Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer play inside the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona to promote the 2014 ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on April 21, 2014.

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Stanislas Wawrinka defeats Roger Federer 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2 in the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

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At least THEY are both happy …

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This match was painful. Two Masters finals lost when winning the first set. So much on the line, too, and Federer couldn’t do what he needed to despite being in control. And, he will never have this opportunity again.

I’ll try to be happy for Stan, but there’s a real sense Federer needed this much more.

fuck-yeah-tennis:

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Roger Federer Awesome shot Agains J.Tsonga 
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GIf By me !!!

HOT DAMN

fuck-yeah-tennis:

thefootballgifsmore:

Roger Federer Awesome shot Agains J.Tsonga 

Simply Majestic! Follow For More !! 

GIf By me !!!

HOT DAMN

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I’m stumped. Who is your pick to win the Monte-Carlo Masters final? Wawrinka or Federer?

Reasons to pick Federer:

  1. The match-up. Federer leads the head-to-head with Wawrinka 13-1. Taken at face value, that stat tells the whole story: Federer is just a bad match-up for Stan, technical and mental.
  2. The occasion. Federer has won 21 Masters 1000 titles, and tomorrow marks his 36th M1000 final. This is just Wawrinka’s 3rd M1000 final, and he’s looking for his first title at this level. Federer has so much experience in such situations that he will undoubtedly be more prepared for the occasion.
  3. The mental edge. Given their respective history and experience, Federer should come into the match knowing he can beat Wawrinka. That belief means a lot.

Reasons to pick Wawrinka:

  1. Stan 2.0. Tennis is mostly about match-ups, so the history between opponents is usually most important when making match predictions. This time, though, I’m not so sure. Wawrinka may trail Federer 1-13 in their H2H, but none of those matches involved the new-and-improved Stan 2.0. Federer’s beaten Wawrinka many times, but he’s never beaten—or even played—this Wawrinka.
  2. Current form. There is no doubt in my mind that, even at this point in their respective careers, Federer’s best beats Wawrinka’s best, but that will matter little tomorrow. The more important factor is how they’ve been playing recently. In Monte-Carlo, Federer has been spotty, demonstrating both the mesmerizingly brilliant and the frighteningly awful. Wawrinka’s tennis, however, has been nearly spotless; his play in the first set against Ferrer was almost too good.
  3. Surface. In spite of his Australian Open title, I would still contend that clay is Wawrinka’s best surface, as it is the surface on which he has been consistently successful throughout much of his career. And, while Federer is no slouch when it comes to clay, the surface does hinder his abilities.

It seems a majority of fans are picking Federer to win—some in two sets and others in three—but I’m not completely sold on that. Who’s your pick to win it all?

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

I am considerably concerned for Djokovic, who is currently suffering from an apparently serious wrist injury. He seemed to be in a great deal of discomfort in the second set of his 5-7 2-6 defeat to Federer in the Monte-Carlo semifinals, often wincing with pain. After the loss, Djokovic said he will be taking some time away from tennis, so I expect him to miss the Madrid Masters, which would be a good move, I think. I hope he’s healthy and back to his best by Roland Garros.

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nestyanyan:

The only country with multiple active Slam winners

The relevance of this post continues to grow.

nestyanyan:

The only country with multiple active Slam winners

The relevance of this post continues to grow.

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Roger Federer upsets Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2 to reach the final of the 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters!

This win marks several significant statistical achievements for Federer, including his:

  • 117th career final
  • 36th Masters 1000 final
  • 28th match win of 2014
  • 24th career clay-court final
  • 6th top-10 win of 2014
  • 4th final in Monte-Carlo
  • 4th final of 2014

This is also the 12th year of the last 13 in which Federer has reached a clay-court Masters 1000 final, evidence of his longevity and prowess on the surface.

Tomorrow, Federer will play compatriot and friend Stan Wawrinka in the first all-Swiss final since 2000. The winner of the match will take home not only the title but also the No.3 spot in the rankings and the honor of Swiss. No.1.

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Stan Wawrinka def. David Ferrer 6-1 7-6, booking a spot in the 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters final!
This is Wawrinka’s 3rd final of the year and 16th of his career as well as his 3rd Masters 1000 final. The Swiss is looking to win his first Masters 1000 title and extend the winning success he’s had this season, the best of his career.

Stan Wawrinka def. David Ferrer 6-1 7-6, booking a spot in the 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters final!

This is Wawrinka’s 3rd final of the year and 16th of his career as well as his 3rd Masters 1000 final. The Swiss is looking to win his first Masters 1000 title and extend the winning success he’s had this season, the best of his career.

"WOAH!" Federer reacts to a backhand shank with quite the shout.

The Last Time Ferrer Beat Nadal on Clay…

triumphsanddisasters:

David Ferrer stunned Rafael Nadal Friday 7-6(1), 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. It’s his first victory on clay over his countryman since July 16, 2004, in the Stuttgart quarterfinals, their first-ever meeting, when Ferrer prevailed 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-5.


To put that into perspective, this was what was happening the last time Ferru beat Rafa on clay:

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