• Nadal upends Kohlschreiber with another routine win in Monte Carlo

    4/18/13 2:03 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Nadal upends Kohlschreiber with another routine win in Monte Carlo Rafael Nadal continued his assault on the draw in Monte Carlo, with the Spaniard dispatching Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets.

    The Rafael Nadal freight train continued at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, with the Spaniard posting a 6-2, 6-4 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

    Kohlschreiber put in a couple of good service games before Nadal imposed himself on the match. With the world No. 5 up 4-2 with a break of serve, he got an insurance break for 5-2 and easily served out the set.

    The second set featured more strong play from Nadal on his own serve, but Kohlschreiber was also better and managed to hold the Spaniard off until the game at 3-3. That single shaky service game from the No. 16 seed was all Nadal needed to press his advantage. The eight-time champion took the break and with it, the match.

    The win sends Nadal into the quarterfinals, where he will take on Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in what promises to be Nadal's toughest match of the week so far.

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I doubt if Dimitrov will be as tough as Kohlschreiber.

nadline , 4/18/13 4:09 PM

"upends"..............sounds like torture!!!

Monalysa , 4/18/13 4:32 PM

what for some is a 'routine win' for others is 'tough' :D
Or maybe Nadal's wins are always hard fought

Shireling , 4/18/13 4:40 PM

I don't know, nadline. I think Dimitrov will be a sterner test, I also heard Kohls was carrying an injury.

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 4:41 PM

Seems EVERYONE is carrying an injury these days.......................these hard courts.....ummmmmmmmmm

Monalysa , 4/18/13 4:50 PM

why would Dimitrov be any more difficult for Nadal than Kohlschreiber?

RickyDimon , 4/18/13 7:37 PM

1. Last time Rafa played Dimitrov, Dimitrov took a set off Rafa. That was some time back, Dimitrov has made progress since then. Not saying Rafa has stood still since then.......
2. I believe Kohls was carrying an injury, therefore was slightly below par.

I expect Rafa to prevail, just expect Dimitrov to provide a sterner test than Kohls.

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 7:43 PM

If Dimitrov is indeed Baby Fed then maybe Rafa's road to victory won't be to tough.

Maya , 4/18/13 8:43 PM

^^haha, nice one!

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 8:48 PM

Dimitrov will have to keep it together mentally and not choke when he has an opportunity. He may make it interesting, but I also expect Rafa to get into even better form with each match.

Nativenewyorker , 4/18/13 9:11 PM

If Dimitrov is letting the fact that he is being likened to Fed get to his head, Rafa may just put a stop to that forth with!!!!!

Monalysa , 4/18/13 10:08 PM

Baby obsolete (but pretty) backhand.


Conspirator , 4/18/13 10:40 PM

They had a really close match in Rotterdam in 2009 which Rafa won in 3, but it looks like Dimitrov was playing better then than he has been since and Rafa never played well in Rotterdam.

Like all matches, Rafa will need to take it to him.

#Vamos Rafa

nadline , 4/18/13 11:11 PM

Don't forget that match was a week after Rafa's gruelling AO S/F and Final. He was completely hobbled and could barely move in the final - which led to one of Andy's better quotes: 'Rafa's hard to beat even when he's on only one leg'.

But this match is five years on and Dimitrov is vastly more experienced and has wins against quite a few higher ranked players. Plus he is no slouch on clay so Rafa will need to have his wits about him.

ed251137 , 4/19/13 12:31 AM

Ed is right. At 2009 Rotterdam, Rafa was just coming from his ten hours gruelling SF/F match at the AO and so practically everyone of his opponents, except Monfils, at Rotterdam took a set off Rafa back then.

MC is no Rotterdam; even if Dimi has improved in those five years that has past, he's no
match for Rafa on this surface. Fed can't even match Rafa here, don't talk about Dimi who's not even half as good as Fed. Unless Rafa has a bad day at the office, he'll beat Dimi in straights. From now on, it may be SHBH opponents all the way for Rafa this tournament.

luckystar , 4/19/13 4:13 AM


Is it accurate to say that the SHBH is not nearly as effective a weapon on clay? I believe that I read somewhere that Rafa will want to go to Dimi's SHBH.

Your thoughts on this?

I am going to try again to stay up to see this match. At least the match with Kohls didn't go all that long, but still it ended at 4:30 or so AM! That can play havoc with sleep and trying to function the next day!

I just don't like having to wait until the afternoon of the next day to see the replay on the tennis channel. If I don't stay up to see it, then when I get up I will just go online to check out the score. But it's a lot more fun to watch a match when you don't know the outcome.

Nativenewyorker , 4/19/13 4:32 AM

Well I dont think the rotterdam match is of any relevance here.That was indoor jard court and this is clay at MC! Rafa to win in 2 sets,one tough one easy one !

vamosrafa , 4/19/13 11:36 AM

Well, guess who is now saying the time violation enforcement rule is a problem.....Bodo! what/47131/#.UXEhV8pRCDc

" When Murray lost that first serve as a result of the violation, he complained to ATP supervisor Tom Barnes on the next changeover, saying: ?I?m looking at him (Roger-Vasselin), and he?s looking at and fixing his strings.?

Murray?s meaning was clear: He was ready to serve; it was Roger-Vasselin holding things up.

While Murray managed the distraction well (it turned out to have no impact on the outcome), it seems only a matter of time before the time violation rule blows up in somebody?s face."


rafaisthebest , 4/19/13 12:55 PM

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