Coming into his match with Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka had been in great form but few really anticipated that he would provide much resistance against Novak, let alone keep him on court for five hours and almost beat him.
Ultimately Novak won 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 but Wawrinka is bound to now be a crowd favourite for years to come much the same way Fernando Verdasco became after his 2009 match against Rafael Nadal.
Wawrinka was simply impressive. He hammered 16 aces down compared to Djokovic’s 9 and didn’t serve a double fault until the fourth hour of the match. He punished 69 winners to 51 from Nole but was ultimately undone but his error count. Read more »
The sliding, explosive gymnastic game of Gael Monfils is (as it often does) slowly destroying his body. Monfils say he’s now in doubt for the Davis Cup after struggling with swelling and pain in his knees which forced him to consider withdrawing from the Montpellier final on Sunday which he lost to Tomas Berdych.
“I was unsure Saturday evening because my knee had swollen. I waited until after warming up in the morning to decide. Read more »
This years Australian Open is a tough one to call, mostly because there are a few niggling injuries in the top 15 and quite a few who are yet to show form that warrants their high ranking.
Then there are a few variables.
Sam Querrey is returning after a lengthy and serious injury time out but according to American insiders is playing well. David Nalbandian is always dangerous and overflowing with potential but always seems to come up short or injured, much like Lleyton Hewitt. 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 »
Rafael Nadal has defeated Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4 in Doha to reach the semi finals of the tournament.
Nadal who is nursing a shoulder injury said, “I think I played my best match here today.”
With Novak Djokovic already in Melbourne practicing on Rod Laver Arena, Nadal and Roger Federer are still on course for a finals showdown in Doha which, should they meet, would be the second time in as many weeks. Read more »
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 »
It was Tomas Berdych that drew first blood in his quarterfinal match against Roger Federer and ultimately came out on top 6-2, 7-6 after just over an hour and a half.
The enormous wingspan of Berdych and his power ultimately pushed Federer out. Berdych has now beaten Federer in three of their last four meetings and will face the winner of Gael Monfils V Novak Djokovic.
The top seeds are flying out the door in Montreal. The latest to fall was Roger Federer who was beaten in three sets by Jo Wilfried Tsonga in a rematch of their recent Wimbledon quarterfinal. Federer’s exit leaves Novak Djokovic, the new world number one, as the only surviving player from the famed ‘Big Four.’
Tsonga played his flamboyant, powerful game and managed to defend three opportunities Federer had to break in the first set. After almost an hour it was Tsonga who took the lead after taking the first set tie break. Read more »
After Radek Stepanek predictably toppled Donald Young it was left to John Isner and Gael Monfils to fight it out for the final spot in the Washington finals. Isner was the favourite heading in despite Monfils’ higher ranking because of his huge serve and Gael’s tendency to have significant mid-match form fluctuations. It was an inspired Monfils who saved a match point and then went on to win the third set tie break to book a place in the finals with the 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 win over the home crowd favourite. Read more »