2021 Monte-Carlo Masters: Official Tournament Thread

Who will get the title?


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MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
Whatever the result, it goes to show just how tough it is to beat the big 3. It takes a huge level of effort, in just a best of 3 in a minor tournament, in order to win, including numerous very close points and long rallies.
For sure. This is about as bad as Nadal can play but it hasn't exactly been a cakewalk for Rublev. He's still had to defend 7 break points.
 

-NN-

G.O.A.T.
Nadal played some great tennis but he's running out of talent right now to deal with Rublev who still holds anyway and shrugs his shoulders, giving off two fake little fistpumps to make it seem like he's having to try out there.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
This doesn't look good for Nadal tbh.
What worries me on his behalf, is his lacking ability to protect his FH wing. He's just not fast enough anymore. I'm not saying he won't win RG, but with the right mind set and skills, it is now possible to beat Nadal without playing all out Hail Mary tennis.
 

Krish872007

G.O.A.T.
One of the worst matches he's played - up there with, maybe exceeding, some of the crap produced in 2015 and that one match against Youzhny in 2008.
 

arvind13

Professional
Not really. I still trust the big 3 to get it done in the slams. Frankly nadal should skip Barcelona as well. He should just focus on the slams.
what do you mean not really? reality is they are getting older. and upsets are becoming more common, especially in best of 3
 

NoleIsBoat

Hall of Fame
This doesn't look good for Nadal tbh.
What worries me on his behalf, is his lacking ability to protect his FH wing. He's just not fast enough anymore. I'm not saying he won't win RG, but with the right mind set and skills, it is now possible to beat Nadal without playing all out Hail Mary tennis.
That’s pretty much what Rublev has done though. Hitting the ball with unreal power and very close to the lines
 
Nope, Rafa is not playing even remotely well.
Yeah true. I agree overall. I just meant in a couple of games. I wouldn’t panic if I was Rafa fans. Off days happen and this doesn’t change the fact that he’s massive favourite for RG.

However, it just reminds us that Djokovic and nadal are getting older and these off days will be much more common. Especially with how well the young guys like rublev are getting better
 
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