Tournament favourites and top seeds Tomas Berdych and Petra Kvitova for the Czech Republic have won the diamond encrusted balls at the Hopman Cup in Perth defeating the French team of Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet 2-0.
Unbeaten world number two Petra Kvitova seemed unhindered by and back niggles she had had the previous day when she had clutched at her left lower back before losing the thoracic rotation in her shots. Petra had struggled with her serve, appearing to be dragged down by her poor posture on the right thorax for a good portion of the third set against Caroline Wozniacki. Read more »
“I’m back.” Ominious word from French Open champion Li Na who overcame some early nerves, lacking confidence and a dodgey first service percentage to come back and beat Marion Bartoli 2-6 6-2 6-4.
Bartoli had looked in control of the match, a more athletic figure that in recent years, but still the same intensity that she brought to the second half of last season. Bartoli was crushing Li’s second serve and when China’s most famous female tennis player took some pace off her first serve just to get one in Bartoli stepped in and crushed them too. Read more »
Roger Federer has had a phenomenal career. Overnight Federer notched up his 799th career win by defeating Richard Gasquet in Paris 6-2, 6-4. If he wins his next match on Friday he will be just the seventh player in history to reach 800+ wins.
To give you an idea about how difficult it is to acrew 799 wins, Novak Djokovic has won anything and everything this season and coming into Paris he was 67-4. So even if you won 10 titles in a year, as Djokovic has done, it would still take almost 12 years to get 800 wins. Federer turned pro in 1998 so you do the maths – it’s bloody impressive. Read more »
Check out this video of a wee little Richard Gasquet beating Rafael Nadal as young kids. It’s just so crazy to see them playing so well as such young children and think that it’s more than ten years down the track and they’re still doing the same thing day in day out.
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 »
Moments after losing his four set semi final match to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from Queens to rest his injured knee which has been strapped for some months. It seems five days of rest before his match with Federer was not enough to help his knee out, Djokovic saying he needs more rest ahead of Wimbledon. Read more »
Novak Djokovic, man of the moment, had little difficulty dismissing Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to book a place in the quarterfinals against the exhausted Fabio Fognini.
Novak needed just and hour and 47 minutes to beat the owner of the worlds best single handed backhand. Impressively Novak lifted his level against Gasquet, playing sharper tennis than he had against Juan Martin del Potro in the previous round. Read more »
Gilles Simon, with Richard Gasquet, is leading the way at his home tournament in Roland Garros where the French players have had less that stellar results in the past few years, making his way into the fourth round where he will face the winner of Soderling V Mayer. Simon beat Mardy Fish handily today 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours. Read more »
After resuming their suspended match, Novak Djokovic came out looking sharp and agile and has beaten Juan Martin del Potro for a place in the fourth round. The win means that Nole is just two wins from equaling John McEnroe for the longest season starting winning streak in the open era (42). Novak beat Juan Martin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Read more »