Fabio Fognini has been hit with over $25,000 worth of fines by Wimbledon for having some behavioural ‘issues’ during his first round match where he defeated Tim Puetz 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3.
The often emotional Italian was hit with two bills for unsportsmanlike conduct — one penalty costing $20,000, the other $5,000. Fabio also lost another $2,500 for what was termed a visible obscenity. Read more
Despite winning the Hopman Cup as part of Team Spain, Fernando Verdasco has failed to find the form that pushed him into the hearts of many at the 2009 Australian Open. Verdasco has been bundled out of the Open by Kevin Anderson.
Anderson won the third round battle 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 with 160 points to Verdasco’s 149. Read more
Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt and bad boy Bernard Tomic are off to a great start in 2013 with their preparation for the Australian Open, which starts tomorrow, with both capturing trophies in the first fortnight of play.
Veteran Hewitt defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 for the Kooyong Classic crown with his young family watching on. Hewitt is enjoying a great start to what could be his final year on the tour.
Clearly comfortable with his current form, Hewitt appears at ease with yet Read more
I almost don’t believe it. The headliner names at this years Rogers Cup in Montreal and Toronto have been all but culled in their opening matches. The first to roll out the door was defending champion Andy Murray. Murray was comprehensively beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Kevin Anderson.
Then came the huge shock that Ivan Dodig had beaten Rafael Nadal 1-6, 7-6, 7-6. Juan Martin del Potro fell easily to Marin Cilic in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Read more
Posted in Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki, Injury, Ivan Dodig, Kevin Anderson, Kim Clijsters, Marin Cilic, Montreal, Rafael Nadal, Rogers Cup, Roland Garros
Andy Murray has been destroyed by Kevin Anderson in his opening round match in Montreal, losing 6-3, 6-1. Murray arrived in Canada as the two time defending champion and as such will lose 1000 points next Monday but will maintain his number four ranking.
It’s really getting harder and harder to argue that ‘The Big Four’ remains. The gap between Murray, Federer, Djokovic and Nadal is ever widening , particularly as Djokovic goes on his never ending rampage on tennis courts across the world. This is the third time we’ve seen opening round losses from Murray as he prepares for the US Open and yet he clearly hasn’t changed his planning strategies. Read more
Novak Djokovic has had another easy day at the office thanks to his ongoing brilliant form. His latest victim was Kevin Anderson who was taken out 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
Djokovic raced to a 5-0 lead in the first 15 minutes on the match before the huge serve of Anderson started coming into play. But ultimately Anderson had no chance against Djokovic who seemed to be in a big hurry to get off the court. Read more
Juan Martin del Potro and Fernando Verdasco are due to play each other in today’s final at Estoril. If the Argentine wins it will be his 9th tour level title, his second this year since returning from wrist surgery. It would be Verdasco’s 6th title and first this year.
Juan Martin defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-2, 7-6 in one hour 49 minutes in a match that was again interrupted by rain delays. Read more
Novak Djokovic has not been beaten in 3 months. Every single match he has played this season so far. It may be the best season start I have ever seen but Djokovic still has some work to do if he wants to equal John McEnroe’s 1984 39 match winning streak or Ivan Lendl’s 25 match winning streak. Despite the road ahead Djokovic has gained revenge for his 2008 Miami defeat at the hands of Kevin Anderson by beating the South African 6-4, 6-2.
Djokovic has now won 24 consecutive matches and faces Mardy Fish for a place in the finals where he could likely face Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
The top three players in the world, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have all moved into the quarterfinals in Miami. Nadal needed just over an hour to dismiss Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-2. Dolgopolov really started to make an impression on the ATP circuit against Nadal almost a year ago in Madrid where his unusual biomechanics and play caught the attention of fans around the world as Rafa schooled him on the finer points of clay court play. Read more
Posted in Alexandr Dolgopolov, Gilles Simon, Kevin Anderson, Madrid, Mardy Fish, Miami, Novak Djokovic, Olivier Rochus, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Viktor Troicki
Feliciano Lopez has returned to South Africa to defend his title at the SA Tennis Open. Just like last year the Spaniard enjoyed the safari’s on offer at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.
The Spaniard will start his title defense on Monday and is already mentally preparing for a meeting with local Kevin Anderson who thumped him in Brisbane while he was battling a virus (and his form). “If we should meet again in South Africa I would hope to give a better account of myself.”
David Ferrer has pulled out of the event at the last minute after making the semi finals of the Australian Open, which finishes the day before the SA Tennis Open starts. The tournament has been criticized for failing to attract any big names because they are financially restricted and unable to provide appearance fees. This year Lopez is the top seed as Tsonga and Monfils have also failed to return. Yen-Hsun Lu and Janko Tipsarevic are the second and third seeds.
“It is really sad to hear that these beautiful animals are killed by poachers and the young rhinos are left behind with no one to care for them. Hopefully the fans that come out to watch the tennis can help raise some money to help look after them” – Feli Lopez