Weekly Snapshot: Will Nadal Shine Again In Monte-Carlo?
by Matt Fitzgerald|
Tap into the essentials of the week ahead and re-live the highlights of the past week with our Weekly Snapshot, as we serve up an executive summary of what every fan should know, along with a look at the best in social media.
Who’s Playing This Week?
There is one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Monte-Carlo.
Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: Seven of the world’s top eight players are in action at the first clay-court Masters 1000 event of the season. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic bids to lift his first trophy at the tournament, but may have to usurp seven-time defending champion Rafael Nadal to do so. Fourth-ranked Andy Murray is in Djokovic’s half of the draw, while fifth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is in Nadal’s section.
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Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 16 April, 2012)
Monte-Carlo – Singles
Viktor Troicki – 145 wins
John Isner 9 (+1 spot)
Mardy Fish 10 (-1 spot)
Jurgen Melzer 29 (-8 spots)
Pablo Andujar 39 (+19 spots)
Albert Ramos 42 (+10 spots)
Flavio Cipolla 73 (+12 spots)
Igor Andreev 82 (+18 spots)
Dmitry Tursunov 87 (-12 spots)
Michael Russell 112 (+24 spots)
17 April – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (27)
Player To Watch: Rafael Nadal
The World No. 2 is yet to win a title this season, but has favourable odds to change that this week in Monte-Carlo as the perennial contender to lift the trophy. He enters the event as the seven-time reigning champion with a 39-1 tournament record. Nadal, looking to break a tie with Roger Federer for the most Masters 1000 crowns with 19, has strung together a staggering 204-8 record on clay since 2005. Thus far in 2012, Nadal’s best finish was a runner-up showing at the Australian Open, edged out by top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the longest Grand Slam final in history.
• Ivan Ljubicic retired from professional tennis following his first-round defeat to countryman Ivan Dodig in Monte-Carlo.
Ljubicic: “I Didn’t Expect It To Be This Emotional”
WEEK IN REVIEW
Top Player Tweets
Most Popular Facebook Post on Facebook.com/ATPWorldTour
In response to asking fans to submit their favourite Ivan Ljubicic memory, these comments stood out.
Mikael Lövkvist: “My favourite Ljubicic memory (among many) is when he won Indian Wells, and his coach kissed him on the head after the match. Their joy touched my heart so deeply. All the best, Ivan! Thank you for many memorable moments, and for playing the game of Tennis with such integrity, and creative poise.”
Mario Sarić: “I will always remember him playing in Portorož 1.round futures 10000$. A set, a break and 40:0 down to Fernando Morente (spain). Morente hits a winner but the ball explodes. Ljubo won the match in 3.”
Video Of The Week
Ivan Ljubicic reflects on his 14-year career on the ATP World Tour, having decided to retire at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. ATP World Tour stars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, pay tribute to the former World No. 3.
Triumphing Twice In 2012
With his victory in Houston, Juan Monaco became the fifth player to win at least two titles this season. The rest of the multiple trophy winners are listed in the chart below…
|David Ferrer||3 (Auckland, Buenos Aires, Acapulco)|
|Roger Federer||3 (Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells)|
|Milos Raonic||2 (Chennai, San Jose)|
|Novak Djokovic||2 (Australian Open, Miami)|
|Juan Monaco||2 (Vina del Mar, Houston)|
• Richard Lewis was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Wimbledon.
Lewis: “I Am Delighted”
• Andy Murray has committed to play the AEGON Championships in London for the next five years.
Murray At Queen’s Club Through 2016
• As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I. will pay tribute to two tennis-playing survivors with a special exhibit in their honour, opening next week.
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