Nadal, Federer On Tap Wednesday In Monte Carlo; Djokovic Dominates In Opener
by Staff | April 14th, 2015, 5:55 pm

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 that is a clay-court specialist, and win in two sets, I thought it was a very good performance. I can just take positives from today.

“Of course, the fact that I’m playing at home, in a way, because I spend a lot of time in Monte Carlo, I practise in this club over the course of 12 months, hard courts, clay courts, I know people who are doing the courts, friends with them – it really is a different and very special feeling. So I’m trying to enjoy it and see how far I can go.”

Grigor Dimitrov also won in 3 tough sets over Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

“It’s never easy, especially in the first match, having an opponent like that,” said Dimitrov who will play Fabio Fognini Wednesday. “Verdasco is known for his strength, especially on a clay court. I’m really happy with the win because it shows that I’ve done something right in the days coming into the tournament.”

David Ferrer, Marin Cilic were winners on a day when seeds were a perfect 8-0.

Among the headliners on a packed schedule tomorrow are 8-time champion Nadal who returns to take on Lucas Pouille and 4-time runner-up Roger Federer is on court against Jeremy Chardy in a rematch of a tough battle a year ago in the Rome wind won by the Frenchman. Also, Stan Wawrinka begins his title defense against Juan Monaco.

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs J. Monaco (ARG)
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [WC] L. Pouille (FRA)
J. Chardy (FRA) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)
[11] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs D. Goffin (BEL)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
F. Fognini (ITA) vs [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
J. Sousa (POR) vs [4] M. Raonic (CAN)
[14] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)

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

jalep Says:

Anyone else see an upset alert in Pouille over Rafa?


Maybe Monaco over Wawrinka.

Wog Boy Says:

Another question for knowledgable TX posters, what is the difference beetwen dry and slippery court and court that has been just watered, does ball flies faster or slower, higher or lower etc etc.

Daniel Says:

Wog Boy,

The dryer the courrs the faster it behaves. It is as if the “clay” dust is of so it behaves more like a HC. But the dryer also the higher bounce. Sun and dry, high bounce and fast. Wet and cloudy, less bounce and more slow conditions.
Hamburgo used tonhe one of the slowest courts or if you have too much clay as it was in Buenos Aires (seems they were playing on sand).

Wog Boy Says:

Daniel, thanks, that is what I thought. I was tring to work out why Ramos complained to Murphy when he decided to water ans level the court after few games in the second set. I think Nole said it was slippery and uneven (since they forgot to level and water the court after first set as they should) and Ramos insisted that he is quite happy to play as it is, the brake worked in Nole’s favour, he played better after court was watered and broke him imidiatelly.

Daniel Says:

Didn’t saw the match, but when you take to long without wetting the court, the “wholes” and uneven shows and affect play more. Wetting also level the ground and prevent does dust winds. It’s awful to play in supper dry courts, send in your eyes and the uneven kick all the time.

Wog Boy Says:

^^That was excatly Murhy’s point since organisers missed to do it at the end of the second set.
mat4, I know you have to be right;) but I disagree that Nole played great. He played good enough to win, his service percentage was low, not up to his standard, too many UE for two sets, FHDTL wasn’t really great (partly due to Ramos being lefty and having good FH himself), break point coversion low… Good thing in a case Nole and Rafa are too meet is that he played lefty and most importantly Boris and Vajda are together in MC, and should stay in MC regardless of result to work with Nole.

Wog Boy Says:

^^ Murphy’s

Wog Boy Says:

should say “at the end of first set”

jalep Says:

Nole played well enough to beat Ramos comfortably I thought. AND thanks for clay court explained @Daniel.

Stan Wawrinka has golfers pants on -short version. He’s playing very fast, allowing no time for Monaco to put his thinking cap on. It’s a confident Stan. Takes the 1st set 6-1

jalep Says:

Okay, let’s see if Monaco can turn this around.

jalep Says:

This is good tennis. Monaco up a break to start the 2nd set but the man in the best shorts breaks right back. Benoit Paire. Cheers him on.

Giles Says:

“best shorts”. Hahaha

Hippy Chick Says:

Robredo doing some baking winning 1 and 1,some performance against Granollers,i like Robredo he has a good game….

jalep Says:

No middle ground for Stan. Errors everywhere – left and right 2nd set. Monaco has hadone plenty of chances. But Stan makes it 6-4. 1st set was brilliant.

jalep Says:

I like Robredo too @ Hippy Chick. All i’m getting on tennis channel now is Berdych and Stakhovsky.

Until Rafa starts.

Daniel Says:

Didn’t see Nadal’s match but judging by score he’s back.

Federer having a clinical performance serving 5-1 second set for the match, considering his opponent. Although Chardy could play better, he DF twice in BP against.

This Masters is packed, a lot of nice matches right from the go, and next round Wawrinka x Dimitrov; Ferrer x Simon and hope for Fed x Monfils.

Emily Says:

Nadal played well, not quite his A game, and Stan was lights out in the first set (started going for a bit too much in the 2nd). His shorts are definitely different and take some getting used to, but Roger’s going w/ a camouflage stripe on navy blue shorts and rafa’s got silver so everyone seems to be trying something new

I think Pouille has real potential, but doesn’t really have his head together yet, in terms of shot selection. He played well against Monfils in Australia, but gassed out in the 5th. W/ no upsets as of right now, matches should get really interesting after a pretty routine day yesterday (though Fernando definitely had his chances against Grigor).

jalep Says:

Rafa looked fine. Pouille though not so much. Easy win. Federer duffed up a lackluster Chardy. Nice win for Dimitrov.

Yes @Daniel. Wawrinka Dimitrov… looking forward to that! Ferrer Simon too.

jalep Says:

@ Emily. No one has anything over Monfils. As to kit style points.

Emily Says:

@jalep, hadn’t seen Monfils’ new kit and you are correct. It’s like one of those magic eye pictures.

Daniel Says:

Djoko also went with a orange yellowish shirt, kind of different for him, he usually wears blue on clay.

skeezer Says:

“Rafa looked fine. Pouille though not so much.”
Yep, actually Pouille was pathetic, like only could get half of his first serves in the box? Guess there is a reason he is 108.

jalep Says:

Raonic Ronaldo hair. Quite nice especially if a lock falls wayward onto his forhead. The sleeved Superman.

Edged Sousa, I see.

Emily Says:

@jalep, good call w/ reference to Ronaldo hair, and I heard a commentator say Raonic looks like superman when the lock falls on his forehead.

Here’s hoping we get a good match w/ Gael and Dolgo, since the outfits have been more interesting than today’s matches.

calmdownplease Says:

`Raonic Ronaldo hair. Quite nice especially if a lock falls wayward onto his forhead. The sleeved Superman…`

Superman, Ronaldo?
lol I think he looks more like `Moe Szyslak` from `The Simpsons` myself…

jalep Says:

Haha. Sexy.Milos.

Oh ya. Monfils Dog!

jalep Says:

Tie break to Monfils. But that was wild.

jalep Says:

Very physical match but Dog is at a disadvantage. Monfils is loving it!

Emily Says:

Instead of the shot making we’re used to from Gael and Alex, it’s been more about who can make fewer sloppy errors. However, that Monfils fake out was priceless; even he had to give a little wink after winning that point.

jalep Says:

Loved the wink.

Full of profound errors for sure. Far from boring! Another tie break…

Monfils won the last encounter with Federer on clay. Would like to see this Monfils play Federer next round. I don’t think Dog can trouble Federer.

Rafa has to play Isner. Says:

What an amazing lineup of matches tomorrow:

That is a smorgasbord of star clashes, and INTERESTING star clashes- Isner/Rafa because Isner’s been hot lately and had a great clay match against Rafa last time. Certainly expect Rafa to coast but there’s a bit of a ‘could be’ here.

Fed/Monfils b/c of how close their last match was, and their own recent clay history.

Then you’ve got Novak and Raonic in action as a bonus.

jane Says:

indeed TV; great line up, especially considering this masters event is optional. of course who wouldn’t want to play in that beautiful city on that court? it’s pure eye candy. :)

jalep Says:

Certainly will be a day to set the DVR @TennisVagabond.
Bautista-Agut gets underrated. He could upset Berdych.
Robredo will trouble Milos.
Haider-Maurer…should be an easy out for Nole. But the tattooed Austrian is tough.

Okiegal Says:

Okiegal says……”Whew, glad that TB is over”

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