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April 18th, 2014

Nadal Suffers Early Knock Out; Federer v Djokovic Saturday; Monte Carlo SFs Picks And Pans

After five relatively calm, uneventful days at our first big clay test of the season, the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters was thrust into absolute chaos on Friday. The highlight of course was reigning King of Clay and 8-time champion Rafael Nadal’s shocking loss to 32-year-old David Ferrer in no less than two sets.

Behind a bounty of errors (41 all told) from Rafa, Ferrer knocked down Nadal 7-6, 6-4 to end a 17-match losing streak to his countryman on the dirt.

“Losing …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:32 pm in Monte Carlo | 251 Comments »

April 18th, 2014

Rafael Nadal: I’m Not Happy About Today, I’m Not Happy With How I Played

Rafael Nadal is not happy. In an error-strewn loss the “King of Clay” was shocked by countryman David Ferrer 76(1), 64 today in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals. Nadal, who had been to the final the loss nine years at the event winning eight, suffered his first loss on clay to Ferrer in 10 years.

“Losing hurts everywhere. On clay always a little bit more,” said Nadal. “I am not happy today about what I did. Not very happy about the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:48 am in Monte Carlo | 49 Comments »

April 18th, 2014

Streaks That Ended After Rafael Nadal Lost To David Ferrer Today In Monte Carlo [Chart]

David Ferrer stunned compatriot and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal 7-6, 6-4 in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Friday. Ferrer’s win broke a number of streaks that were in Nadal’s favor going into the match:

17
Wins over Ferrer on clay

9
Appearences in the Monte Carlo final

30
Clay court match wins

46
Wins in quarterfinals matches at clay events

15
Appearences red clay Masters finals

11
Clay events reaching the semifinals

7
Wins over Top 10 players on …

Posted by Staff @ 9:57 am in Charts, Monte Carlo | 9 Comments »

April 17th, 2014

Federer v Tsonga, Nadal v Ferrer; Monte Carlo QF Picks And Pans

I can’t recall the Top 4 claycourt players having it this easy through two rounds of matches at a Masters Series event. But that’s been the case thus far at Monte Carlo this week.

King of Clay Rafael Nadal lost nine games.

Roger Federer lost just eight.

Stan Wawrinka played just one match losing only two.

And defending champion Novak Djokovic dropped a mere two in two matches.

But easy street should come end this weekend, and perhaps even on Friday when the quarterfinals get …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:55 pm in Monte Carlo | 203 Comments »

April 16th, 2014

Roger Federer Could Miss The French Open Or Wimbledon For Birth Of Third Child

Roger Federer and wife Mirka remain mum on the due date of their third child, but Federer hinted today that he would skip tournaments like the French Open to be by his wife’s side.

“So we’re just waiting,” Federer told the AP on Wednesday. “It’s a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife. I’ve played enough tennis matches. Missing a tournament or missing a match wouldn’t change anything for me.”

When asked if it could mean missing …

Posted by Staff @ 5:34 pm in French Open, Wimbledon | 19 Comments »

April 16th, 2014

Top Seeds Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka Cruise In Monte Carlo; Ferrer v Dimitrov Thursday

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer continued the domination by top seeds at Monte Carlo on Thursday. Nadal, an 8-time tournament champion, shrugged off a slow start to win 11 of the last 13 games to beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1 in the second round.

“It was very important that point, 3-1, break point for him,” said Nadal. “I saved it with one good shot and one good volley. After that I felt that was the time to try to push a …

Posted by Staff @ 5:06 pm in Monte Carlo | 22 Comments »

April 15th, 2014

Djokovic Dominates; Nadal, Federer In Action Wednesday At Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic opened his Monte Carlo title defense with a blistering 6-1, 6-0 rout over Albert Montanes. The World No. 2 needed just 45 minutes to take down the Spanish veteran.

“For the first match on clay, it was great,” said Djokovic. “I lost only one game, so there were not too many flaws in my game that I could recall. On the other side, I’ve had an opponent who is a specialist on this surface, but he hasn’t played even …

Posted by Staff @ 4:29 pm in Monte Carlo | 54 Comments »

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 »


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ATP - Apr 21 WTA - Apr 21
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 David Ferrer5 Simona Halep
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Maria Sharapova
10 John Isner10 Dominika Cibulkova
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