This Monte Carlo will be the 10th anniversary of Nadal playing MC for the first time, when he came through qualies to play his first Masters event and beat the reigning French Open champion, Albert Costa. Worth revisiting that match a decade on - Nadal was so different (so many more dropshots!) but still so much of what we know - the intensity, the insane defence...
Watching this also makes me think when we're going to have a similar moment with one of the younger generation? Tomic would seem best equipped (I've come to the conclusion Dimitrov has the game but not the mentality and that may be a fatal problem given his recent matches v. Djokovic and Murray...) but yet to see Tomic make a statement like this. Maybe it'll be some unknown... But it really is about time someone stepped up (though hopefully not versus the reigning French Open champion at Monte Carlo this year! )
But it really is about time someone stepped up (though hopefully not versus the reigning French Open champion at Monte Carlo this year! )
Originally Posted by: Toni Nadal
Rafael has won more titles than Novak Djokovic, but speaking merely about tennis and about the game, Rafa has to be considered slightly lower than Djokovic. The Serb is such a good player that he is as close as you can get to Roger Federer