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Juan Mónaco (born March 29, 1984 in Tandil), nicknamed "Pico", is a male tennis player from Argentina. He has won eight singles titles and reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 10 in July 2012.
Published Date : 1/26/2015
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Juan Mónaco

Full name Juan Mónaco
Country Argentina
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina

March 29, 1984

Tandil, Argentina

Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2002

Right-handed (two-handed 


Prize money $6,217,090



Juan Mónaco














Juan Mónaco:

Juan Mónaco (born March 29, 1984 in Tandil), nicknamed "Pico", is a male tennis player from Argentina. He has won eight singles titles and reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 10 in July 2012.


Monaco comes from a Native Argentine background and he started playing tennis at the age of six. His father, Héctor, is a businessman, while his mother, Cristina, is an architect. He has two siblings. He enjoys spending time at home in Tandil with family and friends. His favorite sports to follow are football and basketball. His favorite teams are Estudiantes de La Plata and the San Antonio Spurs. His favorite surface is clay. He counts Andre Agassi and countryman Mariano Zabaleta as his heroes. He also enjoys going to the cinema. His favorite movies are Gladiator and 300. He is also a fan of The Lord of the Rings books. Monaco used to be mentored by Luis Lobo of Argentina. Since the latter part of the 2010 season, Monaco has been coached by Mariano Zabaleta. He added Gastón Etlis to his coaching team in February 2011. 


In 2002, Monaco made his pro circuit debut. On February 12 he won his first Tournament in Jamaica F20, Montego Bay by defeating Francisco Rodriguez of Paraguay. He ended the year ranked no. 470 in the singles. In 2003, Monaco reached six finals finishing as runner-up in two events in Jamaica F3, Montego Bay losing to American Wayne Odesnik and in Argentina F6, Buenos Aires losing to compatriot Diego Moyano. He however won four which were all in Clay of his six finals he won in Jamaica F4, Montego Bay, in Bolivia F1, La Paz, in Argentina F1, Buenos Aires defeating and in Uruguay F2, Uruguay defeating Dmitri Sitak of Russia, and his compatriots Matias O'Neille, Carlos Berlocq, and Ignacio González King respectively. he ended the year ranked at 324 in singles.


Monaco started 2004 by winning in São Paulo–1, Brazil defeating Adrián García of Chile. He also made his ATP Debut in his home of Buenos Aires, Argentina in the 2004 Argentina Open where he reached the Quarterfinals (l. Guillermo Coria). He followed it up with a Third Round result in his first Master Series event in the 2004 NASDAQ-100 Open losing to Paradorn Srichaphan. He made his Grand Slam debut in the 2004 French Open as a Qualifier losing in the Second Round to eventual finalist and compatriot Guillermo Coria. He also reached the Quarterfinals of 2004 Swedish Open losing to Chilean Fernando González. He got his best result of the year in the ATP circuit reaching his first Semifinals in 2004 Idea Prokom Open in Sopot (l. to José Acasuso) and 2004 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia in Paloma (l. to Filippo Volandri). He also made his 2004 US Open debut but lost to compatriot Gastón Gaudio in the First Round. He ended the year inside the top 100 for the first time ranked no. 73 in singles.


In 2005, Monaco made his 2005 Australian Open debut, losing in the First Round to American Mardy Fish 6–2, 0–6, 4–6, 6–4, 7–9. He reached the Second Round of the 2005 Pacific Life Open and Quarterfinals in 2005 BMW Open, both times losing to compatriot David Nalbandian. He reached his first ATP finals in Casablanca at the 2005 Grand Prix Hassan II but lost to compatriot Mariano Puerta. He reached the second Round of 2005 Internazionali BNL d'Italia and 2005 Hamburg Masters losing to Guillermo Cañas and Jirí Novák respectively. He lost in First Round of the 2005 French Open to Sébastien Grosjean. He made his Wimbledon Debut losing to future Australian Open champion Serbian Novak Djokovic. However he got his first top 20 win, defeating Spaniard David Ferrer, but lost the next Round to Tomáš Zíb in the 2005 Mercedes Cup Open. He reached the Quarterfinals in Vietnam Open losing to Radek Štepánek. He ended the year 12 places lower than the previous year, at no. 85.


In 2006, Monaco recorded 3 First Round exits at the first 2 months in ATP Buenos Aires, Movistar Open, and Adelaide and Second Round exits at the Australian Open and 2006 Medibank International. However he rebounded by reaching the Semifinals in Brasil Open losing to Nicolás Massú of Chile. Following the Semifinals appearance he lost four straight matches at the ATP circuit in Abierto Mexicano Telcel, 2006 NASDAQ-100 Open, 2006 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships and Grand Prix Hassan II. He also lost in the First Round of 2006 Internazionali BNL d'Italia losing to veteran French player Fabrice Santoro and lost in the Second Round of the 2006 Hamburg Masters losing to Robin Söderling. Following the lost Monaco achieved great results the next four weeks. Reaching the quarterfinals in Poertschach (l. to Luis Horna), the Third Round of 2006 Roland Garros (l. to Ivan Ljubicic), Semifinals of the 2006 Mercedes Cup (l. to José Acasuso). Following the Semifinals appearance he lost four matches in a row again a Second Round lost in the Orange Warsaw Open (l. to Nikolay Davydenko) and First Round lost in the 2006 US Open, BCR Open Romania, and Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open. He reached the Third Round of AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships losing to Jarkko Nieminen. He ended the year ranked number 69 in singles. In the doubles he made two Semifinals appearance in the 2007 Brasil Open partnering compatriot Agustín Calleri and in the 2007 Mercedes Cup partnering José Acasuso.


2007 was Monaco's most successful year. Monaco started the year with a Quarterfinal appearance of the 2007 Heineken Open losing to compatriot Agustín Calleri. He also reached the Quarterfinals of the 2007 Brasil Open losing to another compatriot Juan Ignacio Chela. Monaco enters his home tournament of 2007 Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires as world ranked no. 66, and exited with his first ATP title dominating Alessio di Mauro in the finals in straight sets with the score 6–1, 6–2. However he exited in the First Rounds of his next three tournament in the 2007 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, 2007 Indian Wells Masters and a challenger event Sunrise. He reached the second round of the 2007 Miami Masters losing to David Ferrer. He also reached the Quarterfinals in 2007 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships losing to American James Blake and in 2007 Estoril Open (l. to Paul-Henri Mathieu). He qualified for Hamburg Masters but lost to no. 1 seed and eventual champion Roger Federer in the Second Round in three tight sets 3–6, 6–2, 4–6. Following his good performance against Federer, he went to compete in 2007 Hypo Group Tennis International in Pörtschach and won the title against French Player Gaël Monfils 7–6, 6–0. In the 2007 Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart he lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets 1–6, 3–6 in the Quarterfinals. He won his third title of the year in the 2007 Austrian Open[4] in Kitzbühel after defeating the no. 1 seed Tommy Robredo in the Quarterfinals 6–2, 2–6, 6–2 and Potito Starace in the Finals 5–7, 6–3, 6–4. in 2007 Cincinnati Masters he defeated a player in the top 5 for the first time and the highest ranked player he has defeated the world ranked no. 2 at the time Rafael Nadal[5] 7–6, 4–1 RET, before losing to Sam Querrey in the Third Round. He also reached the Quarterfinals of 2007 Stockholm Open where he lost to Tommy Haas and the Third Round of 2007 Madrid Masters after revenging his lost against Tommy Haas in the Second Round winning 6–4, 7–5. In the Grand Slams, Monaco lost in the First Rounds of the 2007 Australian Open and 2007 Wimbledon losing to Nicolas Mahut and Kristof Vliegen respectively. Although, he reached the Fourth Round in the 2007 French Open and 2007 US Open, losing to former French Open Champion Guillermo Cañas and Novak Djokovic. These results are the farthest he has gone at Grand Slams. He ended the year ranked 23, his highest year-end rank.


In 2008, Monaco started the year with a Semifinal appearance at the 2008 Heineken Open losing to German Philipp Kohlschreiber 2-6, 1-6. He also reached the Third Round of the 2008 Australian Open the furthest he has reached so far, losing to Tomáš Berdych 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(5-7), 2-6. In his first tournament after the Australian Open, he reached the final of the 2008 Movistar Open.[6] He was scheduled to play Fernando González in the final, but Gonzalez was granted a walkover due to a left ankle injury sustained by Monaco during the doubles final. Despite this, his performance during the week elevated Monaco to a career high ranking of world number 14. At the 2008 Copa Telmex as the defending champion, Monaco lost in the first round. Shortly afterwards he lost in the second round of the 2008 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco. He also reached the Third Round of both 2008 Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells losing to Guillermo Cañas 3-6, 7-6(7-1), 2-6 and 2008 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami losing to Mario Ancic 6-7(5-7), 6-4, 1-6. He represented Argentina in the Davis Cup Quarter-final Clash against Sweden and won his only match against Thomas Johansson 6–3, 6–3. He reached the Quarter-finals of 2008 Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana and Second Round of 2008 Monte Carlo Masters and 2008 Rome Masters losing to Nicolás Almagro and Igor Andreev respectively. He also reached the Third Round of 2008 Hamburg Masters losing to Andreas Seppi 0-6, 3-6 and the Finals[7] of 2008 Hypo Group Tennis International losing to no. 1 seed Nikolay Davydenko 2-6, 6-2, 2-6. He reached the Semifinals of 2008 Orange Warsaw Open losing to Tommy Robredo 4-6, 4-6. At the Beijing Olympics Monaco lost to Marin Cilic in three tight sets 4–6, 7–6(7-5), 3–6, followed by successive defeats at the 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis and the 2008 US Open. He fell in the first rounds of the 2008 Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid losing to Radek Štepánek 1-6, 1-6 and the 2008 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon to Gilles Simon 6-2, 4-6, 1-6. He reached the Second Round of both the 2008 Stockholm Open and the 2008 BNP Paribas Masters after qualifying for both tournaments. Monaco ended the year ranked 46 in the world, 23 places lower than his year-end ranking in 2007. In doubles Monaco started the year with a win in the 2008 Heineken Open partnering Luis Horna. He reached the Semifinals of 2008 US Open losing to Lukáš Dlouhý & Leander Paes, the final of the 2008 Movistar Open and won the 2008 Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana all partnering fellow Argintenian Máximo González.


In 2009, Monaco started the year in 2009 Heineken Open losing to Serbian Viktor Troicki in the Second Round and a Quarterfinal appearance in the 2009 Movistar Open. He lost in the First Rounds of 2009 Brasil Open, the 2009 Australian Open and Acapulco. He reached his first finals of the year in Buenos Aires at the 2009 Copa Telmex losing to Tommy Robredo in a tight three setter 5–7, 6–2, 6–7. In the doubles He reached the Third Round of the 2009 Australian Open and the Finals of 2009 Brasil Open both partnering Lucas Arnold Ker Juan Mónaco in the Second Round of 2009 French Open He represented Argentina in the Davis Cup defeating Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands. He also reached the Second Round of the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open losing to Andy Murray after winning the first set 6–4, 3–6, 2–6. He also reached the third round of 2009 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters losing to German Andreas Beck 6–3, 2–6, 5–7 after defeating Tommy Robredo 6–2, 6–4 in the Second Round and the 2009 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell losing to Fernando González after defeating Marat Safin in the First Round. He reached his first Masters Quarterfinals at the 2009 Internazionali BNL d'Italia entering as a Qualifier beating Andy Murray  in the Second Round 1–6, 6–3, 7–5 Marin Cilic in the Third Round 6–4, 6–4 then losing to Fernando González 6–2, 3–6, 4–6. He also reached the Round of 16 at the 2009 Estoril Open and the 2009 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open where he faced three Spaniards losing to Fernando Verdasco after defeating Feliciano López and David Ferrer. He also represented Argentina along with Juan Martín del Potro and Máximo González at the 2009 ARAG World Team Cup where he won his only singles match against Serbian Janko Tipsarevic. He reached the Second Round of Roland Garros losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He lost in the first round of Wimbledon still failing to capture his first win at the Slam losing to Nicolás Almagro 7–6, 7–6, 6–7, 4–6, 6–8 a match that lasted almost four hours long. He represented Argentina once again in the Quarterfinal of the 2009 Davis Cup against Czech Republic losing both his matches. He then competed in the 2009 Swedish Open defeating eight seed Máximo González 7–6, 3–6, 6–1 and dominating his next three matches against Victor Crivoi 6–0, 7–6 no. 1 seed Fernando Verdasco 6–1 3–1RET, and no. 3 seed and defending Champion Tommy Robredo 6–0, 6–2 before losing to Robin Söderling in the Finals[9] 3–6, 6–7. In the 2009 International German Open he defeated Mikhail Youzhny 7–6, 6–3 and José Acasuso 6–1 1–1ret. He then lost to David Ferrer in the Third Round 6–4, 5–7, 2–6. Monaco will compete directly in the 2009 US Open without competing in any events in 2009 US Open Series. He lost to eventual champion Juan Martín del Potro 6–3, 6–3, 6–1 in the first Round of the 2009 US Open. At the 2009 BCR Open Romania Monaco reached his 3rd finals of the year but once again ending as runner-up to Albert Montañés 7–6, 7–6 after defeating qualifiers Júlio Silva and Pere Riba, 8th seed Pablo Cuevas and German Simon Greul respectively. respectively. Because of this final appearance he will end the year with 29 wins in clay, the most wins in the year in Clay out of any other players. In the 2009 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships and retired against Ernests Gulbis 6–3, 4–1 ret in the second round after defeating Guillermo García-López 5–0 ret. He the lost to Victor Troicki 6–1, 6–2 in the first round of 2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000. He lost to Joachim Johansson 6–4, 6–4 after defeating Jan Hernych 6–2, 5–7, 7–5 in the first round of the 2009 If Stockholm Open.He is currently competing in the 2009 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon as the fourth seed he was upset by Michaël Llodra 6–3, 6–4 in the second round after defeating Frenchman Josselin Ouanna 6–3, 6–2 in 60 minutes converting 6 of 10 break points in the first round. He lost in the second round of 2009 Valencia Open 500 to Nikolay Davydenko 6–3, 7–5 after failing to convert of his breaks of serve, He defeated Martín Vassallo Argüello in the match prior 6–3, 6–2. He then lost to Novak Djokovic 6–3, 7–5 despite leading 5–3 in the second set, after defeating Jérémy Chardy 7–6, 7–5 in the 2009 BNP Paribas Masters. This was his last tournaments, reaching three finals the most since winning 3 titles in 2007, He ended the year at no. 30 and the most clay court wins.


Monaco started 2010 with the Heineken Open, where he defeated Horacio Zeballos 6–3, 6–0 in the first round but lost to eventual champion John Isner in three sets 5–7, 6–4, 6–3. He lost to 6th-seed Nikolay Davydenko in the third round of the 2010 Australian Open 6–0, 6–3, 6–4, having defeated Ernests Gulbis 6–3, 7–6, 6–1 and Michaël Llodra 3–6, 3–6, 7–6, 6–1, 6–3. He lost to Thomaz Bellucci 6–2, 0–6, 6–4 in the Finals of the 2010 Movistar Open after defeating Nicolas Massú 6–3, 6–4, Juan Ignacio Chela 6–3, 7–5, Peter Luczak 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, and João Souza 6–1, 6–4 respectively. He lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semifinals of the 2010 Copa Telmex 6–2, 7–6 just hours after defeating Horacio Zeballos 7–5, 6–1 in the quarterfinals, where he did not face a single break point, he also defeated Juan Ignacio Chela 7–6, 4–6, 6–2 in the second round and Lukasz Kubot 6–4, 7–6. He lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semifinals of the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, retiring with an abdominal strain after losing the first set 7–5 after receiving treatment at 5–4. Monaco led 4–2 in one stage of the first set. He defeated top seed Fernando Verdasco 7–5, 6–3 in the quarterfinals, Juan Ignacio Chela 6–4, 7–6 for the second time in as many weeks and Alberto Martín 6–7, 7–5, 6–2. He defeated Fabio Fognini 6–4, 7–5 in the second round of the 2010 BNP Paribas Open. He then faced Juan Carlos Ferrero in the third round; this was their third straight meeting, with Ferrero prevailing in the other two. He upset Ferrero for the first time as he won 7–6, 3–6, 6–3 in a match than lasted over 3 hours. He then defeated Guillermo García-López 3–6, 6–2, 6–1 converting 6 of 6 break points thus reaching his first hardcourt Master Series quarterfinals. He then lost to eventual champion Ivan Ljubicic in a three-set match by 4–6, 6–2, 6–1, in the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open where he lost to Fernando González 6–7, 6–4, 6–2, failing to convert several break points in the second set after defeating Marsel Ilhan 6–2, 7–5 in the second round.


Monaco began his 2011 season at the 2011 Heineken Open as the 5th seed, but was upset by Adrian Mannarino. At the first Grand Slam of the year the Australian Open, he was upset by Robin Haase 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6–2 in the second round. At the South American Clay season, he fell in the first round of 2011 Movistar Open to Máximo González 6–4, 3–6, 6–4 and the quarterfinals of the 2011 Copa Claro and 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel losing to Stanislas Wawrinka and David Ferrer respectively. At the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, he was upset by American qualifier Ryan Sweeting 6–1, 0–6, 6–1 in the second round after receiving a bye in the first round. At the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, he fell to 3rd seed Roger Federer in the third round. At the European Clay Season, Monaco didn't have a lot of success. At the 2011 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4–6, 6–3, 6–2. He then fell in the second round 2011 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell falling to Simone Vagnozzi 6–3, 6–2. He then lost to Feliciano López in the first round of 2011 Serbia Open 6–4, 7–5. At the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open and 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia losing to Tomáš Berdych in both occasions in the third round and second round, respectively. He then represented Argentina at the 2011 Power Horse World Team Cup, where they fell in the final to Germany. At Roland Garros, Monaco suffered a first round exit at the hands of Fernando Verdasco 6–2, 7–5, 4–6, 6–4. At Wimbledon, he lost in five sets 4–6, 6–2, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4 to Mikhail Youzhny in the first round. He then represented Argentina at the 2011 Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan and won both his matches. He then had to withdraw in the second round 2011 Swedish Open due to a foot injury. At the 2011 International German Open, he reached the third round losing to Florian Mayer 7–5, 7–5. He then fell early at the 2011 Rogers Cup and 2011 Western & Southern Open. He then played at the 2011 Winston-Salem Open losing to Andy Roddick 6–1, 6–4 in the quarterfinals. Monaco reached the fourth round of the US Open before losing to Federer 6–1, 6–2, 6–0. He then lost 3 back-to-back matches starting with the 2011 Davis Cup Semifinal, in a dead rubber he retired to Janko Tipsarevic after losing the first set 6–2, and the first rounds of 2011 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships and 2011 Shanghai Rolex Masters. He then reached his first final in over a year and a half at the 2011 Valencia Open 500, but lost to Marcel Granollers 6–2, 4–6, 7–6 after upsetting Nicolás Almagro 6–4, 3–6, 6–4 in the first round and David Ferrer 7–5, 1–6, 6–3 in the semifinals. He then continued his success at the 2011 BNP Paribas Masters, with wins over Gilles Simon and Mardy Fish before losing to Roger Federer in the quarterfinals 6–3, 7–5. He finished 26 in the world.


Monaco began his 2012 campaign at the 2012 Australian Open as the 25th seed, but was upset by Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round. He then competed in the 2012 VTR Open as the top seed. He received a first-round bye, then defeated Igor Andreev, Albert Montañés, Jérémy Chardy, and finally Carlos Berlocq in the final. This was his fourth title and first since 2007, It also ended his seven consecutive runner-up finishes. He then represented Argentina against Germany in the first round of the Davis Cup and won his only match against Philipp Petzschner. He then played at the 2012 Copa Claro, losing to compatriot David Nalbandian. He then retired in his first-round match at the 2012 Abierto Mexicano Telcel due to dehydration against Albert Ramos. At the first Masters of the year, the 2012 BNP Paribas Open, he fell in the third round to eventual finalist John Isner. At the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, he fell to world no. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic in his second Masters semifinals, after wins over Lu Yen-hsun, 14th seed Gaël Monfils, 31st seed Andy Roddick, and 8th seed Mardy Fish. This performance pushed him to no. 16 in the world, his highest ranking since May 2008. He then played in the 2012 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships as the 4th seed and wild card. He beat Tatsuma Ito, Kevin Anderson, and Michael Russell to advance to the final. In the final, he faced second seed John Isner and won, to claim his second title of the year and fifth overall. He also matched his career-high ranking of no. 14 in the world after the win. He then played at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he retired due to a right ankle injury in his first-round match against Robin Haase while leading by a break in the third. The injury also forced him to withdraw from the Barcelona Open and the Mutua Madrid Open. He was seeded 14th in Rome and won his first two matches against Adrian Ungur, and Radek Štepánek, before losing to defending champion and world no. 1 Novak Djokovic. At the French Open, he first faced Frenchman Guillaume Rufin. He then cruised passed Lukáš Rosol. In the third round he had a tough match against the big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic and converted 3/16 break points and saved all break points he faced, the Argentinian won the match. He made it to the fourth round, where he lost to Rafael Nadal.  He was broken twice in the first set and pulled a double bagel in the second and third, although he had a couple of break opportunities of his own in the second. Monaco during his match with Viktor Troicki, on Day 5 of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, he finally notched his first career win on grass by beating compatriot Leonardo Mayer in the first round. He then followed it up with a win over Jérémy Chardy. In the third round, he lost to Viktor Troicki despite leading the 1st set by a break and coming back from a break in the second. Juan Mónaco then played the 2012 MercedesCup, he cruised past Tobias Kamke and Pavol Cervenák in straight sets after receiving a bye in the first round. He then faced Guillermo García-López and was leading 5–0 in the third set; he then lost 5 games in a row but eventually won 7–5. In the final he lost to top seed Janko Tipsarevic, even after coming back from 1–4 in the second and had momentum in the third. He then played at the 2012 International German Open, he first met Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in the first round and won in three tight sets, being down 5–4 in the final set with Stebe serving for the match. He then won in straight sets against Daniel Muñoz de la Nava and Jérémy Chardy. In the semifinals he faced top seed Nicolás Almagro losing the first set, he came back and won the second. He was down 4–2 in the third but won the last 4 games to advance to the final. In the final he faced local man and wild card Tommy Haas and won being 4–1 down in the first. With the win he entered the top ten for the first time in his career.  He then played the Summer Olympics defeating David Goffin before losing to Feliciano López in the following round. He then suffered 4 loses in a row, losing in the second round of 2012 Rogers Cup to Mardy Fish, first round of the 2012 Western & Southern Open to Radek Štepánek, first round of the 2012 US Open to Guillermo García-López despite bring with two sets and a break up. He lost his fourth match in a row in the 2012 Davis Cup to Tomáš Berdych, Monaco led 4-2 in the fourth set and came back on serve after being down 4-0 in the fifth. At the 2012 Proton Malaysian Open he defeated Jimmy Wang, and Vasek Pospisil. In the semifinals, he defeated Kei Nishikori after coming back 5-2 in the final set. In the final he faced Julien Benneteau and claimed his first hard court title. He lost to Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the 2012 Shanghai Masters. 


He lost the first round at Australian Open to Andrey Kuznetsov 6-7(3-7), 1-6, 1-6 suffering with a back injury.  He then continued to play singles in Davis Cup against Germany where he won both matches defeating Florian Mayer 6-7(4-7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and Tobias Kamke 6-4, 7-6(7-2) and his team won 5-0.[15] In doubles he played with Rafael Nadal in his comeback and reached the final of the VTR Open losing to Italians Paolo Lorenzi and Potito Starace. Monaco made 5 first round exits in the main draw of ATP events. In the Davis Cup quarterfinals against France, he hit back with a solid win over Gilles Simon in the 2nd rubber 7-6(7-2), 6-2, 6-4 but lost his second match Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 3-6, 0-6. He was the defending champion at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships but in a rematch of last year's final, this time he lost to John Isner 6-1, 4-6, 4-6. He then followed it up with a 3rd round showing at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 2-6, 2-6. At the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, he was able to reached the quarterfinal, losing to Nicolas Almagro 3-6, 5-7. However, he fell early at the Mutua Madrid Open and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. However, Mónaco bounced back beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3 to win the inaugural Power Horse Cup, which was his first title of the 2013.  But in his next match at the French Open he lost in the first round to Daniel Gimeno-Traver having led by two sets to love 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(4-7), 4-6, 4-6, meaning he had failed to win a single Grand Slam match since first entering the top ten in the world rankings. Monaco ended this run at Wimbledon in 2013 by reaching the third round for the second year in succession, where he was defeated by Kenny de Schepper in 4-6, 6-7(8-10), 4-6. He then made three consecutive quarterfinal appearance at the Swedish Open losing to Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 2-6, International German Open losing to Nicolás Almagro 6-4, 0-6, 3-6, and at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad losing to Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 4-6, 6-7(7-9). He reached his second final of the year at the Bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel but lost to Marcel Granollers 6-0, 6-7(3=7), 4-6 in the final.  He then withdrew from the Rogers Cup and lost in the second round of the Western & Southern Open to Novak Djokovic 5-7, 2-6. At the Winston-Salem Open he lost in the third round Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 3-6, 3-6. At the US Open he retired in the first round with a stomach ache and headache against Florian Mayer down 4-6, 2-6, 0-3. In the Davis Cup Semifinal against Czech Republic, he lost his only match against Radek Štepánek 6-7(3-7), 3-6, 2-6. In his final tournament at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships of the year at the losing to Jarkko Nieminen 6-7(4-7), 1-6. Mónaco withdrew from events for the rest of the year due to a wrist injury. As a result, he ended the year in No.42.


Monaco fail to win consecutively until May in Düsseldorf where he was the defending champion. He reach the quarterfinals after beating Benjamin Becker and Marcel Granollers. After the tournament his ranking was drop to 76 due to the defending points. At Gstaad he won over Guillermo García-López and Robin Haase on way to the final, where he was beaten by Pablo Andújar. At the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters he defeated João Sousa and egith-seeded Milos Raonic to reach third round, where he lost to Mikhail Youzhny.


Monaco wears adidas sportswear, and plays with a Yonex VCore Xi 98 racquet.

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