Feliciano Lopez has made a huge effort to come back from a two set deficit against qualifier Lukasz Kubot to book his place in the quarterfinals after the 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 win. The two battled for 4 hours and 18 minutes before Lopez, who was often trailing, managed to finally edge out a win. Read more
David Nalbandian’s fine form has continued in Cincinnati, where the Argentine defeated 15th seed Ivan Ljubicic 7-5, 6-0. The players traded breaks early in the first set but after Nalbandian clinched the first set, it was all downhill for the tall Croat. Scarily Ljubicic only won 6 points in the second set and only won one point on a second serve the entire match.
So impressive was Ivan’s collapse, that he served 7 double faults, a large number for a player with such an incredible serve.
David next faces John Isner who also had an easy first round win against Lukasz Kubot.
>Juan Carlos Ferrero destroyed Lukasz Kubolt in the Brazil Open finals winning 6-1, 6-0. Ferrero has house near the Costa do Sauipe site, helping him feel at ease in the tournament, but not explaining the ease with which he defeated his Polish opponent. Kubolt also lost the doubles finals of the same tournament.
The win marks Ferreros 13th ATP title. This is the first sign of good form, and good luck, from Ferrero after he lost both of his opening round matches in New Zealand and at the Australian Open, also spraining his ankle in New Zealand.
Ferrero dominated the match, winning 56 or 80 points.
“You never expect to play a one-sided final like this. One is always nervous in the beginning of a final, and it wasn’t different today. I thought I played well from the beginning and with two breaks of serve ahead quite early in the match I never looked back.” – Juan Carlos Ferrero
>- With Rafael Nadal set to lose 300 points and Andy Murray to lose 500 points because neither showed up to Rotterdam it looks as though Rafa with once again rise above Murray in the rankings with only 130 points separating them at the moment.
- Novak Djokovic was beaten by Mikhail Youzhny in the semi finals in Rotterdam in straight sets. After Youzhny’s 7-6, 7-6 win, the Russian next faces Robin Soderling in Sunday’s final.
- Fernando Verdasco and Andy Roddick have set up a finals meeting in San Jose with Verdasco surviving a second set loss of concentration and Roddick getting off to a slow start in their semi final matches.
- Juan Carlos Ferrero has also set up his first ATP final of the season in Brasil where he will meet Lukasz Kubot for the first time.
- Elena Dementieva fought her way back from being one set down against Melanie Oudin to make it to the finals of the Paris Open where she will face Lucie Safarova. Safarova defeated the number 2 seed, Flavia Pennetta 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in her semi final match up. Dementieva beat Oudin 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
>- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Nico Almagro 9-7 in the 5th. Both players were exceptional on serve and create amazing passing shots to entertain the crowd. The scrappy Spaniard retrieved shots and made winners from such crazy places on the court that even the commentators were screaming.
- Roger Federer and Nikolay Daveydenko arranged a quarterfinal meet up. Mirka looked bored watching Fed dispose of Hewitt once again.
- Both Williams’ girls won. One beat Sam Stosur (no surprises there), one beat Francesca Schiavone who sounded a bit like she should be playing on the ATP with the depth of her grunts.
- Na Li beat Caroline Wozniacki.
- Fernando Gonzalez lost to Andy Roddick in 5 sets after losing his way after Roddick successfully challenged a call that gave him the 4th set. Gonzalez then kicked his chair and as is often the case for the fiery Chilean, he never got his composure back.
“When Fernando gets hot, you know that a lot of what happens is out of your control. The thing that helped me was being able to serve through … if that didn’t happen, I’d be making plane reservations right now.” – Andy Roddick
- At one point I was seriously concerned Venus Williams wasn’t wearing any underwear.
- Novak Djokovic enjoyed another straight sets win. He ended up on his backside, after falling, a few times but took the match 6-1, 6-2, 7-5 over Poland’s Lukasz Kubot (ATP rank 86). Kubot received a walk over in the third round after Mikhail Youzhny withdrew from the tournament. Novak will now play Jo-Wilfried Tsong. Tsonga leads their head to head 4-2.
- Apparently no-one wants a piece of Serena Williams. Clothes and personal items she put for auction online to raise money for Haiti haven’t attracted a single bid.
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