Gabriela Sabatini’s countryman, Juan Monaco, will take on Benoit Paire of France in the third round of the ongoing German Open. The player who wins this contest will make his way into the quarter final round of the event.
Monaco has looked in supreme touch in this tournament. In the second round, he had got better of another Frenchman Gael Monfils with utmost ease.
Monaco is a fine clay court player. He has tested some great players on slower surfaces. He covers areas quite quickly and also has a very good serve.
Monaco was rated very highly by the pundits when he had first burst onto the scene, but, he hasn’t managed to live up to his potential so far in his career. Inconsistency is a big worry for him. One day, he looks unbeatable, the next day, he looks ordinary. He will have to work on his consistency for sure if he has to move up in the world rankings.
The 29 years old Argentinean is currently at no. 20 in the official WTA rankings. He would like to improve his ranking and break into the top 15 by going all the way in this tournament.
Monaco has so far played 30 matches this season out of which he has won 16 and lost 14. These numbers suggest how inconsistent he has been.
Monaco’s opponent Paire is also considered as a superstar in the making. He is another player who has got a lot of talent, but, he has also struggled to do justice to his talent.
Paire is very strong on his serve and his forehand shots are quite effective too. He has so far played 44 matches this season out of which he has managed to win 24.
Monaco and Paire has so far locked horns with each other only once i.e. in the Roma Masters earlier this season. It was Paire who had won that match.
Gabriela Sabatini’s compatriot, Juan Monaco, has been defeated by Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters 2012. Verdasco won the match in the straight sets by 4-6, 2-6.
Monaco who was given the seventh seed in the competition was completely outplayed by Verdasco in the match. Monaco had won the Malaysian Open a few days back. So, he was full of confidence before coming into this tournament. He had got a bye in the first round. So, he began his campaign by playing the second round match. He was expected to go past Verdasco easily, but, that wasn’t the case to be. The Spaniard stunned everyone by beating Monaco in the straight sets. This was the 10th match between these two players and Verdasco has won four of them.
After winning the match, Verdasco said, “It was a perfect match for me. Monaco had been in fine form recently. So, I was a bit nervous before the match. But, I started well and carried on the momentum till the end.”
On the other hand, Monaco was gutted after being defeated in his opening match of the tournament. The Argentinean player said, “It was certainly a forgettable match for me. I committed a lot of mistakes throughout the match and Verdasco took advantage of that. He played better than me today.”
Both the players held their service in the first two games of the first set. Verdasco got a breakthrough in the third game and then, got ahead by 3-1 by serving out the next game. He maintained his lead till the end of the set and won the first set by 6-4.
In the second set, Monaco started well and was ahead by 2-1 at the end of the third game. But, all of a sudden, he lost his composure and didn’t manage to win even a single game after that. He lost the second set by 2-6 and got knocked out of the competition.
In the third round, Verdasco will take on Marin Cilic of Croatia.
Gabriela Sabatini’s compatriot, Juan Monaco, has defeated Vasek Pospisil of Canada in the second round of the Rogers Cup. Monaco won the match easily in the straight sets by 7-5, 6-4 and made his way to the third round. The local player, who had got the entry by the virtue of wild card, didn’t manage to make Monaco work hard for his points. Monaco hit a total of 4 aces in the match and wrapped up the match in 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Monaco made a fantastic start to the match by breaking the service of Pospisil in the very first game of the first set. He served out the second game to make the score 2-0. The Canadian player held his service in the next game and the score was 2-1. After that, both the players broke each other’s service in the next eight games and at the end of the 11th game; the scorecard was saying 6-5. Monaco managed to hold his service in the 12th game and won the opening set by 7-5. Read more »