Monte Carlo Masters Preview

(Jürgen Fritz, 11.04.2021) In the 2021 ATP Race, Novak Djokovic is just ahead of Daniil Medvedev in first position, Rublev and Tsitsipas are in third and fourth, Zverev in eighth. Rafael Nadal has played only one tournament this year and is ranked 33nd in the live race, but that could change in the next eight days as the first major clay-court tournament begins today in Monte Carlo.

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Four Spaniards in the semi-finals of the Andalucia Open

(Jürgen Fritz, 10.04.2021) All respect, at the Andalucia Open in Marbella all four Spaniards prevailed in the quarterfinals, including the still 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz (133), see picture, who surprisingly beat the Norwegian Casper Ruud, the world No. 26. This means that there will be an all-Spanish semi-final in Marbella (ATP 250) today. At the Sardegna Open in Cagliari, on the other hand, only one Italian was able to prevail.

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Rafael Nadal on European clay: a look back

(Jürgen Fritz, 09.04.2021) April 2005: 18-year-old Rafael Nadal wins the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, the fourth largest clay court tournament in the world, for the first time, beating 2004 French Open finalist Guillermo Coria in the final. A week later, he also wins the fifth largest clay tournament in Barcelona, beating 2003 French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. Again two weeks later: Rafa also wins the second biggest clay tournament in the world in Rome, beats …

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Nadal and Thiem not in the Top 25 in the ATP Race, Federer not in the Top 200

(Jürgen Fritz, 06.04.2021) If we look back at the first quarter of 2021, we can see: For five top eight players the new season started quite well, especially for Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, but for three others extremely badly. Rafael Nadal is not in the top 25 in the ATP Race, Dominic Thiem not in the top 35 and Roger Federer not even in the top 200. Instead, we see three big surprises among the top eight.

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