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    Would thought Rivers would be better equipped to handle the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Would thought Rivers would be better equipped to handle the water.
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    Gah, played like a spas against Delev


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    Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters II
    PTA Masters 1000 - Tuesday (1st/2nd Round) - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Clay (Red)

    • Jarkko Maxum has celebrated his return to the PTA singles circuit with a very impressive win over in-form Spaniard Sergio Joaquín in his first round clash. Maxum saw the writing on the wall with the massive downscaling of doubles events, and faced with the possibility of living off his American girlfriend's fortune was forced out of his brief retirement. Joaquín has played splendid tennis this season and claimed a title in Casablanca last weekend, but was made to work for a very tough first set against the confident Maxum who was happy to come to the nets with enthusiasm. But after dominating the tiebreaker, the World No. 32 had a stinker of a second set as Maxum began to find his range and more penetration in his ground shots. While he still didn't look completely match fit for singles tennis, he did enough to take an early break in the third and after some awkward moments held on for dear life for a dramatic 6-7(1), 6-2, 6-4 win on return. There's no reason he can't beat Becker Haas in their second round meeting.


    • In second round action, fourth seed Jefferson Drake came out of a good warm up with a win as he defeated Jean-Christophe Genghini in straight sets. Drake failed to defend his title in Casablanca last week with a quarter final exit, but will have benefitted from a tough hit out here against the Frenchman who had little to lose as he went for his shots. Unsurprisingly this resulted in some mistakes, and he struggled with the pace of the courts as the typically slow Monte Carlo surface was not conducive to ball bashing tennis and Drake's great defence. That was ultimately the difference as Drake struggled to get out of first gear and showed moments of weakness in a 6-3, 7-6(1) win.


    • Jojo Mustard, meanwhile, had no such troubles as he rode on his Houston momentum in a dynamic straight sets win over Emelio Cobos. The Argentine qualifier would have sniffed an upset following Mustard's late arrival to the continent and his match practice over the weekend, but after going up a break early against a scratchy Mustard he struggled to trouble the fourteenth seed. Houston and Monte-Carlo play fairly similarly, and Mustard didn't take long to adjust in his 6-4, 6-3 win to set up a second round clash with José Navarro.


    • In the big surprise, ninth seed and Season I semi finalist Miroslav Brdar fell in three sets to Bulgaria's Ivan Genov. Also, after Joaquín the Casablanca champion lost the runner-up Carlo Amato was beaten over three sets by Dane Kasper Buur. French Open semi finalist Dwayne Murdoch's return to clay was a welcome change from his poor American swing as he smashed lumbering Norwegian Tom Vollan one and three.


    • On the down side, sixth seed Radivoj Daneu continued his quest to rebuild his shattered ranking with a tight win over Spas Delev. It was a brave performance from Delev who played better than his ranking (as admitted by Delev post-match), but he was broken at key moments by the out-of-form Serbian who at times struggled with his rhythm. Delev also had troubles as his forehand deserted him too often, and that cost him a chance of taking the match to a third set as, down a match point, he framed a forehand and sent it well long.


    • Seeded players out: Carlo Amato; Miroslav Brdar.

    Great day for the CWLanders (except Mr. Delev, I guess).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot View Post
    • Jarkko Maxum has celebrated his return to the PTA singles circuit with a very impressive win over in-form Spaniard Sergio Joaquín in his first round clash. Maxum saw the writing on the wall with the massive downscaling of doubles events, and faced with the possibility of living off his American girlfriend's fortune was forced out of his brief retirement. Joaquín has played splendid tennis this season and claimed a title in Casablanca last weekend, but was made to work for a very tough first set against the confident Maxum who was happy to come to the nets with enthusiasm. But after dominating the tiebreaker, the World No. 32 had a stinker of a second set as Maxum began to find his range and more penetration in his ground shots. While he still didn't look completely match fit for singles tennis, he did enough to take an early break in the third and after some awkward moments held on for dear life for a dramatic 6-7(1), 6-2, 6-4 win on return. There's no reason he can't beat Becker Haas in their second round meeting.
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    Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters II
    PTA Masters 1000 - Wednesday (2nd Round) - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Clay (Red)

    • Jarkko Maxum's return to the PTA singles circuit has come to an abrupt end in the second round in Monaco as Germany's Becker Haas claimed a straight sets win. Maxum yesterday fought a brutal three-set encounter while Haas enjoyed the day off, and the difference between the players was evident as the German dominated the short encounter. Haas has been imperious since an early season slump with good showings in Indian Wells and Miami, but it is the clay where he's most comfortable. After an awful first set, Maxum played a much better second set but still could not avoid a 1-6, 3-6 defeat. Haas now has the unenviably task of facing World No. 2 Daniel Páez Blanco who shook off concerns over his fitness as he trounced Portugal's Tiago Matías 6-1, 6-0.


    • Jojo Mustard will now meet East CWLander Jefferson Drake in the third round following a tight straight sets win over José Navarro. The Peruvian ensured their second round clash would be a real scrap in a match dogged by some poor serving from both players. Nevertheless, showing his newfound maturity Mustard got the better of the South American qualifier when it mattered as he fought back from 3-5 to take the first set in a tiebreaker and saved a set point in the second at 4-5. The 7-6(4), 7-5 win will no doubt boost his confidence heading into a tough showdown against a top ten player for a quarter final spot.


    • There were no issues for Sven Oxenstierna as he got his Monte Carlo campaign underway with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win over Ion Andueza. The Spaniard had a 5-4 record on clay for this year coming into the match, but was no match for the second seed who played confident tennis as he looks to improve on his Season I performance. Andueza managed to bring up just two break points for the match without converting either, while Oxenstierna regularly got hold of Andueza's serve as he struggled with the breezy conditions. The straight sets win sets up a third round clash with fifteenth seed Sanchez Emelio who saved three match points in his win over Nilikar Midid.


    • In his return from a bad injury, season I finalist Henry Charles was beaten in straight sets by the Ukraine's Viktor Vuriak 7-6(5), 7-6(6).


    • Seeded players out: Henry Charles.

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    This time last season Mustard would have lost that match, confidence and experience a great combination.

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    Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters II
    PTA Masters 1000 - Thursday (3rd Round) - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Clay (Red)

    • Sven Oxenstierna looks perfectly poised to make a charge at the Monte Carlo Masters title as he dropped just three games in a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of fifteenth seed Sanchez Emelio. After crashing out in the semi finals in Casablanca last week - a tournament that Oxenstierna clearly used as preparation for the clay court swing - the World No. 4 has been in dynamite touch in his two matches this week. The World No. 25 was no match for the baseline onslaught as Oxenstierna made the most of a slow Monte Carlo court with an elementary straight sets win. Next he plays Viktor Vuriak of the Ukraine after he upset tenth seed Zoltán Varga 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.


    • Meanwhile, Jojo Mustard's immense run of form has continued with a straight sets upset of fourth seed Jefferson Drake. Claiming a big top ten scalp, Mustard has now won eight of his past ten PTA matches in a typically spiteful affair between the two opposing CWLand players. As has become the norm, a number of more vocal fans were ejected from the arena following a line dispute in the first set. Down a break in the first set, Drake was frustrated with a call by the chair umpire who adjudged a forehand from Mustard in. Even after checking the mark, the umpire wasn't convinced as Mustard went on to claim the set seven games to five. Drake was seething between sets, and failed to channel that aggression into something positive as Mustard cooly slotted his two break points to take a 4-0 lead. Drake calmed himself to give himself a chance at a break back, but he could not secure it despite three attempts as the very impressive Mustard advanced 7-5, 6-2. He now meets fifth seed Radivoj Daneu who looks at home on the clay following his 6-3, 6-4 win over Ivan Genov.


    • Seeded players out: Jefferson Drake; Sanchez Emelio; Danijel Micic; Zoltán Varga; Zhijun Sun.

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    Record breaking Spanish streak ends at 45-0



    For the first time in nearly three years, World No. 2 Daniel Páez Blanco has been defeated on clay as American Dwayne Murdoch romped to a historic straight sets win on a sunny day Monte Carlo.

    After a week of drizzle, the gods seemed to be on Murdoch's side as the sun dried Centre Court up considerably to give him a faster surface to work with. While Blanco had struggled with Becker Haas had troubled Blanco on Thursday, it was clear from the word go that Murdoch would pose an even bigger challenge as the Season I French Open semi finalist took break of serve in the first game of the match with a crushing backhand down the line

    Question marks over the Spaniard's fitness continued to arise as he failed to run down balls he'd normally get, but down 4-5 he showed his trademark fight to string four points together on Murdoch's serve to level the score at five each. But after saving three set points in the tiebreaker with typical resilience, Blanco could not outlast the World No. 12 who claimed the first set 7-6.

    The second set was a more cagey affair as Blanco began to work his way into the match. Still, though, Murdoch resisted with his offensive shot making causing the World No. 2 huge difficulties on both flanks. With the set evenly poised at 5-5, Murdoch survived a break point to hold serve in an important game with yet another double-handed backhand down the line. Just minutes later, Blanco found himself at 15-40 trying to keep his 45-match PTA streak alive.

    He couldn't do it. A good first serve was just returned by the third highest ranked American on the planet and Blanco put what should have been an easy forehand approach shot into the net to secure his exit 6-7(6), 5-7.

    The American was understandably elated following his victory, while the humble 31-year old Spaniard looked deflated as he congratulated Murdoch. While he may now stand at 45-1, the defending Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, Madrid and Roland Garros champion cannot be counted out of the next six weeks.

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