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Federer's 30th Birthday By The Numbers!

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1 – World No. 1 for 285 weeks.
2 – Finished in year-end Top 2 eight consecutive years (2003-10); only player to do so.
3 – Grand Slam titles won in same season, accomplished three times (2004, 2006, and 2007).
4 – Fewest losses in his career in 2005 season (81-4).
5 – Year-end No. 1 finishes AND Barclays ATP World Tour Finals titles.
6 – Wimbledon titles AND number of winning streaks of 20 matches or more.
7 – Number of Grand Slam finals won before first loss (’06 Roland Garros to Nadal).
8 – Consecutive years with at least one Grand Slam title, from 2003-2010.
9 – Or more titles on clay, grass and hard courts – only Jimmy Connors matches the feat.
10 – Straight major finals reached: 2004 Wimbledon through 2007 US Open.
11 – Consecutive years with at least one ATP World Tour title (2001-2011).
12 – Career-high titles won in 2006.
13 – Number of match wins in first full season on ATP World Tour in 1999.
14 – Wins in 23 matches against current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
15 – Losses in a three-year span (2004-2006) in 262 matches.
16 – Grand Slam titles AND number of titles won in U.S. (most of any country).
17 – ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns.
18 – Grand Slam finals reached over 19 appearances from ’05 Wimbledon to ’10 Australian Open (missed at ’08 Australian Open) AND tournaments won in different countries.
19 –Age at first ATP World Tour title in Milan on Feb. 4, 2001.
20 – Grand Slam matches won in a season six straight years (2004-2010) AND wins against players ranked No.1 or No. 2.
21 – Years old when he finished inside the Top 10 for first time in 2002 (No. 6).
22 – Times he has been the top seed at a Grand Slam tournament AND age he first became No. 1.
23 – Successive Grand Slam semi-final appearances (’04 Wimbledon through ’10 Australian Open) AND overall Grand Slam finals.
24 – Straight finals won between ’03 Vienna through ’05 Bangkok.
25 – His age when he finished with a career-high 92 match wins in 2006.
26 – Wins in a row against Top 10 opponents (2003 Masters Cup to 2005 Australian Open QF – lost to No. 4 Safin in SF).
27 – Consecutive wins in a row in Grand Slam play, achieved twice (2005 Wimbledon R1-2006 Roland Garros Final; 2006 Wimbledon R1-2007 Roland Garros Final).
28 – Years old when he claimed his latest Grand Slam title at 2010 Australian Open.
29 – Consecutive major quarter-finals reached (going into 2011 US Open).
30 – Grand Slams in a row as No. 1 or No. 2 seed between ’04 USO and ’11 AO.

Happy 30th Birthday Roger.

Roger Federer = The Living Legend.

Rafa Victorious !

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World no. 1 Rafael Nadal has fought fiercely against his fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, who troubled Nadal somehow throughout the match, defending his seventh consecutive title at Monte-Carlo and breaking his own record. Congratulations Rafa !

Monte-Carlo, Thursday Day 5: A whole new level!

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ORDER OF PLAY - THURSDAY, 14 APRIL, 2011

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am

M Raonic (CAN) vs [4] D Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 11:30 AM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [13] R Gasquet (FRA)
Not Before 1:30 PM
[15] M Cilic (CRO) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)
[3] [WC] A Murray (GBR) vs [16] G Simon (FRA)
G Monfils (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs [5] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am

I Ljubicic (CRO) vs [5] [WC] T Berdych (CZE)
T Robredo (ESP) vs [11] V Troicki (SRB)
[Q] F Gil (POR) vs [8] G Monfils (FRA)
[7] J Melzer (AUT) vs [9] N Almagro (ESP) 

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon

[6] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO)
Not Before 2:00 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) - After Suitable Rest

COURT 9 start 12:00 noon

J Chela (ARG) / B Soares (BRA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS)

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Mont-Carlo, Day 4: Rafa to shine!

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ORDER OF PLAY - WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL, 2011

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 

G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [13] R Gasquet (FRA)
Not Before 11:30AM
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [8] G Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 1:30 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
[3] [WC] A Murray (GBR) vs [WC] R Stepanek (CZE)
L Dlouhy (CZE) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs G Monfils (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am

F Lopez (ESP) vs [4] D Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 11:30 AM
A Montanes (ESP) vs [16] G Simon (FRA)
[6] F Verdasco (ESP) vs T Robredo (ESP)
[7] J Melzer (AUT) vs R Haase (NED)

COURT 2 start 11:00am

F Fognini (ITA) vs [11] V Troicki (SRB)
Not Before 12:30 PM
[15] M Cilic (CRO) vs [Q] P Riba (ESP) or P Starace (ITA) - Possible Court Change
R Gasquet (FRA) / I Ljubicic (CRO) vs [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs E Gulbis (LAT) / V Troicki (SRB)

COURT 9 start 11:00am

F Mayer (GER) vs [Q] F Gil (POR)
Not Before 12:30 PM
[Q] M Gonzalez (ARG) vs [9] N Almagro (ESP) - Possible Court Change
[4] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) vs [WC] J Benneteau (FRA) / J Chardy (FRA)

COURT 11 start 1:00 pm

[8] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) vs J Chela (ARG) / B Soares (BRA)
Not Before 3:00 PM
E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) 

Mont-Carlo, Day 3: Featuring The Swiss!

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ORDER OF PLAY - TUESDAY, 12 APRIL, 2011

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am

T Bellucci (BRA) vs [16] G Simon (FRA)
Not Before 11:30 AM
P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)
Not Before 1:30 PM
[12] J Tsonga (FRA) vs I Ljubicic (CRO)
E Gulbis (LAT) vs M Raonic (CAN) 

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am

J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs F Lopez (ESP)
K Anderson (RSA) vs F Fognini (ITA)
A Montanes (ESP) vs X Malisse (BEL)
[Q] O Rochus (BEL) vs [5] [WC] T Berdych (CZE) 


COURT 2 start 11:00am

[Q] M Gonzalez (ARG) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
[Q] V Millot (FRA) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[Q] P Riba (ESP) vs P Starace (ITA)
 

COURT 9 start 11:00am

J Chela (ARG) / B Soares (BRA) vs M Mertinak (SVK) / D Norman (BEL)
M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) vs [7] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
Not Before 3:00 PM
M Lopez (ESP) / J Monaco (ARG) vs [WC] J Benneteau (FRA) / J Chardy (FRA)
COURT 11 start 12:00 noon
S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs [3] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER)

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Order of play of 2nd day of Monte-Carlo

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ORDER OF PLAY - MONDAY, 11 APRIL, 2011


COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am

[10] M Youzhny (RUS) vs F Mayer (GER)
Not Before 11:30 AM
D Istomin (UZB) vs [13] R Gasquet (FRA)
Not Before 1:30 PM
[12] J Tsonga (FRA) vs J Monaco (ARG)
Not Before 3:00 PM
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) - Exhibition Match
[Q] J Benneteau (FRA) vs J Nieminen (FIN) 

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am

[WC] J Lisnard (MON) vs [11] V Troicki (SRB)
M Granollers (ESP) vs [9] N Almagro (ESP)
[WC] R Stepanek (CZE) vs M Baghdatis (CYP)
[15] M Cilic (CRO) vs [Q] F Volandri (ITA) 

COURT 2 start 11:00am

D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs S Giraldo (COL)
T Robredo (ESP) vs I Dodig (CRO)
N Davydenko (RUS) vs R Haase (NED)
R Gasquet (FRA) / I Ljubicic (CRO) vs N Almagro (ESP) / M Raonic

COURT 9 start 11:00am

[Q] O Rochus (BEL) vs J Chela (ARG)
[Q] F Gil (POR) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)

Ready or not.....Here it Comes!

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ORDER OF PLAY - SUNDAY, 10 APRIL, 2011

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00am
 Qualifying - S Bolelli (ITA) vs V Millot (FRA)
Not Before 12:30 PM
J Chardy (FRA) vs I Ljubicic (CRO)
M Llodra (FRA) vs M Raonic (CAN)
[14] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs E Gulbis (LAT)
 
COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00am
 Qualifying - O Rochus (BEL) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Qualifying - F Volandri (ITA) vs P Luczak (AUS)
Qualifying - J Benneteau (FRA) vs [WC] B Tomic (AUS)
A Golubev (KAZ) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)



COURT 2 start 11:00am
 Qualifying - F Cipolla (ITA) vs F Gil (POR)
Not Before 1:00 PM
Qualifying - T Kamke (GER) vs P Riba (ESP)
M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) vs F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 

COURT 9 start 1:00 pm

Qualifying - A Ramos (ESP) vs M Gonzalez (ARG)
[WC] G Couillard (MON) / J Lisnard (MON) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS) 

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The HEAT of CLAY!

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The "Clay" season starts next week! Are you ready?!





Nole did it......again!!

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Nole celebrating after winning Dubai for the 3rd time in a row.
Some pics after world number 3, Novak Djokovic, has beaten former world number1 and world number 2, Roger Federer, in 2 straight sets 6-3 6-3 to win Dubai for the 3rd time in a row. Congratulations Nole!

Spain VS Belgium, Davis Cup

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     It's official! The Spanish star and world no.1, Rafael Nadal, will join the Spanish team against Belgium on the 4th of March in what seems to be an easy first round for the Spaniards.
     In fact, Albert Costa has excelled making an extremely magnificent collection of players, a "Masterpiece". Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez playing on the same side, don't you know what they can acheive? I think that they together form a lethal combination which can overthrow any other "TENNIS team" as easy as pie, don't you think so? 
     However, we shouldn't anticipate events.Who knows? Maybe the Belgains won't be satsfied by just standing there and watching, maybe they will surprise us by one stunning performance we have never seen before.Yes, although the Spanish team groups some of the best players in the world, we mustn't underestimate Xavier Malisse and his fellow Belgains who will absolutely fight fiercely for a place in the second round.
    Well, I guess nobody can ever tell what's going to happen and untill then, the only thing we can do is waiting. WAIT, WAIT,WAIT.... I know waiting is sometimes intolerable, but is the only thing we can do right now, so be patient and we'll see how this is going to end.

OH Roger, What a tweener!

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