• Nadal begins title defense against Matosevic

    4/17/13 12:41 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Nadal begins title defense against Matosevic Rafael Nadal will try for a record nine Monte-Carlo Masters titles this week. He begins his campaign against Australia's Marinko Matosevic.

    After being sidelined with a knee injury for more than 7 months, Rafael Nadal made his return to professional tennis. In his time back, the world No. 5 has amassed a 17-1 record with 3 titles and a final in Vina del Mar.

    Nadal skipped the Miami Masters after capturing crowns in Sao Paolo, Acapulco and Indian Wells and comes into Monte-Carlo fresh, if with a bit of rust from the past month off.

    Marinko Matosevic has his work cut out for him. Not only is Nadal the winningest clay-courter in history, Monte-Carlo is his most successful event.

    Matosevic has had exactly 2 matches on clay this year. The Australians met Uzbekistan on clay last week in Davis Cup; Matosevic lost his rubber to Denis Istomin. His other match came on Tuesday, with a win over the struggling Fernando Verdasco.

    Even with the rust of a month's layoff, anything but a straight-set win for Nadal would be shocking. The Spaniard in easy straight sets.

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Vamossssssss Rafa

gr8nadal , 4/17/13 3:15 AM

Vamossssssss 'early intervention'

Twinge , 4/17/13 4:22 AM

#Vamos Rafa

nadline , 4/17/13 8:57 AM

Stay focused and enjoy the game, Rafa !


Augustina08 , 4/17/13 9:30 AM

Vamos Rafa!

natashao , 4/17/13 9:51 AM

I hope Matosevic is hungry because Nadal is sure to be offering a breadstick or two in this one.

woodenracquet , 4/17/13 10:01 AM

Vamosss Rafa!!

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 11:13 AM

Is it just me, or do the MC water bottles look like vodka bottles?

cherylmurray , 4/17/13 12:57 PM

Matosevic is really having trouble with Rafa's topspin. He's not usually this bad.

cherylmurray , 4/17/13 12:59 PM

Masovic looks totally bewildered out there............

ed251137 , 4/17/13 1:00 PM

Wohoooo Mato scored !!!

Vamos Mato ... you disppoint those salivating greedy Rafans ;-)

Raindrops , 4/17/13 1:05 PM

Masovic reminds me a bit of Baggy: the humurous grin that is, not his tennis.

Cheryl: Designer water bottles as befits Monte Carlo

ed251137 , 4/17/13 1:07 PM

Ooops, was on the wrong thread..........

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 1:07 PM

ed251137, you realise it is Matosevic, not Masovic, don't you?

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 1:10 PM

Rafa dishing out carbs............6-1, 1st set.

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 1:12 PM

Way to go Rafa!


nadline , 4/17/13 1:14 PM

Sometimes when Rafa is not being challenged, his concentration drops, let's see what happens here....

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 1:15 PM

ritb: well I knew it was a vic..............

ed251137 , 4/17/13 1:17 PM

ritb: you spoke too soon :-(

ed251137 , 4/17/13 1:19 PM

ohhh the inevitable breadstick that rafans are fond to feast on :-)

Raindrops , 4/17/13 1:20 PM

Good game from Matosevic, put Rafa under pressure and he breaks Rafa, 1st game, 2nd set.......

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 1:20 PM

Raindrops, focus on the match, not Rafans........

Matosevic has now settled into the match and is stringing together some good points.........confident start to the 2nd set...

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 1:22 PM


Raindrops , 4/17/13 1:23 PM

Yes. Rafa didn't have to work very hard in that opening set. He'll have to up his level in this set bkz Matosevic is playing better.

cherylmurray , 4/17/13 1:23 PM

It's a good thing M.....vic has woken up. Rafa needs match practice after three weeks without playing a tournament.

ed251137 , 4/17/13 1:25 PM


cherylmurray , 4/17/13 1:26 PM

Uncle Toni not impressed......

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 1:28 PM

Good one, ed251137........M......vic much easier to write.

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 1:30 PM

Missed the first set.

Poor depth on Rafa's shots in the 2nd.

Conspirator , 4/17/13 1:30 PM

Matosevic bricked that one.

cherylmurray , 4/17/13 1:34 PM

Rafa breaks back, nothing special from Rafa, just Matosevic imploding....

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 1:35 PM

Rafa ahead 3-2 for the first time in 2nd set........

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 1:38 PM

forehand dtl starting to work again.

cherylmurray , 4/17/13 1:42 PM

lovely shot. And it actually drew a smile from Nadal.

cherylmurray , 4/17/13 1:45 PM

M.....vic is playing like someone with nothing to lose.

#Vamos Rafa

nadline , 4/17/13 1:46 PM

Rafa wins 61 62.

Rafa benefits from this sort of match, it helps him when he plays higher ranked players, just like his match against Harrison at IW.

nadline , 4/17/13 1:51 PM

Rafa wins 6-1, 6-2.

At least the last game he won was a break of serve, worth to remember :-)

Vamos Rafa!


Raindrops , 4/17/13 1:54 PM

I mean MaVic.

Raindrops , 4/17/13 1:56 PM

I think Rafa played well enough to deal with Matosevic...Ma...vic did play way better in the second but Rafa also kind of dropped in intensity thinking he would deal easily with his opponent...once he realizes that M/vic can play tennis Rafa raises his level and the rest is history...

Vamos Rafa! You own Monte Carlo!

natashao , 4/17/13 1:59 PM

Congratulations to Rafa on the win! Vamooss!

I watched the match Matocevic vs Verdasco. In the first set, Matocevic looked tired&sick. Afterwards he recovered and finally won the match. Today, he also started to play better in the 2nd set, but Rafa - who tends to fell asleep in the second set - woke up in time.

Augustina08 , 4/17/13 2:10 PM

Hehehe, look what you have spawned ed251137! Now everybody's abbreviating the poor bloke's name. Anyway, no disrespect at all, I am sure even he would laugh...

Had to attend to a conference call, left when 2nd set was 3-2 in Rafa's favour. Please can someone give me a more detailed match commentary? Was it good play from Rafa, what were the stats like etc? Thanks in advance......

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 2:11 PM

Djokovic is limping in his match against Youzhny...If he's not fit to play, why is he playing? If he is, why is he making a big deal out of it??

willmw101 , 4/17/13 2:23 PM

ritb, wait for Cheryl's match report, she usually captures the essence of the match.

M.......vic upped his game in the 2nd set and tried to serve and volley which took Rafa by surprise and M.............vic started to serve better so he controlled the points on his serve. Rafa losing his serve was one of those things, he played a couple of bad shots and got broken.

nadline , 4/17/13 2:26 PM

^^^ wrong thread, willmw101

cherylmurray , 4/17/13 2:26 PM

Thanks nadline, will exercise patience and wait for Cheryl's match report. Scoreline looks good For Rafa.

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 2:30 PM

^^ already done, RITB.

cherylmurray , 4/17/13 2:52 PM

Thanks, Cheryl.

rafaisthebest , 4/17/13 2:57 PM

Vamos, Rafa!!

By the by, red looks very good on you!!

Now one match at a time, wishing you all the best for the rest of the tourney!!

Monalysa , 4/17/13 3:00 PM

So Rafa is playing and big rafan and even bigger moron willma posting one single post. About Nole ofc. Nole ia playing and this poor creature is posting more than 20 posts.... LOL!
What a idiot!

zare , 4/17/13 6:18 PM

If im trolling Djokovic, then you are trolling me Zare. V sad, you must have no life.

willmw101 , 4/17/13 6:38 PM

LoL.... see'ya moron.... just continue so that everyone can see what imbecile you are.
Tomorrow I am of to Monte Carlo... enjoying tennis and sun... and you will be still in your dirty hole spilling hatred ...

zare , 4/17/13 8:06 PM

im actually in provence at the moment so not too far from monte carlo. Like hell you are going anywhere near the S.France though Zare you sad little weirdo.

willmw101 , 4/17/13 10:23 PM

Sick poor creature.... crawl under some stone... I am going to Monaco , not to overrated S. France... why should I? I live in better place :)
So spring arrived to provence... it is completely normal that uneducated stupid ppl like you are searching for season jobs... who would give you job in town... LoL
Aurevoir pauvre con :)

zare , 4/18/13 1:56 AM

Jesus... you are so angry! Must be hard to have your only outlet on a tennis forum...

Im curious that you describe Provence (a large region in the south of france) as a town. But then again I'm not particularly curious that you are ignorant of the geography of the south of france. Doubt you've ever been on a plane.

willmw101 , 4/18/13 11:50 AM

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