Monday, February 6, 2012
I remember waaay back in the day (2007-08) when it appeared Juan Monaco was going to be the latest in a long line of Argentines to crack the top 10. In 2007, he won three titles on clay and a few months later had hit his career-high ranking of 14.
Things were looking pretty good, but for whatever reason, they stalled: seven straight finals lost over the past few years and time spent outside of the top 60. It seemed he was getting lapped by players without his pedigree for a good chunk of time.
However, the past few months have been quite a different story: Monaco made the round of 16 at the U.S. Open and had a solid fall indoor season. He lost a tough five-setter at the Australian Open to kick off his '12 campaign, but this past week wasn't so bad as he won the tournament in Chile for his first title since '07.
Now that he's back in the winner's circle, his confidence should be at an even-higher level than what he's exhibited the past few months. Of course, there's a ton of tennis to be played going forward, but his solid all-court game could take him further than he's gone before.
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