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Lucky Number 7

Rafael Nadal won his 7th title at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters today defeating David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5.   It's an amazing feat, (they don't call him the "King of Clay" for nothing) and since it's hard for me to put it in words, I'm going to give you some statistics from Greg Sharko the "stat guru" of the ATP:

Here's my simple stat:  At the beginning of the clay court season, Rafa had 5000 points to defend due to his titles last year at Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid, and Roland Garros, and after winning Monte Carlo he has 4000 left to go.  I'm a genious, right?

If you want all the ATP stats, follow Sharko on Twitter @sharkotennis


Video: David Ferrer Interview With CNN

This video is like an early birthday present for me.  We rarely get to see David in his element off the court with his family (and girlfriend!).  And how can you not melt when he always uses the word physic for physical.  You done good CNN.  Enjoy!

Thanks Racquet Required for finding this!


Andy Murray vs. The French Crowd

The French crowd has never been my favorite, and today I was reminded of the reason why.  During the match between Andy Murray and Gilles Simon, Simon rolled his ankle, needed a MTO, and afterwards was obviously struggling with his movement.  So what does any smart opponent of an injured player do? You play to their weaknesses and you......Make. Them. Run.  So that is what Murray did, he hit drop shot after drop shot, knowing injured Gilles wouldn't be able to make a play on the ball, and the crowd was not pleased.  Every drop shot that Andy successfully implemented received nasty boos and hisses.  I get it, he was the last Frenchie standing, but don't think for a second that if they were out there playing, they wouldn't do exactly the same thing.  It sucks for the other player, but if you are that injured, then you ARE allowed to retire. (They don't handcuff you to the net and glue your racket to your hand and force you to play.  We're not in ancient Rome.)  At the end of the match, Andy didn't even do his on-court interview, although he was later quoted as saying this,

I wasn't bothered at all. I was doing what I had to.

Every player on the tour would have done exactly the same thing. I wasn't doing anything wrong.

 And even Gilles weighed in on the controversy, and you know what?  He agreed with Andy:

You play to win.

Kudos to Gilles for continuing to play and show some fight out there on the court after his injury, and serious kudos to Andy for continuing to play the drop shot in the face of all the negativity.  If there is one thing that boy is, it's stubborn.



Photo: Oh No He Didn't...

Really, the title should be, "Oh No She Didn't" because last night Caroline Wozniacki was invited to the exclusive, hush hush men's players party in Monte-Carlo where the boys like to have fun, (meaning dress up in drag) and what is the first thing she does when she gets there?  She breaks man-code and takes a picture of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga expressing his inner diva.  Shame on you girl!  But really (whispers) ......thanks for the pic, you deserve the Zorro Snap in Z formation.  (minute 3:06)


Nadal and Federer Rivalry Uncovered

ATP World Tour has uncovered the Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal rivalry, except that it's only 2 minutes long, and Johnny Mac and Gimelstob take up about half of it.  It's really just a tease.


Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Thursday April 13th Order Of Play


COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
M Raonic (CAN) vs [4] D Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 11:30 AM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [13] R Gasquet (FRA)

Not Before 1:30 PM
[15] M Cilic (CRO) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)
[3] [WC] A Murray (GBR) vs [16] G Simon (FRA)
G Monfils (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs [5] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
I Ljubicic (CRO) vs [5] [WC] T Berdych (CZE)
T Robredo (ESP) vs [11] V Troicki (SRB)
[Q] F Gil (POR) vs [8] G Monfils (FRA)
[7] J Melzer (AUT) vs [9] N Almagro (ESP)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
[6] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO)

Not Before 2:00 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) - After Suitable Rest

COURT 9 start 12:00 noon
J Chela (ARG) / B Soares (BRA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS)


What Do Ana Ivanovic, Justin Bieber, and William and Kate Have In Common?


Nothing really, except that they are all on the cover of the latest Vanidades magazine which was posted on Ana's Facebook account today.   Ana is so pretty it really should be a crime.