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The 2010 Monte Carlo Open main draw singles matches for the 2nd round have just been completed. That leaves the last 16 players left to play off in the round of 16 matches beginning tomorrow Thursday April local time in Monte-Carlo. Each day from now on in this tournament will see an entire round completed, instead of the 2 to 3 days it has taken thus far.
The final Frenchman remaining is No.5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who played a very high standard and ultra close match against Nicolas Almagro. Tsonga is playing Monte-Carlo for the first time and will be the crowd favourite. Tsonga has a very tough match once against another Spaniard, this time dual Monte-Carlo champion and 2003 Roland Garros champion Juan Carlos Ferrero. Tsonga leads 2-0 in their past matches with the latest battle at the Miami Open this year.
The seeds faired quite well with 11 of 16 making it through. The upset of the round was Kohlschreiber defeating Murray in a very one sided 6-2 6-1 victory by the 26 year old German, to set up an all German battle to decide who is the best Philipp in the world. Kohlschreiber won 6-3 6-2 in their only meeting at the Indian Wells Open this year.
A number of the remaining players have a chance to record personal best results at Monte-Carlo including Verdasco, Robredo, Nalbandian, Ljubicic and Ferrer who have all made the quarter finals in the past.
The contests that seem likely to be very closely fought out in the round of 16. The matches you should try to see are Djokovic & Wawrinka who had a 3 set semi final here in Monte-Carlo last year, Berdych & Verdasco and Tsonga & Ferrero. The bolded names in the draw are OCA’s prediction of who will win the round of 16 matches.
Pictured above is Czech Tomas Berdych at Miami this year where he was runner-up after knocking out Roger Federer and Robin Soderling. Berdych is captured above preparing to play his double handed backhand yet he is single-handedly destroying Verdasco’s year in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events.
Berdych has beaten Verdasco in both Masters events this year and now the meet up again for the 3rd time in a row. Verdasco is due for a win over Berdych and has his best chance this time on his favoured clay courts.
The final match to be completed was by far the most closely fought encounter and was between No.7 seed Mikhail Youzhny and David Nalbandian. In what was definitely a case of saving the best match to last Nalbandian triumphed in the final set tie break by 7 points to 5. The 28 year old Argentine continues a tradition of meeting with Tommy Robredo every 2nd year in the round of 16.
The last 2 matches that Robredo and Nalbandian have played against each other were both at Monte-Carlo with Nalbandian winning in 2008 and Robredo winning in 2006. Nalbandian leads their battles 4-2 and will be the favourite to go 5-2 against Robredo, the main concern is Nalbandian’s physical condition given he finished playing so much later than everyone else.
The last 16 consists of 15 European players and one South American (Nalbandian). There are 6 Spaniards, 3 Germans, 2 Croatians and 1 Czech, French, Serbian and Swiss player.
The Monte-Carlo round of 16 draw is:
- (1) Novak Djokovic versus (13) Stanislas Wawrinka
- (12) Tommy Robredo v. David Nalbandian (7) Youzhny
- (4) Marin Cilic v. Albert Montanes (16) Baghdatis
- (10) Tomas Berdych v. (6) Fernando Verdasco
…which are the round of 16 the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players to meet are:
(8) Ivan Ljubicic v. (11) David Ferrer
(15) Melzer Philipp Petzschner v. Philipp Kohlschreiber (3) Murray
- (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. (9) Juan Carlos Ferrero
- (14) Monaco Michael Berrer v. (2) Rafael Nadal
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Monte-Carlo. Click this link for more details -> Monte-Carlo 2010: April 10-18.
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