2013 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters
The famous Monte Carlo Rolex Masters was held in the principality of Monaco for the 107th time and was sponsored by the luxury watchmaker for the fifth time. It is a men’s clay tournament, was held from 13 to 21st and featured 56 entrants in the singles and 24 pairings in the doubles. The total prize fund of almost €3 million ($3.85 million) with the winner of the singles receiving €500,000 ($640,900) ensured that many of the world’s best players were available, including 8 of the world’s top 10. Rafael Nadal was looking to extend his unbelievable record having won every Monte Carlo Masters since 2004!
2013 Monte Carlo Singles Results
Yet Nadal was up against stiff competition from the likes of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych or at least that’s what the public thought. In actual fact, half of the top 8 seeds were gone by the quarter final including Murray and Berdych. Murray started with a facile second round victory over Roger-Vasselin from France but the British star was blown away in the third round by Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland by an astonishing score of 6-1, 6-2.
Berdych fared little better as the number 4 seed was easily beaten 6-4, 6-2 in round 3 by unseeded Fabio Fognini. Djokovic fared much better and the #1 seed survived a couple of difficult early round matches to reach the final with an easy 6-1, 6-2 success against the aforementioned Fognini.
Nadal was in imperious form in the opening rounds with easy straight sets victories but cracks started to appear as he was given a tougher than expected quarter-final match by Grigor Dimitrov. He overcame #6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals to set up a mouthwatering final with Djokovic. Yet we did not get to see an epic final as Djokovic won 6-2, 7-6 to cement his status as the world’s best male tennis player.
2013 Monte Carlo Doubles Results
As always, the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, started off the tournament as #1 seeds and favorites and looked set to showcase their talents on the world stage again as they cruised into the final. Their only difficult match came in the quarter finals against Jurgen Melzer and Leander Paes, but they triumphed 10-5 in the third set tiebreaker.
Most people expected the Spanish duo of Lopez and Granollers to be the big threat but they were knocked out in round two. Instead, the unseeded partnership of Nemad Zimonjic and Julien Benneteau were the big danger as they knocked out the #4 and #7 seeds en-route to the final. The Bryan brothers were in for a shock, but spectators were in for a treat as the final became a classic. The Bryan brothers won the first set 6-4 but lost the second set 7-4 on a tiebreak. The final set went to the wire but was eventually won 14-12 by Zimonjic and Benneteau as the Bryan brothers failed to win what would have been their third Monte Carlo Masters title.
World class tennis in a gorgeous country surrounded by luxury means Monaco in April is not a bad destination for tennis fans on vacation!
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