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Monte Carlo’s Court Central is among the most picturesque in the world.
The Monte Carlo Masters is now officially two rounds old. As ever it has achieved a heady alchemy of the wearyingly familiar and the edifyingly refreshing. In the former category may be found Rafael Nadal’s annual disavowal of his own favouritism, which would carry more credence if it wasn’t delivered from atop a golden throne fashioned from his eighty-two previous Monte Carlo trophies. In the latter category one will discover Fabio Fognini, Grigor Dimitrov and Jarkko Nieminen, all of whom have progressed farther than one might have expected, scattering seeds along the way.
All four of the top seeds had been granted byes through the first round, in order that they might today parade for the delectation of the Court Central ticket holders. It was a packed ticket on one of the world’s prettiest tennis courts. Tomas Berdych kicked things off in confessedly grotesque fashion, seeing off Marcel Granollers in a pair o...
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Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters to 43 matches, beating Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-2 Wednesday in the second round.
The eight-time defending champion nearly trailed 3-0 in the second set, but he saved break points before taking control of the match.
The third-seeded Nadal will face Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round.
Rafael Nadal chalked up his 43rd consecutive victory on the red clay of the Monte Carlo Country Club with a 6-1, 6-2 win Wednesday over Australia's Marinko Matosevic -- a streak of success that has seen him win the Rolex Masters eight straight times.
As yet, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic can only dream of that kind of domination of a particular tournament. Record-breaking statistics...
Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4 in the third round.
The third-seeded Nadal did not face a single break point and will play Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.
Nadal clipped a forehand winner past him to break and held at love to move up 5-3 in the second set. The Spaniard...
(April 17, 2013) Rafael Nadal began his quest for a ninth Monte-Carlo Masters title on Wednesday by extending his winning streak thereto 43, while No. 1 Novak Djokovic was extended to three sets on a shaky ankle. The eight-time had few problems with Marinko Matosevic, dispatching the Australian 6-1, 6-2. “I played well at the [...]
(April 18, 2013) Eight-time defending Monte-Carlo Masters champion Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak at the tournament to 44 matches, while No. 1 Novak Djoovic had to rally from a set down for a second straight day to move into the quarterfinals. No. 2 seed Andy Murray was not so fortunate falling to No. [...]
by James A. Crabtree
The documentations decree that a Bond baddie must often appear amicable at first, preferable have an accent, seek world revenge or domination and hang out in playgrounds of the rich.
Therefore dear old Rafa could well be the quintessential James Bond baddie. Just for a moment imagine Dr. Rafa stroking a white cat, sitting on a swivel chair overlooking a giant...
With varying degrees of confidence, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic reached the quarter finals of the Rolex ATP Masters here but world No. 2 Andy Murray suffered a stunning set back, losing 6-1, 6-2 to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in just 58 minutes.
Murray, who will drop back to No. 3 on Monday as a result of this loss, usually takes time to adjust to clay and has, in fact,...