Showing posts with label Masters Series Monte-Carlo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Masters Series Monte-Carlo. Show all posts

Monday, April 14, 2014

Djokovic looks to maintain edge over rival Nadal

Djokovic looks to maintain edge over rival Nadal

Novak Djokovic looks to continue his recent dominance over archrival Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters and boost his confidence as he bids to win his only missing major at the French Open.

Monte Carlo is the first of three Masters tournaments played on clay and is followed by Madrid and Rome in May, leading up to the French Open, which starts May 25.

Nole narrowly lost to Nadal in a dramatic semifinal last year at Roland Garros, where a clumsy error at the net late in the fifth set curtailed the Serbian player's comeback, and then Nadal beat him in their next two meetings.

"Winning this title last year in the final against Nadal was definitely one of the highlights of my career. I really love playing in this tournament," Djokovic said Sunday. "My family comes in big numbers during this week so it makes me feel very comfortable, and at home."

Gasquet out of Monte Carlo Masters

Gasquet out of Monte Carlo Masters

Richard Gasquet withdrew from the Monte Carlo Masters 2014 after failing to shake off a back injury.

Gasquet hoped to take part in the tournament after returning to training this week.

"I only picked up the racket again on Tuesday, very steadily. But I've been in pain since yesterday and today, after 20 minutes of training, I couldn't carry on," Gasquet said on Saturday. "I could hardly even carry my bag. I thought things would be fine after 15 days without doing anything. But no, not at all."

His absence means Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, initially facing Ernest Gulbis in the first round, moves up to ninth seed and has a bye into the second round.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Nadal Monte Carlo 2012 final Interview

Rafael Nadal Monte Carlo 2012 final Interview

R. NADAL/N. Djokovic 6-3, 6-1

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: First question for Rafa, please.

Q. Do you think you played the perfect game on serve and return today?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think never nothing is perfect. That's the true. I played a very, very good first set, in my opinion, very solid after he start very good in the first game. He had 15 30. The second game, the serve was very important. The three serves saved my game in the second game.
After that I'm happy how I played the first set. My serve worked very, very good. Sure, I had a few free points with the serve. But most important thing, after the serve, I had the chance to go inside with my forehand a lot of times, so this makes a big difference, no?
First set for me was very, very important. I played a very high level. Second set he had much more mistakes than usual.

Q. Nobody would like to take anything away from your eight wins in Monte Carlo, which is a great achievement. But today didn't you feel that Djokovic wasn't the real best Djokovic?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, Djokovic wasn't the real best Djokovic. In other finals that I played against him, I wasn't my real best, too. But the real best are both. My real best is when I play well and when I play bad. The real Rafa is not only when I play my best. The real Rafa is when I play well, when I don't play that well.
If I take that for myself, the same for the others.
Djokovic had amazing one year and a half, having always perfect, no mistakes. Today, yes, he had more mistakes than usual. I won 6 3, 6 1. Win 6 3, 6 1 is for sure not normal to win against the best player of the world today. But happened. Very happy for my victory. Sorry for him. But that's sport. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Sometimes you play fantastic, sometimes you play normal, sometimes you play worst.
Today I played a very good first set. In my opinion, he didn't have a very bad first set. In the second, yes, but not in the first.

Djokovic Monte Carlo 2012 final Interview

Novak Djokovic Monte Carlo 2012 final Interview

R. NADAL/N. Djokovic 6-3, 6-1

An interview with:

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Novak, please.

Q. It's been a tricky week for you in every respect. Was there a sense perhaps today, as we felt, that everything caught up with you a little bit, and perhaps that reflected a little bit in your performance today?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I definitely don't want to take away anything from Rafa's win. I mean, he deserved to win today. He was a better player. But it's a fact that I just didn't have any, I think, emotional energy left in me. So I was there physically, you know, game wise I was playing okay throughout the week. But, yeah, it was a bad day. If I wanted to have any chance of winning against Rafa on clay, you know, I needed that extra gear, which I didn't have.

Q. Did you feel that he played at a higher level than when you beat him on clay last year?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: He always plays well on clay. He rarely, rarely plays worse than he usually does. It's been like that throughout the years. Actually, he has been improving. I think today he played just enough to win. I made a lot of unforced errors. I just wasn't there. You know, I didn't play well. He took his opportunities first set and made a break, and that's it. I didn't make him play at all, you know. I just was out there trying to put the ball in the court.

Q. After you lost the first set 6 3, normally you are a fighter, second set you were down 4 0, didn't seem that there was a way to change the game.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, it's a strange feeling really. What can I say? You know, I never been caught up in this kind of emotional situation before. I'm just happy to reach the finals really under the circumstances. It's been a very difficult week for me to go through mentally. I won three matches since the news that I got. I mean, I think I did pretty well. Obviously today I faced a better player. I didn't have enough to win against him. That's all I can say really. I just hope to have enough time now to regroup and to rest and to recharge the batteries and move on.

Video: Nada Monte Carlo Final Interview

Video: Nada Monte Carlo Final Interview

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal reflects on winning his eighth straight Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title after beating top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

Video: Novak Djokovic Monte Carlo Final Interview

Video: Novak Djokovic Monte Carlo Final Interview

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic discusses his runner-up finish to eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal on Sunday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Video: Rafa Nadal Media Blitz Behind-The-Scenes

Video: Rafa Nadal Media Blitz Behind-The-Scenes

Join Rafael Nadal in a behind-the-scenes video of the Spaniard's media blitz following his eighth successive Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters triumph on Sunday.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Nadal beats Djokovic to win Monte Carlo 2012 title


Nadal beats Djokovic to win Monte Carlo 2012 title

Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic6-3, 6-1 to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the eighth consecutive year.

Nadal was hardly troubled by Djokovic in this one and broke the Serb's serve five times in a one-sided affair.

"I always loved this tournament since I was a kid. One of my dreams was play here," Nadal said. "It's a historic tournament (where) you see all your idols when you are a kid playing here."

Nadal thrust his hands in the air after clinching victory in style with an ace that flew past Djokovic.

"If you see the finals I win here, all the finals are against probably top-six players," Nadal said. "That's something that makes the victories even more difficult."

"Winning against Novak in (the) final after losing a few ones is important for me," Nadal said. "My level of tennis was high during the last four matches."

Nadal was also relieved to come through the tournament without further aggravating his troublesome left knee, having rested it and had treatment for three weeks before coming to Monte Carlo.

"I am very happy because my knee is not limiting (my) movement. I can run 100 percent," Nadal said. "You have pain, but (if) you feel you can run to every ball, (then) the pain never is a problem."

Watch Monte-Carlo Online Nadal vs Djokovic Live Video Streaming

Watch Monte-Carlo Online Nadal vs Djokovic Live Video Streaming

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Nole vs Rafa in Monte Carlo final

Djokovic vs Nadal in Monte Carlo final

Rafael Nadal scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over Gilles Simon to set up a final meeting with Novak Djokovic at the 2012 Monte Carlo Masters.

Djokovic battle past Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to advance.

Nole started the match by taking a 4-2 lead in the first set but then felt the full weight of the Berdych forehand and lost four consecutive games to fell behind a set to love.

The Serb got an early break in the second set and kept the advantage to level the match. He stepped it up in the decider, racing to a 4-0 lead before closing out victory.

"That's probably one of the most difficult conditions that I played in, in my career, really," said Djokovic. "It was not just the strength of the wind that was blowing, it was the changing of the direction. You couldn't really predict where the ball was going to come from. It was really tough. But in the end I managed to hold my nerves and play well in the third."

Monte Carlo Masters Semis Results | April 21st 2012

Monte Carlo Masters Semis Results | April 21st 2012

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Singles - Semi-finals
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [6] T Berdych (CZE) 46 63 62
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d [9] G Simon (FRA) 63 64

Doubles - Semi-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 64 76(5)
[2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d [3] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 46 64 10-5

Friday, April 20, 2012

Rafa to meet Gilles at Monte Carlo 2012 semis


Rafa to meet Gilles at Monte Carlo 2012 semis

Rafael Nadal defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5, 6-4 at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters semifinal.

Rafa will face Gilles Simon for a place in the final.

Nadal claimed victory in one hour and 47 minutes. He went a break up but the Swiss was able to level at 4-4. The Spaniard broke again in the 11th game to win the opening set. He then broke Wawrinka in the first game of the second set and never looked back.

"Yesterday and today I improved the level," said Nadal. "Today was a difficult match. I had before the match big respect for this afternoon. He arrived for the match playing I think great. [He had a] fantastic victory yesterday, 6-3, 6-3 [against Almagro]. I am happy about the way that I played. I'm in the semi-finals. That's a fantastic news for me. Just looking forward to playing a good match tomorrow."

Nole v Berdych in Monte Carlo semis


Nole v Berdych in Monte Carlo semis

Novak Djokovic defeated Robin Haase 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters where he will face Tomas Berdych.

It was not an easy match for Nole as he had trouble holding serve, he was broken 4 times.

Playing a day after his granfather´s death, he commented, "Today was a bit better, but still a lot of emotional ups and downs throughout the match. But look, I'm playing tennis. I'm very satisfied that I was able to compose myself and get on the court and try to win matches. I got to the semi-finals, which is big result for me under the circumstances.

"I was very close to him, so it was a big loss for me and all the family. But he's with me, I know that, in spirit. I'm remembering only the nicest memories, and that's what gave me strength to play yesterday and today."

ATP Monte Carlo Results Friday April 20th 2012


ATP Monte Carlo Results Friday April 20th 2012

Friday, 20 April 2012

Singles - Quarter-finals
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d R Haase (NED) 64 62
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d S Wawrinka (SUI) 75 64
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d [3] A Murray (GBR) 67(4) 62 63
[9] G Simon (FRA) d [4] J Tsonga (FRA) 75 64

Doubles - Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [5] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) 62 60
[2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d V Troicki (SRB) / S Wawrinka (SUI) 64 75
[3] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d O Marach (AUT) / A Peya (AUT) 62 61
M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d F Mayer (GER) / J Melzer (AUT) 60 61

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rafa storms into Monte Carlo quarters after losing just two games

Rafa storms into Monte Carlo quarters after losing just two games

Rafael Nadal enjoyed a 6-1, 6-1 crushing win over Mikhail Kukushkin to advance to the quarters at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 2012.

The Spaniard needed just 60 minutes to claim victory as he broke serve five times and dropped only six points on serve.

"The match started in the perfect way," said Nadal. "I played much better than yesterday, in my opinion. More aggressive, more solid. My serve was much better. The return, too. In general today I was very happy with how I played."

Nadal goes will next face Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-3.

Djokovic into Monte Carlo quarters

Djokovic into Monte Carlo quarters

Novak Djokovic defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the Monte Carlo Masters 2012 quarterfinals.

After winning the match, Djokovic, who today lost his grandfather, crouched over with his hands on his knees as Dolgopolov applauded him at the net.

The Serb then appeared to wipe away tears with his forearm before pointing with both hands to the sky as he stood on center court for a few moments.

Djokovic did not attend the usual post-match news conference, with the ATP saying he was too distressed.

"He lost his grandfather today just before the match, and it was very hard for him to play," the ATP said in a statement. "After he won, he just felt totally exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally."

Djokovic´s grandfather died today

Djokovic´s grandfather died today

It was reported this morning that Novak Djokovic's grandfather passed away today.

This sad news was giving to the world number 1 while he was on the practice court in Monte Carlo. It was also reported that he left practice crying but that he will play his match today against Dolgopolov.

Nole had lived with his grandfather during the 1999 bombings in Serbia and credited him with having a great influence on his career.

All our love and prayers for Nole, his grandfather and his family in this hard times.





Photos: Djokovic v Dolgopolov | Monte Carlo Masters 2012

Photos: Djokovic v Dolgopolov | Monte Carlo Masters 2012

Enjoy the following tennis photos of Novak Djokovic and Alexandr Dolgopolov during their Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament tennis match in Monaco.

Djokovic won the match, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, but was sad after having learnt the death of his grandfather earlier in the day.

Videos: Rafa and Nole Monte Carlo Interviews | Wednesday April 18th 2012

Videos: Rafa and Nole Monte Carlo Interviews | Wednesday April 18th 2012

Watch and enjoy... Rafael Nadal talks about his opening match on Wednesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters... While world munber 1, Novak Djokovic, is pleased with his performance in his first clay-court match since Roland Garros...


Video: Djokovic vs Seppi at 2012 Monte Carlo R2 | Complete match

Video: Djokovic vs Seppi at 2012 Monte Carlo R2 | Complete match

Enjoy the second round match between Djokovic and Seppi at the 2012 Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco....