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- - Next up for Nadal will be 15th seed Philipp Koshlchreiber, the German beating qualifier Pablo Andujar yesterday. That was Nadal's 45th win on the clay courts of Monte Carlo, by the way. Monte Carlo drawsheet
- - NADAL 6-1 6-2 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Nadal's Monte Carlo Masters campaign is up and running for 2013 as he whips an inch-perfect forehand winner down the line to seal the win at the first attempt.
- - NADAL 6-1 5-2 - Another quick and easy service hold from Nadal leaves Matosevic serving to stay in this match with the clock still showing just under the hour mark...
- - NADAL 6-1 4-2 - BREAK! It looks all over for Matosevic now as he fails to find the court with a fairly wild forehand, handing Nadal the break at the first attempt. The Spaniard is potentially just two games away now from winning yet another match at Monte Carlo.
- - NADAL 6-1 3-2 - Nadal races through the kind of comfortable service hold that dominated the first set, to sling all the pressure back over the net at Matosevic. Is that the Aussie chance to cause a stir gone?
- - NADAL 6-1 2-2 - BREAK! Matosevic's volleying technique lets him down as he fails to get down enough to an admittedly low backhand volley, instead netting his response as Nadal breaks back to get this second set on level terms finally
- - NADAL 6-1 1-2 - Nadal looks to be in a comfortable enough position as he eases to a 40-30 lead, only to hit consecutive forehand errors to hand Matosevic another break point. The Aussie goes for broke on a backhand, missing to waste the first chance, and also squanders a second chance two points later when he nets a backhand. From there, Nadal goes on to hold with a forehand winner across court.
- - NADAL 6-1 0-2 - Great work from Matosevic as he consolidates the break with a hold to 15, slinging in his first ace of the match just for good measure.
- - NADAL 6-1 0-1- BREAK! A change of shirt (from yellow to green) seems to have worked wonders for Matosevic as he breaks to 30 in the opening game of the second set. He had the chance to break to 15 but eventually got it done at the second attempt with an inside-out forehand winner across court. Stunning stuff from the 27-year-old Aussie
- - NADAL 6-1 - SET! Matosevic fails in his first bid to hold when he just misses the line with an attempted forehand winner down the line after getting Nadal on the run. A double fault then hands Nadal a first set point, and one is all that's needed as the third seed against grinds Matosevic down from the baseline, eventually drawing the error. That was very comfortable for the world number five.
- - NADAL 5-1 - Another comfortable service game for Nadal, he is still yet to drop a point against serve. And it leaves Matosevic serving to stay in this opening set next...
- - NADAL 4-1 - Matosevic raises his arms in triumph as he gets a game on the board - the Aussie holding when Nadal nets a running, off-balance backhand. The Spaniard also provided the highlight of the game, however, with a running forehand passing shot winner after a decent approach shot from the Aussie.
- - NADAL 4-0 - Another blink-and-you'll-miss-it service game from Nadal races him out to a double break lead and Matosevic has still won just that one point! Ouch.
- - NADAL 3-0 - BREAK! This could all be over very quickly as Nadal secures a second straight break - a cross court forehand followed by a forehand winner down the line doing the damage early on before Matosevic nets a forehand to concede his serve again
- - NADAL 2-0 - A big cheer goes up around Court Central as Matosevic finally gets his first point of the match. The Aussie raises a smile as well but it is short-lived as Nadal already had a 40-0 lead and quickly seals the game from there with a whipped forehand that Matosevic simply cannot deal with.
- - NADAL 1-0 - BREAK! Despite being just a year apart in age, these two have never faced each other at any level of the game. But Nadal is quick to make his presence felt, breaking to love in the opening game.
- - In fact, since the 2006 final, Nadal has dropped just two sets at this tournament; one to Novak Djokovic in the 2009 final and one to Andy Murray in the 2011 semi-final. Which is a quite frankly ridiculous statistic!
- - Nadal made his debut at the tournament as a 16-year-old way back in 2003. He beat Karol Kucera and Albert Costa in straight sets before eventually losing to Guillermo Coria in the third round. He got his revenge two years later, however, when he beat Coria to win the title. Since then he has won every single year! That's 2005 to 2012.
- - So, coming up next is the eight-times defending champion Rafael Nadal against Aussie Mario Matosevic.
|Date of Birth||08/08/1985|
|Date of Birth||03/06/1986|