Has there ever been a greater fall from grace than that of Lance Armstrong? Doubtful.
The disgraced cyclist made headlines today for finally admitting to various kinds of doping before and after his cancer diagnosis, saying he never doped again after his first retirement in 2005. Lance also discussed the ways in which doping was performed in cycling.
Tennis players have long been vocal about the doping control they are subjected to. They must provide a time and location for a possible test for every single day of the year twelve months in advance. Now the players are speaking about Lance Armstrong’s scandal… and here are some of their thoughts. Read more
Lleyton Hewitt’s comeback is over before it really began. It’s over before Wimbledon (he’s in doubt for participation). The latest injury set back for the Australian saw him retire mid match against Olivier Rochus when he was down 1-6, 0-2 when he felt stabbing pain in his foot.
Hewitt had foot surgery back in March and foot and ankle problems forced him to withdraw at the last minute from the French Open, although realistically he was trying to return to play too quickly, and now the foot has flared up again. Read more
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
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I’ve always loved Juan Monaco but his result never seem to really live up to his ability. Today Juan seemed to come out on court with a little bit of extra confidence having seen Federer repeatedly challenged lately, and he made Federer work for his 7-6, 6-4 victory.
Monaco came out with some beautiful shots, clearly desperate to get any sort of lead. Both were broken in the early stages in of the first set but ultimately a, at times, casual looking Federer just threw down a few huge serves or a great forehand to get himself out of trouble much to Monaco’s frustration. Read more
The last ditch fight by Belgian pair Olivier Rochus and Steve Darcis was strong but the doubles pairing of best friends Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco ultimately proved too strong. The Spanish duos 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 win gave Spain an unbeatable 3-0 lead and a position in the quarterfinals where they will play the winner of USA V Chile. Read more
While Roger Federer barely survived his first round match against Alejandro Falla, two other big names struggled to fin a way through to the second round. Nikolay Davydenko and Novak Djokovic eventually came through their five set matches while Andy Roddick was on cruise control, comfortably winning his straigth sets win over Rajeev Ram. Read more
>Richard Gasquet has thrashed Olivier Rochus 6-0, 6-1 in a first round clay court match in the Serbian Open. The tournament, owned by the Djokovic family, is in it’s second year, with the defending champion Novak Djokovic in action later today. Gasquet, who has struggled to find form since his cocaine scandal in Miami last year, defeated Rochus in just 55 minutes.
The victory is the second for Gasquet over Rochus on clay this season.
Serbian Viktor Troicki also moved safely into the second round after a 6-4, 6-0 67 minute victory over Ivan Navarro.
The first upset of the Miami tournament has been the defeat of world number two Novak Djokovic by world number 59 Olivier Rochus 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. Rochus came within 2 points of making the match a straight sets upset but ultimately took the match 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 from the Serbian who’s been struggling with his serve of late. Novak served 10 double faults and had his serve broken 6 times.
The pint sized Rochus (1.67m) battled the elements and the numbers after 1 hour of rain delay and 3 hours of play to out run and out play Novak, with the Serb again citing exhaustion. Novak has had a long history of breathing problems, and can often be seen in hotter environments desperately trying to get air in, but with him constantly citing exhaustion (mental or physical), and saying he had adjusted his schedule to peak for Grand Slams, one has to wonder why he’s so tired if he’s properly prepared and organized his schedule.
Either way Novak’s going to be losing a few points after being runner up at the tournament last year. He will, however, maintain his number 2 spot.
“He made me run a lot, the points were long, I’m exhausted, he was playing really well today. He deserved the win. He was motivated to win against a top player and had nothing to lose. He coped well. I didn’t feel great on the court and everyone could see. Life goes on. I’ll try to make up for this loss. I wasn’t attacking, I was waiting for him to make shots. It wasn’t the right approach.” – Novak Djokovic
- Peter Luczak has defeated Tsung-Hua Yang 6-3, 6-3 in the first dead rubber of Australia’s meet with Chinese Taipei. The win puts the Australian’s up 4-0. Lleyton Hewitt has also told John Fitzgerald that his rehab is coming along better than expected and that he hopes to make himself available for the next tie in May, presumably against Japan.
- The Czech Republic have also dominated proceedings defeating Belgium 3-0 by pairing Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych against Olivier Rochus and Steve Darcis.
- Doubles experts Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have kept India alive in their meet with Russia by winning the doubles against Igor Kunitsyn and Teimuraz Gabashvili
- Japan has defeated the Philippines 3-0 as have Kazakhstan against Korea.
- The People’s Republic of China are leading 2-1 against Uzbehistan.