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April 15th, 2014

Andreas Seppi Hit This “Straight Out Of The Top Drawer” Tweener Today [Video]

It’s very early, but the shot of this clay season thus far goes to Andreas Seppi who connected on this terrific tweener winner in Monte Carlo earlier today.

The shot helped Seppi to go on to beat 13th seed Mikhail Youzhny 63, 76. He’ll now play Pablo Andujar.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:20 am in Best Shots, Videos | 5 Comments »

April 15th, 2014

Watch Rafael Nadal Go For A Boat Ride In Monte Carlo [Video]

Rafael Nadal hit the waters ahead of the Monte Carlo tournament hopping aboard a yacht Monday. The Spaniard joined the crew on Tuiga, manning the rudder and learning the ropes of sailing the Yacht Club de Monaco’s flagship. Tuiga sailed around Monte-Carlo harbour.

“It was a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon,” said Nadal who’s an avid fisherman. “It was a special experience for me. I am from an island, so the sea, the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in Monte Carlo, Videos | 21 Comments »

April 15th, 2014

Fedal Wars: Chardy Says Rafael Nadal Will Pass Roger Federer In Grand Slams

Jeremy Chardy said on Sunday at Monte Carlo that in this golden age of tennis, he prefers Roger Federer’s game.

“To say which one is the best is not so easy because they are really close. But I prefer the game of Federer,” Chardy said on Sunday. “I think he can play every shot. I like the way he play because he want to make the game, he play a lot with the serve and forehand, like me. After he always …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:57 am in Fedal, Monte Carlo | 58 Comments »

April 14th, 2014

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

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. …

Posted by Staff @ 3:46 pm in Monte Carlo | 42 Comments »

April 14th, 2014

Rafael Nadal Surprises World By Declaring Clay Season Is His Most Favorite Part Of The Year!

Eight time champion Rafael Nadal met the press yesterday in Monte Carlo where the World No. 1 revealed that the clay season is his most favorite time of the year.

“It’s my favorite part of the season,” Nadal said Sunday.

Jokes aside, Nadal begins his European clay season Wednesday against either Frenchman Gilles Simon or Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili.

“In the last eight to nine years I had positive results here and I was able to win a lot of matches and …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:54 am in Monte Carlo | 40 Comments »

April 14th, 2014

Novak Djokovic: I’ll Focus On The French Open In Paris, But Not Before Then

Novak Djokovic revealed his plan of attack for this clay season. The Serb who’s the defending champion this week in Monte Carlo, said Sunday that this season he’ll concentrate more on the lead-up tournaments to the French Open.

“Last year, Roland Garros was more in my mind,” said Djokovic. “It was in my thoughts constantly. I’m not saying it’s good or bad, and it doesn’t mean that this year I don’t want to win it. …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:43 am in Monte Carlo | 142 Comments »

April 14th, 2014

Cornet, Garcia, G-Lo, Hot Sauce Win WTA/ATP Titles

Cornet Tops Radwanska, Giorgi for WTA Katowice Championship

It was brushed off as a fluke by many when Alize Cornet defeated world No. 1 Serena Williams earlier in the year at Dubai, but the Frenchwoman is proving herself a force in 2014. On Sunday she captured the title at the BNP Paribas Katowice Open in Poland, in the championship defeating first-time finalist Camila Giorgi 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-5.

The fighting Giorgi came from a break down to win the second set, and a …

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

April 13th, 2014

WTA Moves to Punish Fed Cup Tennis; Kuala Lumpur Preview

The ITF (International Tennis Federation) and the men’s and women’s tours have always had a push-pull relationship since the organization that runs the Slams, Fed Cup and Olympics (but not the regular tours) has lost a bit of power over the years.

But now the ITF is really on the WTA shit list after demanding that WTA players participate in four ties every four years, instead of the previous two ties, to qualify for Olympic participation.

The result? Now the WTA is …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 3:42 pm in Fed Cup, ITF, Tennis, WTA, WTA Tour | 1 Comment »

April 13th, 2014

The Monte Carlo WAG Show

Monte Carlo held their player party last night and the players and their wives/girlfriends dressed the part in the principality known for the rich and famous. A sample:

Tomas Berdych

Julien Benneteau

Ivan Ljubicic

Nenad Zimonjic

Rohan Bopanna

Pablo Andujar

Kevin Anderson

Robin Lindstedt…

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:09 am in Monte Carlo | 35 Comments »

April 12th, 2014

Monte Carlo Preview: Nadal, Djokovic, Federer Fight For The First Big Clay Title Of 2014

The first major clay tennis tournament of the season kicks off tomorrow at the breathtaking Monte Carlo Masters with the Top 6 players all in attendance. But given the surface, one really doesn’t have to go that deep to find a winner. That’s because it’s essentially a two-horse race between the King of Clay Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic.

And looking at the draw, it’s hard to see these two not battling in the final once again a week …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:55 am in Monte Carlo | 73 Comments »

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1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Richard Gasquet9 Maria Sharapova
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