Julien Benneteau has claimed his second career win over Roger Federer, beating the world number two and defending champion in the quarterfinals of the Rotterdam tournament.
Despite trailing in the second set 1-4 Federer staged a comeback but it was not enough to stop the Frenchman walking away with a 6-3, 7-5 win.
One of Federer’s most underrated weapons is his serve which can be lethally accurate and consistently damaging. Federer’s serve refused to help him against Benneteau as he was broken three times in the first set – almost unheard of unless against Nadal and even more unusual on an indoor hard court. Read more
It took 2 hours and 46 minutes for Horacio Zeballos to claim his first ATP title beating the King of Clay Rafa Nadal 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. Zeballos put on a great show and refused to be intimidated by the record of Nadal, playing some incredibly points and being far more effective on serve than the Spaniard.
Zeballos became only the third man ever, behind Djokovic and Federer, to beat Nadal in a clay court final.
Zeballos was playing a huge tennis name and a clay court giant and yet the way Rafa was moving around the court made it feel like the great Spaniard was the underdog – the one legged underdog. Read more
Australia’s Davis Cup selections will come down to a battle of the wills that it sounds like Pat Rafter is determined to win, refusing to let the cocky, but talented, 20 year old call the shots.
During the Australian Open Bernard Tomic sounded like a petulant child when describing his potential contribution to the Davis Cup team, essentially saying that Pat would hear from him when Bernard wanted to play. Read more
There had been a look in Novak Djokovic’s eyes since he battle Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open, a look that since 2011 has been a sign of his determination and an indicator of the likely outcome of the tournament. Djokovic looked, despite the enormous amount of time he spent on court, like he was hungry for a third consecutive Australian Open title.
Andy Murray, his opponent in the final, looked unusually calm – a peace, and sense of direction that seemed to descend on the Scot after winning the Olympic gold medal and the US Open last year. For the first set of their final it looked like Murray was the one keeping a calm head and as though the weary Djokovic would be frustrated by his shoes slipping and his inability to convert break points. Read more
17 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will arrive in Melbourne without playing a warm up tournament for the first time in his career. In 1995 Andre Agassi managed to win the Australian Open despite arriving cold to the tournament.
Unsurprisingly Federer has confirmed that the reason for this decision is that he’s further reducing his schedule with the aim of giving his career more longevity. Read more
Rafael Nadal has made the smart decision to withdraw from the Australian Open. Rafa’s recent injury issues have been well documented as has his need to hit a lot of balls to find his groove.
Recently a stomach virus has kept Rafa from training as he would like and as a result he withdrew from Abu Dhabi which was scheduled to be his first tournament back.
While the Abu Dhabi tournament organisers scrambled to replace Rafa’s after his last minute withdrawal (and after they had snubbed Roger Federer) the Australian Open looked to be in doubt. Read more
David Ferrer has won his 11th consecutive match following his success in Paris last week by out-muscling Juan Martin del Potro in the World Tour Finals. The Spaniard won 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and now faces Roger Federer who he has beaten him 13 consecutive times.
The gutsy Spaniard covered some serious ground as the powerful Del Potro struggled to outmaneuver David. Delpo had multiple chances but failed to take advantage of them and quickly found himself trailing 2-5 as David rode the wave of form that saw him capture the Paris Masters 1000 title over the weekend. Read more
The phenomenal run of Jerzy Janowicz, a qualifier from Poland, has seen him take out Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic. Now he has taken out Gilles Simon in the semi finals in straight sets, beating him 6-4, 7-6.
Now the in form Pole faces Spaniard David Ferrer in the Paris finals. Regardless of the outcome it will be the first Masters 1000 title for the winner. Read more
Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of the Paris Masters 1000 event in the second round by American Sam Querrey.
Querrey won just 10 points in the 20 minute first set and said he didn’t like his chances when he went down a break early in the second set, but in a surprising twist Sam came roaring to life and scored a 0-6, 7-6, 6-4 win. Read more
Tomas Berdych has done it again, ending the run of Roger Federer in a Grand Slam, beating him 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Berdych also beat Federer in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2010 where he had his best career result as a runner up in the tournament.
Federer came unstuck due to combination of his own errors and the spectacular power and flat hitting of Tomas. Federer has seemed the favourite after securing extra rest when Mardy Fish withdrew with a health issue from their fourth round match – a walk over never seeming to impact Federer negatively before. Read more