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Apr/15

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Monte Carlo Surprises

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Gael Monfils downed Roger Federer for the second time in a row on red clay, in the Davis Cup final last November and today in straight sets in Monte Carlo.

And right, Rafael Nadal is embroiled in a third set with John Isner, who he has never lost to in four meetings. Though Isner extended Nadal to five sets at Roland Garros four years ago.

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Apr/15

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Sarasota Open Wednesday

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Jared Donaldson continued his fine form, powerfully dismissing Gastao Elias in straight sets. The eighteen year has really, really impressed me here this week on and off the court.

Another young American who has greatly impressed me is Francis Tiafoe. “Big Foe” was training today lightly with his long time coach Mischa, who has worked with Francis since the age of nine. Tiafoe reminds me of a boxer, he has the perfect physique for tennis and a middleweight boxer. As he ripped baseline forehand/backhands back and forth off feeds, he looked like a pugilist unleashing combinations on the punch mitts. Emile Griffith was a Jamaican boxer who worked in a garment factory in New York City and his boss Howie Alpert saw his muscular physique sans shirt one day and had him become a boxer. Griffith became a Hall of Fame welterweight and middleweight champion.

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Apr/15

15

Sarasota Open Tuesday

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Iron Mike Russell lucky losers into the main draw after Rajeev Ram pulls out. He has to face the hard hitting Argentine Renzo Olivo. Struggling with confidence issues, a falling ranking (he’s outside the top 200 now) and a new Head racquet, Russell is up 2-0 in the first but loses the set. Then he’s up a break in the second and loses that one too. 63 64 was the final score.

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Apr/15

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Donaldson Says His Goal is No. 1: Sarasota Open

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Young American Jared Donaldson, 18, defeated former ATP No. 8 Radek Stepanek 6-3 7-6 and said after the match: “I’d be lying if it wasn’t my biggest win to date. It’s the best player I’ve ever beaten.”

Donaldson, who originally connected with coach Taylor Dent via a phone call because he felt he needed to beef up his serve – and Dent was renowned for his monster serve as a former top 25 ATP star – served two aces in the last three points of the tiebreaker, which he won 7-1.

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Apr/15

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Sarasota Open 2015 begins

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After a couple of sets at Longwood Park, I headed about five miles east on University to check out the new location for the Sarasota Open, which will be played this year for the first time at Lakewood Ranch Country Club.

On my way over I stop for lunch at Sweet Tomatoes and one of the young ladies working there, Natalia, happens to tell me she’s so excited to get a volunteer job next week for the Sarasota Open, she saw the sign, applied and got it. She was thrilled because she had no idea there was a pro tennis event here, until she saw the sign on University.

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Apr/15

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Healthy Snacks for Tennis Players

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If you’re a competitive tennis player you need to monitor what you eat and how much you eat. Playing a match at full strength and perfect health is hard enough as it is, if you’re not feeling well or have a bloated stomach, it will affect or ruin your performance.

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Novak Djokovic separated himself from Andy Murray by bageling his rival in the third set, to capture the Miami Open/Indian Wells sweep.

The way Djokovic distanced himself from Murray today reminded one of Usain Bolt pulling away from the world’s best sprinters at the Olympics. Or Muhammad Ali outclassing and dominating Jerry Quarry or Ernie Terrell.

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Serena Williams blasted 28 winners en route to a dominating 62 60 blowout of Carla Suarez Navarro, which is her eighth Miami Open title and 62nd title overall.

Suarez Navarro looked as helpless as a Mike Tyson knockout victim, watching winner after winner fly by her, too fast and too far out of her reach to even run after.

It’s the fifth time Serena has bested the 26 year old Spaniard who only won ten games in the previous four meetings.

After the match Carla said to Serena at the award ceremony: “To me you’re the best, number one right now.”

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Apr/15

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Carla Suarez Navarro Targets Queen Serena’s Throne…and Top Ranking

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I have to admit, before this week I didn’t know anything about Carla Suarez Navarro, never saw or read one of her interviews, just saw her play her unique and crafty game on TV a few times.

Let’s get to know the young lady from Canary Islands in Spain who will challenge defending Miami Open champion Serena Williams on Saturday afternoon.

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Apr/15

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I Apologize to Justin Gimelstob

10422074_934634776548692_9028433410728218268_nOnce in a while I have to apologize on Tennis-Prose.com for some of the things I say in previous blogs. Today is one of those days. I apologize for saying Vince Spadea was as good as Michael Chang and I apologize for ridiculing Izzie, John Isner, for choosing Gimel, Justin Gimelstob, as his coach. Even when I saw recently a picture of Gimel, dressed in his Tennis Channel announcing garb, conducting a practice with Izzie, I was obviously wrong in criticizing the New Jersey flash for being a faux coach.

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