HEAD players Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Stanislas Wawrinka took to the clay in at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, securing spots in the final rounds of tournament play.
No. 3 seeded Djokovic lost a tough battle against World No. 1 Rafael Nadal for the Monte Carlo Master’s title on Sunday, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. Djokovic gained momentum in the second set, pressuring Nadal’s serve and forcing him to drop a set for the first time in this event since 2006. Leading up to his match against Nadal, Djokovic defeated fellow HEAD player Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals and no. 7 Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Djokovic plays with HEAD’s brand new YOUTEK Speed Pro.
Wawrinka, who plays with a MicroGel Prestige MP, pulled off a huge upset beating fellow countryman and no. 2 Roger Federer 6-4, 7-5 in the third round of the Masters. He defeated Germany’s Andreas Beck 6-2, 6-4 before meeting Djokovic in the semis.
HEAD player Andy Murray faced Nadal in the semifinals, playing his best tennis ever on clay. Nadal defeated Murray in two sets 6-2, 7-6(1). In the previous round, Murray won against Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(1), 6-4. Murray plays with a MicroGel Radical MP.
In the doubles competition, HEAD pro Nenad Zimonjic won the finals with partner Daniel Nestor against No. 1 duo Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-1.
Italian HEAD player Roberta Vinci, who plays with the new MicroGel Extreme with Teflon® polymer conquered the title of Barcelona winning against No. 6 seeded Maria Kirilenko 6-0, 6-4. On her way to the finals, she could beat No. 2 seeded Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-2. The victory in Barcelona marked her second career title – the first one in 2009.