All the gratin … or nearly
Before Madrid (May 2-9) and Rome (May 9-16), Monte Carlo is the first main assembly on clay, in view of Roland-Garros which has postponed its dates by every week (May 30-13 June). Canceled final yr as a result of of the pandemic and the full shutdown of the ATP circuit, the Monegasque event saved its pores and skin this season. But beneath the situations which have develop into ordinary: closed door and obligatory bubble for the gamers. However, the finest have all responded current. Almost all of them: in the high 10, Dominic Thiem (n ° 4) and Roger Federer (n ° 7) can be missed; in the high 20, Canadians Denis Shapovalov (No. 12) and Milos Raonic (No. 19) selected to not make the journey. Initially registered, Thiem withdrew, arguing that he “Was not one hundred percent” and that he has left “A lot of work to do”. The Austrian may come again all the way down to earth in Madrid. Like Federer, by the method, who signed up for the event. The Swiss haven’t performed on clay for 2 years.
Djokovic-Nadal, attainable remaining
Demoted to 3rd place in the world, as a result of of the formidable outcomes of Daniil Medvedev since the final Bercy, Rafael Nadal may very nicely have discovered himself in the half of the desk of Novak Djokovic, thus making a remaining between the two ogres inconceivable. Fate determined in any other case. Nothing due to this fact prevents a 57th shock at the high of the recreation. It could be the first since the Spaniard’s formidable demonstration in the remaining of the final Roland-Garros (victory 6-0, 6-2, 7-5). Nadal is in search of a twelfth title on the Rock (a file, clearly), Djokovic a 3rd. The world no 1 has not gained Monte Carlo since 2015. His job doesn’t look straightforward: as quickly as he enters the operating (in the second spherical, since he advantages from a bye, like the first eight seeds) , he may discover himself dealing with the rising star, Jannik Sinner (twenty third to 19 years outdated). To observe additionally Hubert Hurkacz (sixteenth, 24 years outdated), latest winner in Miami, and Medvedev, who continues to be struggling to transpose his exhausting efficiency to clay.
Six Frenchies on the beginning line
They had been purported to be six in the remaining draw and they’re going to in the end be … six. The wild card granted to Lucas Pouille certainly compensates for the withdrawal of Richard Gasquet, who has given up “As a result of complications related to Covid. “ The road will be long and winding to succeed Gaël Monfils, the last French finalist (in 2016, against Nadal). Benoit Paire will be opposed to Jordan Thompson, Pouille to Guido Pella, Jérémy Chardy to Alexander Bublik, Ugo Humbert to John Millman, Adrian Mannarino to a qualifier, but it is above all Monfils who will attract all eyes. We have read a lot about his future marriage to Elina Svitolina, but we have not seen the French No.1 (13th in the world) on a court since his defeat in the first round of the Australian Open and the tears that followed. . “La Monf” can be opposed in the first spherical to Pablo Andujar.