There is something about the Indian Wells-Miami hard court swing that seems to consistently destroy Rafa Nadal’s troubled knees. Today Rafa announced that he would not continue with the tournament by withdrawing from his semifinal match against Andy Murray.
There are two ways you can look at this latest set back:
1) It’s about self preservation.
Nadal’s been having trouble with his knees since the Australian Open (and years before that). His right knee locked up and he could barely move it when he stood up from a chair.
He stood up from a chair.
He wasn’t sprinting, twisting or changing directions he was just standing up after sitting down. To say this is unusual is an understatement. Since then, despite six weeks of training and rehab, Rafa hasn’t been right. Read more
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It was only yesterday Novak Djokovic was saying Tomas Berdych’s shoulder injury was more serious than his own. Now Nole has been forced to retire from the Cincinnati finals because of his shoulder allowing Andy Murray, who was leading 6-4, 3-0, to lift the trophy, ending Djokovic’s unbeaten run in tour finals this year.
It is the second title of the year for Murray and also his second in Cincinnati and the world number four as delighted with his change in fortunes after disappointment at the Rogers Cup. “It was really a good week after I struggled last week. I didn’t drop a set and beat some very good players from pretty much the first round onwards. Against Nalbandian who I started off against it was tough, and then Mardy was playing really good tennis going into the semis. Read more
It seems Serena Williams’ foot injury dramas are not totally behind her after she withdrew moments before her second round match at the Western & Southern Open after winning two tournaments, most recently the Rogers Cup. Apparently Serena’s big toe, which was injured which has been well documented, has been swollen and sore after her recent activities and she has decided (wisely) to play it safe and rest her foot. Read more
I think we can officially stop referring to Serena William’s as ‘returning’ or making a ‘comeback’. She’s back, she’s in form, she’s slaying her opponents and the best is yet to come. Serena’s here and ready to win the US Open again.
As Serena leaps back up the rankings, almost embarrassingly dominant over the rest of the WTA tour, she has shown more genuine emotion in victory than I ever remember seeing from her. Previously it has always been a competitive drive to succeed more than an overwhelming desire to just play again. Read more
It’s almost ridiculous how many matches Novak Djokovic has won this season. Djokovic has now won his first title on his debut as the new world number one and has also become the first player to win five Masters 1000 events in one season. The Rogers Cup is also the ninth trophy the Serb has claimed this year. Nole is now 53-1 for the season with his only loss coming to Roger Federer in the semifinals at Roland Garros.
His latest victim was Mardy Fish who was rewarded for his efforts with a Rogers Cup runners up trophy and a career high ranking of number seven. Djokovic beat Fish 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 having taken advantage of his opportunities while Fish was left to rue chances gone wanting. Read more
Sam Stosur will find herself back inside the top ten after making her way into a second final this season. Stosur defeated Radwanska 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to book her place in a final against the returning Serena Williams who has already won her first title since returning to the women’s tour just before Wimbledon after an extensive period of injury and illness. Read more
The top seeds are flying out the door in Montreal. The latest to fall was Roger Federer who was beaten in three sets by Jo Wilfried Tsonga in a rematch of their recent Wimbledon quarterfinal. Federer’s exit leaves Novak Djokovic, the new world number one, as the only surviving player from the famed ‘Big Four.’
Tsonga played his flamboyant, powerful game and managed to defend three opportunities Federer had to break in the first set. After almost an hour it was Tsonga who took the lead after taking the first set tie break. Read more
I almost don’t believe it. The headliner names at this years Rogers Cup in Montreal and Toronto have been all but culled in their opening matches. The first to roll out the door was defending champion Andy Murray. Murray was comprehensively beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Kevin Anderson.
Then came the huge shock that Ivan Dodig had beaten Rafael Nadal 1-6, 7-6, 7-6. Juan Martin del Potro fell easily to Marin Cilic in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Read more
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Making his official debut as a player inside the top 100 (68 to be exact) Bernard Tomic hasn’t had the start he was hoping for. Tomic was hoping to use his intelligent variety of play to claim the scalp of Jo Wilfried Tsonga but the Frenchman was too powerful for the young Australian and dealt with him comfortably 6-3 ,7-6 .
After strong opening service games it was Jo who broke first for a 4-2 lead making no mistake as he served for the set.
Again Jo took a 4-2 lead in the second but Tomic refused to back down, breaking back at 5-5 as Tsonga tried to serve for the match.
The huge serves and powerful prowess of Tsonga crushed Tomic 7-1 in the second set tiebreak.
Tsonga will now face Roger Federer for a place in the quarterfinals.
Things just aren’t improving for Rafael Nadal. After losing his way in the Wimbledon final and losing his number one ranking Rafa was hoping for a smooth transition to the American hard courts as he attempts to prepare to defend his US Open title. Instead he was beaten in the type of physical battle he normally excels in.
Ivan Dodig, who gave Novak Djokovic a push in the Australian Open, beat Rafa 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 in three hours and nine minutes, adding to Nadal’s less than stellar record in tie breaks this season. Read more