Monte Carlo Quick Hits April 15, 2014

Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Fabio Fognini is the best round of 32 match one could expect on clay. Rafael Nadal and Pablo Andujar are one match away from a re-match of the best clay court match of 2014 to this point.   I don’t want to read too much into David Ferrer’s 6-3, 6-0 demolition…

Nadal and Clay Court Invincibility

My second to most recent column revolved around Nadal’s seeming invulnerability on clay. All of the sudden, Nadal is pushed hard by Grigor Dimitrov, struggled holding a lead and closing out a match vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.  Now, his solid wins over Ferrer and Almagro in Latin America…

Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Post Monte Carlo

Dan Martin’s 2013 Power Ranking #6 1.  Novak Djokovic – Nole ends a nearly 9 year winning streak by Nadal in Monte Carlo and in straight sets no less.  He’s #1. 2.  Rafael Nadal – Rafa has played 5 events in 2013.  His results: 3 titles and 2 runner-up finishes. Did someone really knock over his water…

Nadal’s Reign: Unrelenting Supremacy

King Rafa 2005 – ? Can anyone stop a prepared Nadal on clay?  That is a question that has been hounding professional tennis since 2005.  There are a few scenarios for how Nadal might lose a match on clay, but these scenarios become even less likely when a match moves to a best of five…

Monte Carlo High Rolling – Nadal Wins 8th (!) Consecutive Shield

Rafael Nadal d. Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 This result was huge for a few reasons: Nadal cements his status as the favorite for the French Open in 2012* Nadal exercises some of his demons vs. Djokovic Nadal once again is the sole owner of the most Super 9/Masters Series/Masters 1000 titles Nadal most importantly wins…

My Monte Carlo Pick and a Site Update

Superman and Kryptonite? As for the best possible Monte Carlo final ever, I think Novak Djokovic will win.  It is not an easy pick as Nadal has won every match he has played at this prestigious event for the past eight years.  Djokovic is dealing with the loss of a loved one as well.  It…