Retired tennis player Elena Dementieva is a step closer to having the family she talked about when she retired. On July 16 Elena married hockey champion Maxim Afinogenov at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow.
The ceremony was held on the roof of the building and birds were released at the end of the ceremony. The reception, inside the Ritz, hosted such famous tennis players as Vera Zvonareva, Dinara Safina, Sveta Kuznetsova, Maria Kirilenko and her partner Igor Andreev. Vera Dushevina caught the bouquet while Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova looked on. Read more
Posted in Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Igor Andreev, Kim Clijsters, Maria Kirilenko, Media, Roger Federer, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Dushevina, Vera Zvonareva
It doesn’t matter if you like Bernard Tomic or not but you have to give the kid some credit for coming back from two sets to love down against Igor Andreev. After their match was suspended at 2-1 Tomic spoke to Todd Woodbridge as he was leaving the Wimbledon site saying he thought he’d worked Andreev out finally.
Sure enough when they returned yesterday with just two sets remaining it was Tomic who seemed to have figure out an answer as he accelerated to a 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 win. Read more
Bernard Tomic is in a little bit of a pickle against Igor Andreev. Igor was coming into his match with the young Australian from a five set first round encounter with Gabashvili but wasted no time gaining a two sets to love lead. With Pat Rafter looking on Tomic somehow managed to work his way back into the third set when Andreev was serving for a 3-1 lead before closing out the set 6-3. Read more
I don’t know why everyone is so surprised that Bernard Tomic beat Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 6-3 7-5. Tomic gave a slightly under-the-weather Rafael Nadal a firm push at the Australian Open this year so of course he would push a player who has plummeted down to number 27 in the world. Read more
Former world number one Roger Federer has move seamlessly into the third round of Indian Wells, passing Igor Andreev 7-5, 7-6 on route. In order to close out the first set Federer played some brilliant points to win the last ten points of the set, opening the second set with a break of serve. Read more
I found myself wondering today, why are players like Almagro, Soderling, Hewitt and Baghdatis playing this week, when they should be resting and fine tuning their games ahead of Roland Garros rather than playing every single week. None of these players particularly need the points or the money and all of them have had injuries this year.
The injury list for this season continues, some with serious injuries – a side effect of players playing far too many matches per year.
Missing this years Roland Garros are:
- Juan Martin del Potro (wrist surgery)
- Nikolay Davydenko (broken wrist)
- David Nalbandian (recurrent hamstring)
- Kim Clijsters (foot)
- Sania Mirza (wrist)
- Urszula Radwanska (back)
- Sabine Lisicki (ankle)
- Tommy Haas (hip surgery)
- Igor Andreev (ankle)
- James Blake (knee)
- Gilles Simon (chronic knee)
You’ve got to also wonder how Wozniacki’s ankle and Azarenka’s hamstring will hold up to the test, with Venus Williams no doubt being heavily taped again.
Posted in David Nalbandian, Gilles Simon, Igor Andreev, Injury, James Blake, Juan Martin Del Potro, Kim Clijsters, Nikolay Davydenko, Roland Garros, Sabine Lisicki, Tommy Haas., Venus Williams
Juan Monaco managed to keep himself calm enough to walk away the victor of his 1st round match up with Igor Andreev, winning 7-6, 7-5 in 2 hours and 17 minutes. Monaco, who has not had the best results this year, battled from time to time with the umpire about exactly which ball mark was which.
Monaco was extremely animated during the whole match, berating himself for his errors even though he holding serve with greater ease than his opponent in the first set.
Andreev struggled with his serve, serving 4 double faults in the first seven games, and at time looking extremely irritable with the small crowd who moved around during the match. Igor eventually walked away with a tally of 7 double faults, much more than his average, and only 60% of 1st serves in for the whole match.
In the second set Andreev got off to a much better start, breaking Monaco in his opening service game a quickly finding himself with a 3-0 advantage. While the players contended with some terrible background music that played fairly regularly from one of the other courts, Monaco started to make his comeback as Andreev’s serve began to falter again. A decelerating forehand gave Monaco his second break back point which was converted when Igor missed an easy volley. Monaco then leveled at 3-3 after holding serve.
Monaco then broke again for a chance to serve for the match at 5-4 but was broken by a desperate Andreev whose scrappy play kept him in point he should have lost. Monaco responded and broke Andreev again after another battle on serve, this time making no mistake serving for the set and match.
Monaco will now face Victor Hanescu in the next round.
>Marin Cilic, who is seeded number 4 at the Monte Carlo tournament, had to work hard to pass Igor Andreev, who put up a stern battle in the first set while Marin took a while to get going. The two exchanged breaks multiple times in the first set before Andreev finally took the tiebreak 7-4. However, Igor couldn’t maintain the momentum.
Cilic came out firing in the second set, racing to a 4-0 lead with Andreev working hard to desperately hold serve and at least position himself to serve first in the third. But it wasn’t to be. Cilic took the match 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 in 2 hours and 51 minutes.
“I just wanted to stay in it after losing that first set by making him play a lot of shots. Afterwards I found some solutions so I could win easier points and win the mental battle.”
Later that day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nico Almagro took to the court to replay the brilliant Australian Open 4th round match which Tsonga narrowly escaped with even though Almagro was playing with a broken wrist. This match was much the same. The two went toe-to-toe thumping winners and grunting endlessly (particularly Almagro) with the game being decided by a matter of millimeters. Luckily for Tsonga he got the early mini break in the first set tiebreak and finally managed to break again in the second as the Spaniard tried to force a tiebreak.
Tsonga had broken the Spaniard to serve for a 6-3 second set scoreline but was broken himself when trying to do so. Tsonga took the match in the end 7-6, 7-5.
“With all these Spaniards in my part of the draw, I knew it would be complicated from the start.”
Tsonga will most likely face Juan Carlos Ferrero, another Spaniard, in the next round.
The finals of the the 250 point clay court tournament in Buenos Aires will be won by a Spaniard. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ATP rank 22)and David Ferrer (ATP rank 19) will battle it out for the title on Sunday. Read more
Rafael Nadal thumped Lukas Lacko (ATP rank 75) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in their second round match up today. Lacko was unable to control the spin and weight of shot from Nadal and was ultimately no match for the world number two. As a result the match lacked high quality rallies, and still wasn’t Rafa at his best, still missing some shots by just a few centimetres that he was making last year. However, Rafa played a more offensive style of play today, staying close to the baseline throughout the match.
Despite the lack of real challenge in the match the defending champion was happy to have the job done in straight sets rather that having to battle to get through like Federer did against Andreev.
Nadal next faces Philipp Kohlschreiber (ATP rank 26) in the third round. Rafa leads their head to head 4-0.