Birthday boy Rafael Nadal has, amongst other things, won his place in the quarterfinals today, beating Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.
The opening set saw some brilliant play from Kei and some continuing worrying signs of poor form from Rafa before he finally started swinging his forehand and asserting himself.
So far Nadal’s tournament has been characterized by unusual conservative play with the Spaniard himself saying he felt more anxious than normal. 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
Juan Martin del Potro is looking like he’s almost back to full flight. His backhand has slightly less power behind it but in his match against Lu tonight he showed just how hard he can still his his forehand.
The gentle giant played some great tennis against Lu who gave his best and produced some great shot and displayed his impressive court speed, but Lu simply didn’t have anywhere near the power of the lanky Argentine. Read more
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
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After Roger Federer withdrew from this years tournament in Halle, the title was up for grabs and it was German Philipp Kohlschreiber who took it out 7-6m 2-0 after compatriot Philipp Petzschner (a battle of the Philipp’s this time instead of the Andy’s) retired with a back injury.
After highly competitive first set in which both players held serve, Petzschner taking the first mini break in the tiebreak before Kohlschrieber won four consecutive points to take the tiebreak and the first set. Read more
Tomas Berdych seems to have recovered from his embarrassing first round lost at Roland Garros and has rebounded with a 7-6, 6-1 victory over Viktor Troicki to book a place in the semifinals of Halle after just 81 minutes.
Berdych will now face Philipp Petzschner.
While Berdych moves on, defending champion Lleyton Hewitt was sent packing after being defeated in straight sets by Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Juan Martin del Potro is continuing to move forward, passing Philipp Kohlscreiber 7-6, 7-6 for a place in the quarterfinal of Indian Wells. After Philipp tried to fight back from a set and a break deficit, del Potro then being forced to fight when Philipp took a 6-1 lead in the tie break.
Juan Martin’s return to form is impressive for many different reasons. Not only did he have surgery on his wrist last year, a wrist that appears to be pretty stable, but he barely played a handful of tournaments and yet he doesn’t appear to be match weary. Read more
Robin Soderling has failed to survive his third round encounter with Philipp Kohlschreiber. The German won 7-6, 6-4 and unfortunately Soderling was not gracious in defeat.
Soderling twice found himself up breaks of serve but was unable to maintain the lead or convert a set point in the tiebreak. The loss only worsens his now 1-4 head to head record against Philipp. Read more
With the first Masters 1000 Series tournament, Indian Wells, kicking off today for the men in the main draw, players have been hitting the beautiful Californian grounds of the tournament.
Players including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Viktor Troicki and Philipp Kohlschrieber took to the grassy fields, separated from their fans by a small white picket fence, to play a game of football. Read more
Andy Roddick, who has struggled with illness and form all season, has been injured in Shanghai on the exact date he was injured in the same tournament last year. The groin strain may be enough to keep Roddick from participating in the year end Masters tournament in London for the second year in a row.
Roddick had been leading 6-3, 2-3 against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez when he withdrew. His withdrawal comes after Kohlschrieber retired against Roddick in the first round.
“It was to the point where moving at all felt like I was getting stabbed in the leg. It’s just frustrating. You’ve got to be able to get a little bit of momentum going, and I just feel like I haven’t been able to do that since April or May and a lot of that has been out of my hands.”
Last year Shanghai was cursed with injuries that highlighted the ATP scheduling issues and the harm that it causes the players.