Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spain Make Smooth Progress To Quarterfinals With Verdasco-Lopez Doubles Win

The last ditch fight by Belgian pair Olivier Rochus and Steve Darcis was strong but the doubles pairing of best friends Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco ultimately proved too strong. The Spanish duos 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 win gave Spain an unbeatable 3-0 lead and a position in the quarterfinals where they will play the winner of USA V Chile.

In a match that suffered a 'lights out' moment when some of the stadium lights stopped working, Verdasco and Lopez proved to be the more experienced pair under the pressure of Davis Cup, going in for the kill whenever the opportunity presented itself.

Bryan Brothers To The Rescue In USA V Chile Davis Cup Tie

The best doubles team in the world, Bob and Mike Bryan, have defeated Nicolas Massu and Jorge Aguilar 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 in 2 hours 18 minutes to give America a more hopeful 2-1 scoreline after big John Isner was surprised in five sets by Paul Capdeville.

The win marked the brothers 17th win in 20 Davis Cup doubles matches, their first under new team Captain Jim Courier.

Argentina Sweep Romania Off The Court With 3-0 Victory

After a dramatic first day of play, Argentinians Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank defeated Victor Hanescu and Horia Tecau 6-2, 7-6, 6-1 in the doubles rubber giving Argentina an unbeatable 3-0 lead. The new Davis Cup rule mean that the players will now only play one of the two dead rubber singles matches.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Player Of The Month (February): Nicolas Almagro

I know I'm slightly late with this one but the player of the month of February has to be Nicolas Almagro. After winning in Buenos Aires and Brasil, the Spaniard came up one match short for the Golden Swing, losing the final of Acapulco to David Ferrer.

His brilliant play has then been somehow over-looked for the Spanish Davis Cup team because of the abundance of high quality, highly ranked, consistent Spanish players and so I can not over look him as player of the month.

Nalbandia Survives Hernia And Muscle Tear To Help Argentina To 2-0 Lead

Romania has been handily controlled by Argentina in the first day of play in Buenos Aires with the home town hero's taking a 2-0 lead.

It was an emotional David Nalbandian who was most impressive as he limped across the finish line against Adrian Ungur 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. Juan Monaco also stepped up and beat Victor Hanescu 7-6, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Nadal And Verdasco Give Spain 2-0 Lead Over Belgium

Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco have give Spain a handy 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup meet against Belgium.

Rafa easily beat, who was playing for the first time in five weeks after an adductor tear, world number 144 Ruben Bemelmans 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 in under two hours. The win is Rafa's 15th consecutive Davis Cup singles win. The top ranked Spaniard has only been beaten upon his Davis Cup debut in 2004.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Serena Williams Knocked By Clot Scare

Just days after enjoying herself at the Oscars, Serena Williams has been treated for blood clots in her lungs (pulmonary embolisms). The troubled star has now been diagnosed with a haematoma following her treatment for the clots.

Williams had a second emergency treatment to remove the haematoma.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Impressive Return Of Juan Martin Del Potro

After a shakey start in Sydney and Melbourne no one expecting great things from Juan Martin who looked match weary after being pushed by Feliciano Lopez and Dudi Sela in first round matches. His next two tournaments, San Jose and Memphis, he made it to the semifinals. Now, on just his fifth tournament back he has won his first title since winning the 2009 US Open.

Serena Williams Has Cast Removed And Goes To Oscars

Serena Williams has taken her newly cast-free foot out for a night out on the town. Serena attended the Oscars again wearing some incredible jewelry. Williams attended The Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party wearing the better of the two outfits, the black one, to end the long evening in style.

Nine months after hurting her foot on some glass, Serena has finally had her cast removed. Despite the fact that she ended up having a second surgery because she returned to training to quickly, she says she now intended to return to normal training immediately in the hopes of being ready for the French Open.

Juan Martin Del Potro Claims First Title Of Return

Juan Martin del Potro has something to smile about. The tall Argentine, who's recovery from wrist surgery has one from strength to strength, has hit a new high as the former top five player claimed his first title in over a year at Delray Beach.

Juan Martin defeated Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4.

The former world number four appeared visibly tired during the final and was forced to fight his way back from a 1-4 deficit in the first set before reeling of five consecutive games for the first set.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ferrer Halts Almagro. Armarda Claims Another Crown

The best season start to David Ferrer's career has continued after he claimed his second consecutive Acapulco title and 11th career title. By winning he denied Nico Almagro the golden swing (three consecutive clay court titles) the same way he did last year to Juan Carlo Ferrero. The win ends Almagro's 13 match winning streak.

Ferrer claimed the title with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 win.

Return Of Del Potro Hits Full Swing

After reaching his third consecutive semi final, Juan Martin del Potro has defeated Mardy Fish in Delray Beach 6-1, 7-5 for his first finals since winning the US Open in 2009.

As Juan Martin races back up the rankings he now faces Janko Tipsarevic for his first final since his wrist surgery last year.

Juan Martin has commendably taken his time returning to the ATP circuit, waiting to be sure his wrist could sustain the extra load experienced by the taller players.

Here's hoping the tall Argentine can return to the top of the men's game and stay healthy.

Justine Henin Admits To Foul Play Against Serena Williams And Kim Clijsters

They sometimes say 'by any means necessary' and it would seem that Justine Henin, not content to just fade into the background, is dredging up some of the darker moments of her career, admitting that her only defense is that very saying.

In her 2003 semifinal against Serena Williams (from 3.30 on the video) at the French Open, Williams was dealing with a difficult French crowd and and serving for a 5-2 lead in the deciding set when he service motion was interrupted by Henin raising her hand to indicate she wasn't ready for the serve.

Novak Djokovic Punishes Federer And Takes Dubai Title

Novak Djokovic has continued his unbeaten run in 2011 by beating Roger Federer in the finals of Dubai to claim the title for the third consecutive year. After a few bumpy matches Novak stepped up his game to beat the former world number on 6-3, 6-3. Despite the win Novak still trails Roger in the rankings and in their head to head by 8-13.