ATP Picks: Monte Carlo

The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters kick starts the real clay court season and the top half of the draw looks like a scene from 13 Assassins  A total massacre!

This event celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006.

The lower half looks Rated PG in comparison, as the seeds have a straightforward time of it with Murray and Nadal slated to meet in the semi-finals, although Murray would have to negotiate Almagro and Wawrinka first. David Ferrer pulls out and Roger Federer skips, but we still have a Big 3 with Djokovic.

Look out for Richard Gasquet here. He historically plays well in France and at this tournament, where he could meet Djokovic in the semi-finals. He’s been playing his best tennis of late and has a decent draw.

Let’s Break It Down!

ATP Level: 1000

Surface: Outdoor Clay

Defending Champion: Rafael Nadal – Seeks his 9th consecutive title at the event. Nadal just needs to show up.

Floater: Ernests ‘Lights Out’ Gulbis – In Djokovic’s quarter and gets Isner first round. Who knows what could happen.

Veteran Watch: Radek ‘The Worm’ Stepanek – Back from injury so it will be interesting to see if he can get through to face fellow Czech Berdych round 3.

Youngblood: Jerzy Janowicz – Faces fellow Big Man Kevin Anderson, who could be tired from Casablanca last week.

Slumping: Fernando ‘Hot Sauce’ Verdasco – Could face Nadal in round 2, so hopefully plays a good first match.

On Fire: ‘Long’ John Isner – Took down Juan Monaco on clay last week and could face him again in the 2nd round before Djokovic.

Wildcards to Watch: Gael ‘Force’ Monfils – Could face Murray in the 3rd round if he gets his act together.

My pick: Rafael Nadal – If Djokovic was fully fit, I’d give him the edge, otherwise it’s title number 9 for The Bull.

Did You Know?: Rafael Nadal won an Open Era record eighth successive title there in 2012 and has a staggering 44-1 event record.

Watch: Monte Carlo Uncovered

Thanks for reading and check back next week for more predictions!

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