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Monte Carlo results a forecast for the rest of the clay season?

If anything, the Monte Carlo Masters was a microcosm of Roger Federer's topsy-turvy season. Conversely, Rafael Nadal's championship amplified his unbeatable clay status. And the antipathy toward Novak Djokovic, after another withdrawal, only worsened.

Originally Published: April 29, 2008
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

Monte Carlo's final year as a mandatory Masters Series event also proved to be mandatory television viewing for tennis die-hards last week -- viewing that was, for many of us in North America, easier than watching the big tournaments on our own continent last month, thanks to the current vagaries of tennis broadcasting.

Roger Federer's fortunes continued to be tracked more microscopically than the financial Fed's interest rate moves, resulting in some frantic gyrations in market opinion ...

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