The exciting clay season of tennis has just began. First stop is the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters where Rafael Nadal will be defending his title and, at the same time, campaigning for his 8th title here.
This is going to be another exciting clay season, I’m sure of that. And this is one of the moments when I wish I have a wide-screen TV and one of those nifty monitor mounts to enjoy the tennis matches. How fun it would be to see all the action and excitement in the red clay court!
Yesterday I saw the match draw and found out that Rafa is seeded second and gets a “bye” in the first round. That means he gets a pass and proceed to the second round where he will face either Jarkko Nieminen or Radek Stepanek. Other seeded players in Rafa’s draw that he could potentially meet are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Tsonga again, tsk!), Feliciano Lopez, Nicolas Almagro, Florian Mayer, Fernando Verdasco and Janko Tipsarevic. Quite a tricky draw for Rafa who has been plagued by a knee injury prior to this tournament. Besides, why are the other members of the Spanish Armada in the same draw as him? Anyways, there’s always no easy matches but Rafa always fights every point and keeps his goal alive.