most of the players except Kyrgios lack in belief department.


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

Hope he will keep that look in the eyes til the end.


Nits Says:

I think it’s Djokovic match now


skeezer Says:

It helps that Goffin is hitting more UE’s. Novak has found the right kind of pressure to push back causing that though….


Truth Says:

He hit an angle to trouble Goffin then he does nothing but grunt in the next point.
This is challenger level tennis. Truth: useless


Van Persie Says:

Goffin raised his level. Awesome points


SG1 Says:

With the exception of Federer, Nadal has been the most surprising player of 2017 by far. He’s not the Nadal of 2010 but he doesn’t have to be. He’s been very tough mentally and his game is rising. He has to be the favorite at every clay court event he enters.


Nits Says:

What a match


skeezer Says:

Goffin has Novak on the brink? Wow.


Nits Says:

Goffin wins


Van Persie Says:

Sorry for my Nole but am glad for Goffin. Well done.
Nole played good today, the positive :)


Nits Says:

Goffin’s 1st win against Djokovic.


Nits Says:

Djokovic & Murray both still in recovery phase.


skeezer Says:

Novak need to get serious about his stamina.
His legs gave out of him at the end. It was 3 sets, not 5.
All credit to Goffin, he played more aggresively overall.


skeezer Says:

Nadal a shoo in for another MC title, no doubt.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

In a grand slam and the first 3 Masters tourneys of the year, the worlds #1 and 2 have managed 1 QF appearance between them.

Has there EVER been such a stretch of unsuccessful tennis from a world #1 and 2 before??


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Marcelo Rios approves of that message.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

If Novak has a consolation… he gained points on Federer.

That’s better than Stan and Andy can say for their week in Monte Carlo.


Van Persie Says:

It was first time for Nole after Doha, that he played 3 matches in a row.
Stamina issues may be caused by lack of matches. I think he will do better, as the season advances, or I hope so.


Van Persie Says:

I heard he might have a new coach after clay season, do not know if it’s so.


Van Persie Says:

Andy will play next week in Barcelona. Great. Some big names atvthat tournament.


Van Persie Says:

RZ,

No Kit Kat today, but I will be out for a Pizza :D


RZ Says:

@VP – I was just thinking it might be a good thing as too much sugar is not healthy. Enjoy the pizza!


Van Persie Says:

Thanks RZ, and I’ll have red wine, to burn the calories ;)


J-Kath Says:

Not happy with Andy playing at Barcelona.

As for Nole – think his dandruff will be raised…..he’ll be better prepared and more determined. Love wee David Goffin, but while he is a worthy player he is not top 5 category – he reminds me of the wonderful “Ferrer” – consistently good and brave.


Okiegal Says:

@JK^^^^ I agree with you about “wee” Goffin……he showed lots of poise today against the former #1. As I’ve said many times…..tennis is so fickle…..Rafa will have his hands full tomorrow for sure. Rafa is not a shoe in.. ..his game goes awry at times, so we will see if we have an old MC champion or a new one! My condolences to Novak fans on his loss today…..he will get it together eventually…..lots of pressure to deal with…..I will bet Rafa understands his plight for sure!


chrisford1 Says:

Tennis Vagabond writes:

“In a grand slam and the first 3 Masters tourneys of the year, the worlds #1 and 2 have managed 1 QF appearance between them.

Has there EVER been such a stretch of unsuccessful tennis from a world #1 and 2 before??”

Seriously, any time Pete Sampras entered clay season and, #2, Agassi was having injury or attitude issues at the time….It happened year after year.

It IS weird that the two most consistent players on Tour since Andy’s full recovery from back surgery – had lapses – Djokovic’s by far the more significant going on a year of crappitude from being the guy that relentlessly had been in the Big 3 since 2007.


lakie Says:

I wonder why Andy is playing Barcelona.


lakie Says:

I think the top guys feel insecure when they are not playing so they keep rushing back even when not fully recovered.


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal: We are in tune. However, my bet (although I don’t mean I’ve placed one) is on Rafa – don’t want to jinx him – but he will definitely win….he’s on a roll. No question.


J.S. Says:

Djok/Goffin match – WEIRD environment – No enthusiasm from either player, expected from Goffin but Djok looked like he didn’t want to be there….PERIOD!!! When Djokovic fell(I missed it since I was watching the ball) he woke up, not kidding!!!
Goffin played lights out the 1st set but it was odd until the 6th game in 2nd set…..AND BOY OH BOY DID things change! ROARS everywhere, both players grunting and it was exhilerating – the best match so far!!
Crowd booing Djokovic (shocked) he lives in Monte Carlo! Fans stomping on the bleachers rooting for Goffin. Lots of love for “DAWVEED DAWVEED” LOL – Amazing match!!! Seriously no one left their seats…..


chrisford1 Says:

Vegan Man started flat, then whatever glycogen was in in his liver from whatever sweet fruit he is “permitted” to eat, got converted to energy, but that reserve was soon depleted and his UFEs went up 3rd set. Boris knows what’s going on, and Boris bailed.
Hope Novak doesn’t have his boy on a weird kale smoothy diet or such and stunt the kid’s growth.
Goffin cheers? Pretty simple, women see him as cute. And beta males accompanying the women take cue that they have to cheer on the same side as “my boss”.


Truth Says:

The Djoker crap effort and lack of interest really are not great unless you enjoy watching Nadal.
David deserves praise but the crowd isn’t stupid after watching him many years.
They booed for the right reasons. Otherwise, he would’ve collected bigger money, blow kisses & bowed down like Michael Jackson, despite not reaching finals. The worst behaviour from Djoker.
Money should be taken away from him because he’s just greedy and nonsensical on court.


J.S. Says:

Aren’t you glad I didn’t write a book about my entire day….

Not sure why the crowd was for Goffin, very shocked and regardless if you like Novak or not, it was very one sided cheers. NOT NICE!

But, If Djok had wanted to play from the beginning he would’ve/should’ve won!

Haha Goffin is not cute, LOL


chrisford1 Says:

J.S., Goffin is so cute I think he is cute, and I’m a “heteronormative” kind of guy. I don’t think Djokovic is a bad looking guy, and he has attributes any woman’s scorecard would check off. But not cute. Rafa is. Fed qualifies in the “cute nerdy exception to conventionally cute.
Novak can take some consolation that before playing pro, his pal Andy “Fang” Murray earned his living coming out from underneath a bridge and collecting tolls. (Though Andy ditched his scruffy self for a day and cleaned up remarkably well for his wedding.)


skeezer Says:

^ its clear what the crowd thinks in their cheeering. Why?


Okiegal Says:

@JK….I will get back with you tomorrow after the match to see if I have to get all over you about the jinx thing…….LOL!! Rafa can get off kilter sometimes…..I hope he holds it together tomorrow, Goffin is one scrappy dude!! Should be a good match…….


Van Persie Says:

JK,

Was a bit surprised about Andy’s decision. Starting to believe Lendl is perhaps very pushy with the Nr. 1 thing. Or Andy wants more training before the FO….


J.S. Says:

Okiegal…
Rafa has a look of pure determination but I admit I don’t know much about Goffin!

Today is the hottest day of the tournament, should favor Rafa!

Peace out….see everyone tonight!!!


J-Kath Says:

Van Persie:

Andy does not have my approval to play – he’s playing for the wrong reasons and not facing up to his real problems and he’ll
run out of energy again. I’m p-ssed off. If Lendl is urging perseverance rather than preservation then he’s not facing reality either. Sigh, sigh, sigh.

As for David Goffin, I don’t define him as “cute” I actually feel sorry for him…he has a bully for a coach. As for Nole -I think the crowd were more supportive of David because he’s Belgian – next door neighbour – and of course there’s the David and Goliath syndrome.


Van Persie Says:

JK,

Agree with you about Lendl. Guess also Nole started working with BB for the same reason. BB was more likely tobpushy when there was not the case.

Also do not think, Goffin is that cute. Agree also with the crowd being with him for reasons named by you, plus, many Rafans were there, and they did not want a Rafanole match, it’s normal.
Even if Nole lives there, do not think the locals see him as one of their.


Van Persie Says:

Correction: Nole stoped working with BB, not started. Sorry

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