It has been announced today by Tennis Australia that the 2011 Hopman Cup will host a star studded line up in the quest for national pride (and a diamond tennis ball). While this years champions Tommy Robredo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez have not announced if they will attempt to defend their win, it has been announced that Serena Williams will partner John Isner. Read more
Posted in Ana Ivanovic, Gael Monfils, Hopman Cup, John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Nicolas Mahut, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Steve Darcis, Tommy Robredo, Wimbledon
On a day of mixed results in Hamburg, Nikolay Davydenko has continued to work his way back into form after being off the tour for some weeks with a fractured wrist. Nikolay, the defending champion, needed just 58 minutes to defeat Florent Serra in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
Juan Carlos Ferrero also secured a straight sets win in his match over Jan Hajek after recovering from a early service break in the first set. Ferrero will have to play Jarkko Nieminen in the next round. Read more
After being pushed to three sets a few times this week as he returned to clay, Robin Soderling will face a Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro for the title in Bastad. Soderling battled past clay court specialist David Ferrer, winning their semi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
“I had to play better today because Ferrer puts a lot of balls back at a very high pace. I always liked to play high balls, though, it doesn’t seem to bother me to hit at shoulder height. I can still serve better and reduce the number of mistakes but it was much better today.”
Soderling will certainly have to deal with the heavy hitting pace of Nico, who blasted compatriot Tommy Robredo off the court. 6-1, 6-3. While Soderling leads their head to head 3-2 he has said the outcome of the match is not so straight forward. “He serves well and can hit really big from both sides. If his game is on, it’s not just up to me. He has the ability to dictate the match.”
While it’s a fair point that Almagro can be very dangerous when he’s in form, defending champion Robin should get the job done. Soderling has the ability to hit the ball through the court with incredible speed that troubles even Nadal on clay. He also has incredible strength at end of range so Nico’s going to have his work cut out for him.
>After a few weeks of disapointing results Spaniard Tommy Robredo has made a winning start in Bastad against Michal Przysiezny 7-6, 6-3 for a spot in the second round. After some initial rain delays Tommy claimed the match in just 80 minutes. Robredo will now face Andrey Golubev for a place in the quarterfinals.
Robredo has won the Bastad title twice previously and is looking to collect his third. Robredo, who currently sits at number 27 in the world rankings, last claimed a title in February 2009
Meanwhile in Stuttgart Gilles Simon claimed his fifth win of the season defeating Dustin Brown 6-3, 3-6, 7-6. The results comes after Simon defeated Almagro in a dead Davis Cup rubber in straight sets. Simon has struggled to be fit to play at all since the US Open last year with ongoing knee injuries.
Posted in Andrey Golubev, Bastad, Davis Cup, Dustin Brown, Gilles Simon, Injury, Michal Przysiezny, Nicolas Almagro, Stuttgart, Tommy Robredo, US Open
David Ferrer jogged around the court as he yelled, fist pumping, a spring in his step and the scoreboard on his side as Chardy seemed to crumble from a leading position in the fifth set. Ferrer had lead early in the match taking a two sets to love lead before Frenchman Chardy found a way into the match. As Chardy powered away to a 5-3 lead in the fifth set it looked like David was set to become another Spaniard to fall early, after Verdasco, Robredo, Garcia-Lopez, Ferrero and Almagro, all big names in Spain, fell in the first round.
David joins Rafa Nadal as the only Spaniards left in the draw who have any chance of doing well. Unfortunately, both David and Rafa have struggled and have had to produce some exceptional play against some big hitting players who have arrived at the tournament ‘hot’ and ready to challenge. Nadal was also dealt the additional blow of being bumped down in the seedings and therefore into a harder section of the draw.
Ferrer is notorious for his ability to play scrappy tennis and work his way into matches and he used every ounce of his ability to claw his way back into the fifth set and take the match. The depth of his shots was incredible, breaking Chardy and then holding serve to level at 5 all. Chardy almost seemed shell shocked as the Spaniard came roaring back into the match, aided by a few double faults from his opponent.
Chardy served his tenth double fault at match point to give Ferrer the match 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 7-5 and a spot in the fourth round where he will face the inform Robin Soderling who is yet to drop a set.
Lleyton Hewitt’s progress back after hip surgery has derailed slightly with his second round defeat in Barcelona today against Eduardo Schwank 7-6, 6-4 after battling his way through the first round. Hewitt’s service games were dubious at best, with Lleyton’s serve being inconsistent. “I have done all of the right things in rehab, not trying to cut corners, and did everything the physio told me, and I think for that reason I’ve been able to come back a little bit sooner that I expected. I had to be patient. I worked my back up the rankings after falling out of the top 100 after the first injury, and now I have to do it again. In a way it’s easier to come back on clay than on hard courts when you’re coming back from an injury, but on the other hand the sliding is tough, and you need to build and strengthen certain muscles.”
Unfortunately for Barcelona another Spaniard bit the dust with Tommy Robredo retiring with back pain during his match against Simone Bolelli. He did receive treatment on court but was unable to move comfortably and retired to prevent serious injury. Feliciano Lopez got an easy second round pass after Dolgopolov Jr retired from their first round match. His potential third round opponent is top seed Robin Soderling, however, he will have to get past Istomin first. Robin Soderling squeezed past Juan Ignacio Chela 7-5, 7-5 for a place in the third round.
Elsewhere in Europe photos of Roger Federer practicing his clay court slides have been released. Federer skipped Monte Carlo to spend time resting and rebuilding after a chest infection a few weeks ago but also to enjoy his first wedding anniversary with wife Mirka and their twin daughters.
Robredo, Hewitt and Federer are all expected at Rome next week.
Posted in Barcelona, Eduardo Schwank, Feliciano Lopez, Injury, Juan Ignacio Chela, Lleyton Hewitt, Mirka Vavrinec, Robin Soderling, Roger Federer, Rome, Tommy Robredo
Barcelona has been left with a mere 10 of the worlds top 30 male tennis players after Tomas Berdych has joined the extensive list of no-shows/injured players. Berdych has apparently injured his right ankle. The news that Berdych has decided to protect his injured ankle comes on the same day as news of Nalbandian and Nadal also withdrawing from the tournament.
The ten top 30 player that will participate in Barcelona’s 250 point tournament are; Robin Soderling, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco, Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Juan Monaco, Jurgen Melzer and Lleyton Hewitt.
Posted in Barcelona, David Ferrer, David Nalbandian, Fernando Verdasco, Injury, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Robredo
Spaniard Albert Montanes has sent 4th seed Marin Cilic tumbling out of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event. Cilic discovered just how dangerous all Spaniards are on red clay losing in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 and following fellow seed Andy Murray back to the airport. Read more
Posted in Albert Montanes, Andreas Seppi, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marcos Baghdatis, Marin Cilic, Nicolas Almagro, Rafael Nadal, Tommy Robredo
Andy Roddick made light work of Tommy Robredo today, winning their 11th meeting, and making it 12 consecutive losses for Robredo against top ten players (excluding Hopman Cup). As per normal Roddick style he opened with 2 swift opening service games. Robredo on the other hand had to work hard to hold serve.
At 4-3 Robredo desperately tried to keep things on serve but misfired a forehand into the net to give Roddick the break and the chance to serve it out, which he duly did, to love.
The second set was fairly similar, with Robredo trying to stay with Robredo, strangely playing the same type of match that had failed against Roddick in their 10 previous meetings. At 5-5 an error and 2 double faults gave Roddick triple break point with Robredo continuing to struggle in the sun. Robredo then pushed a forehand long giving Roddick a 6-5 lead and positioning him to serve out the match, which he again did to love.
In 1 hr and 18 minutes Roddick walked away with a 6-3, 7-5 victory and a place in the semi finals.
Tommy Robredo has showed just how tough he can be, fighting a stomach bug, multiple toilet breaks and Marcos Baghdatis for a spot in the quarterfinals at Indian Wells today. Robredo and Baghdatis battled it out in the first set, Robredo looking healthy, and Baghdatis unhampered by the knee he had checked in his match against Federer yesterday, with Robredo taking it 7-5.
At the break at the end of the first set Robredo called for the doctor, and a comfort break, after complaining of stomach cramps. Things got worse as the second set got started. Robredo was repeatedly bent double in discomfort and looked as though he was trying not to be physically sick on court as the second set slipped away 6-0 to Marcos.
Despite continuing to look quite unwell, and at times distressed, Robredo and Baghdatis battled on in the third set. An incredible, desperate down the line forehand from Robredo gave him two break points, only one of which he needed. He had saved 5 break points on his own serve the previous game and now found himself leading 4-2.
At 5-3 Baghdatis managed to save 2 match points as he battled to hold serve to force Robredo to serve it out at 5-4. Tommy then had to had to fend off a few break points, maintaining excellent shot depth to get his first match point on his own racket. An out call from the crowd made Robredo leave a ball that just hit the line. Devastated, and clearly exhausted, Robredo threw his hands on his head in protest. On match point number 4 he made no mistake serving it out with an ace.
He will next face Andy Roddick. Roddick has won all 10 of their previous meetings.