Great win against Monaco , 6-2 4-6 6-3, after leading 62 31 he choked but got it done in the end. Blake is up next, normally it would be a great chance, but James is playing great [ distroyed Harrison & Bennetau]. Also, it was one of his higher ranked wins ( Monaco is #14, and he's also beated Gasquet when he was #16, Lopez when he was #15, Gonzalez when he was #12, Cilic...).
Benoît Paire, Edouard Roger-Vasselin,Nicolas Mahut, Jeremy Chardy, Aljaz Bedene, Florian Mayer, Tommy Robredo, Evgeny Korolev, Albert Ramos, Guillaume Rufin
Well, a great win over Blake 75 in the 3rd and he's in the forth round , best ever in a M-1000. This run was vastly needed, as he's defending some points early on clay [ F in Casablanca, SF in Estoril], and because he was #81 in the Year to Date Rankings ( he will be around #55). Also, it's a huge oppourtinity to make his 1st QF at this stage, as he's facing Melzer next.
He qualified for Monte-Carlo, after an epic vs Eysseric yesterday ( 75 57 76 in 3h. 25 and a MP saved) and a trashng of Volandri, 62 62. Spots for qualifers are Granollers, Stepanek, Haase, Monfils, Melzer and Chardy, so he should have a chance in any of those. I would like to avoid Melzer and Monfils, but even them are winnable.
I thought the loss to Fognini was bad, but after seeing the Italian work in MC, I'm not too disappointed. He's playing Barcelona this week, he has a good draw IMO, R1 vs a Qualifier ( hope it's not Gulbis ), R2 vs Janowicz and R3 vs Nishikori.