International Tennis Weekly #5: Djokovic Wins In Monte Carlo


Novak Djokovic continued his amazing run this season by winning the Monte Carlo Masters while the Fed Cup action dominated the headlines as the Czech Republic and Russia advanced to the final.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic wins in Monte Carlo

Djokovic beats Nadal in semis; wins second Monte Carlo title

The clay court season got underway but it is Novak Djokovic and not Rafael Nadal, who has come away with the first Masters Series title on the European circuit.

Djokovic defeated the Czech Tomas Berdych 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final to win his 17th match in a row. The Serb has now become the first player to win the first three Masters Series titles of the season and has also tied Roger Federer with 23 Masters titles. They are only lagging behind Nadal who has 27 Masters titles.

Djokovic’s run also included a win over the Spaniard in the semi-finals that reduced the gap in their head-to-head to 20-23.

It was not a good start to the clay court season for Federer either, who went down to Gael Monfils in the third round in straight sets. Monfils also went on to beat Grigor Dimitrov en route to the semis where he lost out to Berdych.

Meanwhile, the Bryan Brothers won the doubles title, beating Australian Open champions Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 7-6, 6-3 for their fifth title in Monaco, their 34th ATP Masters title and their 106th career doubles title.

Czech Republic and Russia reach the Fed Cup final

In the Fed Cup, Petra Kvitova led the Czech Republic to a 3-1 victory over France, scoring wins in both her singles matches. The Czechs are now through to their fourth Fed Cup final in the past five years and they will meet Russia, who defeated Germany 3-2 in the other semi-final.

Russia opened the tie by winning the first two rubbers before Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber won both their singles matches on Sunday to level the tie at 2-2. It was up to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina to give the Russians the decisive doubles rubber and the tie 3-2.

In the World Group play-offs, Italy defeated the United States 3-2, in spite of Serena Williams winning both her singles matches. Williams lost the deciding doubles rubber alongside Alison Riske to the Italian duo of Sara Errani/Flavia Pennetta. This was Serena’s first defeat in 17 matches in Fed Cup action.

Elsewhere, Martina Hingis’ singles comeback resulted in two losses as the Swiss edged past Poland 3-2. Canada suffered a stunning defeat to Romania who were playing without World No. 3 Simona Halep as Eugenie Bouchard’s slump continued with two losses. Also, Netherlands shocked Australia 4-1. Serbia, Slovakia, Belarus and Spain won their ties to move into the World Group II.

Closer home, India advanced to the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I as they scored a win over Philippines in the Group II Playoff final. Sania Mirza played when it mattered the most, partnering Prarthana Thombare for a win in the deciding doubles rubber in the final.

Teliana Pereira wins title

At the only low-key WTA event – the Claro Open in Colombia – Brazil’s Teliana Pereira became the first Brazilian woman to win a WTA title since 1988, beating Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6, 6-1.

Rankings Update

On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic further cements his place atop the world rankings, holding more than 5,000 point lead over Federer – that’s the largest lead between a World No. 1 and No. 2 in ATP history. Nadal climbs back up one spot to No. 4 while Andy Murray stays put at No. 3. Berdych climbs one spot to No. 7 while Marin Cilic climbs 1 spot to No. 9 and Monfils climbs 3 spots to No. 15.

The Bryan Brothers continue to lead the men’s doubles rankings and Jack Sock makes the only move in the Top 10, climbing one spot to No. 8, swapping places with Julien Benneteau.

With the Fed Cup taking the centre stage this week, there is no change in the Top 30 of the world rankings where Serena continues to lead over Maria Sharapova while Sania continues to lead the world doubles rankings for the second week in a row.

For Sports Updates


  1. Author Image

    Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your design. Many thanks

  2. Author Image

    There's noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made sure nice points in features also.

  3. Author Image

    It was actually wonderful reading this info and I believe you are totally right. Tell me if perhaps you are thinking of garageband download free, that is my major competency. I really hope to see you soon enough, take care!

  4. Author Image

    This site is mostly a stroll-through for the entire info you wished about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse right here, and also you’ll positively uncover it.

  5. Author Image

    Thank you so much for the excellent posting! I seriously appreciated it.I'll make sure to take note of the site and will often come back in the future. I would really like to encourage you to ultimately keep going with your good work, perhaps talk about school homework too, have a superb day!

  6. Author Image

    I am actually loving the theme of your website. Do you come across any internet browser interface issues? Quite a few of my own site visitors have lamented about my shareit for windows blog not working effectively in Internet Explorer though looks amazing in Firefox. Have you got any suggestions to assist repair this matter?

  7. Author Image

    Hello there, what do you feel about desktop pc sale? Pretty great topic, right?

  8. Author Image

    I'm really interested to understand what blog platform you are working with? I'm experiencing several slight protection challenges with my latest site about vshare for ipad and I would like to find something a lot more safe. Have any suggestions?

  9. Author Image

    Hello there could you let me know which blogging platform you're dealing with? I'm planning to get started on my personal blog on android facetime app in the near future though I am having a hard time making a choice.

  10. Author Image

    You're definitely correct, I'd really enjoy to find out more information on that issue! I'm as well captivated by bluestacks for windows because I consider it is very unique at the moment. Keep doing this!

  11. Author Image

    You are absolutely right and I totally understand you. When you wish, we could as well speak regarding best medical malpractice lawyers, one thing which intrigues me. Your site is brilliant, best wishes!

  12. Author Image

    Good day! This is my first reply here so I simply wanted to give a quick hello and tell you I really enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you suggest other sites which deal with kik for computer? I'm also pretty curious about that thing! Thank you!

  13. Author Image

    Hello there! I just noticed this great site and I really like it. I always like to talk about framaroot app from time to time. Good to be around, many thanks!

  14. Author Image

    I’d should verify with you here. Which is not one thing I normally do! I enjoy studying a submit that will make folks think. Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  15. Author Image

    I always read through your articles carefully. I'm likewise fascinated by omega xl price, perhaps you could talk about that occasionally. Regards.

  16. Author Image

    Hi! I just noticed this website and I really like it. I want to focus on lucky patcher download occasionally. Great to be here, thanks a lot!

  17. Author Image

    Could you please explain more

  18. Author Image

    Magnificent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a weblog site? The account aided me a applicable deal. I have been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided shiny transparent concept

  19. Author Image

    Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact used to be a entertainment account it. Glance complicated to far added agreeable from you! However, how could we communicate?

  20. Author Image

    It’s onerous to find educated folks on this subject, but you sound like you understand what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  21. Author Image

    Could you please explain more

  22. Author Image

    I was speaking to a friend of mine about this info and even about white upvc windows as well. I believe you made some good points on this page, we're also excited to continue reading information from you.

  23. Author Image

    Normally I do not learn article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice post.

  24. Author Image

    I personally came over here via a different page on Arvind Pandit and imagined I might look at this. I adore what I see thus now I am following you. Looking forward to looking at the website again.

  25. Author Image

    Hey! I recently found your site and I really like it. I also want to chat about towelroot apk download at times. Great to be around, thanks!

  26. Author Image

    It was actually wonderful reading this info and I feel you are totally correct. Tell me if perhaps you are considering lucky patcher latest version, that's my principal competence. I am hoping to check back with you soon, be careful!

  27. Author Image

    Many thanks for your marvelous content! I truly appreciated learning about.I will be sure to take note of your website and will often come back very soon. I want to encourage you to ultimately keep on with your excellent writing, maybe discuss wireless intercom system also, have a great afternoon!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.