The reason I posted the video of Rafael Nadal in Monte-Carlo is because it was there that “this” all started. “This” being the debate that Nadal should be seeded higher for the French Open based on his overall career and not his current ranking. Of course, the FFT (French Tennis Federation) decided that to have a debate would be inappropriate. Which is odd considering that there’s nothing that France loves more than a good soul-searching debate. Continue reading
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To say it has been a week of unexpected drama at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris would be an understatement. The event got off to a wobbly start after Roger Federer decided to bypass defending his title from last year in order to rest for next week’s ATP World Tour Finals. With Rafael Nadal already gone due to his knee injury, the hope, at least for tournament director Guy Forget, would be that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray would provide enough excitement to satisfy the always fickle Parisian crowds. Continue reading
Probably the most interesting matchup at this year’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia happened not on court but in the press room as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal gave very different and very telling interviews on how they are looking forward to this year’s event. While Federer heaped praise on Nadal and said that the Spaniard was still “number one on clay”, Federer also joked with reporters and gave updates on how his new twins change how he selects hotel rooms now.
But once Federer left and Nadal entered the room, the sunshine, so to speak, was gone covered over by clouds and a moody chill given off by the winner of Monte Carlo last week. After reporters asked Nadal what he thought of his chances in Rome, he first treated them to a long blank stare and then answered, “It only starts today, I only arrived yesterday. It’s a very difficult tournament and the best in the world are here so it’s impossible to say.” Continue reading
After a month long swing on the purple courts of Indian Wells and Miami, the clay court season, (when isn’t there a clay court event being played somewhere), officially kicks off with next week’s ATP Masters event in Monte Carlo. With the switch to the dirt, a whole new mindset for fans and the players takes hold as we feel a taste of the exotic just by hearing the cities the players are at. Just this week, we had Casablanca, Marbella, Ponte Vedra (oh wait’s that Florida) but you get the idea.
For those playing in Monte Carlo, it’s a chance to regroup and perhaps regain momentum as the hard courts saw several top players and their games spin wildly out of control. But one player, Rafael Nadal, who looked in control the whole time saw chances at both Indian Wells and Miami slip away to those who weren’t afraid to attack the Spainard head-on. That’s why Nadal must win a record sixth straight Monte Carlo title not only to end his almost year-long title drought but put to rest any lingering questions that he can be No. 1 again. Continue reading