Sunday, April 17, 2011
It was lucky number 7 for Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard defeated compatriot David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 for a record seventh consecutive Monte Carlo Masters. He won his 19th Masters 1000 title and 37th straight match in Monaco. There were some other records broken with this win so click here to read all about it.
Obviously Rafa had a great week here, as usual, though it wasn't his best game on display towards the end. But I'd like to show some love for Ferru who reached his first Monte Carlo Masters final. He's such a workhorse and just goes about his business without huge fanfare or show. Ferru always puts up the good fight but accepts defeat with dignity. I do hope he gets to bag a big one sometime soon. Kudos to him.
It was also a good week for Andy Murray who couldn't buy a set since January but managed to win a few, even grabbing the rare one against Rafa on the clay yesterday. The Brit baller, who needed a cortisone shot in his injured elbow right before their semifinal bout, even showed glimpses of the Muzz who dissected the Spaniard at the 2008 US Open with his deft mix of spins and crafty use of the court. He actually looked like a clay court baller at times. The second set of their match, in particular, gave clues to the right strategy against the Mallorcan Matador on the slippery stuff but even that wasn't enough to stop Rafa. I mean, he ain't the King of Clay for nothin'.
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