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!