In recent weeks Juan Monaco has morphed into an in form and incredibly focused and consistent version of himself. Today in Rome against Novak Djokovic he was only able to maintain that intensity for just over a set, Nole walking away with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win.
The new and improved Monaco took the match to Novak in the opening set and took the first break of serve comfortably for a 3-2 lead. It was an extremely focused Monaco who seemed to bully the Serbian around the court, dictating with his forehand. Read more
Juan Martin del Potro is looking like he’s almost back to full flight. His backhand has slightly less power behind it but in his match against Lu tonight he showed just how hard he can still his his forehand.
The gentle giant played some great tennis against Lu who gave his best and produced some great shot and displayed his impressive court speed, but Lu simply didn’t have anywhere near the power of the lanky Argentine. Read more
The King of Clay and Golden Child of Spain, Rafael Nadal has clawed his way back after a dismal first set to beat Juan Martin del Potro 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 and hand Spain the Davis Cup final. Having missed the 2008 final due to injury, also against Argentina, Nadal was delighted to play such a pivotal role in claiming the huge Cup. Read more
David Nalbandian is one of the most motivated Davis Cup players in the history of tennis. He has played through painful injuries including a hernia to give Argentina hope such is his sense of national pride and so it was no surprise that the famous Argentine was pumped up for his doubles rubber with Eduardo Schwank against the Spaniards most famous pretty boys Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco.
With the Spaniards leading the final 2-0 it was a must win rubber for the Argentines who got the job done 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. Read more
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, Spain’s top two, have given Spain a 2-0 lead against Argetina in the Davis Cup finals. First came Spain’s golden child, Nadal, who needed almost two and a half hours to beat good friend Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.
Next up was Ferrer who did what he does best and played a grinding match for almost five hours against Juan Martin del Potro ultimately winning 6-2, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. 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
Marcel Granollers has felled the mighty Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets in Valencia to secure a spot in the finals. The Spaniard beat Delpo 6-4, 7-6 in just under two hours in the first meeting between the two players.
The loss is a blow for Delpo who is currently in 10th place in the race to qualify for the World Tour Finals. To have a chance he must now make the finals in Paris next week. His only other hope is that the injured Novak Djokovic is unable to play and that he is able to fill the space as a lucky loser. Del Potro’s loss was good news for Tomas Berdych who is closer to qualifying. Read more
Juan Martin del Potro has set up a finals showdown against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as the two battle not only for the Vienna title but also to secure a spot in the World Tour Finals in London in the coming weeks.
Currently Jo sits in 8th place awaiting qualification while Juan Martin is in 11th place having already jumped two places by making the Vienna final. If Jo wins Vienna he will leap frog Mardy Fish into seventh place. Read more
Argentina won their tie against Serbia when Novak Djokovic retired with a back injury against Juan Martin del Potro. The injury seemed to bother Novak enough to receive treatment during the US Open final but not enough to stop him beating Rafael Nadal in a contest that went on over four hours. The world number one retired as del Potro took a 7-6, 3-0 lead.
Djokovic went into the match knowing he was injured but with the team thinking the seemingly invincible Djokovic had more chance to beat del Potro in his weakened state than team mat Troicki. Read more