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April 17th, 2015

Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic It Is In The Monte Carlo SFs, Who’s The Pick?

And here we go! I’ll happily take a so-so day of tennis if it means we get our first Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic collision in 10 months Saturday. That’s how things went today in Monte Carlo with Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and Djokovic all cruising into the semis before Nadal needed three to oust David Ferrer.

First up was Berdych who advanced when Milos Raonic withdrew with a foot injury down 5-2. Switching surfaces can be tricky especially for big guys like …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:57 pm in Monte Carlo | 209 Comments »

April 16th, 2015

Federer Still Can’t Win In Monte Carlo; Nadal, Djokovic Move Closer To Saturday SF

After four days of relatively in-form results, things were turned upside down a little today in the Monte Carlo third round as the top two Swiss players and last year’s finalists Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer were both sent home consecutively in straight sets on center court.

It’s hard to say which was the bigger surprise because, Wawrinka, who won this title a year ago, was absolutely destroyed by Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-2 in under an hour. That scoreline was a …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:52 pm in Monte Carlo | 120 Comments »

April 16th, 2015

Rafael Nadal: Physicality In Tennis Isn’t Preventing Young Guys From Breaking Through, It’s Because They Are Not Good Enough

On Wednesday in Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal blasted youngster Lucas Pouille running his record to 27-3 against players born in the 1990s. So Nadal was asked what is holding back the younger generation and those before them from winning big titles.

Many of have said the reason is because tennis has become so much more physical over the years. But Nadal disagrees.

“I am not agree,” Nadal said. “When I arrived here, when I was younger than this generation, Coria, Nalbandian, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:31 am in 2015 Season | 63 Comments »

April 16th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Says He Changed Racquets So He Could Get Even More Spin On The Ball!

Before his three set win today over John Isner, Rafael Nadal talked Wednesday about his recent switch to a new Babolat prototype racquet, the PLAY Aeropro Drive.

“We were thinking about before the season start,” Nadal said of the change. But was not enough time to prepare the racquet for before the season start. So now the racquets are ready. I practiced with them in Mallorca since I came back from Miami.

“Is a little bit of change. I really …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:07 am in Equipment, Monte Carlo | 2 Comments »

April 15th, 2015

Nadal v Isner, Federer v Monfils Headline Blockbuster Thursday In Monte Carlo

With only one of the 16 seeds failing to reach the third round, it promises to be one of the best line-ups for any Thursday this tennis season. Former champions Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka plus Roger Federer headline a day featuring 12 of the Top 14 players on court, fighting for their life in the first Masters clay event of the season in Monte Carlo.

As for today, Rafael Nadal played what he called was his best match …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:42 pm in Monte Carlo | 192 Comments »

April 15th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Wins Second Laureus Sportsman Of The Year

In a ceremony at Shanghai Grand Theatre, tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic took home the prestigious honor of being named Laureus World Sportsman Of The Year earlier today.

The Serb beat out other hopefuls including Lewis Hamilton (Motor Racing), Renaud Lavillenie (Athletics), Rory McIlroy (Golf), Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) and Marc Marquez (Motorcycling).

It’s the second time Djokovic has won the award after his 2011 season.

“The past season was one of the best in my career,” Djokovic said. “I achieved great …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:08 am in 2015 Season | 25 Comments »

April 15th, 2015

With A New Racquet, Rafael Nadal Began His Clay Campaign By Playing What He Called His Best Match Of The Year

After a tough start to the season, maybe Rafael Nadal really is finding his footing on his favorite red clay. Nadal, who has just won title since the French Open, began this European clay season with a crushing 62, 61 win over Lucas Pouille, calling the win one his of best performances of the year.

“Today, I played solidly,” said Nadal. “Today, I played with no mistakes in a row. I played aggressively when I had to play aggressive. I hit …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:57 am in Monte Carlo | 23 Comments »

April 15th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Jokes He Doesn’t Miss Playing Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have played 42 times but not once since their French Open battle in the final a year. And Djokovic doesn’t mind that he hasn’t faced off against his main rival who he trails 23-19.

“Well, not so much, honestly,” Djokovic joked about missing RAfa. “We have played over 40 times. I’m sure that I’m going to play him more. Maybe it happens this week, maybe not. But, you know, he’s somebody that has made history in …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:34 am in Monte Carlo | 5 Comments »

April 14th, 2015

Nadal, Federer On Tap Wednesday In Monte Carlo; Djokovic Dominates In Opener

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic upped his Masters win streak to 17 following a 6-1, 6-4 win today over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round at the Monte Carlo Open.

Playing his first clay match since his 4-set French Open loss to Rafael Nadal in the final, Djokovic was pleased with his performance.

“I felt very good,” the 2013 Monte Carlo champ said. “I thought, considering the amount of months that I haven’t played on the clay courts, to play against somebody …

Posted by Staff @ 5:55 pm in Monte Carlo | 34 Comments »

April 14th, 2015

8-Time Monte Carlo Champion Rafael Nadal Says He’s Not The Favorite To Win Anything

Rafael Nadal returns to his European red dirt this week in Monte Carlo, but the King of Clay doesn’t think he’s the favorite to win much less anything.

“I’m not the favorite for anything,” Nadal said. “I have been playing worse than the rest of the rivals of mine. The pressure is not for me.

“I am arriving here with the motivation to do something better than what I am doing.”

Nadal is coming off a poor March during which he only won …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:18 am in Monte Carlo | 52 Comments »


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1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 David Ferrer8 Ekaterina Makarova
9 Marin Cilic9 Agnieszka Radwanska
10 Stan Wawrinka10 C. Suarez Navarro
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