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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monte Carlo Champion: Novak Djokovic

Monte Carlo Champion: Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title.

Nole improved to 52-23 in tour-level title matches and erned €628,100 and 1,000 ATP Rankings points.

"It was a battle," Djokovic said. "I was up a set and 3-2, then a (rain) interruption, we came back, I had a break point but he played some amazing shots. If I made the break there, maybe the match could be done in two sets.

"He had his chances as well. The third set started very well at 4-0. I just lost that service game for no reason. After that, every single game went the distance: deuce, advantage. It was a real fight. I was trying to mentally stay tough and fight my way through."

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nadal to face Djokovic in Monte Carlo semis

Nadal to face Djokovic in Monte Carlo semis

Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 to advance to the semifials in Monte Carlo where he will play Novak Djokovic.

Nadal leads their head-to-head 23-19 and defeated the Serb in the 2009 and 2012 finals in Monte-Carlo before Djokovic exacted revenge in the 2013 title match.

The Spaniard relinquished one of his breaks when leading 5-2 in the first set, but closed out the opener and looked to have control of the match when he went up an early double break 3-0 lead in the second set.

But Ferrer was going to make Nadal work for his victory. The Valencia native recouped one of the breaks in the fourth game, and then thwarted Nadal when he served for the match at 5-4, reeling off three straight games to stun the Mallorcan and level the match.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rafa and Nole into Monte Carlo quarterfinals

Rafa and Nole into Monte Carlo quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal battle past John Isner 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Rafa saved two set points to clinch the first set in the tie-break. Isner stormed back in the second set, recovering from 0-40 on his serve to hold and then break to go up 5-4 before eventually forcing a third set.

“My mentality in the third [set was] very positive,” said Nadal. “The game, the level of tennis, [it] improved a little bit in the third than in the previous two sets. That's very important for me. [I’m] very happy to be in quarter-finals. [It’s a] very important result for me.”

Monfils upsets Federer in Monte Carlo

Monfils upsets Federer in Monte Carlo

Gael Monfils defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 7-6(5)at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters to reach the quarter-finals where he will play Grigor Dimitrov, who earlier beat defending champion Stan Wawrinka, 6-1, 6-2.

Monfils took the lead in the match and even Federer tried to fight back, the Frenchman reeled off four straight points down 3-5 in the tie-break to clinch the victory in one hour and 44 minutes.

"I'm surprised I was able to increase my power so quickly," said Monfils. "I played solid and I played better than yesterday. I was able to hit hard from the baseline; to be aggressive. I'm very pleased with the match."

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Monte-Carlo Master Order of Play Thursday, April 16, 2015

Monte-Carlo Master Order of Play Thursday, April 16, 2015

COURT CENTRAL Start 10:30 am

[7] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v [9] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
Not Before 12:00 noon
[WC/14] Gael Monfils (FRA) v [2] Roger Federer (SUI)
[3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) v [15] John Isner (USA)
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

COURT DES PRINCES Start 10:30 am

[16] Tommy Robredo (ESP) v [4] Milos Raonic (CAN)
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) v [12] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
[11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v [8] Marin Cilic (CRO)
[10] Gilles Simon (FRA) v [5] David Ferrer (ESP)

COURT 2 Start 11:30 am

Simone Bolelli (ITA)Fabio Fognini (ITA) v [3] Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)Horia Tecau (ROU)
[1] Bob Bryan (USA)Mike Bryan (USA) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)Max Mirnyi (BLR)
[8] Nicolas Mahut (FRA)Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) v Gael Monfils (FRA) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

COURT 9 Start 11:30 am

[Alt] Robin Haase (NED)Raven Klaasen (RSA) v [5] Marcel Granollers (ESP)Marc Lopez (ESP)
[WC] Benoit Paire (FRA)Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v [6] Daniel Nestor (CAN)Leander Paes (IND)

COURT 11

Not Before 12:30 pm
[4] Marcin Matkowski (POL)Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Tommy Robredo (ESP)Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

No problem for Federer in Monte Carlo

Federer Cruises Past Chardy In Monte-Carlo

Roger Federer defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-1 and set up a third round meeting with Gael Monfils at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Monfils, who defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Federer hit 19 winners to five for Chardy, and made 12 unforced errors.

“I thought Jeremy didn’t serve very well, and I felt good on the return,” said Federer. “So I was in a lot of the service games when he was serving. Then I thought I served well, had a high first serve percentage and was able to control the baseline. On clay, things move ahead very quickly, I must say.”

Nadal wins opener in Monte-Carlo

Nadal wins opener in Monte-Carlo

Rafael Nadal scored a 6-2, 6-1 win over Lucas Pouille at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Rafa needed 69 minutes to close the match, converted four of his seven break points and won 75 per cent of his service points.
Pouille had beaten Dominic Thiem in the first round.

"Today, I played solidly," said Nadal. "Today, I played with no mistakes in a row. I played aggressively when I had to play aggressive. I hit some good passing shots than [in] the past couple of months. [It is] a thing that I haven't been doing very well.

"I will go back to the hotel with [a] fantastic feeling, because I played probably the best match of the year for me... I played with the right mentality [and] the right concentration."

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monte-Carlo Master Order of Play Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monte-Carlo Master Order of Play Tuesday, April 14, 2015

COURT CENTRAL Start 10:30 am

[WC/14] Gael Monfils (FRA) v [Q] Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)
[11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v [LL] Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v [Q] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) v [5] David Ferrer (ESP)

COURT DES PRINCES Start 10:30 am
Dominic Thiem (AUT) v [WC] Lucas Pouille (FRA)
[16] Tommy Robredo (ESP) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v [9] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
[PR] Florian Mayer (GER) v [8] Marin Cilic (CRO)

COURT 2 Start 10:30 am

Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Juan Monaco (ARG)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v [Q] Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
[10] Gilles Simon (FRA) v [WC] Benjamin Balleret (MON)
Jamie Murray (GBR)John Peers (AUS) v Gael Monfils (FRA) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

COURT 9 Start 10:30 am

Marcel Granollers (ESP) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
Rohan Bopanna (IND) Florin Mergea (ROU) v [WC] Benoit Paire (FRA) Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Martin Klizan (SVK)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

COURT 11 Start 12:00 noon

Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)Robert Farah (COL) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)Fabio Fognini (ITA)
[Alt] Robin Haase (NED)Raven Klaasen (RSA) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Monte-Carlo Master Order of Play Monday, April 13, 2015

Monte-Carlo Master Order of Play Monday, April 13, 2015


COURT CENTRAL Start 10:30 am

Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) v [13] Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
Borna Coric (CRO) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
Steve Johnson (USA) v [15] John Isner (USA)

COURT DES PRINCES Start 10:30 am

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
[Q] Denis Kudla (USA) v [Q] Benoit Paire (FRA)
Joao Sousa (POR) v [Q] Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Benjamin Becker (GER) v [12] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

COURT 2 Start 12:30 pm

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) Marin Cilic (CRO) v [WC] Romain Arneodo (MON) Benjamin Balleret (MON)

COURT 9 Start 12:30 pm

[Q] Norbert Gombos (SVK) v David Goffin (BEL)
[LL] Robin Haase (NED) v [Q] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

COURT 11 Start 12:30 pm

Marin Draganja (CRO)Henri Kontinen (FIN) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)Max Mirnyi (BLR)
[PR] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)Florian Mayer (GER) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 Monte-Carlo Main Draw - Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

2015 Monte-Carlo Main Draw - Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

(1)Djokovic, Novak v Bye
LL Istomin, Denis v Q Ramos-Vinolas, Albert
Tomic, Bernard v Rosol, Lukas
Haider-Maurer, Andreas v (13)Gulbis, Ernests

(11) Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried v Querrey, Sam
Q Gombos, Norbert v Goffin, David
WC Youzhny, Mikhai v PR Mayer, Florian
Bye v (8)Cilic, Marin

(3) Nadal, Rafael v Bye
Thiem, Dominic v WC Pouille, Lucas
Troicki, Viktor v Klizan, Martin
Johnson, Steve v (15) Isner, John

(10) Simon, Gilles v WC Balleret, Benjamin
Q Kudla, Denis v Q Paire, Benoit
Estrella Burgos, Victor v Bolelli, Simone
Bye v (5)errer, David

(6) Berdych, Tomas v Bye
Carreno Busta, Pablo v Stakhovsky, Sergiy
Kohlschreiber, Philipp v Kukushkin, Mikhail
Becker, Benjamin v (12)Bautista Agut, Roberto

(16) Robredo, Tommy v Seppi, Andreas
Granollers, Marcel v Mannarino, Adrian
Sousa, Joao v Q Roger-Vasselin, Edouard
Bye v (4) Raonic, Milos

(7) Wawrinka, Stan v Bye
Vesely, Jiri v Monaco, Juan
Fognini, Fabio v Janowicz, Jerzy
Verdasco, Fernando v (9)Dimitrov, Grigor

(14) Monfils, Gael v Q Kuznetsov, Andrey
Coric, Borna v Dolgopolov, Alexandr
Chardy, Jeremy v Q Schwartzman, Diego
Bye v (2) Federer, Roger

Saturday, April 11, 2015

2015 Monte-Carlo Qualy Draw - Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

2015 Monte-Carlo Qualy Draw - Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

[1] Schwartzman vs [WC] Arneodo
[WC] Catarina vs [12] Montanes

[2] Berlocq vs Ymer
Kudla vs [13] Golubev

[3] Istomin vs Marcora
Gombos vs [9] Jaziri

[4] Ramos-Vinolas vs Guez
Zopp vs [8] Haase

[5] Niemenen vs Mathieu
[WC] Volandri vs [10] Kuznetsov

[6] Struff vs [WC] Nys
Roger-Vasselin vs [11] Rola

[7] Paire vs Desein
De Bakker vs [14] Vanni

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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