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    Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters II
    PTA Masters 1000 - Friday (Quarterfinals) - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Clay (Red)

    • Fourteenth seed Jojo Mustard has won through to one of the biggest matches of his career after a three-set win over World No. 9 Radivoj Daneu. The Houston champion is riding high after a seventh straight victory on the circuit as he chased down the Serbian fifth seed in a very impressive showing. In a tense first set it was the Serbian who bested Mustard six games to four, but he was still showing signs of weakness against the in-form West CWLander. Those weaknesses were exposed in a huge manner in the second set as the World No. 23 levelled the match in just 24 minutes in a 6-1 shellacking. It came down to the deciding set, and after trading breaks early Mustard again pulled free to lead 5-3 with a crafty backhand drop shot wrongfooting the Serb. Serving to for the match, Mustard could do no wrong as he slammed home two big winners from 30-0 to secure a massive 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 upset. He now faces Blanco-conqueror Murdoch who interestingly beat Mustard in the quarter finals of last season's French Open 6-1, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.


    • In the other semi final, Sven Oxenstierna looks odds on to win his second Masters title after a straight sets win over Viktor Vuriak. He now faces sixth seeded Ukrainian Illya Altman who advanced in straight sets, but it is Oxenstierna who has looked unstoppable as he beat Altman's Ukrainian compatriot 6-3, 7-5. Vuriak put up a bigger fight than Oxenstierna's first two opponents but he is clearly a player far better than his ranking of 47 suggests. At times Oxenstierna looked uncomfortable against the deep top spin of the left handed, but he braved some great play from the unseeded Ukrainian to secure a telling straight sets win. Altman's 6-4, 6-4 win over József Boros sees him advance to the semi finals at Monte Carlo for a second straight time. Last year he fell to Blanco in straight tiebreakers.


    • Seeded players out: Daniel Páez Blanco; József Boros; Radivoj Daneu.

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    Great to see El Mustardo prevailing. C'mon big guy, ensure that this trophy's coming home to the West!

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    Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters II
    PTA Masters 1000 - Saturday (Semifinals) - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Clay (Red)

    • In the first of Saturday's semi finals, Dwayne Murdoch was not drunk with the success of his quarter final boilover as he defeated in-form West CWLander Jojo Mustard in a canter. Fresh off snapping Daniel Páez Blanco's unbeaten streak, some suggested Murdoch might not be at his best coming into his semi final collision. But the World No. 12 showed incredible confidence in his own ability as he powered through the match 6-1, 6-3; brushing Mustard aside with powerful groundstrokes and completely ignoring the rangy right-hander's good run of form. Mustard, meanwhile, struggled after falling behind early and was not given the opportunities to recover that Radivoj Daneu gave him on Friday. Despite the loss, he's set to move inside the top twenty for the first time of his career while Murdoch moves to his second PTA Masters 1000 final.


    • His opponent is a man in similarly imperious form after Sven Oxenstierna made his second Masters final of the year with an impressive 6-3, 7-5 win over Illya Altman. Altman is a tricky opponent on clay with the ability to produce some irresistable shotmaking, but in a tight affair was unable to climb over the World No. 4. Like Murdoch, Oxenstierna hadn't lost a set this week and despite some awkward moments ensured that Altman was not the man to break that run of form as he secured the victory with a deep forehand drawing an error. He's been a quiet achiever over the past few days with the focus on Blanco and Murdoch, but with a best-of-five set French Open semi final rematch waiting he must now start to feel the pressure. A victory tomorrow won't improve his ranking, but it will leave him in sight of the top three - some 1,400 points behind rival Radek Špidlá.


    • Seeded players out: Illya Altman; Jojo Mustard.

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    Oxenstierna, Murdoch meet in Monte-Carlo finale

    World No. 4 Sven Oxenstierna will meet World No. 12 Dwayne Murdoch in a fitting best-of-five set conclusion to the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tomorrow afternoon Monaco time. In their third meeting (the previous two both on clay), both will be looking for a big win to commence their preparation for the French Open. Interestingly, it was at Roland Garros where they first met - last season Oxenstierna ended Murdoch's great run in the semi finals over four sets. Now Murdoch returns for just his second clay final (after losing to Hall in Hamburg), and despite knocking off the previously undefeated clay maestro Daniel Páez Blanco is not the favourite with the bookies.

    Oxenstierna has been immense this week and has yet to drop a set. The French Open finalist tamed arguably the third best player in the draw 6-3, 7-5 in his semi final and will be understandably confident having claimed the title in Indian Wells. Murdoch meanwhile also sees the importance of tomorrow's final - he had a poor run with injury during the clay Masters series last year and suffered a string of early exits before finally showing his capabilities at Roland Garros. For instance, a win in tomorrow's final will see him leap to World No. 7 and he only has a combined 80 points to defend in Rome and Madrid.

    As for the tennis, as the court has dried out this week at his suited Murdoch more and more. Oxenstierna's results haven't been quite as impressive as they were on the damper courts, but that can be put down to an increase in competition. Despite what the bookies say, Murdoch has looked irresistable to me and Oxenstierna has struggled with super-aggressive players who hit the ball deep. I'm expecting Murdoch to extract a bit of revenge for Roland Garros over five sets.




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    Murdoch in Season II


    Oxenstierna in Season II



    Now that I have access to these stats, I think I'll post them. Murdoch has had a largely **** year so far, but he seems to pull these types of weeks out of his arse regularly.

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    Bummer. That was a seriously disappointing display.

    Good luck Sven.

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    Oxenstierna has lost to some awful players, has to be said. Oh, and Páez.

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    Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters II
    PTA Masters 1000 - Sunday (Final) - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Clay (Red)

    Second seed Sven Oxenstierna has beaten American rival Dwayne Murdoch in a tight three-set affair to claim his second Masters title of the year in Monaco. While the match wasn't the five-set encounter many were hoping for, the World No. 4 was thoroughly tested by the World No. 12 as he claimed victory just inside three hours.

    In a spirited opening set, it was the American who did most of the running early with his groundstrokes off both wings troubling Oxenstierna enough to take a 4-1 lead. But serving second, Oxenstierna managed to avoid a crushing first set defeat by stringing five games together with some fantastic defensive tennis as he claimed the first set six games to four.

    But after dropping the first set from a winnable position, Murdoch wasn't about to drop away that quickly and in his second PTA Masters 1000 final stuck close to the West CWLander. In a drawn out set that went to a tiebreaker, Oxenstierna was pushed to the limit before producing some great defence to draw key unforced errors from the American No. 3 to secure the breaker 7-4.

    On the cusp of claiming his third PTA title, Oxenstierna moved early as he looked to shut Murdoch out completely. However after breaking serve early, Sven the Ox was drawn back by the American who broke back to level the scores at 3-3. But he couldn't keep the consistent serving of the second set up as Oxenstierna broke late to secure the title 6-4, 7-6(4), 7-5 without dropping a set all week.



    • Seeded players out: Dwayne Murdoch.


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