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Djokovic And Nadal Lead Charity Soccer Match For Japan

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers took on a group of ATP players and beat then 4-2 in a 40 minute football (soccer) game to raise money for the American Red Cross to help the Japanese relief efforts. The match was followed by gala dinner to raise additional funds. Read more »

>What Happened Today? Round One Wrap Up

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- Andy Murray played some beautiful down the line backhands and drop shots as he confidently passed Karol Beck 6-3, 6-1, 4-2. Beck retired from the match with a shoulder injury. Murray’s good form caps of a series of dominant displays from the top five, with Roger, Rafa and Novak also sweeping opponents aside with ease.

“I thought it was a pretty good match. I started well. Wasn’t great at the end of the first set, then played better in the second. Obviously you’d rather finish the match off without your opponent being hurt, but it does happen quite a lot.  So you just have to move on and get yourself ready for the next round.”

- Sam Stosur confidently pounded Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-1 just days after her grandfather died. Dropping only five points on serve Stosur looked to be in impressive form, winning 92% of her first serves.

“Well I’m sure it was pretty intimidating for her at only 17 to come out and play on centre court. But I am very pleased to come out here and play like that in the first match. Thanks for everyone supporting me as well.”

- Francesca Schiavone battled passed Spaniard Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 to secure her spot in the second round.

- Bernard Tomic produced some impressive tennis to silence his critics in his match against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Tomic won 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 and said “It is the greatest feeling just to play in this tournament. It got a bit scary in the third, but I’m glad I pulled it off in three. Anything could have happened in that fourth set.”

Other first round results:
Florian Mayer d Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-4.
Fernando Verdasco d Rainer Schuettler 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
Alicia Molik d Roberta Vinci 1-6 6-3 8-6
Vera Zvonareva d Sybille Bammer 6-2, 6-1
Michael Russell d Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6
Robin Soderling d Potito Starace 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Marin Cilic d Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
Feliciano Lopez d Alejandro Falla 6-3, 7-6, 6-3
Benjamin Becker d Ernests Gulbis 7-6, 6-2, 6-4

>Schiavone And Starace Beat Murray And Robson In Australian Heat

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The Italian underdogs have deafeated the UK team of Laura Robson and Murray today at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

The doubles match was carried mostly by Francesca Schiavone, with Potito Starace lifting towards the end of the match to claim a 6-7, 7-6, 10-2 victory.

Both Murray and Robson struggled to deal with the Australian heat at the indoor tournament. The heat and humidity was extreme as Murray managed to overcome Starace in the singles earlier to level the meet at 1-1 after Robson was defeated by Schiavone. Despite the 7-5, 6-1 victory Murray said he was having difficulty breathing due to the conditions


“I didn’t feel very fit today. It was very hot and humid and I struggled a bit with my breathing. I felt ok but it will take a few days to get used to it.”

The heat was so intense that Robson started feeling sick in the second set. At one point she was treated courtside for feeling hungry and dizzy.