Thursday, 14 April 2011

ATP Monte Carlo Open

ATP Monte Carlo Open

We have already reached the Quarter Finals in Monte Carlo. Before the tournament started, Djokovic withdrew from the competition with a knee injury.

The Quarter Finals are:

Nadal vs Ljubicic - The world number one has come back to the clay courts in high form, beating 13th seed Gasquet in straight sets in the previous round, as well as Nieminen in the second round, as he seeks his seventh consecutive win here. Ljubicic is definitely the under dog, but has won all 3 matches in straight sets and has beaten notable names such as fifth seed, Berdych and 12th seed Tsonga.
Conclusion - Nadal shouldn't drop more than 6 games in an easy straight sets victory.

Murray vs Gil - The third seed has finally won his first match in 3 months, both in straight sets. He seems to be in good form but hasn't faced anyone to hard yet. Gil is also in good form, winning all three matches in straight sets. His biggest win was against eighth seed, Monfils, in the previous round.
Conclusion - Gil is again the under dog but considering clay isn't Murray's favourite surface and his recent troubles for form, Gil will see opportunity for an upset in 3 sets.

Ferrer vs Troicki - The fourth seed has dropped just 6 games in two matches on the way to the Quarter Finals, showing great form. However, both wins were against good unseeded players and in this round will face first seeded competition. The 11th seed has not been in the best form, already dropping 2 sets and yet to face a seed.
Conclusion - Ferrer's great form as well as being on his preferred surface means that I think he should get a straight sets win over the out of form Troicki, but you never know.

Federer vs Melzer - The second seed has been playing very well in his first two matches and is yet to drop a set. He has beaten Cilic, the 15th seed, and Kohlschreiber. Th 11th seed Melzer has lost a set in his first match, against Haase. He also beat a notable clay court player in ninth seed, Almagro, in straight sets.
Conclusion - Federer's early form and good record against Melzer makes me think it will be a straight sets victory or possibly a three sets match but I am confident that Federer will win.

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