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RAFA NADAL "BACK ON TRACK" IN MONTE-CARLO

RAFA IS BACK IN THE SADDLE AFTER A 2:46 MINUTE DUEL WITH THE FRENCHMAN GAEL MONFILS 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 TO WIN HIS NINTH MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS TITLE.  MONFILS WHO HAS YET TO WIN A MASTERS 1000 TOURNAMENT. THIS IS THE YEAR TO DO IT AS HE RECENTLY WENT TO THE FINALS IN ROTTERDAM, THE QUARTERS AT THE AUSTRALIAN, INDIAN WELLS AND MIAMI. TODAY  RAFA HAD AN EXTRA GEAR TO COME UP WITHE BAGLE IN THE 3RD SET.  HE POUNDED THE BALLS WITH EXTRA RPM'S AS THE BALLS SKIDDED THRU THE RED CLAY, MIXING ANGLES WITH HIS HEAVY TOPSPINS SENDING GAEL RUNNIG FOR HIS LIFE USING THE SQUASH SHOT SLIDDING FROM CORNER TO CORNER.  EXCITING TO SEE NADAL BACK TO HIS ELEMENT AS HE HAS NOT WON THIS TOURNAMENT IN 3 YEARS.  HIS 46-MATCH WINNING STREAK WAS ENDED BY NOVAK DJOKOVIC.  HIS FIRST VICTORY IN 18 MONTHS.

WITH 28 ATP WORLD TOUR MASTER 1000 TITLES IS NOW IS TIED WITH DJOKOVIC WITH FEDERER BEHIND WITH 24 AND ANDRE AGASSI WITH 17.
THIS GAME HAS RISEN WITH THE PLAYERS POWER, THE STRINGS AND THE NEW MATERIALS IN THE RACQUETS SUCH AS GRAPHENE, TITANIUM, CARBON FIBER-REINFORCED POLYMER, AND GRAPHITE.  BACK IN THE DAY PLAYERS LIKE GUILLERMO VILAS WHO IS THE ALL TIME CLAY COURT LEADER OF 49 TITLES PLAYED WITH SUPER TOPSPIN AND A BASELINE PLAYER USED CAT GUT IN HIS STRINGS.  THESE STRINGS WERE NOT DURABLE AND WERE EXPENSIVE BUT THEY GAVE YOU CONTROL, FEEL AND POWER.  TODAY THE SYNTHETIC GUT AND POLYESTER STRINGS, HYBRID STRINGS (COMBINATION OF TWO DIFFERENT STRINGS) TO GET FEEL POWER AND CONTROL. USING EITHER ON THE MAIN OR CROSS STRINGS.  THE TENSIONS ARE HIGHTER IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR MORE CONTROL MEANING LESS POWER OR LOWER TENSIONS MEANING LESS CONTROL MORE POWER DEPENDING WHAT YOUR NEEDS ARE.

OUT OF THE TOP CLAY COURTERS IN THE OPEN ERA 3 WERE LEFTIES.  GUILLERMO VILAS  49 TITLES
RAFAEL NADAL 48 TITLES
THOMAS MUSTER 40 TITLES
BJORN BORG 30
MANUEL ORANTES 30

NADAL HAVING CLINCHED HIS 68TH TITLE ON THE ATP TOUR HE NOW IS JUST 1 TITLE AWAY FROM TIENG THE GREAT GUILLERMO VILAS OF ARGENTINA.  THIS IS HIS 9TH MONTE-CARLO VICTORY.  HE SAID "WINNING NINE TIMES HERE IS SOMETHING UNBELIEVABLE FOR ME," NADAL SAID. "I NEED TO KEEP GOING."
HIS TIMING IS BACK, THE ANTICIPATION IS THEIR, HE DOES NOT LINGER DEEP BEHIND THE BASELINE EVERY RALLY, HE'S LOOKING FOR THE SHORT BALL "ATTACKING"  PLAYING WITH CONFIDENCE EL TORO IS BACK AND EXPECT A GRAND SLAM WHY NOT?  AT THE END OF THE ROAD IN ROLAND GARROS POSSIBLY?  THIS WEEK BARCELONA THE GAME CONTINUES ON THE RED STUFF OOH LA LA!

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