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The tournament is done and I'm curious what people thought of it. From my point of view:

Plus

  • Fabios' career highlight run to the title
  • Medvedev delivering on clay for the first time
  • Dusan Ljavoic making his first final, and doing it at masters level
Negatives

  • Crowds seemed small. I wonder if there are a lot of people who buy tickets but only come for small parts of the day
  • Three top claycourters bombing out without much of a fight (thiem, wawrinka and dj) [I havent included nadal here as I feel these three played terribly and gave their opponents a bigger chance to win than they should have. Fognini played brilliant tennis and was too good].
  • Not many great matches, particularly I would like to see more of a match in the final
Overall a 3 out of 5 for me
 

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9/10 solely due to a new winner and finalists.
 

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7/10

Upside: both dull and faker were roasted before the final.

Downside: I don’t really like the winner and he is not a young player at all. Also, all my favs were eliminated early.
 

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Rafa-Fognini wasn't a high quality overall because the wind spoiled it, but it was still entertaining because Fognini pierced the wind :armed:
 

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6/10. Just too many erratic results and the final was a letdown. Nice to see a new winner though and I thought the crowds were quite big actually.
 

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Mixed report card from me too. Was disappointed to see the youngsters go out so early, especially after the Miami excitement. The tournament lacked one really high-quality battle where both players were peaking at the same time. Wind also spoiled a lot of matches.

On the plus side, it was fun to watch two unconventional players flourish in Fognini and Medvedev; it added to the variety.
 

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Do you want the rate objective or subjective...

Objectively : It was poor tournament with a deserved winner, top players either injured or not in shape (not in contention). Not the kind that leaves you the impresson of a new era beginning or a change of guard sensation, not by a mile. More like a flashback to 02-04 transitional period kind of but no quite there yet. On the other hand, good news for unpredictability and variety, and most of all, raw more classically talented getting a big win ala Nalbandian . For a change that is. 8/10

Subjectively: Go Fabio ! you arrogant talented roman warrior! I'm happy 10/10
 

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I went for a few days Wednesday - Friday. I thought the tournament itself is very well presented, especially because the stands are very small and intimate. For one day I had Court des Princes tickets in the very top row, which is only 17 rows up and very close to the court. The other days was on the main court and really enjoyed the , atmosphere.

The match quality wasn't the greatest, as there were quite some disappointing performances from guys that I expected more from. Of course, Fognini winning was a great result for the tennis world and would have only been better had he bageled Nadal on clay in his favourite tournament.

Lajovic was a nice surprise as well, but as many people mentioned guys like Thiem, Wawrinka, Zverev more 'lost' their matches than the opponents won them.

I'd say a 7/10 overall for me. Had Fognini not won, it may have been a five. Most of the early round matches were forgettable.
 

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I went for a few days Wednesday - Friday. I thought the tournament itself is very well presented, especially because the stands are very small and intimate. For one day I had Court des Princes tickets in the very top row, which is only 17 rows up and very close to the court. The other days was on the main court and really enjoyed the , atmosphere.

The match quality wasn't the greatest, as there were quite some disappointing performances from guys that I expected more from. Of course, Fognini winning was a great result for the tennis world and would have only been better had he bageled Nadal on clay in his favourite tournament.

Lajovic was a nice surprise as well, but as many people mentioned guys like Thiem, Wawrinka, Zverev more 'lost' their matches than the opponents won them.

I'd say a 7/10 overall for me. Had Fognini not won, it may have been a five. Most of the early round matches were forgettable.
Agree that if Fog hadnt won it would have been a lower score for the tournament. I was nervous watching Fog try to close it out against Nadal as I thought he really deserved it and didnt want him to stuff it up.

What were the crowds like when you were there ? Looked like a lot of empty seats for all but the biggest matches
 

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Agree that if Fog hadnt won it would have been a lower score for the tournament. I was nervous watching Fog try to close it out against Nadal as I thought he really deserved it and didnt want him to stuff it up.

What were the crowds like when you were there ? Looked like a lot of empty seats for all but the biggest matches
The crowds were pretty decent when I was there. It could be that the lower sections (super expensive if not even reserved for VIPs) were empty for some matches, making it look worse. But in general, there was not much space available in the mid/upper parts of the stands.
 

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The crowds were pretty decent when I was there. It could be that the lower sections (super expensive if not even reserved for VIPs) were empty for some matches, making it look worse. But in general, there was not much space available in the mid/upper parts of the stands.
That's interesting. Its those lower seats which are more visible in the tv shots but I expect they are bought by people who arent really that interested in watching much of it. Perhaps pop in to watch a a top seed play for a bit after champagne and lunch at the restaurant. As Roy Keane pointed out, 'the prawn sandwich brigade'.
 

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That's interesting. Its those lower seats which are more visible in the tv shots but I expect they are bought by people who arent really that interested in watching much of it. Perhaps pop in to watch a a top seed play for a bit after champagne and lunch at the restaurant. As Roy Keane pointed out, 'the prawn sandwich brigade'.
Definitely. In North America I worked in event management and did a lot with sports. The 'exclusive' seats are almost always given to sponsors and things like that for their clients. I'm sure the Monte Carlo casinos and hotels had some of those boxes to give to clients, who exactly as you said care more about the social aspect and lunch with champagne than the tennis itself.

I met quite a few hardcore tennis fans that had travelled in from Italy and parts of France, but in general the crowd seemed to be there more for the spectacle than the sport.
 

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8/10

Lots of my favorites bombed out early, and there weren't a lot of high quality or drama filled matches tbh. But Fabio's run to the title more than makes up for all of that!
 

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9/10, despite Nole bombing out at his home tournament.
Fairytale run for Lajovic and a new Masters winner kept the interest level high.
 
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