jurgen melzer upsets roger federer in the monte carlo quarters



Not a fluke: Roger‘s likely as tired as we are to see this spun as Fed’s downward spiral. How about applauding Austrian Jurgen Melzer — a defending Roland Garros semifinalist — for the 6-4, 6-4 upset in the first major clay event of the year? (Flashback: This isn’t the first time Melzer’s served up a doozy.)

Draw: The other men through to the semis: Nadal (d. Ljubicic) faces Murray (d. Gil) and Melzer takes on Ferrer (who took out Troicki). More: Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters website.

Buy: Nike Men’s Roger Federer Trophy Tennis Top, in Concord (blue) or Tech Grey, $70.

even if only for that view…



…the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is definitely on our tennis bucket list.

This year’s quarterfinal match-ups are now set, with the top four seeds — that’s Nadal, Federer, Murray, and Ferrer — making their way through along with Ljubicic (who upset fifth seed Berdych), Melzer, Frederico Gil, and Troicki (Robredo retired with a left adductor injury while up a set).

Tomorrow, Troicki plays Ferrer, Melzer goes up against Federer, then it’s Nadal vs. Ljubicic and Murray vs. Gil. FYI, Nadal is gunning for his seventh straight title in Monte Carlo.

More: Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters website.

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ljubicic gains some traction in monte carlo



Ivan Ljubicic gets past the second round of an ATP event for the first time since early February with his upset of 12th-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Up next for the Croat is fifth seed Tomas Berdych; they’re both in Nadal‘s quarter.

That Li Ning green makes him blend in with the background. Maybe ninja stealth is the way to success? FYI, Ljubicic is now ranked 40th in the world. Yikes.

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you can buy joma (via the uk)



Thanks to reader Luke for this tip: Joma shirts can be picked up via UK Website Saltire Teamwear. They have this Joma “Pro” shirt in red/black/blue (pictured above) and in blue gold (seen here). Masochists can also pick up the half-baked shirt currently on Feli Lopez. They also have headbands, wristbands, and the rest of the Joma offerings.

Monte-Carlo: At this week’s clay event in Monte-Carlo, both Lopez and Granollers lost in all-Spanish beatdowns, with Granollers going down to Nicolas Almagro in the first and Feli bowing out to fourth seed Ferrer in the second round. Draw: See how the rest of the men are faring here.

Buy: Joma Pro Tennis Shirt, £21.99; Feliciano Lopez shirt, £24.99; Feli wristband, £4.99; Feli headband, £4.99.

for the spring, lacoste does us a solid



No frills: The men of Lacoste are dressed in simple, solid colors for their clay runs. At this week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Milos Raonic won the second-round battle of the messy ‘dos between him and Ernests Gulbis and next faces the winner of Feli/Ferrer; that’s all in the same quarter as Verdasco (and the same half as Federer). On the other side, Gasquet faces GG Lopez and a potentially third-rounder against top seed Nadal. (Draw: Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters)

Buy: Lacoste Short Sleeve Outlined Croc Pique Polo, $85, lacoste.com.

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