Birthday boy Rafael Nadal has, amongst other things, won his place in the quarterfinals today, beating Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.
The opening set saw some brilliant play from Kei and some continuing worrying signs of poor form from Rafa before he finally started swinging his forehand and asserting himself.
So far Nadal’s tournament has been characterized by unusual conservative play with the Spaniard himself saying he felt more anxious than normal. Read more
For the first time in this years Roland Garros tournament seven-time champion Rafael Nadal won in straight sets but it was far from pretty. Nadal beat the entertaining Italian stallion Fabio Fognini 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a battle that saw Nadal struggle to get going and Fabio produce some brilliant shots.
Taking notes from those who have seemingly recently decided Rafa is no longer a figure to fear on clay, Fognini went out hard from the beginning of the match, taking advantage of Rafa’s less than stellar play. Read more
Rafael Nadal has moved into the quarterfinals in Miami, a tournament he’s never won, after an interesting 6-4, 6-4 win over Kei Nishikori.
After a horribly slow start for Nadal, in which it took him almost 15 minutes to hold the opening service game he was broken in the third game before immediately breaking back. Read more
I think it’s safe to say that even though we’re only just into the first day of the second week that this has been the strangest Australian Open ever.
There have been a significant number of injuries on both the men’s and women’s side but at the time of writing there had been an incredible 8 retirements and 1 withdrawal on the men’s side alone.
Rafael Nadal injured his knee getting up from a chair but played on. Kim Clijsters re-sprained her troublesome ankle but played on. Li Na seemed to be the kiss of death for ankles knocking both Anabel Medina Garrigeus and Kim Clijsters to the ground in the early stages of their first set. Read more
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There was some questions about if Novak Djokovic’s shoulder would be able to recover enough to allow him to play in Paris. There were even more questions wondering if the Serbian star would put in a serve, or maybe even risk further damage to his shoulder for $1.6 million. Novak has already won $10 million in prize money this year but stood to receive the hefty bonus-pool payout if he showed up in Paris.
As Djokovic was having an injury time out during the recent Shanghai Masters $400,000 was deducted from the initial $2 million offer. Read more
Roger Federer has defeated Kei Nishikori in Basel 6-1, 6-3 to win his second title of the season and fifth Basel title. It is Federer’s first title since he won Doha at the beginning of the season and ends a long tour drought for the Swiss Maestro.
Nishikori was disappointing with his performance but delighted to have his first opportunity to play the former world number one. “I tried to fight but Roger would not let me into the match. I’m very glad to have played the final. It’s always been one of my goals to play Roger.” Read more
Kei Nishikori has done what has seemed impossible this season – he has beaten Novak Djokovic by taking the third set 6-0. Nishikori defeated the world number one in the Basel semifinals 2-6, 7-6, 6-0 to set up a final against Roger Federer.
Initially it seemed like business as usual for Djokovic who raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set. Djokovic required treatment during the course of the match for a shoulder injury that has bothered him since the American hard court season. The should problem seems to not have healed properly after a recent injury time out and the Serb has been forced to alter his service motion to cope. Read more
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers took on a group of ATP players and beat then 4-2 in a 40 minute football (soccer) game to raise money for the American Red Cross to help the Japanese relief efforts. The match was followed by gala dinner to raise additional funds. Read more
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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
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