Monte Carlo Rolex Masters 2012

What Monte-Carlo Rolex Tennis Masters
Where Monte Carlo Country Club
When 14-22 April 2012
Contact Tel: +377 97 98 70 00; Fax : +377 97 98 70 10
e-Mail : info@smett.mc
Web: http://www.monte-carlorolexmasters.com

LATEST NEWS: Djokovic to meet Nadal in final

Monte Carlo resident Novak Djokovic, who last week was awarded the prestigious Vermeil Sport medal of Monaco for his outstanding contribution to physical education and sport, beat off a challenge from sixth seed and world number 7 Tomas Berdych, to set up a final against seven-time Monte Carlo Masters champion Rafael Nadal

All eyes are on the clay courts of the Monte Carlo County Club this week as world number two Rafael Nadal begins his campaign to lift the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters trophy for the eight successive year. Were he to do so he would add yet another glittering record to an already astonishing career. But some, including Nadal himself, are already beginning to question how long that career can last. Plagued by successive knee injuries, the Spanish tennis legend has increasingly felt uneasy about his abilities, especially since having to pull out of the Miami Masters last month.

nadal2But Nadal is nothing if not a battler. His performance on clay courts is widely acknowledged to be among best in the game, and in six of the last seven years he has used the Monte Carlo victory as a springboard to ultimate success at the French Open.

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And then there is Novak Djokovic. Winner of the last three grand slam tournaments – Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open – the world number one, who is a resident of Monaco, would dearly love to win in Monte Carlo but has so far failed to break Nadal’s astonishing grip on his home tournament. Can he do so this year? Watch this space…

About the Masters

The 106th Tennis Masters takes place over the course of one week from 14 April to 22 April. This year, an exceptional main draw sees 45 top-flight players battling it out on the clay courts of the Monte Carlo Country Club in what is always a nail-biting starter to the summer’s tennis tournaments. Eight of the world’s top ten players (including of course the current ranking world number 1, Novak Djokovic, and his arch-rival the world number 2, Rafael Nadal) are here, as is Andy Murray, currently the world number 4 but ever hopeful of achieving that all-important boost in the rankings.

The tournament is one of nine in the annual ATP World Tour Masters 1000series, and always attracts large crowds to witness the cream of men’s tennis striving for a share in the nearly €2.5 million prize pot.

In 2011, Nadal stamped his mark on the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters when he became the first player in history to win the same tournament seven times in a row, defeating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in straight sets. Any thoughts of his gaining an eighth crown will be tempered by the fact that Novak Djokovic – himself a Monaco resident – has been going from strength to strength, winning three Grand Slam tournaments and the most recent Australian Open. Added to this, and a considerable pressure for Nadal, has been a continuing history of knee problems, the most recent of which caused him to lose out on a potential final place in last week’s Miami Masters.
masters12largeOther hopefuls to look out for in the list below are Czech Tomas Berdych (currently world no 7) and tenth-placed John Isner. And the celebrities are not confined to the court: watching their every move from the stands will be former world number one Björn Borg.

Line-up of players:

Name                       Nat Rk

Novak DJOKOVIC SRB 1
Rafael NADAL ESP 2
Andy MURRAY GBR 4
David FERRER ESP 5
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA FRA 6
Tomas BERDYCH CZE 7
Janko TIPSAREVIC SRB 9
John ISNER USA 10
Nicolas ALMAGRO ESP 12
Gilles SIMON FRA 13
Gael MONFILS FRA 14
Feliciano LOPEZ ESP 15
Kei NISHIKORI JPN 16
Richard GASQUET FRA 17
Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV UKR 18
Florian MAYER GER 19
Fernando VERDASCO ESP 20
Juan MONACO ARG 21
Jurgen MELZER AUT 22
Marin CILIC CRO 23
Marcel GRANOLLERS ESP 24
Radek STEPANEK CZE 25
Milos RAONIC CAN 26
Viktor TROICKI SRB 27
Kevin ANDERSON RSA 28
Stanislas WAWRINKA SUI 29
Mikhail YOUZHNY RUS 31
Juan Ignacio CHELA ARG 32
Julien BENNETEAU FRA 33
Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER GER 35
Bernard TOMIC AUS 36
Carlos BERLOCQ ARG 37
Pablo ANDUJAR ESP 38
Ivan LJUBICIC CRO 41
Michael LLODRA FRA 43
Denis ISTOMIN UZB 44
Andreas SEPPI ITA 45
Donald YOUNG USA 46
Thomaz BELLUCCI BRA 47
Jarkko NIEMINEN FIN 48
Juan Carlos FERRERO ESP 49
Lukasz KUBOT POL 51
Olivier ROCHUS BEL 52
Robin HAASE NED 53
Fabio FOGNINI ITA 55