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King of clay Rafael Nadal has looked rampant here from the start. Before coming into his favorite Grand Slam Nadal had already won events in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and then in Rome. He was already christened the favorite by his arch rival Roger Federer, and by the looks of it, he has just looked in sublime form as he cruised into the fourth round round, defeating a spirited Eduardo Schwank 6-1, 6-3, 6-4.
Nadal regained his No. 2 position in the ATP Rankings after losing it to Roger Federer two weeks ago as the Spanish armada triumphed in Rome. The feisty Spaniard had to swallow a bitter defeat at Madrid Masters – as blue clay just did not allow him to settle down. All said and done – now its redemption time for Nadal and all he has to do is to do what he has been doing over the years – to hit back hard. Nadal has already won three clay court events this year, Monte Carlo, the Barcelona Open and the Rome Masters last week. Now Nadal comes into his favorite Grand Salm looking to eclipse Bjorn Borg's record to become the first man to win the French Open seven times.
Juan Monaco has had a pretty decent year so far, he has already won two clay court events and it’s not very hard to see why that is his favorite surface. He has had a few disappointments on the road though. His start of the year wasn’t exactly ideal where he lost in the first round to Philip Kohlschreiber. He recovered well though to win at Vina del Mar in Chile and he hasn’t looked back since and has not looked back since the day. He reached the semis of the Miami Masters and then won at Houston Texas beating World No.10 John Isner in the final. At Monte-Carlo Monaco suffered an injury and pulled out during his first round clash with Robin Haase of the Netherlands. His win-loss record so far for the year is 20-7. In Rome Monaco did really well against top seed Novak Djokovic as he took a set off of him in the quarterfinal, before losing in three sets.
His Roland Garros form has been nothing short of brilliant so far, he beat the much fancied big serving Milos Raonic in the previous round, outplaying him in a pulsating five seter, that really went to the wire, Monaco won 6-7,6-3,6-7,6-3,6-4.
The two have met just 4 times and Nadal holds a 3-1 advantage. Monaco's only victory came five years ago in Cincinnati.
TennisEarth picks an easy win for an unstoppable Nadal, who seems superhuman here on the Red Soil.
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