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.
Singles – Third Round
 N Djokovic (SRB) d  S Wawrinka (SUI) 64 64
 R Nadal (ESP) d M Berrer (GER) 60 61
A Montanes (ESP) d  M Cilic (CRO) 64 64
 D Ferrer (ESP) d  I Ljubicic (CRO) 60 76(4)
 J Ferrero (ESP) d  J Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 75
 F Verdasco (ESP) d  T Berdych (CZE) 57 63 62
D Nalbandian (ARG) d  T Robredo (ESP) 63 64
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d P Petzschner (GER) 63 64
Doubles – Second Round
 D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d J Melzer (AUT) / M Youzhny (RUS) 63 76(1)
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [WC] R Hutchins (GBR) / A Murray (GBR) 67(4) 62 10-2
 L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d N Almagro (ESP) / I Ljubicic (CRO) 64 67(4) 10-4
 S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d E Butorac (USA) / M Kohlmann (GER) 57 62 10-6
 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.
COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
 D Ferrer (ESP) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
 J Ferrero (ESP) vs  R Nadal (ESP)
 N Djokovic (SRB) vs D Nalbandian (ARG)
A Montanes (ESP) vs  F Verdasco (ESP)
 D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [WC] R Gasquet (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA)
COURT DES PRINCES start 1:00 pm
 W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) vs  L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT)
 M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs  B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)
 S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs D Ferrer (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)