Novak Djokovic may have beaten Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the third round but it certainly wasn’t a clean win. Djockovic looked visibly tired throughout the match, using his screaming fist pump to fire himself up when he needed to. His movement wasn’t as sharp as what we have seen in recent months and Baghdatis was able to draw him into long bruising rallies. Read more
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
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There’s something about Madrid that seems to keep getting Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to square off. It seems only appropriate that one of the greatest rivalries in tennis plays out again on the world number one’s home turf. After a ruthless Rafa beat Michael Llodra handily 6-2, 6-2 in their quarterfinal match Federer overcame the sometimes brilliant Robin Soderling 7-6, 6-4 to complete the dream semi final. Read more
Fans of Rafael Nadal may be breathing a sigh of relief, their man having avoided the potential danger that was posed by big hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. However it’s not all good news. Rafa didn’t so much side step the threat, Juan Martin withdrew citing a hip injury that had become too painful to continue on after his three set match against Mikhail Youzhny in the second round. Read more
Henri Leconte and John McEnroe we on opposite sites of the net in South Australia playing a friendly doubles set before they started stripping off. McEnroe started with the shirt and Leconte responded by taking his shorts off. When the Frenchman’s partner, Michael Llodra saw what was happening he was quick to strip down to his boxers before semi-mooning the crowd.
John, who was playing with Ryan Harrison, has donated $10,000 to the Queensland flood appeal.
“It was an unbelievable emotion, under the circumstances with the huge pressure, I played an amazing match. Everything was working for me today.” Novak Djokovic defeats Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to level meet at 2-2 Read more
>French duo Michael Llordra and Arnaud Clement fought back after a slow start against Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic to eventually win 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 after just over four and a half hours.
Troicki’s huge serve was working from the beginning of the match and both Serbians were striking the ball cleanly. Clement was then broken as the French fell behind 1-3, showing his irritation that the Serbian home crowd were cheering loudly and during his service point. Troicki’s reactions and cold winners easily secured the first set for the Serbians.
The Serbian duo continued to throw down huge serves that pushed the French to improve their service percentages and force a tiebreak in the second set after breaking Troicki at 6-5. Troicki and Zimonjic raced to a 5-2 lead as all of the players asked the crowd to settle as both supporting teams cheered loudly and started to affect the outcome of play. Clement’s serve was again broken before the Serbs confidently took the tie-break and what looked like an unbeatable two sets to love lead.
Troicki was again broken in the opening game of the third set, allowing the French to race to a 2-0 lead. Zimonjic served dominantly throughout the set and the Serbs pushed forward but lost break points at 3-4 to get things back on serve, the rolls reversed in the following game with the Serbs forced to defend more break points on Troicki’s serve. France easily held to take the third set.
The fourth set continued in much the same way, with the outcome ultimately being decided on just a few points on Troicki’s serve.
In the fifth set it was Zimonjic’s serve that wobbled, and was broken in the opening service game as the fans and Serbian players look shell shocked that the French had mounted such a strong comeback from two sets down. With the crowd chanting “Serbia! Serbia” as break points to level the match on Clements serve came and went as the French held for a 5-3 lead from which the Sebians never recovered.
The win gave France a 2-1 lead with Novak Djokovic set to face Gael Monfils to try and level the tie or face defeat on home soil.
Just like the Spaniards, the French are also exerting themselves on the ATP tour much the same way the Russians are on the WTA tour. While their positions in the world rankings are not quite as impressive as the Spaniards, the French recently wiped the floor with red and yellow flags in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Read more
With Paul Annacone by his side in Toronto for the Rogers Cup, Roger Federer told media that he wants to claim 20 Grand Slams in his career. Given the fact he has already reached 16, I think this is not overly ambitious but it also gives insight to Federer’s mindset – a man who 12 months ago would have been far more optimistic about the future of his career. Read more
France has produced a remarkable upset by defeating the two-time defending champions Spain in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup overnight. On hard courts, in front of French home crowds, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco were no match for Julien Benneteau and Michael Llordra in the doubles rubber. The Spaniards were lucky to avoid a straight sets defeat having lost their opening service game in the third set and then managing to push towards a tie break which they narrowly managed to secure. The French team were superior and ultimately took the match 6-1, 6-2, 6-7, 7-6.
After holidaying together in Ibiza, Feli and Fernando lacked intensity throughout the match, and consistency on serve. The French resistance was so strong that the Spaniards were repeatedly broken and struggled to get into any of their returning games. While the Spaniards were lacking fire, the French players were clearly inspired by their lead and with the home crowd advantage.
Verdasco, who had struggled on serve all match, double faulted in the fourth set tie break to give the French a 4-2 lead from which the could not recover even with some huge serving from Feliciano.
The Spaniards may have saved a match point in the third set tie break, but they were unable to stop the French recording the historic win. The French crowd went wild as the players fell to the ground in celebration of their victory.
“Even if I am 30 years, I like this kind of match. Amazing. We play tennis for that. Today it was too good on the court. When I started playing tennis, my dream was to play in the French team. When I was 11 years old, I saw Guy Forget and Henri Leconte in Davis Cup in Lyon when they won against the USA and, in my head, you know I said one time in my life I want to be like this and today it was amazing. We beat Spain, the defending champions. It’s unbelievable.” – Michael Llordra