This Week In Tennis
Q. How happy are you after this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: Have been a very important week for me. Is obvious, I say at the beginning of the season, I feel myself much better than the year before.
If you don't confirm that with results...
The victory here confirms that I am better and I am very happy, no? Is very, very emotional week for me, very important event. Probably Monte-Carlo is one of the most important places in my career without any doubt.
Win again here after three years is something so special for me. So very happy for that.
I am enjoying emotionally.
Q. Often when two Frenchmen play, it's you who is able to play well. But today you didn't succeed. That's rare for you.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: It's true that it didn't happen to me too often to totally miss my match against another French player or not to make it difficult for them.
In general, the score is tighter. It's rare that I totally miss a match like I did today.
But coming out of the court, I think the week was positive. I have a good series, and after the American tour, I believe I'm in a good place. Sometimes, of course, things don't go your way, and this is what happened today. But I'm happy for Gael. He's playing very well right now. The fact that this match was short gives him a chance of being fresh tomorrow. It's bad for me, but it's good for him, I'd say. It's good for our group, that we are all playing well, that we are all emulating each other.
Q. After the first brilliant two sets, we thought the third might be a fight, too. Were you impressed?
GAEL MONFILS: No, I'm not impressed. You're not impressed. You're just submissive to his power. Suddenly in the third set he increased his power and accelerated and you just don't cope.
You feel good. But when the other player is the best, you have to recognize it. Of course, you can see the score, 6-Love. He was a lot better. He was relaxed, hitting hard. I felt he was really in control. He felt good. He was hitting harder.
He had his prey. All the more so that it was a final. For me it was tougher, of course. Congratulations to him.
Q. Sky TV seemed to time Rafa taking 31 seconds between points. There seemed to be quite a sharp exchange at one point. Is that what your were complaining about?
ANDY MURRAY: There were a few things that happened in the match. Obviously towards the end, he got the time violation for obviously taking too long in that last game.
There were a few things during the match. You guys were watching. And, yeah, you can draw your own conclusions from it.
I don't know how much of a bearing any of that had on the outcome. But that stuff always happens during matches. You know, it doesn't always influence the outcome.
But, you know, when you're losing at the end, it's easy to get frustrated at things. That was it.
- RISING: Tsonga (+2 to #7), Monfils (+2 to #14), Granollers (+17 to #50), Berankis (+18 to #62), Pouille (+10 to #72), Dzumhur (+17 to #82), Herbert (+7 to #88)
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