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  • Gates of Monte Carlo open for Del Potro

    4/4/13 5:11 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Gates of Monte Carlo open for Del Potro The Monte Carlo Masters has managed to lure Juan Martin Del Potro into the field for the April 14 start with a wild card entry, with the first major of the classic Europe clay season now setting its sights on Roger Federer.

    Del Potro, who went out early at the Miami event last month after reaching the Indian Wells final against Rafael Nadal, will complete a lineup at the Monte Carlo country club to include nine of the ATP top 10. Only Federer, now down to third in the world after Andy Murrays Miami trophy performance, is missing from the field.

    The Swiss is currently on a long training block át home and has all but ruled out any play until a late start and a title defence on clay at the Madrid Masters from May 5. But optimistic Monte Carlo organisers are hoping against hope that the Swiss ace will decide that he needs some clay matches and accept their offer of a wild card being held in reserve.

    Del Potro, who has never won a match in the principality and last competed there in 2009, joins French showman Gael Monfils as free entry.

    In Barcelona, another hot player leads the field for qualifying for that Spanish event dominated - like Monte Carlo - by Nadal. No.55 Ernests Gulbis, a fourth-round victim of Nadal in Indian Wells, heads a qualie field in which nine of 20 participants are top 100 players. The main draw is headed by Nadal, winner of seven of the last eight editions in the Catalan capital.

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Don't expect him to win this but nobody would be wanting to play against him too soon that's for sure!

Shireling , 4/4/13 1:41 PM


I am curious to know...if Gulbis were to approach tennis with the diligence of Nadal and Djokovic, if he could win a Major. That'd be great for tennis I think.

ts38 , 4/5/13 5:41 AM


I think he'll win a major at least. He's talented and if he's also hardworking, he'll be very very good, but may not be as good as Fed, Rafa and Nole IMO. Consistency is the key and not everyone working hard can have the consistency; Murray has the talent and works very hard but he's yet to show the consistency week in week out, though I see he's improving now.

luckystar , 4/5/13 6:17 AM


^^Let me get this right: you see Gulbis going through a fiver-setter, possibly multiple five-setters through 7 matches to win a GS title?

#MouthWideOpen

rafaisthebest , 4/5/13 7:59 AM


We're talking IF he works as hard as Rafa or Nole.

luckystar , 4/5/13 9:04 AM


^^^^

That's a big if!

Nativenewyorker , 4/5/13 9:09 AM


MC has more status than Miami. It's Miami that should be non-mandatory.

nadline , 4/5/13 10:03 AM


luckystar , 4/5/13 9:04 AM

The same could be said of a whole lot of other wannabes e.g. Jerzy, Gasquet, Tsonga, Dimitrov, Tomic just to name a few............

rafaisthebest , 4/5/13 12:51 PM


It's not impossible. He had a run at the FO in 2008 and even gave Djokovic a run for his money there. He's shown capable of going deep before, and that was when he was a total flake. BTW if I think he could win any slam it would be the USO.

ts38 , 4/5/13 2:14 PM


Why the USO? He has had relatively more success on clay in the Slams and Masters so if he were to ever win a Slam that's where it would be more likely to happen.

I wouldn't put my shirt on a slam however, no matter what the surface, unless he is a seriously late bloomer and the big boys have all retired.

ed251137 , 4/5/13 3:14 PM


Gulbis isn't winning a slam any time soon. He would need to become a lot fitter and mentally stronger. He had a nice run of wins, but that's in best two out of three matches. That's nothing like winning seven best out of five matches in a slam.

It's the guys who have been putting in the effort on a regular basis who will have the chance to win a slam. I am talking about Delpo, Berdy, Tsonga, Gasquet, even Raonic.

You don't wake up one day and decide to win a slam, particularly if you haven't put in the practice hours and hard work. It's not like the top players are going anywhere right now.

Gulbis has already trashed the best years of his career. There is no reason to think his attitude will change any time soon.

Nativenewyorker , 4/5/13 7:33 PM


Pigs will fly before Gulbis wins a major

tennis2011 , 4/5/13 8:27 PM


I'm not saying the kid can't play on clay (he beat Federer and was one of only 2 people to take a set off Nadal in the 2010 clay season), but barring injury, nobody not named Nadal possibly Djokovic is gonna win RG.

ts38 , 4/6/13 12:43 AM



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