After Radek Stepanek predictably toppled Donald Young it was left to John Isner and Gael Monfils to fight it out for the final spot in the Washington finals. Isner was the favourite heading in despite Monfils’ higher ranking because of his huge serve and Gael’s tendency to have significant mid-match form fluctuations. It was an inspired Monfils who saved a match point and then went on to win the third set tie break to book a place in the finals with the 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 win over the home crowd favourite. Read more
John Isner and Gael Monfils will face off in the semifinals in Washington for a chance to face the winner of Donald Young V Radek Stepanek. Monfils took Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 while mighty John Isner needed three sets to pass Viktor Troicki 7-6, 3-6, 6-1. Read more
The first round match between Fernando Verdasco and Radek Stepanek had the potential to be a great match, an early five set match – but it almost wasn’t. The Spaniard took his time warming up and finding his way into the match but eventually walked away with a 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 9-7.
Fernando came out playing passively seemingly happy to just pock the ball back into court. He seemed to lack any intensity and seemed flustered by the breeze and as a result was broken in the opening game. Read more
To break the lengthy draw analysis in two parts I have separated the explanation about what’s at stake for the big boys Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and what to look for in the early rounds into another post (click here).
If we look at the draw as a whole it’s hard to look beyond Federer as champion. Read more
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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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Just before Rafael Nadal dropped the second set, after attempting to serve for the match, in his match against Radek Stepanek he slipped running to retrieve a drop shot and landed flat on his backside under the net. In a show of phenomenal sportsmanship once the point was over Radek ran to Nadal’s side of the court and helped him up of his famous toosh. Read more
This years men’s Roland Garros draw has the potential to produce a great tournament with some really interesting match ups if the seeds perform. The fluctuating recent form of the top male players doesn’t give me much hope of this happening but lets look at the draw anyway.
The really interesting first round matches are: Read more
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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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Tommy Haas, who had a career high ranking of number two, is making a return to the ATP tour after hip surgery and PRP treatment for his chronic patella tendinitis. (What is PRP? – click here) Haas also had elbow surgery in March last year.
After more than a year off the competitive circuit, in which time his fiance Sara Foster gave birth to a baby girl, Valentina, Haas is planning to return to the tour in Munich. Tommy will only play doubles at the event with Radek Stepanek. Read more
Juan Martin del Potro return to the tour is continuing to gather momentum after his win at Delray Beach. On Thursday he destroyed Radek Stepanek in the first round of Indian Wells 6-4, 6-0.
While he may have only served a meek 47% of firsts serves in the match was over in one hour and 24 minutes. Read more