Rafael Nadal may have just won his seventh consecutive Monte Carlo title but it wasn’t a pretty win. He didn’t play particularly good tennis and has twice been trumped on the American hard courts by Novak Djokovic but still Nadal has felt the need to try and play Barcelona to add to his point tally with the goal of being year end number one. “That’s where I have to play my best, where I have to defend a lot of points.”
It seems a strange response to the pressure when something is clearly not right in his game. He’s been complaining of being abnormally tired despite having four weeks off after the Australian Open. Nadal has titles to defend in Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros and Wimbledon and his knees don’t need the extra strain. If he’s so tired someone in his team needs to step up and tell him to go back to Mallorca for some rest. Read more
The last time Rafael Nadal has lost in Monte Carlo was when he was 16 years old. Since then whenever he has played current world number one has gone home with the title. Today the six time defending champion, who was the first man to ever win a tournament six consecutive times, has claimed his seventh title beating compatriot David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 in a baseline battle between clay court specialists. Read more
After the Australian Open tennis fans and media were more interested in the state of mind and the coaching status of Scot Andy Murray but after his three hour loss to Rafael Nadal in yesterday’s Monte Carlo semi final everyone is now more interested in his elbow.
The Scot delayed proceedings for extra warm up time after having an injection to settle some pain that he had started feeling in his previous match. After the loss the world number four spoke to media about his elbow. Read more
Lately I’ve become convinced there is something wrong with world number one Rafael Nadal the same way I was convinced there was something wrong with him in 2009 when he left Miami. Things just haven’t seemed right for the Spaniard and I’m ignoring the virus and the adductor tear that he started the year with.
In Miami he talked about Novak Djokovic superseding him as world number one. Then he lost the final in a tie break and complained of being very tired despite recently having four weeks off to recover from the virus and the adductor tear. Now he’s hitting horribly short balls again, the same way he did before Robin Soderling got the best of him at Roland Garros. Read more
Rafael Nadal has battled for three hours to beat Andy Murray 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 for a chance to fight David Ferrer for his seventh consecutive Monte Carlo crown. It was a dramatic, strange and entertaining match as the two players went through patches of brilliance and difficulty.
Their match was scheduled to start at 3pm to determine the final finalist for the Monte Carlo event. The crowd sat and waited for Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal before it was announced that Murray had a painful elbow and had been advised to warm up for more time before deciding if he was going to play. An anxious packed house waited and eventually the men came out on court – Murray sans any tape or real indicator that something was astray. Read more
David Ferrer put on a beautiful performance today against Jurgen Melzer to claim his place in the finals of the Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo. Ferrer is a well known clay court specialist and he displayed his greater skill in the process of beating Melzer 6-3, 6-2.
Jurgen got an early break racing to a 3-1 lead before the inside out forehand of David really found its range allowing him to level at 3-3 and then deny Melzer any further games in the set. Read more
Rafael Nadal has surged on in pursuit of a seventh consecutive title in Monte Carlo, defeating Ivan Ljubicic 6-1, 6-3 and setting up a semi final meeting with Andy Murray who has now won three consecutive matches after ending a career worst losing streak.
The opening three games of Nadal’a match with Ljubicic were not particularly high quality as both players struggled to adjust to the gusty conditions. Nadal broke in the opening game. Ljubicic broke back when a cranky Rafa failed to get a first serve. Nadal broke again and from there on it was the Spanish world number one who adjusted better to the conditions, Ivan struggling to control his main weapon – his serve. Read more
Jurgen Melzer has surprised crowd favourite Roger Federer with a straight sets defeat in their Monte Carlo quarterfinal match today winning 6-4, 6-4 as a final backhand from the Swiss maestro landed in the net. The win not only marks the first time Melzer has beaten Federer but also the first time Melzer has won a set off Federer. After an hour and 44 minutes Federer was set packing by the Austrian.
Melzer now faces Spaniard David Ferrer for a finals spot. Read more
Caroline Wozniacki has Tweeted a photo of herself and Jo Wilfriend Tsonga, who was party of a burlesque themed skit, from the Monte Carlo players party. It’s a slightly scary (maybe too tucked) image of Tsonga… video has yet to surface. Novak Djokovic oversaw proceedings despite playing this year as he is resting his injured knee.
Andy Murray has finally snapped his horrible losing streak in Monte Carlo, having not won a match since losing the Australian Open final. The Scot has now won two consecutive matches in Monte Carlo, most recently defeating the ailing Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-3. Murray was booed after his match against the injured Frenchman, not for his terrible hair, but for his poor form repeatedly playing drop shots (which Murray does irritatingly frequently anyway) taunting the often injured former top ten player. Read more