Category Archives: Julien Benneteau

Benneteau Tops Federer In Rotterdam

Julien Benneteau has claimed his second career win over Roger Federer, beating the world number two and defending champion in the quarterfinals of the Rotterdam tournament.

Despite trailing in the second set 1-4 Federer staged a comeback but it was not enough to stop the Frenchman walking away with a 6-3, 7-5 win.

One of Federer’s most underrated weapons is his serve which can be lethally accurate and consistently damaging. Federer’s serve refused to help him against Benneteau as he was broken three times in the first set – almost unheard of unless against Nadal and even more unusual on an indoor hard court. Read more »

Djokovic And Others Comment On Lance Armstrong’s Fall From Grace

Has there ever been a greater fall from grace than that of Lance Armstrong? Doubtful.

The disgraced cyclist made headlines today for finally admitting to various kinds of doping before and after his cancer diagnosis, saying he never doped again after his first retirement in 2005. Lance also discussed the ways in which doping was performed in cycling.

Tennis players have long been vocal about the doping control they are subjected to. They must provide a time and location for a possible test for every single day of the year twelve months in advance. Now the players are speaking about Lance Armstrong’s scandal… and here are some of their thoughts. Read more »

Julien Benneteau Breaks Elbow In Nasty Fall

It happened in the exact same spot that Juan Monaco went down a few days earlier.

Julien Benneteau was pushing Andy Murray, locking heads with the Scot at 5-5 in the first set. He slid into the corner to retrieve a ball when he hit a bad patch in the court and twisted his ankle horribly. As he lost his balance and fell (screaming in pain) he put his right hand out to break the fall. Instead he damaged his wrist and you can almost see his elbow breaking – the mechanics of which will likely leave him with ligament damage. Read more »

Video Footage From Indian Wells

Tomic Wins And Sets Lofty Goals

Bernard Tomic has claimed his first ever win at the Brisbane International today beating Julien Benneteau 6-2 4-6 7-5. Tomic cruised in the first set as Benneteau struggled with his variety of play which allowed Bernard to race to a 5-0 lead.

In the second set the Frenchman worked hard to shift the momentum as Tomic’s intensity backed off and despite some apparent cramping Julien continued to have some success against Tomic.

As Tomic tried to close out the match he looked tight at times but finally, after two hours and 26 minutes Tomic closed out the match on his sixth match point. Read more »

Isner Wins Winston-Salem Title

John Isner has claimed his third career title at the Winston-Salem Open today beating Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 who, despite being a well known name, was a qualifier in the event.

While the event will have built Isner’s confidence ahead of the US Open his trip to NYC will be delayed by Hurricane Irene. The Winston-Salem Open takes place in North Carolina but is inland from the areas most acutely affected by Irene. Read more »

Nadal Recovers In Cincinnati

Rafael Nadal has recovered from the disappointment of his early exit from Montreal by securing a third round spot in Cincinnati after beating Julien Benneteau 6-4, 7-5. Clearly the effects of Montreal were still on his mind as he again failed to serve out the match as he’d done when falling to Ivan Dodig, and while he faltered again today he closed it out comfortably. Read more »

Roland Garros Draw Analysis – Can Nadal Do It Again?

This years men’s Roland Garros draw has the potential to produce a great tournament with some really interesting match ups if the seeds perform. The fluctuating recent form of the top male players doesn’t give me much hope of this happening but lets look at the draw anyway.

The really interesting first round matches are: Read more »

French Revolution

Just like the Spaniards, the French are also exerting themselves on the ATP tour much the same way the Russians are on the WTA tour. While their positions in the world rankings are not quite as impressive as the Spaniards, the French recently wiped the floor with red and yellow flags in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Read more »

>Nadal Survives Benneteau… Just

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Rafael Nadal has saved a match point to defeat Frenchman Julien Benneteau and reach the quarterfinals in Cincinnati. Nadal scraped through with the 5-7, 7-6, 6-2 win. In a nice touch the players posed with a disabled child at the start of the match, Nadal initiating contact with the child (who looked ecstatic) and his family. The little boy cheered in the stands (while wearing a Nadal Nike bull logo hat) as the world number one progressed through the match.

Julien got off to a flying start, winning the opening game after over 7 minutes, and breaking the world number one in the process. The Frenchman, who is currently ranked a career high 32, then fended off two break points in the following game to hold for a 2-0 lead.  A beautiful down the line back hand to bring up another break point, followed by a cross court backhand, allowed Nadal to level at 3-3.

It wasn’t long before Benneteau worked his way into the lead, seeming to have a brilliant read on the Nadal serve. Bennetear looked nervous as he tried to serve out the set, fidgeting with his sweat bands before finally getting the job done with a fist pump as he took the first set 7-5.

After getting off to a good starting, breaking Benneteau early for a 2-0 lead, Nadal was broken twice after playing two terrible games and serving poorly. The Frenchman’s backhand was on fire as he raced to a 3-2 lead with a break in hand. When Nadal struggles on hard courts it’s because his return depth is too short, and this was no different.

Nadal’s response was immediate, getting things back on serve by spreading the court and using his forehand effectively.

In the second set tiebreak Nadal quickly found himself with a 4-1 lead but the sensational hands and net skills of Benneteau saw the Frenchman work his way to 4-3. Two aces gave Benneteau a match point with Nadal to serve. The Spaniard absorbed the pressure and let out a huge cry of “Vamos!” as he fought back to get his own set point, with friend Fernando Verdasco watching. A wild forehand from Benneteau gave Nadal the second set and a chance to have some blisters on his foot taped and Julien had his legs massaged.

During the first game of the third set Benneteau started cramping, his right leg twitching uncontrollably. Bennateau was attended at the change of ends but before long Nadal had a healthy 4-1 lead. From there Nadal accelerated to the finish line taking the match 5-7, 7-6, 6-2.

“A match like this gives me a lot of confidence. I think he played great; he played very good tennis. Especially in the beginning I wasn’t playing bad; I was playing not perfect, but well. He was playing really well, very aggressive, very good shots from his backhand, even if he arrive in not very good position. His serve works very well. Was a very difficult match. It’s important for everything. A match point? Yeah. I am doing this well. I am playing aggressive. But I need to do better the next few days.”