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Monte Carlo: What We Can Gage So Far

April 16, 2010

The clay court season is underway but not exactly with a hiss and a roar. Man of the top seeds are missing from Monte Carlo including Roger Federer, (doesn’t want to play), Juan Martin del Potro (injury), and Andy Roddick (not clay’s biggest fan). None the less, plenty is already telling regarding the top players’ form with only half the tournament complete.

The first few days saw the loss of Andy Murray, number three seed. On paper it was an upset, but really with Murray’s recent form and dislike of clay the only surprise was the score. He won a mere three games against Philipp Kohlschreiber, very disappointing for the 2009 semi finalist. He said once again that he has a lot going on outside of tennis and it isn’t pushing it to speculate that a reconciliation with Kim Sears is at the front of Murray’s mind. Murray needs to learn how to focus on tennis throughout these distractions, he can be assured there will be many more to come over his career.

Nadal, however, is looking like his completely dominant clay court self. He’s dropped just six games in total on his way to the quarter finals and in his last match hit only eight unforced errors. With this kind of form he is looking like taking a record-breaking sixth consecutive title. The only question mark is how Nadal will hold up mentally in a big match against a top player.

That top player could be number one seed Novak Djokovic. That is if he manages to navigate through a difficult draw. He is looking to resurrect his game on clay for the second straight year and so far it is looking promising. He’s come through in straight sets against Seppi and Wawrinka, the latter of which is an impressive win. Djokovoic needs to get past Nalbandian today but he is looking good and is in fine form.

Nadal and Djokovic remain in the draw along with Verdasco, Ferrer, Nalbandian, Ferrero, and Montanes. The top two seeds look likely to meet in the final, which will be a mouth-watering clash that many fans will be hoping for.

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