Rafael Nadal started his defense for the Monte Carlo title. He’s bidding to pick up his 9th title, and even though he has officially said “I’m not the favorite”, I think most sports analysts and tennis fans will ignore this statement. He defeated Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-2. Sidenote: Rafa would have played Fernando, but Fer lost to the Australian. OMG, I have no idea whats happening to him anymore, was this the same player who was a finalist at this venue 3 years ago? I don’t know if one can call him injured, I mean he along with David Marrero beat the number two seeds Marcel/Marc in a stiff match 4-6, 6-2, 10-4. I wish him [Fer] well, honestly I do, but something about his way of game needs to change. Either Fer needs a new coach or he needs to put more time practicing during off-peak. It is a shame about M&M losing, they haven’t found any luck this year as a doubles duo. (It was a ‘double-y’ bad day for Marcel as he lost a tough match against Berdych 5-7, 4-6. More disappointment for Nico as he is out already, losing to Melzer (2011 semi-finalist here). So to sum things up, Rafa is the only Spaniard still left in the main draw. Big surprise there! 😉 Take care guys…hope you’re having a good week. Hang in there the weekend is almost here.