April on the ATP World Tour calendar sees a shift to the red clay courts of Europe, with ATP Masters 1000 events kicking off in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome. Ahead of the live action, we take a look back at some of the best matches on the dirt from 2017…
1) Rafael Nadal v Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Monte Carlo
The 2017 Monte Carlo final saw Rafael Nadal take on surprise finalist Albert Ramos-Vinolas in an all-Spanish affair. Victory for Nadal would see him crowned Monte Carlo champion for a record-breaking 10th time, and would also see him surpass Guillermo Vilas’ tally of 49 career clay-court titles. In contrast, Albert Ramos-Vinolas was competing in his first ATP Masters 1000 final, and was looking for a first win over his compatriot. Watch the full replay now.
2) Kyle Edmund v Rafael Nadal, Monte-Carlo
Kyle Edmund and Rafael Nadal faced off for the first time in their careers last year in Monte Carlo. How would the young Brit fair against the greatest clay-court player of all time? Watch the full replay now.
3) Alexander Zverev v Novak Djokovic, Rome
The 2017 Internazionali BNL d’Italia final in Rome saw young German Alexander Zverev bidding to win a first ATP Masters 1000 title. Standing in his way would be four-time champion and World No.2 Novak Djokovic. Was the Next Gen ATP star up to the challenge? Watch the full replay now.
4) Borna Coric v Andy Murray, Madrid
20-year-old Borna Coric had got the better of World No.1 Andy Murray back in 2015 when he ousted the Scot in straight sets at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Despite coming into their Madrid clash ranked 58 places below his opponent, the young Croat would hoping for a similar turn of events. Watch the full replay now.
5) David Goffin v Novak Djokovic, Monte Carlo
Prior to their quarter-final meeting in Monte Carlo, the head-to-head between Novak Djokovic and David Goffin read 5-0 in favour of the Serb. Could Goffin turn the tables? Watch the full replay now.
6) Rafael Nadal v David Goffin, Madrid
Just a few weeks after battling it out in the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, four-time champion Rafael Nadal and Belgian David Goffin met once again in the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open. It proved to be a memorable clash and one definitely worthy of another viewing! Watch the full replay now.
7) Stan Wawrinka v Mischa Zverev, Geneva
With the 2017 French Open just around the corner, the Geneva Open provided players with a last opportunity to fine tune their game ahead of the second Grand Slam of the year. Relive all the action now as home favourite Stan Wawrinka took on Mischa Zverev in the final. Watch the full replay now.
8) Dominic Thiem v Andy Murray, Barcelona
World number one Andy Murray proved critics wrong in 2016 when he reached the final of Roland Garros for the first time in his career. He would be looking to emulate such form when he faced-off against No.4 seed Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Watch the full replay now.
9) Karen Khachanov v David Goffin, Barcelona
20-year-old Russian Karen Khachanov was looking to cause one of the biggest upsets of the tournament when he took on fifth seed David Goffin in Barcelona. Watch the full replay now.
10) Dominic Thiem v Rafael Nadal, Rome
Rafael Nadal came into his quarter-final clash against Dominic Thiem on a 17-match winning streak, which had seen him so far undefeated on European clay-courts in 2017. The Spaniard had got the better of the Austrian just five days earlier in the Madrid final, and would hoping that history would repeat itself when the two squared off in Rome. Watch the full replay now.
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