Novak Djokovic lost today to Dominic Thiem. It went three sets. Nice match. Wouldn’t have been able to pay much attention had I watched it from the stands. The Monte Carlo Masters is the prettiest sporting event on Earth: rich clay, clean skies, jewel seas. Take in this visual feast prepared by Getty photographer Julian Finney, who is having a better week than you.

Here’s Thiem shot from the classic angle:

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The court is nestled in a nook on the damn Mediterranean Sea.

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Here’s Kei Nishikori during a sensual wardrobe change, very much In The Mood For Tennis.

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Here’s Rafa eyeing a serve on clean geometric backdrop fit for Richie Tenenbaum.

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Even Novak’s misery looks great.

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A bird at dusk. Also Gilles MĂĽller.

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Bonk.

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Some satisfying clods. Love a good clod.

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You can’t afford to attend this tournament.