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Barcelona Semifinal – Nadal vs Verdasco

Rafa has a chance to progress to a phenomenal seventh straight Godo final (if you leave out the year he did not play)

Rafael Nadal will play Fernando Verdasco, who is hungry to regain a spot in the  upper echelon of the world rankings with a good result here in Barcelona.

Verdasco won this tournament two years ago (the year that Rafa did not play) but will have to find another gear against the Mallorcan – he has lost all twelve matches the two have previously played against each other, with the five setter at the Australian Open in 2009 coming to mind has the stand out highlight of those encounters.

Prediction, Rafa in two, to drop less than six games.

The match will start at 4pm local time provided the earlier matches do not overrun. That’s 2pm GMT.

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Barcelona – Nadal vs Tipsarevic

Rafa to play a Serbian next – fortunately not Djokovic this time but the Serb Number 2, Janko Tipsarevic

Rafael Nadal will play Janko Tipsarevic, who has been in good form lately and has now reached a World ranking of number eight. A tough challenge for Rafa, who has beaten the Serb in the two only times they have met before.

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Barcelona – Nadal vs Garcia-Lopez

Fresh from a stunning eighth Monte-Carlo title, Rafa heads to Barcelona to try and claim his seventh Godo

Rafael Nadal will play fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez his first match on Wednesday.

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Monte-Carlo Final – Nadal vs Djokovic

UPDATE – Rafa hammered Djokovic (6-3, 6-1) to claim his eighth Monte-Carlo title and finally see what it feels like to beat Nole again! Congratulations!

Nadal has won seven straight titles and 41 straight matches in Monte-Carlo, yet has lost seven straight finals (including two on clay) to Djokovic. Which streak will end on Sunday in the Masters series final?

Rafael Nadal still, despite those seven straight losses, leads Novak Djokovic by 16-14 in the head to head. But he desperately needs to change the tide and show that somehow he can still beat Nole – especially as it is on his favourite surface at his most successful event.


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Monte-Carlo – Nadal vs Simon

With 40 consecutive wins now under his belt at Monte-Carlo, Rafa has to win just two more to claim his eight title. Can he do it?

Rafael Nadal has played Gilles Simon five times, with a 4-1 winning record. Despite the lead in the head to head however, Simon is one of those players Rafa has always had to work hard to beat, and with the Frenchman in very solid form, it will be interesting to see how this first meeting ever on clay unwinds…

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Monte-Carlo – Links to Free Live  TV Streams

Rafael Nadal vs Gilles Simon, Saturday, not before 3pm (5pm GMT)

Option 1 – Monte-Carlo – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Monte-Carlo – Live TV – English

If none of these are working, or to find one that works better, check  the listings at  RojaDirecta,  Atdhe,  Sport LemonLive Score Hunter

 

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Monte-Carlo – Nadal vs Wawrinka

UPDATE: Nadal won 7-5, 6-4

Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka have played seven times before, with Rafa winning every time – in fact the Swiss compatriot of Federer has never won a set off Nadal before, so must now find it daunting to meet him on clay.

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Monte-Carlo – Links to Free Live  TV Streams

Rafael Nadal vs Mikhail Kushkin, Friday, probably after 1pm (3pm GMT)

Option 1 – Monte-Carlo – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Monte-Carlo – Live TV – English

If none of these are working, or to find one that works better, check  the listings at  RojaDirecta,  Atdhe,  Sport LemonLive Score Hunter

 

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Monte-Carlo – Nadal vs Kukushkin

UPDATE: Nadal won 7-1, 6-1

Rafael Nadal and Mikhail Kushkin met just once before – when Rafa won in Thailand two years ago.

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Monte-Carlo – Links to Free Live  TV Streams

Rafael Nadal vs Mikhail Kushkin, Thursday, probably after 3-4pm (5-6pm GMT)

Option 1 – Monte-Carlo – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Monte-Carlo – Live TV – English

If none of these are working, or to find one that works better, check  the listings at  RojaDirecta,  Atdhe,  Sport LemonLive Score Hunter

 

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Monte-Carlo – Nadal vs Nieminen

UPDATE: Nadal won 6-4, 6-3

Rafael Nadal and Jarkko Nieminen have played six times before, with Rafa winning every time. Still, with the Mallorcan fresh back from a knee injury, it will be interesting to see whether he can quickly find his rhythm on his favourite surface.

Monte-Carlo is the only “optional” Masters event, and once again Rodger Federer has chosen to sit it out.

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Monte-Carlo – Links to Free Live  TV Streams

Rafael Nadal vs Jarkko Nieminen, Wednesday, probably after 2pm (4pm GMT)

Option 1 – Monte-Carlo – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Monte-Carlo – Live TV – English

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Nadal wins Monte-Carlo No.7, heads for Barcelona

With his seventh title at Monte Carlo under his belt, Rafa has little time for rest as he prepares for the Godó ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona.

Roger Federer is taking a break, and will reappear for the Mutua Masters 1000 event in Madrid early May.

Nadal has won the Barcelona title five times before, but reluctantly missed it last year. This year he is back to add to a very intensive schedule of three more tournaments in the lead up to the French Open.

Rafa admitted to being more tired than usual during yesterday’s final against David Ferrer – you could tell as he made uncharacteristic errors:

“During the match I was more tired than usual today. But in general it was positive. That’s important because these kinds of matches, like yesterday, like today, improve your condition physically and mentally.”

“It’s negative because you spent a lot of time on court, you have to run a lot on court, it’s always tough for the body. But if you talk about [what it does] mentally and physically, that can help a lot for the rest of the clay season.”

“Indian Wells to Wimbledon is the most [important] part of the season for me. These four or five months are decisive in my season.”

“That’s the calendar. That’s where I have to play my best, where I have to defend a lot of points.”

“Every year I did a fantastic clay court season. I have to try to do it another time. With these four or five tournaments, if I am playing very well, I’m going to have the biggest chances to have enough points to try to be in the top position at the end of the year ranking. That’s the top of my system in general. So I have to try… I am healthy now, so why not?”

Nadal will play the winner of Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Potito Starace in his opening match in Barcelona.

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Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis – Draw

The draw is out, and with Djokovic withdrawn, Rafa and Roger are seeded to meet in the final.

Having both received byes in the first round, Federer will start on Tuesday, whilst Nadal will have his first match on Wednesday.

Rafael Nadal will be looking to improve on his incredible 34-1 record in this tournament, and win a seventh consecutive Monte-Carlo title.

Roger Federer will hope to go one better than the three successive finals he lost to Nadal in 2006 to 2008. He did not play here in 2010.

Click for official Monte-Carlo draw 2011

If all goes according to seed, Rafael Nadal will face in turn:

  • Jarko Nieminen
  • Richard Gasquet
  • Tomas Berdych
  • Andy Murray
  • Final: Roger Federer

Roger Federer would face:

  • Philipp Kohlschreiber
  • Marin Cilic
  • Juergen Melzer
  • David Ferrer
  • Final: Rafael Nadal