Where on earth did Juan Monaco spring up from?
This is about the third or fourth tournament where he has upset a player ranked about a billion places higher than him and got through to a round in a big tournament where he does not belong. I remember back in the day him being ranked about #13 or #14 or something, and wondering what on earth he did to deserve it. Now I'm wondering why he isn't ranked higher. He's in as a wildcard in this tournament, and he's just knocked out David Ferrer.
So what's going to happen with Juan Monaco at Roland Garros now? He is definitely in form heading into the tournament - he could be a surprise quarter finalist. He is looking very comfortable.
Speaking of comfortable, how about Dinara Safina steamrolling through the draw over in Madrid? Both Williamses are out and Dinara is just bulldozing her way through. I can't think of any more heavy earthmoving equipment to which to compare her so I might have to stop, but she is looking very dangerous heading into the big one!
Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open (Madrid)
Rafael Nadal def. Jurgen Melzer, 6-3 6-1
Novak Djokovic def. Oscar Hernandez, 6-3 6-3
Juan Martin del Potro def. Tomas Berdych, 6-2 4-1 retired
Gilles Simon def. Fabio Fognini, 6-3 6-2
Nikolay Davydenko def. Florent Serra, 7-5 6-3
Stanislas Wawrinka def. Jeremy Chardy, 6-4 7-5
Juan Monaco def. David Ferrer, 6-4 6-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Marin Cilic, 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-2)
James Blake def. Ivo Karlovic, 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-4)
Andreas Seppi def. Sam Querrey, 6-3 4-6 6-4
Dinara Safina def. Li Na, 6-3 7-6 (7-2)
Amelie Mauresmo def. Elena Dementieva, 1-6 6-4 6-2
Patty Schnyder def. Nadia Petrova, 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5)
Vera Dushevina def. Francesca Schiavone, 6-3 4-6 6-2
Alona Bondarenko def. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3 6-2
Victoria Azarenka def. Peng Shuai, 6-4 6-1