Rafael Nadal Will Go For A Record Fifth Win In Monte-Carlo
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - The ATP world ranked No. 1 tennis player, Rafael Nadal will take on the No. 3 ranked Novak Djokovic in Monaco today at the finals of the 2009 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 1000. Nadal played a tough match yesterday in the semi-finals against the No. 4 ranked Andy Murray from Scotland. Nadall won the match against Murray in a closely fought second set (6-2,7-6) and in a match that lasted 2 hours and 10 minutes. During the ninth game of the second set, Murray put up a strong offence and brought the score to 5-5, using strong forehand shots, but Nadal brought his game together thereafter and took the match point (7-6).
Rafael Nadal said yesterday evening in his post-match news conference that he has a great deal of respect for the way Andy Murray is playing tennis this year. Nadal said that he expects to see Murray win many more matches, and this is the first year that Murray has entered the ATP circuit at such a competitive level. Speaking about his match on Sunday against Djokovic, Nadal said, "He's a good player. I think he is playing well. He is having a very good tournament. I will have to play my best tennis, if I want to have chances to win."
On clay court surfaces, Nadal has an incredible lifetime finals win record of 22-1. In the all-time records of professional tennis, only Ilie Nastase (28 wins), Ivan Lendl (28), Manuel Orantes (30), Bjorn Borg (30), Thomas Muster (40), Guillermo Vilas (45) have won more clay court titles in the history of the Open tournaments. Today's Nadal-Djokovic match will start at 14:00 CET (Paris time), and will be watched live by millions of viewers from around the world.