MONDAY, APRIL 18 – Even though Rafael Nadal looked tired for part of the week in Monte Carlo, he still managed to win his seventh straight title with a 6-4, 7-5 defeat of David Ferrer. Neither man played his best on the day, but Nadal was more ambitious and self-assured on the big points, while Ferrer was fairy erratic. Still only 24, Nadal remarkably won his 19th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, two ahead of Roger Federer and Andre Agassi
“Rafa is incredible on clay. I mean, he’s everywhere at the same time. He’s the best player on clay in history,” said Ferrer of his compatriot, who won his 30th title on dirt, the same number that the great Bjorn Borg won. Two other former Roland Garros titlists are head of him as Guillermo Vilas is first with 45 clay-court titles and Thomas Muster owns 40. Nadal said he would play Barcelona next week and he
Caroline Wozniacki just keeps winning and with the news breaking that Kim Clijsters is at least out until Roland Garros with a bad ankle injury, her grip on the No. 1 ranking has tightening. On Sunday, the Dane won her third title of the year with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Elena Vesnina in the final of the Family Circle Cup. Like she was all week when she downed a slew of good competitors including Barbora Strycova, Yanina Wickmayer and Jelena Jankovic, Wozniacki was just too steady and mentally forceful.
“One of her best characteristics is that she so fit,” said Jankovic after he straight set loss in the semis, who owns a 4-2 career record against Wozniacki. “She can run all day long and she can play those points. You feel like she can go for days. You don’t expect her to get tired or winded because she’s not fit. She’s maybe the fittest player on the tour, right now.
Rafa Nadal pretty much wrapped up his rivalry with Roger Federer with a 6-3 6-2 victory in the semis of Miami. The 24-year-old Nadal now owns 15-8 record against the Swiss and with Federer being 29 years old, it