Monday, April 19, 2010

Rafael Nadal is still good on clay

ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo - Day Seven

Rafael Nadal thrashed poor he-man Fernando Verdasco to win his umpteeneth title on clay and show that he even when he is a bit injured, no one else comes close on the dirt. Verdasco did manage to win one game which is nice and gives him something to brag about to the girls, but Rafa was so dominant that he actually apologised to his opponent afterwards. I'm sure he didn't mean it. Nadal will now play Barcelona and Rome before regaining his French Open title.

Sam Stosur rejoiced in playing one of the few players who suffers from nerves more than she does and consequently won her second title over Vera Zvonareva. On clay too. Stosur finally hits the top ten and must be glad she belatedly gave up the doubles for proper tennis. Meanwhile she and the other Aussies can't get to the Ukraine for Fed Cup until the planes fly again.

The ITF has woken up and realised that Wayne Odesnik has belted a forehand through a loophole in its drug rules and decided to rewrite things. It's always good to shut the gate after the horse has bolted.

Meanwhile Jelena Dokic is no doubt in hiding (well, she's certainly not playing tennis) since the news that her father big bad Damir Dokic is on the loose again.

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