Friday, April 16, 2010

MONTE CARLO VIDEO: Nadal drops one game in second clay match

World number 3, Rafael Nadal, ruthlessly took out yet another opponent in Monte Carlo, dropping just a single game against Michael Berrer in the third round on Thursday.

The Spaniard may have dropped just 2 games in 2 matches, but his quarterfinal opponent, Juan Carlos Ferrero, might give him a much harder time considering he won 17 of his 18 matches on clay this season.

Ferrero, who is currently ranked at 16 after dropping out of the top 100 only a year ago, took out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 3 sets to earn his meeting with Nadal.

Am certainly looking forward to this match. Nadal has been unscathed so far, let's see if Ferrero will give him a run for his money.

Have I mentioned that 5 out of the 8 quarterfinalists in Monte Carlo are Spaniards?!!? They're really living up to the stereotype aren't they??


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MONTE CARLO: Nadal drops one game in first clay match

"I never felt I am invincible on one surface even on clay. Sure I'm not feeling the same now, no? For me, doesn't matter what the rest of the players think." -- Rafael Nadal, ahead of his first match in Monte Carlo, when asked whether his mentality has changed now that the other players think he's beatable on clay.

For someone who never felt invincible on clay, five-time defending champion, Rafael Nadal, certainly commenced his clay season with a bang, as he crushed his Monte Carlo second round opponent, Thiemo De Bakker, 6-1, 6-0, to advance to the third round, where he faces Germany's Michael Berrer.

I think it's funny that the reporters asked whether Rafa's confidence has wavered on clay. The world number three lost 5 clay matches in 5 years (from 2005 to date). Thats 5 losses in 163 matches on the dirt. It might fair to question his confidence if they were referring to winning titles in general, since it's been 11 months since the Spaniard has won a title; but to question his confidence on clay because he lost to Federer in Madrid, and to Soderling in the French Open last year is a bit ridiculous I must say. Again I repeat, 5 losses in 5 years!!