Andreas Seppi put Novak Djokovic to the test today in heavy, windy conditions, racing to a two sets to love lead to almost crush his dream of holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time and completing a career Grand Slam. Ultimately Novak came out on top 4-6, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in four hours and minutes.
Seppi settled into the match early while Novak looked troubled by the heavy conditions and struggled to hold serve in the wind. The second set was more of the same as Djokovic struggled to find his rhythm and Seppi repeatedly struck beautiful backhands to push Nole around the court. Read more
Italian number one Andreas Seppi sent his home crowd into a frenzy as he battled Stanislas Wawrinka. Seppi fought off six match points to win 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in a match that stretched to 3 hours and 21 minutes.
Both dropped service games in the opening set before Stan thumped his way to a 7-1 lead to take the tiebreak and the first set. Read more
Late yesterday Roger Federer withdrew from Doha citing a back injury that he had first felt during his matches against Greg Zemlja and Andreas Seppi. Despite treatment Federer has still been feeling the back spasms and instead of playing withdrew from the tournament to rest ahead of the Australian Open.
Federer was due to play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the finals. Read more
Robin Haase has won his first ATP level title beating Albert Montanes 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in Kitzbuel in Austria in his first final. Haase felt the fatigue from his efforts earlier in the tournament during the final but managed to regroup to claim the title.
Haase had to beat Feliciano Lopez and Andreas Seppi in one day after rain delayed his progress. Read more
Trouble started in the Nadal camp a few days ago when it first appeared Rafael Nadal was suffering from some sort of fever. Why he continued to play singles and doubles when he’s sick is beyond me. Why he’s doing so just before a potentially historic Australian Open is even more confusing. Read more
Juan Carlos Ferrero has re-found his form on clay in Umag, Croatia. Ferrero defeated Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-2 in the semi and will face Portitio Starce in the final. Ferrero was a finalist in last years final, being beaten by Nikolay Davydenko.
“Starace has been playing well for three weeks, doing well in his last few tournaments. He’s playing with a lot of confidence with his forehand. I’ll try to move him around on the court and be aggressive from the first ball. Today I played the best match of my week so far. I will try everything in my power to win the tournament. It’s an open match and I just have to go for it.”
In a side note, Ferrero flashed his bird tattoo which peaked out from his shorts.
>Bernard Tomic has send Andreas Seppi packing at the grass court tournament in Queens in a 3 set, rain interrupted match which he eventually won 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 after an hour and 41 minutes.
6-3 5-7 6-3 win in a rain-interrupted match at the grass court tournament. Bernard took an early 4-2 lead before play was interrupted by the gray English skies for an hour and a half. Tomic broke the Italian early in the deciding set before continuing in the third set in a dominant display of grass court tennis.
Once again, fans of the Federer V Nadal rivalry will be chomping at the bit as the two have once again been drawn for a possible finals meet. The last time they played was against each other was in the Madrid finals 1 year ago. The withdrawal of world number 2, Novak Djokovic, makes this possible as it pushes Rafa up to being the number two seed at the tournament.
With just 490 points separating Novak and Rafa currently, the withdrawal means that Novak will lose 360 points, meaning that a title for Nadal in Madrid will see him easily pass the Serbian in the rankings.
Rafa will most likely face Andreas Seppi in the second round after receiving a first round bye. The Spanish number one is optimistic for his chances in Madrid after last year where he looked extremely jaded by the time he reached the finals with his dodgy knees. “This year I am arriving in different physical condition than last year. Last year I played when my knee was bad, but I always want to play here whenever possible.”
Rafa should have a fairly easy path to the semi’s with names like Isner, Kohlschreiber, Seppi and Tsonga to get through before he could potentially meet Verdasco, Soderling or Berdych in the semi’s.
What stands in Rafa’s way of a title in Madrid is the altitude. The altitude changes the effect Rafa’s incredible spin has on the ball, making it less effective and making the man on the other side of the net not feel the same bite. “You do notice it and it makes Madrid different. The ball flies more and it brings with it less control in your play.”
Djokovic continues to struggle with his allergies and fatigue after withdrawing from his own tournament, The Serbian Open, the other day. Djokovic also apparently has a fever.
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Andy Murray has halted a three match losing streak after defeating Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-4 in the second round of the Rome Masters tournament. For the first time in what feels like forever Murray found his first serve. He was also moving to the net with confidence and hitting his backhand with his normal skill. It took Murray 1 hour and 20 minutes to dispose of the home crowd favourite.
“I was very satisfied with that. He played a very bad first game and I felt good after that. I served well, in the second set especially… I served really well when I needed to. There were a few things I could have done better, but for a first round it was good. There’s almost less pressure on the clay. Everyone was panicking – I played a couple of bad tournaments. It happens.”
Spaniard Albert Montanes has sent 4th seed Marin Cilic tumbling out of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event. Cilic discovered just how dangerous all Spaniards are on red clay losing in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 and following fellow seed Andy Murray back to the airport. Read more
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