For the first time in this years Roland Garros tournament seven-time champion Rafael Nadal won in straight sets but it was far from pretty. Nadal beat the entertaining Italian stallion Fabio Fognini 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a battle that saw Nadal struggle to get going and Fabio produce some brilliant shots.
Taking notes from those who have seemingly recently decided Rafa is no longer a figure to fear on clay, Fognini went out hard from the beginning of the match, taking advantage of Rafa’s less than stellar play. Read more
An emotional Andy Roddick has bought himself another match and a third round spot at the US Open after thumping Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.
While Andy was delighted to have the crowds support and to have moved into the next round of the final tournament of his career Bernard was accused of deliberately not trying by John McEnroe. Read more
Tomas Berdych has put on a blistering display in his second round US Open match against Fabio Fognini. Berdych crushed the Italian Stallion 7-5, 6-0, 6-0. Berdych’s first service percentage was an impressive 94% which essentially kept Fognini out of the last two sets much to his frustration.
It seems that Berdych’s recent shoulder injury is under control
He now faces Janko Tipsarevic
To break the lengthy draw analysis in two parts I have separated the explanation about what’s at stake for the big boys Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and what to look for in the early rounds into another post (click here).
If we look at the draw as a whole it’s hard to look beyond Federer as champion. Read more
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Given the recent form of some of the higher ranked players (Berdych I’m looking at you here) and the significant number of highly ranked fatigued (Djokovic, Federer, Nadal) and injured players (Simon, Fish) looking at the first round match ups took longer than it normally does. Recently players like Ivan Dodig, Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Janko Tipsarevic have stepped up and played some great tennis on grass and should make for an interesting Wimbledon. Read more
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Fabio Fognini has announced his withdrawal from Roland Garros only moments ago suffering a quad injury during the end stages of his five set match against Albert Montanes.
The withdrawal of the Italian is a gift for Djokovic who has been playing a large number of matches because he has been winning everything. Djokovic will now have a four day break to recharge his batteries and progresses to the semifinals without any contest. Read more
Last night as I settle onto the couch to watch the tennis at Roland Garros heading into the wee hour of the Australian morning Twitter was alive with outrage as Fabio Fognini and Albert Montanes battled seemingly endlessly to decide who would be Novak Djokovic’s next scalp. The issue was that Fognini, at 7-8 in the fifth set, appeared to be cramping and received treatment. Read more
Tommy Robredo, last weeks Santiago winner, has started his campaign in Brasil with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 win over Fabio Fognini. Tommy has now beaten Fognini on the three occasions they’ve played each other. The win was also Tommy’s sixth consecutive win.
Robredo had a chance to close out the match in straight sets when he tried to serve for the set at 5-4 before he was broken by the Italian Stallion. Despite allowing Fognini back into the match, Tommy raced of to a 3-0 lead in the third set and managed to continue holding serve to take the match after two hours and 31 minutes.
>- Unsurprisingly Australia has taken a 1-0 lead over Japan with Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt beat Tatsuma Ito (ATP world ranking 272) 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. Carsten Ball, who has recently been in hospital with a staph infection, is currently up 2 sets to love in his rubber.
- Juan Monaco has revealed on Facebook that he has been receiving treatment for a mysterious injury with FC Madrid’s doctors using kinesiology techniques. Kinesiology aims to treat body imbalances and frequently in tennis includes kinesio tape. K-tape is a fantastic tape that can aid muscle length and strength significantly while improving function and reducing pain. Once you’ve learnt the technique (and if you know your anatomy) it’s quite easy to use.
“Since last saturday I´m in Madrid, hasving kinesiology sessions with FC Real Madrid doctors, thanks to my friend GAGO, who plays there. Also I´m training a lot to make de best in Madrid´s MASTERS 100 and in ROLAND GARROS” – Juan Monaco
- Noval Djokovic has won his match against Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-4, securing a place in the quarterfinals of his tournament, The Serbia Open, in the process.
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