Rafael Nadal wasn’t really in a forgiving mood this week and in one of the earlier rounds youngster Alex Zverev who is tipped to reach the top but he was taught a tough lesson by the king of clay. Throughout the week in Monte Carlo you couldn’t fault the former world number one who claimed his 10th title by the sea he was just stunning! I like Zverev I think at the moment he has a good game for a top 10-20 ranked player the next step to get to that top 10 position will be tough but he needs … Continue reading Nadal teaches Zverev a tough lesson in Monte Carlo
aWhen I heard about Novak Djokovic’defeat to David Goffin my first thought was “I’m not surprised” watching Novak in the week I felt there was a naivety in his game and a frustration with his tennis. David Goffin honestly played one of the best performances I have seen this year and will come onto that in another piece and how he has gone up a level. First of all I’m going to start off with the Novak serve. Service game just didn’t have the kick and maybe plan behind them, serving into the forehand seem a little odd and it … Continue reading Frustrations visible as Djokovic fell early once again!
And breathe! Well where to begin? Novak Djokovic has crept through to the third round at Monte-Carlo after a hard thought win against Gilles Simon. The Frenchman’s ranking has taken a hit over the last 12 months or so and came into Monte Carlo ranked at 32 in the world but he is still one of most stubborn but effective baseliners on the tour. The match quickly turned into a battle from the baseline as both Simon and Djokovic were painting the lines so well but towards the end of the first set it completely fell apart for the Frenchman … Continue reading Djokovic 6-3 3-6 7-5 Simon – Novak squeezes past stubborn Simon at Monte Carlo
“King of Clay” we all know who we are talking about but it is something we haven’t used for a while. Monte-Carlo and French Open champion on nine occasions his dominance on the dirt was absolutely outstanding. A couple of years of injuries and inconsistency in form meant that title was used less and less. It’s been almost three years since Rafa won his last major at Roland Garros in 2014 and this year he has looked as sharp as he did that year but has fallen short on three occasions to Roger Federer. The big question is, can he … Continue reading Why Rafa can dominate on the dirt again!
After an appearance in Zurich about a week ago alongside Roger Federer in a match for charity doubts were raised as if Murray would be fit for Monte-Carlo. The world number one had been training at the Patrick Mouratoglu Academy in Nice before a quick stop off in Zurich and then immediately travelled to Monte-Carlo. During the match against Federer which you can’t really judge a players fitness on one notable problem was the speed of the serve. Murray had missed Miami due to this elbow injury which meant he couldn’t find power on the serve and seemed to be … Continue reading Murray to play Monte Carlo on Wednesday despite recent elbow issues
Dan Evans has made it very clear in the past he doesn’t really like the clay courts but he couldn’t have asked for a better start to his match against Kyle Edmund up 4-1 in just over 20 minutes. One aspect of the match-up I picked up in my preview was the need for Edmund to mix up the placement of the forehand and through the opening few games we saw this issue with Kyle and he hit error after error. During the first set Sky Sport’s commentator and former coach of Andy Murray Mark Petchy said; “If you press, … Continue reading Edmund finds variety after sloppy start to see off Evans
Routine doesn’t get more routine than that! Pablo Cuevas quickly secured his place in the second round at Monte-Carlo for the second year running after a pretty solid performance against Victor Troicki didn’t show up. For Troicki this was his first clay court tournament since Roland Garros last year which will be the same for a number of players coming into Monte-Carlo but Cuevas had already played in three clay court tournaments this year so has the practice and a title to his name in Brazil earlier on in the year. Overall you couldn’t have asked for a more solid … Continue reading Cuevas cruises past Troicki in Monte Carlo!