Juan Monaco is currently 12th in the race to the World Tour Finals after a terrific year which also saw him reach a career high ranking of number 10.
Aussie battler Lleyton Hewitt, who is rumoured to be bidding farewell to his beloved professional tennis tour after the 2013 season, came up with a surprise straight sets win over the Argentine. Read more
In recent weeks Juan Monaco has morphed into an in form and incredibly focused and consistent version of himself. Today in Rome against Novak Djokovic he was only able to maintain that intensity for just over a set, Nole walking away with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win.
The new and improved Monaco took the match to Novak in the opening set and took the first break of serve comfortably for a 3-2 lead. It was an extremely focused Monaco who seemed to bully the Serbian around the court, dictating with his forehand. Read more
It happened in the exact same spot that Juan Monaco went down a few days earlier.
Julien Benneteau was pushing Andy Murray, locking heads with the Scot at 5-5 in the first set. He slid into the corner to retrieve a ball when he hit a bad patch in the court and twisted his ankle horribly. As he lost his balance and fell (screaming in pain) he put his right hand out to break the fall. Instead he damaged his wrist and you can almost see his elbow breaking – the mechanics of which will likely leave him with ligament damage. Read more
Juan Monaco has continued his good form by topping John Isner to take the Houston final 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Isner, who showed huge promise on the clay courts in Paris last year against Nadal, is now the highest ranked American – taking over from the troubled Mardy Fish.
Monaco did the borderline impossible and broke Isner’s serve twice in the first set before the lanky American came thundering back. The two did battle for almost two and a half hours. Read more
Juan Monaco has had a memorable 28th birthday beating troubled world number 8 Mardy Fish 6-1, 6-3 making his second Masters 1000 semi final.
Fish who has struggled with the state of his game (and head space) since the Hopman Cup didn’t stand a chance against the blistering Argentine underdog. Monaco served impressively, winning 71% of his first serve points, closing out the match in just 82 minutes. Read more
This years Australian Open is a tough one to call, mostly because there are a few niggling injuries in the top 15 and quite a few who are yet to show form that warrants their high ranking.
Then there are a few variables.
Sam Querrey is returning after a lengthy and serious injury time out but according to American insiders is playing well. David Nalbandian is always dangerous and overflowing with potential but always seems to come up short or injured, much like Lleyton Hewitt. Read more
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Days after photos surfaced of Rafael Nadal giving good friend Juan Monaco a cheeky bum pinch there are now photos of him making sure team mate David Ferrer doesn’t feel left out. Read more
With the Davis Cup finals between Argentina and Spain just around the corner some of the worlds best tennis players have descended upon Seville to prepare for the final.
The two teams checked out the new stadium and Rafael Nadal, Spain’s number one, was clearly happy to see the Argentines, particularly Juan Monaco. Nadal gave good friend Pico a cheeky butt pinch before also embracing David Nalbandian. Read more
Roger Federer has had a phenomenal career. Overnight Federer notched up his 799th career win by defeating Richard Gasquet in Paris 6-2, 6-4. If he wins his next match on Friday he will be just the seventh player in history to reach 800+ wins.
To give you an idea about how difficult it is to acrew 799 wins, Novak Djokovic has won anything and everything this season and coming into Paris he was 67-4. So even if you won 10 titles in a year, as Djokovic has done, it would still take almost 12 years to get 800 wins. Federer turned pro in 1998 so you do the maths – it’s bloody impressive. Read more
Marcel Granollers battled Juan Monaco for over three hours before finally coming out on top in front of his Spanish fans 6-2, 4-6, 7-6. Granollers claimed some impressive scalps on his way to the final including Dolgopolov, Cilic, Monfils and Del Potro to claim the title and his biggest career moment.
Monaco held the early lead in the third set until losing the advantage in the eighth game with both players then holding strong to force a tie break. Read more