David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco and Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals on Friday at the Monte-Carlo Masters. I was a little disappointed by the Nole vs. Nalbandian match – I thought that was going to be an all out brawl. Still holding out for a Nole vs. Nadal barn burner, though. I think it will be good for both of them.
Pictures, 1000 words, etc.
Some interviews with the players.
Simmering Serb: Nole’s looking world weary and talking about building up his confidence. He was also looking a little grumpy on the court vs. Nalbandian, even though the 6-2, 6-3 scoreline was pretty routine.
Oh, David Ferrer. Your voice is as soothing as waves crashing against the shore:
Thanks to GTT reader Shandalar for listing all of Nadal’s ATP-level clay court losses for us. Turns out it’s more than 4 guys – three times that number! Of course, many of these came when he was an ATP baby.
Olivier Rochus (Mallorca)
Guillermo Coria (Monte Carlo)
Gaston Gaudio (Hamburg)
Alex Corretja (Barcelona)
Nicolas Lapentti (Bastad)
Fernando Gonzales (Stuttgart)
Carlos Moya (Umag)
Gaston Gaudio (Bastad)
David Ferrer (Stuttgart)
Olivier Mutis (Palermo)
Gaston Gaudio (Buenos aires) (he really didn’t like playing this guy then)
Igor Andreev (Valencia)
JC Ferrero (Rome)
Do you think we’ll see another name added to the Nadal list this clay court season?
It’s nice to have the French players’ pressers translated into English, especially when one of those French players is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Here are some of his thoughts after losing to Juan Carlos Ferrero on Thursday:
Q. You had pretty long matches. Do you still feel fresh?
JO WILFRIED TSONGA: I have a lot of energy. I could have played many more sets. If I had been with more intensity, maybe I would have been tired, I don’t know. But the way I feel now is that I could play more.
Q. Isn’t that frustrating?
JO WILFRIED TSONGA: Yes, because I’m out of the tournament and I am not even tired physically.
Q. Does this match give you more ambition for the rest of the season? You played well.
JO WILFRIED TSONGA: Yes, it pumps me up and boosts my confidence. Some people say I’m overconfident. But what I think is that I was right, and I had a potential here.
The important thing for an athlete is never to give up, never let it go.
Q. In the end you went to shake his hand with a smile. Is that what it means?
JO WILFRIED TSONGA: I didn’t think about anything. We were two human beings. We had a good game. We both fought well. So the least I can do is tell him he played well.
Allez, Jo! You’re my kind of human being.
And because no Monte-Carlo post is complete without an Andy Murray theory, I bring you this intriguing comment from GTT reader Jess:
I sort of feel Andy Murray’s problems might have to do less with Roger…and more with Del Potro. I mean, this is just my personal theory. I think watching Del Potro take out Federer in five sets, at his first grand slam final set the wheels rolling in Murray’s head. I mean, I know Federer wasn’t at his best and DelPo didn’t face as stern of a test in the SF against Rafa as Andy did, but what DePo accomplished was still pretty amazing. And I just got the feeling that Andy was thinking if DelPo can do it…so can I. I think the fact that he couldn’t even manage to win a set, much less win the AO final….while a player who he has dominated against in the H-2-H (DelPo has only won once, in Madrid, I believe)already has a Grand Slam under his belt, must have been so disheartening.
But, anyway, clay has never been his strongest surface so I really don’t think its panic time yet!
Perhaps Murray has a Fedelpoplex?