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Monte-Carlo: the Bad, the Battles and the Beatdowns

Posted by gauloises1 on April 15, 2010

So the quarter-finals in Monte-Carlo are set after a full day’s play highlighted by Boss’ incandescent three-set victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 61 36 75. Jo’s no clay-courter but from what I saw he was playing some fantastic stuff in the third set especially and Boss had to be both gritty and inspired to beat him. Love it.

His dubious reward? A meeting with Rafa Nadal, who’s dropped just two games so far and was this close to double-bagelling Michael Berrer today.

That’s one quarterfinal to look forward to; the other comes courtesy of Novak Djokovic and David Nalbandian, who had almost identical scores in wins over Stanislas Wawrinka and Tommy Robredo respectively. Am I mad to think this one might actually be close? I’m excited.

Less compellingly, Fernando Verdasco – who did well to overturn his recent record against Tomas Berdych –  will be taking on Albert Montanes, who dusted a frankly pathetic Marin Cilic; and a Ljubicic-bagelling Ferru faces off with Philipp Kohlschreiber. If you like that sort of thing.

Results

Singles – Third Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [13] S Wawrinka (SUI) 64 64
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d M Berrer (GER) 60 61
A Montanes (ESP) d [4] M Cilic (CRO) 64 64
[11] D Ferrer (ESP) d [8] I Ljubicic (CRO) 60 76(4)
[9] J Ferrero (ESP) d [5] J Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 75
[6] F Verdasco (ESP) d [10] T Berdych (CZE) 57 63 62
D Nalbandian (ARG) d [12] T Robredo (ESP) 63 64
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d P Petzschner (GER) 63 64

Doubles – Second Round
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d J Melzer (AUT) / M Youzhny (RUS) 63 76(1)
[2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [WC] R Hutchins (GBR) / A Murray (GBR) 67(4) 62 10-2
[6] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d N Almagro (ESP) / I Ljubicic (CRO) 64 67(4) 10-4
[7] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d E Butorac (USA) / M Kohlmann (GER) 57 62 10-6
[8] M Knowles (BAH) / B Soares (BRA) d [WC] R Gasquet (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) W/O (Tsonga – right groin)

Friday’s OOP is brought to you by how much better this kit looks on Verdasco in blue.

OOP

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[11] D Ferrer (ESP) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
[9] J Ferrero (ESP) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs D Nalbandian (ARG)
A Montanes (ESP) vs [6] F Verdasco (ESP)
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [WC] R Gasquet (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA)

COURT DES PRINCES start 1:00 pm
[4] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) vs [6] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT)
[5] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs [2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)
[7] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs D Ferrer (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)

6 Responses to “Monte-Carlo: the Bad, the Battles and the Beatdowns”

  1. linz said

    LOL- that pic isn’t so bad, but on my stream I thought he looked AWFUL in that blue kit, and I really liked the white/green one. It’s almost like we have completely opposite tastes in some things G =D

    So happy Nalby’s having a good run here, it makes me so happy to have him back.

    • gauloises1 said

      I must confess I’ve not seen him play in it yet, but I think the pictures look lovely.

      And so much word to the Nalby happiness 🙂 There’s just nobody else remotely like him.

      • Saoirse said

        Nalby is awesomeness personified!

        I really love Nole but I desperately want a Nalby win tomorrow… am I reaching for the stars? Yes? Thought so.

        • linz said

          Oh man, Nalby winning tomorrow would be EPIC. I’ll definitely be rooting for it! He’s definitely on the right track though, no matter what happens tomorrow. I just pray he can get through the rest of the year injury free!!

  2. Bismarck said

    incandescent. HELL YEAH.

  3. Imtotallyrad said

    so am i alone in thinking the blue fernnado kit is horrible? i dont even know why but it reminds me of pokemon i prefered the white & green one.
    Im excited for the Nalby v. Nole match, i atleast hope its close and not a walkover for either guy.

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