Since bursting into the spotlight at the end of 2012 when he made the finals of the Paris Masters beating Andy Murray, Janko Tipsarevic, Gilles Simon and Marin Cilic along the way Jerzy Janowicz’s ranking has skyrocketed to number 26 in the world.
Jerzy, who didn’t play the 2012 Australian Open because he couldn’t afford the flight, now says he’s enjoying a much more comfortable life since Paris. Read more
David Ferrer has halted the progress of giant killer Jerzy Janowicz and claimed his first Masters 1000 title, beating the Polish qualifier 6-4, 6-3. Ferrer has also become the first Spaniard to ever win the Paris title.
On his way to the final Jerzy took out Kohlschrieber, Cilic, Murray, Tipsarevic and Simon and put on an impressive display of power serving during the match but was not enough for the consistent Spaniard. Read more
As per ATP rules David Nalbandian defaulted during his Queens finals match against Marin Cilic after he kicked an advertisement sign at the feet of the lines person injuring the official. Nalbandian was clearly not taking his rage out on the lines person but the target of his rage – the sign – was so close to the man that his shin was left bleeding. Read more
Marcel Granollers battled Juan Monaco for over three hours before finally coming out on top in front of his Spanish fans 6-2, 4-6, 7-6. Granollers claimed some impressive scalps on his way to the final including Dolgopolov, Cilic, Monfils and Del Potro to claim the title and his biggest career moment.
Monaco held the early lead in the third set until losing the advantage in the eighth game with both players then holding strong to force a tie break. Read more
Bernard Tomic’s attempt to continue this seasons Grand Slam successes has come to an abrupt and disappointing halt. Tomic bowed out with little fight to Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.
The match had potential with Tomic and Cilic battling each other in a five set match at the 2010 Australian Open which resulted in Tomic being heavily criticized for complaining about the night time scheduling. In this match up Cilic simply outplayed the young Australian who has been rocketing up the rankings. 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
Given the recent form of some of the higher ranked players (Berdych I’m looking at you here) and the significant number of highly ranked fatigued (Djokovic, Federer, Nadal) and injured players (Simon, Fish) looking at the first round match ups took longer than it normally does. Recently players like Ivan Dodig, Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Janko Tipsarevic have stepped up and played some great tennis on grass and should make for an interesting Wimbledon. Read more
Posted in Andy Murray, Fabio Fognini, Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Simon, Injury, Ivan Dodig, Ivan Ljubicic, Ivo Karlovic, Janko Tipsarevic, John Isner, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, Nicolas Mahut, Novak Djokovic, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Philipp Petzschner, Radek Stepanek, Rafael Nadal, Robin Haase, Robin Soderling, Roger Federer, Roland Garros, Wimbledon
The two biggest Andy’s in tennis – Roddick and Murray – will face off today in the semifinals at Queens. Murray was handed a walkover into the semis after Marin Cilic withdrew with an ankle injury. In withdrawing Cilic gave Murray a chance to rest his own ankle injury but the lanky Croatian has apparently also injured his knee when he twisted his ankle which puts him in doubt for any decent performance at Wimbledon. Interestingly when Murray has played he’s been throwing himself around the court. Read more
Marin Cilic has suffered a first round defeat in the French Open at the hands of 33 year old Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo ranked 72 places below him. Cilic was out on court 7 where spectators watch the big Croat’s game unravel. Read more
Rafael Nadal has secured his position at the top of the rankings for another week by making it into the semis in Rome after beating Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-3 today.
With long time girlfriend Xisca Perello in the stands supporting her man, Rafa broke Cilic early for a 2-0 lead in a match that he should not have been playing. Apparently Uncle Toni told L’Equipe that he had recommended his nephew withdraw from Rome due to his fever prior to playing his third round match against Feliciano Lopez. His stubborn charge seems intent on defending his number one ranking and beating Djokovic for some confidence ahead of Roland Garros, hopefully not at the cost of hit longer term fitness for the next two months. Read more
Posted in Feliciano Lopez, Illness, Marin Cilic, Match Report, Novak Djokovic, Paolo Lorenzi, Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet, Roland Garros, Rome, Tomas Berdych, Toni Nadal, Xisca Perello