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!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.