ATP Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: Rafa Nadal battles past Kyle Edmund in three sets

The top seeds, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, and Rafael Nadal muddled through in the R16 today.

  • The Brit, world number 1, held his serve just like his very tricky opponent, Gilles Muller. The match could’ve easily been extended to a decider, had Murray not broken Muller at those just so appropriate moments, he won 7-5, 7-5.
  • The Swiss man, Wawrinka, averted an upset today as he lost the second set against the Jiri Vesely today. He took an early lead in the decider, and broke Vesley’s serve with ease and won his first clay match of the season, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
  • The king of clay, Rafael Nadal dropped his first set in Monte Carlo in his first match today against the Brit Kyle Edmund. His first clay match of the season proved to be a hard test for him, as the Spaniard went a set down against the stunner, Edmund. Rafa bageled him in the first set, but Kyle, with all his power and poise, tried to turn the tables in the second set, and won it, 7-5. In the decider, Nadal had his ways to hold justice to his title, and won 6-0. 5-7, 6-3.

The upsets of the day were observed, as the nextGen player, Jan-Lennard Struff, knocked out the seed number 8, Grigor Dimitrov, in 3 sets. Dimitrov won the first set, 6-3. The remainder of the two sets were well dominated by the young German, as he took the next two sets with ease, 6-3, 6-2. He easily broke Dimitrov’s serve. The Bulgarian was a champion in Brisbane Sofia, and a semi-finalist at the Australian Open. He just lost his fourth match in a row. It’s hard to ascertain if he is ready for the clay season now or not.

Another upset of the day was faced by Roberto-Bautista Agut, as he lost to Diego Schwartzman in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6(3). The Spaniard tried real hard in the second set, to break and dominate the Argentine’s serve, but he failed. Though the set got stretched to a tie-break, Agut again failed to grab the opportunity.

An interesting match from today was played between Tomas Berdych, the seed number 9, and the oldest competitor in the fixture, Tommy Haas. The German took a clean lead in the first set, which was much applauded by the spectators. After playing an amazing first round match, Haas seemed in the rhythm, and hence, the fans expected him to defeat Berdych, we he has already done twice, which is one less than Berdych. But he failed to keep up the spirits high, and eventually, the Czech won, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Lucas Pouille, Pablo Carreno Busta, Alexander Zverev, and Albert Ramos Vinolas, won their respective R32 matches, in straight sets. The seeded players are now 13-3 in the tournament.

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