The courts in Monte-Carlo are among the slowest on tour. That’s why power and stamina are playing key role at the event leaving technical aspects behind. It can explain why, for example, Kei Nishikori hasn’t even registered for the tournament: the Japanese is used to relying on his well-built techniques. There should be no extreme temperature parameters in spring in Monte-Carlo so we don’t expect a great number of the matches being delayed or unclosed, as it has been in Miami.
Monte-Carlo Masters draw review
The potential final Djokovic - Nadal attracts more attention than probably the entire event. And the chances for such a clash are really high. Novak will face tough opponents in opening rounds while the quarterfinal against either Delbonis or Goffin and the semis against Federer/Tsonga will be a bit easier. Nadal will have more job to do as there are Dominic Thiem who enjoys playing on slow courts and Stan Wawrinka in the collision path with the Spaniard. As for the semis, there are a number of possible variants. Andy Murray can try to take revenge for the March disappointments, but it isn’t likely as slow courts are not the most comfortable for the Scott. Milos Raonic may surprise and run deep in Monte-Carlo. Tomas Berdych has shown very strong performance in the US and could coast into the last four here.
Novak Djokovic at the Monte-Carlo Masters 2016
The main question that bothers us is whether Novak Djokovic will lose his steam or the in-form Serb will keep collecting titles of all categories. But unlike the American Masters and the Australian Open there’re no day rests in between at the current tournament and Novak may find himself exhausted after the series of the American Masters. Still, a weekly break isn’t too much.
Quite frankly we wish Novak Djokovic was taken out in Monte-Carlo. Yes, it’s nonprofessional to say so but the fact that Novak is almost canonized seems to be devastating for the world of tennis. The recent comments made by Novak’s dad sound really strange. He said: “Novak was sent from God. He can win other 10 grand slams”. It gets really annoying.
Other players at the Monte-Carlo Masters
Roger Federer, who has sidelined for all the February due to his knees injury, is now making his way back. But the Swiss chances for the final are very poor, actually. Shall Novak be almost dead before the semis, the World No.3 may try hard to make it his way. Frankly speaking, the Swiss will face a very favorable draw to the last 4. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, accompanying Roger in his half of the draw, is a question mark. We can’t be sure that the French has completely recovered after the Miami Masters that he physically failed. Rafael Nadal has shown very attractive tennis at Masters and should keep progressing now despite the tough path to the title. It’s very likely that he’ll have to defeat Dominic Thiem in the semis to take the court for the final action. And as the Austrian is having his career best season he’ll be far from the easiest opponent.
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