Marcel Granollers battled Juan Monaco for over three hours before finally coming out on top in front of his Spanish fans 6-2, 4-6, 7-6. Granollers claimed some impressive scalps on his way to the final including Dolgopolov, Cilic, Monfils and Del Potro to claim the title and his biggest career moment.
Monaco held the early lead in the third set until losing the advantage in the eighth game with both players then holding strong to force a tie break. Read more
Novak Djokovic had to overcome Alex Dolgopolov and gusty conditions at Flushing Meadows to book his place in the US Open quarterfinals. Nole was also forced to take the first set in an epic tie break that ended at 16-14 after almost 30 minutes.
Dolgopolov had his chances to claim the tie break at 6-5 and 7-6 after taking an early lead in the tiebreak but the defenses of the Serbian world number one were too strong. Read more
This years men’s Roland Garros draw has the potential to produce a great tournament with some really interesting match ups if the seeds perform. The fluctuating recent form of the top male players doesn’t give me much hope of this happening but lets look at the draw anyway.
The really interesting first round matches are: Read more
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The top three players in the world, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have all moved into the quarterfinals in Miami. Nadal needed just over an hour to dismiss Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-2. Dolgopolov really started to make an impression on the ATP circuit against Nadal almost a year ago in Madrid where his unusual biomechanics and play caught the attention of fans around the world as Rafa schooled him on the finer points of clay court play. Read more
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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers took on a group of ATP players and beat then 4-2 in a 40 minute football (soccer) game to raise money for the American Red Cross to help the Japanese relief efforts. The match was followed by gala dinner to raise additional funds. Read more
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The Indian Wells mens doubles finals was an interesting match up. Alex Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse were playing their first tournament together as a doubles couple. Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka were playing only their second ever tournament together, previously winning the Olympic gold medal in Beijing. Both duos had slayed some giant doubles teams along the way to the final but it was the Dolopolov and Malisse pairing that came out on top of the 6-4, 6-7, 10-7 match, slaying one last pair of big names. Read more
Juan Martin del Potro has beaten Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6, 6-3 in a bizarre match in Indian Wells to book a place in the fourth round. Read more
Nico Almagro has won his second Brasil Open title, last winning in 2008, after beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6. Almagro, who’s serve can be deadly accurate, was on song and didn’t face a single break point during the match. In fact Almagro has been in such good form all tournament that he has only dropped one set.
It was Dolgopolov’s first tour level final Read more
The Tennis Intergrity Unit has been conducting investigations into the conduct of top players, specifically about ten suspicious cases. Read more
Despite the fact that Andy Murray has slipped to number five in the rankings, as far as everyone is concerned the ‘big four’ are still in with a chance at the Australian Open title. The only person standing in the way of a Nadal V Murray, Federer V Djokovic semi final is David Ferrer after Alexandr Dolgopolov was beaten in today’s quarterfinal by Andy Murray 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Read more