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Goffin Returns To The Top 10, Mover Of The Week

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 8:34am

David Goffin has broken back into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since February as a result of a semi-final run at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

The World No. 10 climbs three places courtesy of his impressive back-to-back three-set triumphs over Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic, before eventual champion Rafael Nadal ended his pursuit of the title.

Firmly cementing himself inside the Top 8 for the Emirates ATP Race to London (No. 4), Goffin is an emerging candidate to qualify for the ATP Finals for the first time, should he keep up his strong form. Read Monte-Carlo Final Report

Diego Schwartzman is up to a career-high ranking following a first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final appearance in Monte-Carlo. The Argentine moves up seven spots to No. 34, having clinched victories over Bernard Tomic, Roberto Bautista Agut and then Jan-Lennard Struff, before a spirited 6-4, 6-4, loss against Nadal.

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Jan-Lennard Struff was another player to shine in the Principality of Monaco, edging back towards the Top 50.

The German qualified for the main draw in Monte-Carlo and then ousted eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov from a set down en route to the third round (l. Schwartzman).

Struff’s Monte-Carlo form backs up his third-round showing at the Miami Open presented by Itau (l. Delbonis) and a quarter-final (l. Kohlschreiber) spot at the Grand Prix Hassan II earlier this month to move up to World No. 52.

Yen-Hsun Lu enjoyed victory at his home tournament to lift the 2017 Santaizi Challenger trophy and rise eight positions to World No. 55. Lu clinched his unrivalled 24th ATP Challenger Tour level title with a 6-1, 7-6(4) triumph over Tatsuma Ito.

Janko Tipsarevic retained his title at the International Challenger China 2017 Qingdao without dropping a set to move up 18 places to World No. 71. The Serbian has now won three ATP Challenger Tour titles in 2017.

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#NextGenATP player Frances Tiafoe clinched the 2017 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open (Florida, U.S.A.) to earn a 15-position climb to a career-high ranking at World No. 72. The American lifted a third Challenger title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over countryman Tennys Sandgren to surge to fifth in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan.

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Tipsarevic Takes Top Honours Once Again In Qingdao

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:10am

A LOOK BACK
China International Challenger Qingdao 2017 (Qingdao, China): Janko Tipsarevic remains unbeaten on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2017, having retained his title in Qingdao. The Serbian second seed clinched his 14th Challenger crown with a 6-3, 7-6(9), victory over qualifier Oscar Otte to move to 15-0 for the season at the level. Tipsarevic’s reward for a third Challenger trophy in 2017, winning 30 of 31 sets this campaign, is an 18-place rise to No. 71 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

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The former World No. 8 needed seven match points to fend off the resilient Otte, who enjoyed a breakout week in China.

Heading into the tournament, Otte had only won one match on the ATP Challenger Tour, but stormed into the semi-finals to the loss of just four games. There, he navigated past #NextGenATP Frenchman Quentin Halys 7-5, 6-4, to reach his maiden Challenger final. As a result, Otte gained more than 100 spots to secure a career-high ranking of World No. 263.

.@TipsarevicJanko successfully defends his title in Qingdao, needing seven match points to edge #Otte 63 76(9). 14th #ATPChallenger title. pic.twitter.com/48VbbKnc1z

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2017 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open (Florida, U.S.A.): In 2015, Frances Tiafoe qualified for his first Challenger event in Sarasota. Fast forward two seasons and the American lifted a third Challenger title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over countryman Tennys Sandgren.

A first clay-court trophy means Tiafoe is the fourth American to be crowned champion in 2017, joining Ryan Harrison (Dallas, U.S.A.), Noah Rubin (Launceston, Australia) and Sandgren (Tempe, U.S.A). The Sarasota triumph earns the 19 year old a career-high of No. 72 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and also sees Tiafoe become the second-youngest titlist of the year, at 19 years and three months, behind only Denis Shapovalov in Drummondville, Canada.

2017 Santaizi Challenger (Taipei, Taiwan): Local favourite Yen-Hsun Lu won an unrivalled 27th Challenger title at his hometown tournament. The 6-1, 7-6(4) victory over Tatsuma Ito in Sunday’s final means Lu has secured a Challenger title for the 14th consecutive season and boosts his ranking to No. 55.

Very happy to win the title at my home town @ATPChallenger tournament, thank you everybody for the support! #27 #TeamLu

Brain Game: Nadal Keeps It Short For Monte-Carlo Title

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:51pm

Rafael Nadal is a master illusionist.

He makes us think he dominates the longer rallies. He makes us focus on his athletic side-to-side movement. We see the “Spanish X” practice drill when he competes, moving up and back in the Deuce and Ad court, hitting a medley of forehands and backhands. It's all just an illusion.

Rafael Nadal defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Sunday by dominating the short points en route to winning a record-setting 10th Monaco title in just 76 minutes.

You would naturally think that two Spanish clay-court specialists competing at sea-level on a cool, overcast afternoon would grind and grind, and grind some more. This match simply didn’t materialise that way.

There were 45 points (48%) played in the crucial 0-4 rally length, with Nadal winning 32 of them to just 13 for Ramos Vinolas. You can look deeper into the match stats to try and figure out what happened, but these numbers leap off the score sheet more than anything else.

When the rally ended between five and nine shots, Nadal was basically twice as good as his Spanish counterpart. Nadal won 18 points in this secondary rally length to just 10 for Ramos-Vinolas.

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Clay-court tennis is simply not what it used to be. Owning the longer points used to be the domain of three-time Monte Carlo champion Bjorn Borg. Thomas Muster also won Monte Carlo three times in the ‘90s with the same bruising baseline strategy. Longer used to be the norm. Today’s clay-court game represents a different era - a game style focused on the front end of the point rather than the back.

Nothing more illustrates this new dynamic than Ramos-Vinolas only winning four games in two sets against Nadal, but winning the longer rallies of 9+ shots 12-8. Ramos-Vinolas said in his post-match interview about Nadal that “he is a little bit better in everything.” The statistics prove otherwise. Ramos-Vinolas was actually better in the longer points, but there were not enough of them to make an impact.

The Nadal forehand was the difference-maker, accounting for 12 winners while yielding just eight unforced errors. He was constantly looking to hit a run-around forehand in the Deuce court, turning a good backhand into a more explosive forehand.

What’s so interesting is that Nadal’s average groundstroke speed in the final was less than Ramos-Vinolas - 119km/h to 122km/h. Hitting a bigger ball is obviously just part of the overall equation. Nadal also ran more for the match (1499m to 1386m), highlighting that dictating the point does not directly equate to less movement.

Ramos-Vinolas desperately needed to have one of the best serve days of his life to be competitive with Nadal, but only managed to make 56 per cent of his first serves. Nadal made 76 per cent to create yet another area of influence. Nadal backed it up by winning 70 per cent of his second-serve points, to Ramos Vinolas’ 43 per cent.

Superiority in clay-court tennis is basically identical to that on hard or grass courts: dominate the short points and walk away with the silverware.

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Top Seed Murray Overcomes Tricky Monte-Carlo Opener

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:59pm

World No. 1 Andy Murray made a welcome return to the ATP World Tour on Wednesday afternoon when he improved to 6-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Gilles Muller in a hard-fought 7-5, 7-5 victory for a place in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters third round.

Murray, a three-time semi-finalist at the tournament, had not played since 12 March due to a right elbow injury and is bidding to capture his 15th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title this week. He will now challenge No. 15 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who booked his place in the third round for the first time with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over qualifier Carlos Berlocq in 80 minutes.

Muller started strongly against his good friend, hitting his spots on serve and ending points effectively at the net. He came within one point of a 3-0 lead, but for a mis-timed backhand drop shot that would have left Murray flat-footed.

Muller came to lead 5-3 and held two set point opportunities on Murray’s serve in the 10th game. Murray, who is coached by Muller’s former trainer Jamie Delgado, eventually found his range in his first match for five weeks, breaking serve for a second time to seal the 58-minute set.

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Both players exchanged service breaks at the start of the second set and opportunities arose in the third and fourth games, as Murray and Muller – familiar with each other’s games after years of practice sessions – tried to find an opening. Muller got out of trouble at 4-5, 0/30, with two solid serves and a couple of unforced errors from Murray, much to the Scot’s frustration.

But another chance was soon to follow in their first meeting since the 2015 Rogers Cup in Montreal. With Muller serving at 5-6, 30-all, Murray produced a fine backhand cross-court flicked winner, then watched his Luxembourg opponent fire a wild forehand long on match point.

Elsewhere, fifth seed Marin Cilic avenged his recent Miami loss to Jeremy Chardy, a wild card entry this week, by winning 25 of his 27 first service points and hitting nine aces for a 6-3, 6-0 win in 66 minutes.

The 2015 quarter-finalist now takes on ninth seed and 2015 runner-up Tomas Berdych, who was also solid on serve, to record his 20th match win at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in beating the oldest player in the draw, 39-year-old former World No. 2 Tommy Haas, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 54 minutes.

Wawrinka Sets Up Cuevas 3R In Monte-Carlo

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:15am

Third seed and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka will meet No. 16 seed Pablo Cuevas for a place in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters quarter-finals after the Swiss beat Jiri Vesely on Wednesday 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in 84 minutes for his 20th match win at the Monte-Carlo County Club.

Wawrinka opened up a 3-0 lead in the first set and despite losing his serve in the fifth game, he went on to clinch the 26-minute opener. The right-hander could not convert two break point opportunities in the second game of the second set and paid the price as Vesely broke to love for a 4-3 lead.

While Vesely, who beat Novak Djokovic in the second round last year, held on for the set, it was one-way traffic for Wawrinka in the decider. The match ended when Vesely hit his fourth double fault of the pair’s second meeting (2014 US Open).

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Elsewhere, sixth seed Dominic Thiem lost just four of his first service points (25/29) in a comprehensive 6-3, 6-2 victory over Robin Haase in 62 minutes for a third-round berth for the second straight year. Thiem goes on to face No. 10 seed David Goffin.

Pablo Carreno Busta, the No. 13 seed, who finished runner-up to Thiem in the Rio de Janeiro final earlier this year, will play second seed and 2013/15 champion Novak Djokovic after he knocked out #NextGenATP Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-4 in 88 minutes.

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Stars Reflect As Nadal Bids For 10 Monte-Carlo Crowns

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 8:21am
As Rafael Nadal bids to lift his 10th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title, ATP World Tour stars Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov reflect on his outstanding achievements on the red dirt.

Nadal, Murray, Wawrinka In Monte-Carlo Action Wednesday

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 7:45am

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Nadal v Edmund  |  Murray v Muller  |  Wawrinka v Vesely  |  Berdych v Haas

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•    DAY 4 PREVIEW: Second round play concludes on Wednesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters with World No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 3/2014 winner Stan Wawrinka and No. 4 seed/nine-time champion Rafael Nadal the headliners on Court Rainier III. Overall there are 12 singles matches, all involving a seed, on the schedule. Seeds are 11-1 in the first three days of the tournament.

Leading off the day is Wawrinka and Czech Republic No. 2 Jiri Vesely, who lost the previous meeting to the Swiss No. 1 in the 1R of the 2014 US Open. Wawrinka captured his lone ATP Masters 1000 title here three years ago (d. Federer) and last month was runner-up at the first ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the season in Indian Wells (l. to Federer). One year ago Vesely posted the biggest win of his career over No. 1 Djokovic at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in the 2R. And he finds himself in a similar position against No. 3 Wawrinka. Vesely is 2-14 vs. Top 10 opponents.

In the next match, Murray brings a 5-0 head-to-head record against Gilles Muller. This is their first meeting on clay. Murray returns to action from an elbow injury for the first time since his 2R loss to Vasek Pospisil at Indian Wells on Mar. 12. Murray is 12-3 this season, winning in Dubai on Mar. 4. Murray is a three-time semi-finalist here (2009, 2011, 2016) and he is the top seed for the first time. Over the past two years Murray is 35-4 on clay after compiling a 63-37 record from 2005-14. Muller is 9-38 lifetime vs. Top 10 foes (0-7 vs. World No. 1s).  The 33-year-old from Luxembourg became the first player from his country to win an ATP World Tour title in Sydney (d. Evans).

In the third match on, British No. 3 Kyle Edmund takes on Nadal for the first time. Edmund is looking for his first career Top 10 victory (0-9) and this is his first meeting against a Top 10 opponent on clay. Nadal is the reigning champion and overall nine-time Monte-Carlo winner, including eight straight from 2005-12. He has a 58-4 record. He comes in with a 19-5 match record on the season with three runner-up showings: Australian Open (l. to Federer), Acapulco (l. to Querrey) and ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Federer). Nadal is playing in his 400th career match on clay (365-34) and he has the best winning percentage on the surface (.915) in the Open Era.

In the final match on, No. 8 seed Grigor Dimitrov looks for his second win against German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff. The Bulgarian won 61 63 in 2013 Stockholm. Dimitrov is a two-time quarter-finalist in Monaco (2013, 2015) and two-time ATP World Tour winner this season (Brisbane, Sofia). He comes in with a 17-5 match record on the season and he’s trying to snap a three-match losing streak. Struff is trying to earn his biggest win of the season against the No. 11-ranked Bulgarian.

On Court Des Princes, No. 9 seed Tomas Berdych opens against 39-year-old Tommy Haas, who became the oldest player to win an ATP Masters 1000 match on Tuesday (d. Paire). This is their fifth meeting (2-2).

Next on is [WC]  Jeremy Chardy and No. 5 seed Marin Cilic. Their head-to-head is also 2-2. In the third match, No. 11 Lucas Pouille looks for his second win against Italian No. 2 Paolo Lorenzi. Last on is a first-time meeting between Argentine Diego Schwartzman and No. 12 Roberto Bautista Agut.

On Court 2, No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem tries to even his record (1-2) against Robin Haase and #NextGenATP star No. 14 seed Alexander Zverev plays Feliciano Lopez for the first time.

My Masters 1000: Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:53pm
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Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau have each won two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, including last year at the Mutua Madrid Open. As they return to clay this week at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, they share their Masters 1000 memories and reveal what makes this particular tournament so special. 

Which is your favourite Masters 1000 tournament and why?
Tecau: There’s a lot of nice ones. I enjoy Monte-Carlo a lot, I enjoy Madrid, but Indian Wells is probably the prettiest, the best surroundings, the best everything, comfortable for the players, good weather. Very good overall.

Rojer: I enjoy Monte-Carlo. It’s the first big one on the clay, obviously beautiful place and great weather as well. I enjoy being there also because when I was little I was watching this tournament growing up and I felt if you played in Monte-Carlo, then you made it. That has a lot of memories for me. 

What is your best Masters 1000 memory?
Tecau: Getting the first [title] is always memorable. Last year we had a great one in Madrid – we won it without losing a set. We were in great form. But the first title I got in Cincinnati in 2012 (with Robert Lindstedt), beating the Bryans in the semis and then Bopanna/Bhupathi in the final. That was my first big title after losing a few Grand Slam finals, so it’s the first memory that comes to mind.

Rojer: Miami probably comes to mind first because I moved there when I was 12 years old and I practised for so many years at the site where we play. To win there (with Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in 2013) was everything come full circle. And then the final, I had all my family and friends there; it’s very close to Curacao. It was one of the better moments of my career.

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What is your favourite off-court memory at a Masters 1000?
Rojer: I always enjoy the Monte-Carlo players’ [revue]. It’s quite a fun party. A lot of players participate in it, even though guys are like, ‘ah no, not this year,’ but then at the end everyone gets in the mood and does a few things. That’s one of the better activities at the Masters for sure.

Tecau: I enjoy that one a lot. It’s very special.

What is your dream match at a Masters 1000?
Rojer: Sorry, I’m going to have to trade you in for this one. I’d want to player with Roger [Federer]. That’s not so very thoughtful maybe, but I think he’s probably the best ever and it’d be so cool to play with him and have that experience. I’ll take any tournament. I’ll take any one of them with that guy.

Tecau: I would like to play with my idols growing up. I’d like to play with Pete Sampras against [Stefan] Edberg and Michael Stich. Those were my three idols I was following growing up. I never got a chance to hit a ball with them. I played with Roger, I played with Rafa [Nadal]. But these other guys I’ve never chance, so that would be a dream.

Have you watched a Masters 1000 match that made you say ‘Wow, that’s an amazing match’? Is there a particular one that stands out?
Tecau: Every day, man!

Rojer: Every day, but I remember [Guillermo] Coria-Nadal. They played the Rome final [in 2005]. I was very good friends with Coria and I watched him also at Monte-Carlo play classic matches, but that match against Rafa was one of the better matches of all time. 

Behind The Scenes At 2017 Houston

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 9:20pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston. Aaron M. Sprecher/ROCC photo.

Four Keys To Nadal Winning His 10th Monte-Carlo Crown

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 9:09pm

The Mediterranean shimmers at one end of the court. Sheer rock cliffs tower behind the elegant clubhouse at the other end. In the middle is a court of clay. Enter, Rafael Nadal.

Nadal is a staggering 58-4 at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters since 2003, winning nine titles and $5.5 million from just this one stop on tour.

Can he win it again in 2017? To know what’s coming in the future, it is best to connect the clay court dots from the past. An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of his successful 2016 campaign, when he dropped only two sets en route to his ninth Monte-Carlo title, identifies four key areas of dominance.

1. Break Points
Converting a break point against Nadal in Monte-Carlo is one of the toughest things to do in our sport. Period. Nadal saved 65 per cent (194/297) of his break points in the 2016 season, and that elevated to 72 per cent (34/47) in Monte-Carlo last year. The sea-level, clay-court conditions are tailor made for his high-bouncing, heavy-spin game.

The Spaniard defeated Dominic Thiem in the round of 16 here last year, saving a colossal 15 of 17 break points for the match. The key was making first serves in the important moments. There were 14 break points contested in the ad court. Nadal made 12 first serves. Three break points were played in the deuce court. Nadal made a first serve on two of them.

Overall, Thiem got a look at only three second serves out of 17 break points – and Nadal saved all three of them. These moments in time weigh heavily to the final outcome.

2. Returning
Nadal is far more lethal in Monte-Carlo returning a second serve than hitting one. Last year, when hitting his own second serve, he won only 49 per cent (53/108) of the points, but he won a mind-blowing 60 per cent (97/161) when returning his opponent’s second serves.

Nadal’s primary tactic is start well behind the baseline, let the second serve drop and crush a forehand return. He then looks to immediately improve his court position up around the baseline, where he finds superior geometry for his wicked spin.

Nadal converted a break point 56 per cent (14/25) of the time in Monte-Carlo last year receiving a second serve and 36.7 per cent (11/30) against a first serve.

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3. Playing From In Front
Nadal is a nightmare to try and break when he gets a lead in his own service games.

2016 Monte-Carlo: Percentage Chance of Holding Serve

  • 15/0 = 93.5% (29/31)

  • 30/0 = 100% (19/19)

  • 30/15 = 95.8% (23/24)

  • 40/15 = 100% (20/20)

Nadal was extended to deuce only 16 times on serve in Monte-Carlo last year, losing just four of those service games. The pressure to hold is constant and adds another layer of strategic influence in the match for the Spaniard.

4. Time Is On His Side
During the 2016 season, Nadal averaged playing 47 minutes per set. That rose to 51 minutes in Monte-Carlo. Nadal uses time as a weapon on court, typically playing the match much more at his speed than that of his opponents. He certainly does not rush to the finish line.

All of the key ingredients from Nadal’s successful 2016 campaign will once again be on show this week. The game plan will be adjusted slightly for each opponent, but the road forward will still be dominated by these four key components.

Simon Produces 'Pure Magic' Against Djokovic In Monte-Carlo

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 8:28pm
Gilles Simon produces pure magic during this incredible point against Novak Djokovic at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Getty Images photo.

Djokovic, Haas Advance At Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Highlights 2017

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 7:29pm
Watch highlights of Novak Djokovic narrowly escaping against Gilles Simon at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Tuesday. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Getty Images photo.

Haas Returns To Masters 1000 Winning Ways

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 6:37pm

Maybe Tommy Haas should reconsider this whole retirement thing.

The 39-year-old German, in the midst of his 10th comeback, needed only 69 minutes to knock out Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Haas, the oldest player in the draw, feasted on second serves, winning almost 80 per cent of his second-serve points and nearly 75 per cent of Paire's. The win was Haas' first in Monte-Carlo since 2004, when he beat Xavier Malisse. The right-hander hadn't played at the Masters 1000 tournament since 2008.

“I think when you go out there and compete, you hope for the best, that is to try to play well and try to win,” Haas said. “Any time that happens, obviously, at this stage for me, it's a very nice feeling, of course. I just try to build from that. Try to get stronger physically, get more used to playing matches again, points when it counts. You can do a lot of things in practice and off court, but you cannot replicate that for match play. I’m very happy to get another chance to go out there again tomorrow and keep working on my tennis game when it counts.”

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Haas improved to 2-4 on the season. He earned his first victory of the year last week in Houston by beating 19-year-old American Reilly Opelka in three sets.

Paire has been in good form. The right-hander, No. 40 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, was coming off a semi-final showing last week at the clay-court Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech. The 27 year old had won their previous FedEx ATP Head2Head match-up, after Haas had to retire because of illness down two sets to love earlier this season at the Australian Open.

“There is no better, bigger satisfaction than when you go out there, competing and winning. In this case for me, it's a big satisfaction,” Haas said. “I'm very proud of the fact that I'm actually still out there, competing at this age. Due to setbacks and injuries I've had, I could have easily thrown in the towel a couple times. But I'm still out there trying to finish this game on my own terms. That's what I'm doing. I'm proud of that.”

Haas will meet ninth seed Tomas Berdych in the second round. Their FedEx ATP Head2Head series is even at 2-all, but they haven't played since 2012.

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Dimitrov FedEx ATP Player Profile 2017

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 5:56pm
Grigor Dimitrov talks abut his motivations, leading a balanced life and more in this ATP Player Profile delivered by FedEx.

Andy And Jamie Murray Train At Monte-Carlo 2017

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:50pm
Andy Murray is bidding to win his 15th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title this week at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, while his older brother, Jamie, partners Bruno Soares hoping to better their 2016 runner-up finish.

Khachanov Leads #NextGenATP Crew In Monte-Carlo

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:29pm

#NextGenATP players were on show at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Tuesday with Russia’s Karen Khachanov the lone victor through to the second round.

The 20-year-old Khachanov beat Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 6-4 in an 85-minute encounter and next challenges No. 13 seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round. Afterwards, Mahut was complimentary of what he saw, explaining, “He's still young. He can become very good and improve a lot. He has a very good coach [in Galo Blanco]. He will be very good in the future.”

Borna Coric, the winner of his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the Grand Prix Hassan II, fought hard but fell to the experienced Frenchman and fellow wild card Jeremy Chardy 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 42 minutes. Chardy goes on to face fifth seed Marin Cilic.

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Elsewhere, 35-year-old Feliciano Lopez knocked out 21-year-old Daniil Medvedev 7-6(6), 7-5 in two hours for a second-round match against the leader of the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, No. 14 seed Alexander Zverev.

Qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff lost just three of his first service points (27/30) to get the better of 18-year-old wild card Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-4 in 78 minutes. He’ll now face eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the second round. Ruud is the youngest player in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Race To Milan.

Tickets for the #NextGenATP Finals, to be held in Milan from 7-11 November and featuring players 21-and-under, went on sale today.

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Nadal v Edmund: Cast Your Vote!

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:23pm

View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following match-ups Wednesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters & vote for the players you think will win! 
Nadal v Edmund  |  Murray v Muller  |  Wawrinka v Vesely  |  Berdych v Haas

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Simon Stymies Djokovic In Monte-Carlo Hot Shot

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:15pm
Gilles Simon shows off his excellent anticipation skills against Novak Djokovic on Tuesday at the 2017 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Watch live matches on tennistv.com. Getty Images photo.