Victories in Monte Carlo and Rome were huge for Rafa who needs a good clay build up to boost the confidence before Roland Garros where the memories of last year where his season fell apart will be all too strong.
Big scalps yes, but there were also clay court tournament wins for Stanislas Wawrinka (Casablanca), Fernando Verdasco (Barcelona) and old stalwart Juan Ignacio Chela (Houston).
Right now, Nadal faces Roger in the Madrid masters final – the last real pointer before Paris. Fed has been a little poor on the red/green stuff this year, he needs this title just as much as Nadal.
The women’s events have seen victories for the season’s in form players such as Wozniacki (Florida), Stosur (Charleston) and Henin (Stuttgart) as well as the clay specialists – Schiavone (Barcelona) and Martinez Sanchez (Rome). There was also a second career title win for Iveta Benesova in Morocco.
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