My second clay tournament of the season was in Monte Carlo, one of the nicest tournaments in the world. There a lot of tennis fans visiting the tournament and normally the weather is fantastic. The latter however didnÂ´t apply this time. It was quite cold and lots of matches got suspended due to rain. My first and third match got delayed due to the weather but I was able to finish both on the same day. A tennis player needs to be quite flexible and show adaptability with weather like this.Â
That I survived my first roundmatch, was due to bad luck for my opponent. It is never nice to see a fellow player on the tour getting injured, in particular a player like Juan Monaco. He is a very nice guy and in great shape right now. He was close to achieving a career best ranking and entering the top 10.
One month ago, I sprained my ankle at my first round match in Miami. Fortunately, I was able to keep on playing. Monaco was not that fortunate but I hope that it wonÂ´t be long before he can play again. I wish him all the best in his recovery and hope to see him at the Grand Slams in the summer.Â
After my â€œluckâ€, I won against Fognini and Bellucci. I played well in my third round match and was very pleased with my victory.Â With this result, I achieved two milestones: a third round and simultaneously a quarter-final of a Masters 1000-tournament.Â
With my good result at Monte Carlo, I have a chance to improve my career best ranking but more importantly, I have qualified for the London Olympics! Although the Games are not really on my mind yet, I am thrilled that I will fulfill the qualification criteria.Â
For upcoming weeks, I certainly hope I continue to play well. There are so many things to improve, but I need to stay patient and keep on working hard on and off the court, to raise my basic game. Since Casablanca, I am working with a physiotherapist (who also acts as a fitness coach) who is travelling with me and my coach Dennis Schenk. He needs to help me to progress further. I will tell you more about my physical workouts in another blog.