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 »
It was a late night slaughter when Roger Federer walked on to Arthur Ashe Stadium to play Juan Monaco in their fourth round match that started after midnight. Federer was in no mood to get involved in a battle of any variety, instead after six minutes he had broken twice and had a 4-0 lead.
Monaco fought valiantly to get involved in points despite the windy conditions as rain loomed but Federer took the match and completely dominated, taking the first set 6-1 in just 19 minutes. Read more »
Jo Wilfried Tsonga fought back from a two sets to one deficit against American Mardy Fish to book his place in the US Open quarterfinals where he will face Roger Federer or Juan Monaco. It took the Frenchman five sets and three hours and 45 minutes to win the 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 match.
The evolution of Mardy Fish has been impressive over the last 18 months but the power and physical prowess of the Frenchman ultimately won the match. Mardy was hampered by right leg issues, calling the trainer before the fifth set, seemingly having difficulty moving to his forehand wing during the final set where he was promptly broken. Read more »
In the first twenty four hours @RafaelNadal had 150,000 followers with the Spaniard now sitting at 204, 385 followers. Less than 60,000 followers separate Nadal from Novak Djokovic who has been on Twitter for some time now.
It is interesting that despite Nole’s recent successes his popularity on social mediums such as Twitter and Facebook hasn’t skyrocketed. Nadal, meanwhile, continues to become more and more popular around the world with almost 8 million fans on Facebook compared to 645,000 for Nole. Federer still leads the way with 8.5 million fans on Facebook. Read more »
Juan Martin del Potro and Juan Monaco have given Argentina a commanding 2-0 lead over Kazakhstan. Monaco took Golubev out 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 in cool conditions while Delpo crushed Kukushkin 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. It was a triumphant return for Juan Martin who hasn’t played a Davis Cup match in two years after extensive injury issues.
The return of Delpo hugely strengthens Argentina’s quest for the Davis Cup, particularly with David Nalbandian struggling with an adductor (groin) injury and a haematoma from his hernia surgery from the last Davis Cup tie. Read more »
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 »