The 2010 Monte Carlo Open main draw singles matches are now up to the 3rd round. Today OCA will update the scores on this post as they occur. Coverage of what happens today, what the quarter final draw will be, who OCA predicts to win and a run down on head to head match ups for the quarter finals will be updated on this post.
The remaining 16 players in Monte-Carlo consist of 11 seeds, 4 direct acceptances and one player who is most likely received a special exemption (SE), in order to receive a spot in the draw. 15 of the 16 players are from Europe and one player is from South America. The entire 3rd round will be completed by the end of play on Thursday 15 April. Unless of course, rain disrupts play. The players names listed below that DO NOT have a country next to their name are all from Spain. All 6 Spaniards have a chance to advance to the last 8!
The order of play:
The number before each pair of players is the order that these matches will take place. There is normally a 10 minute break between the completion of one match and the commencement of the next match. The matches listed to be played on Court Central beginning with match No.1 at 10:30am local time in Monte-Carlo are:
- (6) Fernando Verdasco defeated (10) Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in 2 hours 33 mins.
- (2) Rafael Nadal def. Michael Berrer (Germany) 6-0, 6-1 in 54 minutes.
- (9) Juan Carlos Ferrero def. (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 in 2 hours 13 mins.
- (1) Novak Djokovic (Serbia) def. (13) Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour 41 mins.
The matches on Court des Princes also beginning at 10:30am are:
- Albert Montanes d. (4) Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour 36 mins.
- (11) David Ferrer d. (8) Ivan Ljubicic 16-0, 7-6 (7-4) in 1 hour 31 mins.
- (SE) David Nalbandian (Argentina) d. (12) Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour 29 mins.
- Philipp Kohlschreiber d. Philipp Petzschner (Germany) 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour 32 mins.
Pictured above is the last remaining Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, as he is swinging his racquet to the ball for this forehand ground stroke. The 24 year old turns 25 this Saturday and is playing at Monte-Carlo for the first time hoping that he can have a dream week to bolster his clay court prowess and ranking to claim a Top 8 seeding for the rest of the clay court season. Tsonga needs to advance further than Marin Cilic to take his No.9 place in the ATP World Rankings.
The 1.88m finalist at the 2008 Australian Open will be chasing his first career final and/or title at a clay court tournament. The French fans have high hopes of their favourite winning Roland Garros (the French Open), this year. Tsonga has only played Roland Garros twice. In 2005 he lost 1st round to Andy Roddick & last year he made the round of 16 before losing to Juan Martin del Potro. Tsonga’s hopes will be tested by 2003 Roland Garros singles champion Juan Carlos Ferrero today.
The Quarter Final Draw is:
- (1) Novak Djokovic versus (SE) David Nalbandian
- Albert Montanes v. (6) Fernando Verdasco
- (11) David Ferrer v. Philipp Kohlschreiber
- (9) Juan Carlos Ferrero v. (2) Rafael Nadal
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Monte-Carlo. Click this link for more details including the Schedule of Play -> Monte-Carlo 2010: April 10-18.
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