Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rafael Nadal runs things in Monte Carlo

OK, that was quick.

Rafael Nadal beat solid veteran Jarkko Nieminen 2 and 2 in his first match at Monte Carlo, a place where he's going for his seventh title in a row.

That's a lot of dominance at one site.

More than that, though, a routine win like that should bode well for his time on the dirt in the weeks ahead. Even though he's the number-one player in the world, but hasn't won a title, I would still say he's in good form. Back-to-back finals on the hard courts of Indian Wells and Miami is impressive, and his losses in both of them were just to a player who's really coming into his own, Novak Djokovic.

Speaking of Djoko, we all know he's taking a little time to get his body right after such a long stretch and is missing Monte Carlo. That could be a good thing with the points only getting longer. He'll catch up with Rafa and the gang soon enough, just not in Rafa's house right now!

(Photo: AFP)

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