The best doubles team in the world, Bob and Mike Bryan, have defeated Nicolas Massu and Jorge Aguilar 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 in 2 hours 18 minutes to give America a more hopeful 2-1 scoreline after big John Isner was surprised in five sets by Paul Capdeville. Read more
>The absolute highlight of the Hopman Cup has to be when Nicolas Mahut, a history making man, stood with John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands on the opposite side of the court. In 2010 Nicolas Mahut and John Isner stepped onto an outside court at Wimbledon where they did battle for 11 hours and 5 minutes in what became the longest match in the history of tennis.
While their Hopman Cup meetings were slightly shorter, their meeting for the mixed doubles kept the crowd entertained as the Frenchman borrowed a dress from partner Kristina Mladenovic and donned a headband and some of Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ long socks.
As you can see from the video bellow everyone was entertained by his display.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and John Isner have beaten the Bel gium team of Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans after the Americans won the doubles tie 6-1, 6-3. Mattek-Sands pushed Henin to 7-6, 6-3 and then John Isner replied with a 6-3 6-4 win over Bemelmans with 13 aces, and countless other huge serves to his name.
Bethanie was delighted to take home the diamond encrusted tennis ball trophy. ”It’s been an amazing week. It’s my first time in Perth and I’ve really enjoyed myself. It’s funny, I saw this actually when I first got here and I thought it was the best trophy in sports.” Read more
Last night players who are participating in Perth’s annual Hopman Cup attended the ‘Peace, Love and Tennis’ ball. Amongst the players arriving, who play for their country, was Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic who were reuniting to play for Serbia.
Lleyton Hewitt who has recently returned to play after suffering from a broken hand also attended the party along with Nicolas Mahut, John Isner and Justine Henin. Read more
It’s the end of the season and people are always talking about what the best match of the season was and I can’t pick one. For some reason most people’s favourite, the Murray V Nadal Barclays Tour Finals match, just doesn’t do it for me. Murray was struggling to control his anger, Nadal letting good leads slip… It just wasn’t it for me. There’s no doubt it was a match with huge intensity but for me the best match I’ve ever seen remains Nadal V Verdasco at the 2009 Australian Open, followed by Nadal V Federer at Wimbledon in 2008. Read more
Posted in Andy Murray, Australian Open, Fernando Verdasco, Injury, John Isner, Kim Clijsters, London, Monte Carlo, Nicolas Mahut, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Wimbledon
It’s been a while since we’ve named a player of the month here at Tennis Perspective, mostly because since the July naming of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut it has been all one way traffic. One man has dominated tennis and claimed more titles than anyone on either the men’s or women’s circuit. One man has claimed three consecutive Grand Slam titles. Rafael Nadal has become not only the year end number one but indisputable player of the year.
After winning the US Open in a few weeks ago, Nadal became the youngest man in the Open Era to claim a career Grand Slam. He also became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win 3 consecutive Grand Slams in one calender year. The only set Rafa lost on route to the title was in the final against Novak Djokovic.
Since claiming the US Open Nadal has gone on holiday and made the semi’s in Thailand, won Toyko and has been plastered all over magazines and websites around the world while fans and viewer marvel at his recent form.
When asked if he agreed with the opinion that he was the best athlete in Spain, Nadal replied: “I really can’t say I’m the best, I don’t think so. Saying that would sound very arrogant from my behalf and there are tons of other athletes that are also very successful in their respective disciplines. There are guys like Alonso, Gason, then look at what Indurain did or what Contador has done. To be included in that group and be compared with them it’s a huge honour already.”
Rafa has also talked about the importance of his titles in while immersed in the recent media frenzy. “Each tournament is important in it’s own way depending on the timing. My first Wimbledon title was very special to me; firstly because of the match against Federer and secondly, because it was a huge dream of mine. My first Roland Garros title was very special because it was it was my first Grand Slam ever and that’s everyone’s dream. You work real hard to win your first Slam and when you finally get it it’s an indescribable feeling.
My first Australian Open was very exciting because I arrived to the final completely destroyed and now to complete the full cycle with the one title that I was never supposed to win and that has given me the most challenges all my life, it’s very special.”
There is simply no debate that Rafa has been the best of the bunch this month (and a few previously).
David Nalbandian’s fine form has continued in Cincinnati, where the Argentine defeated 15th seed Ivan Ljubicic 7-5, 6-0. The players traded breaks early in the first set but after Nalbandian clinched the first set, it was all downhill for the tall Croat. Scarily Ljubicic only won 6 points in the second set and only won one point on a second serve the entire match.
So impressive was Ivan’s collapse, that he served 7 double faults, a large number for a player with such an incredible serve.
David next faces John Isner who also had an easy first round win against Lukasz Kubot.
It has been announced today by Tennis Australia that the 2011 Hopman Cup will host a star studded line up in the quest for national pride (and a diamond tennis ball). While this years champions Tommy Robredo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez have not announced if they will attempt to defend their win, it has been announced that Serena Williams will partner John Isner. Read more
Posted in Ana Ivanovic, Gael Monfils, Hopman Cup, John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Nicolas Mahut, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Steve Darcis, Tommy Robredo, Wimbledon
>Mardy Fish has showed his good form once again by defeating John Isner in a tightly fought three set final in Atlanta, winning 4-6, 6-4, 7-6. It as the first set Fish lost all tournament.
It is another impressive result for Fish who has made three finals in his last four tournaments, winning Newport two weeks ago and being runner up at Queens before Wimbledon.
Fish claimed 250 points and nearly $100,000 dollars for the win.
“This is as top as I’ve ever been,. I’ve never won two tournaments in one year, I’ve never won two tournaments in a row, and on the ATP Tour, I’ve never won 10 matches in a row. It’s probably as good as it’s been… It was a little lucky to pull through.Today was an extremely physical match just with the heat. He’s no fun to play, that’s for sure. He gives a lot of people a lot of trouble.”
In reference to his recent good form after significant training Mardy said “It feels great, obviously putting in the work. This is what we wanted to do. This is where we wanted to be. These are the types of matches we targeting in October when we were rehabbing the knee. It feels like a long time ago. It feels great.”
John Isner has also had some great results this season as well as participating in the longest ever match at Wimbledon. “I’ve made four finals this past year and I’ve lost my last three all in three sets. That’s hard to swallow, but it hasn’t stopped me from progressing. I know if I keep putting myself in this position it’s going to happen, and I know I will keep putting myself in this position.”
June has seen an incredible month of tennis from Nadal reclaiming Roland Garros, the emergence of Thiemo De Bakker and Alexandr Dolgopolov but who could look past the players who created history: Nicolas Mahut and John Isner.
The two deserve to share the title after playing for over 11 hours over three days and going to 70-68 in the fifth set. The statistics for the match were incredible and there is simply no way to look passed them as the players of the month.