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Monte-Carlo: the draw

13.04.2014 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger will open the clay-court season with the Masters 1000 tournament in Monte-Carlo this week.

After a first-round bye, Roger will either meet Ivo Karlovic (ATP 52) or Radek Stepanek (ATP 40) in round number two.

He could then play Jerzy Janowicz (ATP 21) in the round of the last sixteen, before possibly facing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ATP 12) in the quarter-finals.

Roger could then be in for another clash with Novak Djokovic (ATP 2) - the current title-holder - in the semis.

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04/15/2014 | 07:10 PM
I am always nervous when Roger plays Stepanek. The head to head is very much in Rogers favour but it does not show how difficult and close the matches usually are. I confess I am nervous for tomorrow's match. Stepanek has got his first match under his belt and has the confidence it gives. I just would feel happier if Roger was in the same position, especially with the change of surface. Good luck Roger, keep healthy and focused and you will be fine!
04/15/2014 | 05:32 PM
Before dreaming of a final there will be some hurdles Stepanek is the first one to
take !!!
04/15/2014 | 05:03 PM
Yuki: Nadal had an easier path to finals (and thus titles) of non-clay GS since 2008 -- since both Djokovic and Federer were rarely drawn to Nadal's half. Nadal won only 1 non-clay GS (2013 USO) when his half had them (Fed lost early to Robredo).

Rising Fed threatening to win bigger titles (at Nadal’s expense) makes anxious the usual biased tennis writers (eg. Bodo) and sites (eg. tennis.com, which deletes substantiated posts that debunk Nadal and support Fed).
04/15/2014 | 04:57 PM
Yes FANCY. Somehow we seem to have drawn another home DC match. I don't know how they work these things out. I presume it will mean a final would be an away match, if we get that far! Come on RogerStan! Roger has confirmed he will play in September. It is quite likely the semis will be held in Geneva again if indoors, but they are contemplating outdoors, we should know more by mid-May. Various places have put in bids to host it, including a place close to me! Fingers crossed!
04/15/2014 | 03:33 PM
Ah see that Switzerland V Italy semi final is to be played in Switzerland and in mid September - http://www.daviscup.com/en/draws-results/tie/details.aspx?tieId=100021089

I was hoping a trip to Naples!
04/15/2014 | 02:01 PM
Dear Roger
I wish you all the best during the whole MC tournament! I hope you'll be healthy , fit and selfconfident! Only so, you can beat them all! You are the best, dear Roger!
Love Mimi
04/15/2014 | 01:13 PM
Roger will face Llodra instead of Janowicz .
04/15/2014 | 12:56 PM
Hey RF4WORLD, a big big big thank you to you too for the nice and lovely pictures.

You know, Roger should thank his parents for his name.
First, you see the word "Fed" always on some boards in the court.
Second, his first name Roger.... so easy... "Roger that" :)
04/15/2014 | 12:53 PM
Hey PICKA, nice pictures :) Almost spitting image of Roger. Although one has the character of Mirka. One is very loud and outgoing like Roger, the other one is very quiet like Mirka. Good combo :)
04/15/2014 | 12:41 PM
All the very best in Monte Carlo my Darling Roger. I am so glad you have risen in the rankings. You will always be my number one. Oh handsome one.
Lots of love