Nadal Loses On Clay…Just Kidding!

Apr 20, 2009

The 2009 clay court season has begun and Rafael Nadal has claimed yet another title at Monte Carlo – his fifth straight success at this particular event. He will be hoping this is an omen as he attempts to match his run of success here with his fifth straight title at Roland Garos a little later in the year.

Opposition players will be cluthing at straws but there was a glimmer of hope as Novak Djokoivic took the second set with ease – the first Nadal has lost at Monte Carlo since 2006.

Definitely clutching at straws.

Although Djokovic did manage to take the second set relatively easy, it seemed to be a minor blemish on an otherwise comfortable victory, with the Spaniard taking the title 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.

Nadal Demands More From Himself In The Weeks Ahead

Whilst Nadal did manage to claim victory on Sunday, he was his usual competitive self, demanding more and categorically stating there are facets of his game he will be working on before his defense of The French Open gets under way in a months time.

Nadal was particularly disappointed in his serve throughout the Monte Carlo Masters.

“This tournament I didn’t serve very well.” Nadal said “Especially the second serve was sometimes 120 kph (74 mph). So that’s (a) disaster. Yeah, I have to play more. Have to serve better.”

On a brighter note for the Spaniard he has now drawn level with Roger Federer as the winner of 14 Masters tournament titles. With the Barcelona and Rome Masters to be played between now and the French Open, it would be brave man who backed against him pulling ahead in the coming month.

Indeed, it would be a brave man who backed against him losing any matches on clay this season, such has been his dominance both on that particular surface as well as for the first four months of the year.

Sabine Lisicki Breaks Through For First Tour Win

19 year old German Sabine Lisicki has claimed her maiden WTA victory at the Family Circle  Cup in Charleston, SC. Her powerhouse performance in the final has served notice to her opponents that she is coming of age fast and may soon consistently rival the world’s top players at the tour’s big tournaments.

Pitted against another of the tour’s up and comers in Dane Caroline Wozniacki, Liscki displayed a power game that was too hot to handle sending down 9 aces with some of her thunderbolts registering at over 120mph.

Defying her ranking of 63, she throughly outplayed her more fancied opponent to record a 6-2 6-4 victory that will see her catapult up the rankings and into the top 50. She will now be lookng for some further good performances in the weeks ahead in the hope of landing herself a seeding by the time the French Open rolls around.

Women’s #1 Ranking Changes Hands Again

In the merry-go-round that is the women’s top spot, Russian Dinara Safina has assumed the number one ranking by moving past Serena Williams…for this week anyway.

Achieving the feat makes it the first instance in the history of the current ranking system that a brother and sister have both been ranked in the top spot at some stage in theeir careers. Brother Marat Safin was briefly ranked at the top of the men’s tour in 2000.


Written by: Crooksy

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