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Great Milestone For Rafa In Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters brought us so many bad news and injuries that I jump on the occasion to celebrate a happy event happening in the course of the tournament. No ranting about the surface, no injury talk, just Monte Carlo happiness for tonight.

 

For there is cause to celebrate, as seven-time champion Rafael Nadal won today his 40th consecutive match on the courts of the Monte Carlo Country Club, a 7-5 6-4 quarter-final triumph over Swiss no 2 Stanislas Wawrinka.

 

In fact, Rafael Nadal only lost one match in Monte Carlo, in the third round of the 2003 event. The only man to beat him there to this day is none other than Argentine great Guillermo Coria. 

 

It was not an easy match for the King of Clay. Wawrinka, as always, put up a great fight, even being up a break in the first set, and would have deserved a better fate than a straight-sets defeat for sure. However, Nadal is not the best clay court player in the history of the game for no reason and his level of play was even better than in the first two matches.

 

Can Gilles Simon become the second man to defeat Nadal in his Monaco sand pit in tomorrow’s semi-finals? I think not. In fact, we’ll see if, like in 2010, Monte Carlo will not be the solace the Mallorcan needs in order to regain confidence. After all, he’s going for a straight eight at the MCCC!

 

Congrats on this impressive milestone, Rafa!

 

Photo: Sébastien Nogier/AFP/Getty Images

 

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5 Comments

  1. mat4 mat4
    21 April, 2012    

    So, what’s your take for the final?

  2. 21 April, 2012    

    I’m sure it will be a great match, that’s for sure. I’d like Nadal to win and cut the bad streak he’s got since last year against Djokovic, but his comments after the match lead me to believe that he won’t win. He’s really seems out of confidence as far as Djokovic is concerned.

    What’s yours?

  3. Chessmater Chessmater
    22 April, 2012    

    Wawrinka played well, it was good to see him playing that level again.
    For the final, Nadal won it 6-3. Vamos! Time to get your confidence back!
    Nole is making many mistakes many of them seemed to be caused by a lack of patience.

  4. 22 April, 2012    

    Yep, and Rafa’s stubborn attacking of the backhand paid off today. Great win for Rafa, he played great. Clay GOAT and I won’t change my mind.

  5. Richard Bélec Richard Bélec
    27 April, 2012    

    Good morning Caro,
    I am so happy this morning with Milos Raonic’s win over Murray 6-4, 7-6 – Incredible how he improved his clay game! He kept attacking Murray throughout the match and my god ended up with one of his biggest victory if not the biggest by beating his first Top 4 player! Wow he certainly made me proud this morning – I can’t stop smiling at work!!! Next player may be Ferrer or Lopez so another big match ahead but you know what, he’s so focused this week that I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pull another upset!! Time will tell – have a nice day all!

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