Category Archives: Jurgen Melzer

Tsonga Finishes Off Melzer

When rain delayed the final stages of Jo Wilfried Tsonga’s fifth set against Jurgen Melzer he was forced to come out the next day and serve for the match. Watch the highlights here.

Injured List Grows Ahead Of US Open

It’s not uncommon for the injury list to mount before Wimbledon and the US Open and this year is no exception. The grueling clay court with minimal transition time on to grass courts cause players bodies problems as they try to adapt to the different requirements of the game on different surfaces. Likewise the hard courts are not friendly to the body and ahead of the years last Grand Slam the list of injured players is mounting.

  • Novak Djokovic – Shoulder and general fatigue. Has had some issues with patella tendinitis this season
  • Rafael Nadal – Large burn blisters on fingers and left foot
  • Andy Murray – Sore arm
  • Mardy Fish – Heel Read more »

Tomic Thumps Soderling

Eighteen year old Bernard Tomic has spanked Robin Soderling 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 today at Wimbledon and has booked a place in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Tomic now has a great chance of making the quarterfinals where he will likely face Xavier Malisse who is currently leading Jurgen Melzer by two sets to love. Tomic will now be Australia’s highest ranked male play and will likely be ranked at 95 even if he doesn’t win another match. 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 »

Roland Garros Draw Revealed

The Roland Garros draw is being done right now!

Some of the first round matches are:

  • Rafael Nadal V John Isner
  • Roger Federer V Feliciano Lopez
  • Fernando Verdasco V Juan Monaco
  • Novak Djokovic V Thiemo De Bakker Read more »

Nadal Under Pressue In Madrid

Any tennis player enjoys the crowd support when playing at home. Rafael Nadal, gold child of Spain, is no different and receives huge support when in Spain. I remember traveling in a taxi in Madrid and having a 20 minute conversation with the driver about his love for Rafa. To say the world number one is popular is an understatement. To say he’s not under huge pressure now is also an understatement. Read more »

Ferrer Finalist In Monte Carlo

David Ferrer put on a beautiful performance today against Jurgen Melzer to claim his place in the finals of the Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo. Ferrer is a well known clay court specialist and he displayed his greater skill in the process of beating Melzer 6-3, 6-2.

Jurgen got an early break racing to a 3-1 lead before the inside out forehand of David really found its range allowing him to level at 3-3 and then deny Melzer any further games in the set. Read more »

Melzer Survives Dust Storm And Federer For Semi Spot

Jurgen Melzer has surprised crowd favourite Roger Federer with a straight sets defeat in their Monte Carlo quarterfinal match today winning 6-4, 6-4 as a final backhand from the Swiss maestro landed in the net. The win not only marks the first time Melzer has beaten Federer but also the first time Melzer has won a set off Federer. After an hour and 44 minutes Federer was set packing by the Austrian.

Melzer now faces Spaniard David Ferrer for a finals spot. Read more »

Djokovic Leads As Tennis Players Unite For Japan

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori, Fernando Verdasco, Richard Gasquet and Andy Murray will be among a football (soccer) team of ATP players who will take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers this Wednesday 23rd March to raise money for the Japanese earthquake/tsunami recovery efforts.

The boys will also be joined by Feliciano Lopez, Viktor Troicki, Marcos Baghdatis and Jurgen Melzer. Read more »

>Jurgen Melzer Claims Nadal Scalp

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Rafael Nadal has been handed his 9th defeat of the season by Jurgen Melzer who beat the Spaniard 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 after almost two hours in their third round match in Shanghai. The defeat is the best win of Jurgen’s career and given him hope of qualifying for the year end Masters Cup. For Nadal, however, who qualified for London some time ago, he will now head to India for his foundation before he arrives in Paris for his second last tournament of the year starting November 7.

While the world number one managed to produce some beautiful shots in the first game to find his way to a break point, Melzer had the answer with some powerful serving as it became evident that Nadal was struggling to find his range.

When Nadal was broken in the fourth game, Melzer was pounding the ball from side to side, generating enough speed to keep Nadal either of balance or out of reach. The speed of the court, combined with the power Melzer was generating, kept Nadal out of the points and quickly gave him triple break point. Rafa tried to claw his way out of trouble but a forehand in the net was the beginning of the end of the first set as Jurgen took a 3-1 lead.

Rafa tried to force his way into the first set but Melzer was too hot for the weary Spaniard, and took the first set 6-1.

After fighting of another break point in the third game of the second set Nadal let out a huge “Vamos!” to try and fire himself up as Melzer’s continued to play brilliantly, perhaps dropping off in intensity just enough to give Rafa some breathing room.

Melzer was so impressive that he came out on top of a 25 shot baseline rally – not an easy thing to do against to worlds best defender. To his credit Nadal stayed focused and found some impossible angles across the court while on the run and under pressure. A huge fist pump and a screaming crowd marked a break of the Austrian’s serve to give Nadal a 4-2 lead. That small lead was all Rafael needed to serve out the second set to love.

In the sixth games of the third set a shanked forehand from Nadal saw Melzer take the lead and then break for a 4-2 lead which he extended with a love service game. In the following game Melzer thought the match was all over when a baseline call went against him allowing Nadal a second chance to defend two match points. With the crowd going wild the players struggled to hear the calls being made before Melzer got a third look at Nadal’s serve and the match. Eventually Nadal held, forcing Melzer to serve the match out, which he did to love, beating the Spaniard for the first time in his career.

“I felt slow on court. I had more mistakes than usual. I played shorter than usual. A little bit more tired than usual, just physically and mentally. Just congratulate him. It’s true, he played very aggressive, but wasn’t very difficult to play that aggressive against me today.” – Rafa Nadal

“I think the key was that I played the best tennis of my life. I know when I go out there against Nadal that I have to be aggressive and hit my shots. I am very proud to have served it out.”Jurgen Melzer