Saturday, April 19, 2008


2007 Champion Rafael Nadal of Spain

Monte-Carlo, France

Monte Carlo Masters Series
April 19 through the 27, 2008

Time in Monte Carlo



I read The Tennis Channel is airing the Tennis tournament in Monte-Carlo. But I'm not lucky enough to have The Tennis Channel. Starting, Monday, April 21, 2008 the
ATP Masters Series TV is live streaming and the annual pass is $69.95 or $54.95 Euros. The tournament pass $14.97 or 11.95 Euros. IMACs are apparently not accommodated.


Qualifying - J Benneteau (FRA) vs I Minar (CZE)
M Cilic (CRO) vs N Kiefer (GER)
[10] C Moya (ESP) vs S Querrey (USA)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs R Soderling (SWE)
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) vs R Gasquet (FRA) / J Tipsarevic (SRB)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 am
Qualifying - S Bolelli (ITA) vs [WC] L Recouderc (FRA)
Qualifying - [WC] B Balleret (MON) vs R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)
Qualifying - N Lapentti (ECU) vs F Cipolla (ITA)
[16] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs J Acasuso (ARG)
P Mathieu (FRA) / F Santoro (FRA) vs [WC] J Benneteau (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
Qualifying - A Montanes (ESP) vs O Rochus (BEL)
Qualifying - M Gicquel (FRA) vs J Del Potro (ARG)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
Qualifying - G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs K Vliegen (BEL)

Source: Schedule in Monte Carlo

Draws in PDF


Rafael Nadal at Monte-Carlo

Mario Ančić
Source: wikipedia

Mario Ančić (born March 30, 1984)(he is just 24 now) is a professional tennis player from Croatia. He is sometimes nicknamed "Super Mario" or "Baby Goran."As a teenager making his Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon in 2002, he defeated 9th-seeded Roger Federer, becoming the first teenager since Björn Borg to win his Wimbledon debut on Centre Court. The win also makes him the last player to defeat Federer at the All England Club, and Grass courts.

Mario Ancic plays an all-court game and is able to adapt his game to all surfaces, making him a difficult player to play regardless of the surface. Ancic also has a good serve and is capable of producing many aces in a match. On grass and faster surfaces he serves and volleys but on slower courts he is more than able to rally from the back of the court.


This is what he did in 2008
Ancic started the year again with illness. He got a stomach virus and was forced to withdraw from the tournaments in Adelaide, Auckland and the 2008 Australian Open. His first tournament was Marseille Open where he reached the finals beating on the way Australian-Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marcos Baghdatis. He lost in straight sets to Andy Murray.

At the 2008 Pacific Life Open, as a wild card, Ancic defeated Gaël Monfils and Fernando González, before losing to former number one Juan Carlos Ferrero 75, 46, 76 (7).

At the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, as a wild card, Ancic defeated Gilles Simon in the first round 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3. He then defeated Andy Murray in a rollercoaster match 6-2 2-6 7-6(7). He saved two match points during the third set tie-break. He defeated Argentine Juan Monaco in the third round 7-6(5) 4-6 6-1. He eventually lost in the fourth round to World No. 4 and eventual champion Russian Nikolay Davydenko in a tight three set match. Thanks to Nina at the Fan Page at www.rafaelnadal.com

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