Category Archives: Victor Hanescu

Djokovic Steam Rolls De Bakker

Novak Djokovic is now 38-0 this season after thumping Thiemo De Bakker 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in his first round match at Roland Garros. He was last beaten 40 matches ago in late 2011 by Roger Federer at the world tour finals.

Djokovic turned up to play today. He didn’t need a few games to get going he was focused and sharp from the beginning of the match – an ominous sign for the rest of the field. There were no signs of fatigue and only one minor blip in his concentration. Read more »

Almagro Wins Nice

It would seem Nicolas Almagro has chosen the perfect time to peak. The Spaniard has won Nice over night defeating Victor Hanescu 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 and says he is now ready of Roland Garros.

“I think I’m ready for Roland Garros. I want to rest a little bit now, tomorrow I want to practise, and we’ll see what happens on Tuesday. It’s the most important clay-court tournament of the year and I go with a lot of confidence in my tennis and we’ll see what I can do in Paris. Read more »

Argentina Sweep Romania Off The Court With 3-0 Victory

After a dramatic first day of play, Argentinians Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank defeated Victor Hanescu and Horia Tecau 6-2, 7-6, 6-1 in the doubles rubber giving Argentina an unbeatable 3-0 lead. The new Davis Cup rule mean that the players will now only play one of the two dead rubber singles matches. Read more »

Nalbandian Survives Hernia And Muscle Tear To Help Argentina To 2-0 Lead

Romania has been handily controlled by Argentina in the first day of play in Buenos Aires with the home town hero’s taking a 2-0 lead.

It was an emotional David Nalbandian who was most impressive as he limped across the finish line against Adrian Ungur 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. Juan Monaco also stepped up and beat Victor Hanescu 7-6, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1. Read more »

Weird Wimbledon

There has only been one week of play so far but it has been a bizarre week at Wimbledon.

It all started with Roger Federer opening proceedings on center court in what should have been an easy match, and an easy path to the quarterfinals after he was gifted the number one spot, and therefore an easy draw, by the Gods of Grass, essentially snubbing Nadal as world number 1. Instead of coming out and playing the routine match we expected from Federer, he looked rusty and far from his best as Falla took him to five sets, almost knocking him out on multiple occasions. Things didn’t improve for Federer until he comfortably beat Arnaud Clement in the third round. Read more »

Hanescu Fined $15,000 For Spit-Gate

Victor Hanescu has been widely backed up by past players and commentators over spit-gate, where he spat in the direction of patrons who had been heckling him and were later arrested. What has disgusted many was the manner in which he ended the match, deliberately foot faulting before throwing in the towel at 0-3, with the withdrawal being called a “disgrace on the tournament”.

Today Hanescu has been fined $15,000 USD, $7,500 for miscondouct and another $7,500 for not giving his best efforts on court. Read more »

>Nadal Annihilates Hanescu

>Rafael Nadal has annihilated Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-2 to claim a place in the quarterfinals. Nadal thumped winners of up to 164kmph to clip the line, finding incredible angles using his spin. The match was another typical example of Nadal not only dominating his opponents on clay but wearing them down as they battle to get on the board.

Hanescu battled hard to hold his first service game, rushing the net and playing some incredible half volleys, drop shots and making Nadal slide to the best of his abilities, but Nadal is too hot right now and too fit to be troubled by the longer, more challenging games. It took Hanescu 6 minutes and 37 seconds to hold his opening service game.

Nadal, who definately looks bigger in the chest than he did last season, was dominant on serve as well, sending millimeter perfect body blows down and destroying any second serves he received in return.

Some excellent coverage at the net, taking advantage of his enormous wingspan, gave Hanescu the sixth game and got him on the board for just the second time. Nadal later admitted that he temporarily reduced the intensity of his play at this point, allowing Hanescu back into the match. “I stopped playing a little bit and relaxed. I played with less intensity at 4-1 and I was over-confident. It’s impossible to play with less intensity at this level, he’s a good player.”

Even the games Rafa didn’t win he moved with confidence and incredible speed, managing to dig balls that land behind him for winners or control their awkward bounce with such ease, Roger Federer much have been watching at home hoping he can’t keep it up come Roland Garros. Rafa fans, who were deprived of their star last year, would have been elated with his performance.

Statistically it was an incredible first set from a man who took his foot off the accelerator, and also for the man he was crushing. Both had good serve statistics, but the incredibly aggressive Nadal, who seems to have become even better on a clay court, served an amazing 89% of first serves and won 100% of points on his second serve. Nadal had 12 winners to 6 unforced errors compared to Hanescu’s 7 winners to 3 unforced errors.

In the opening game of the second set Nadal over powered Hanescu, bringing up triple break point with an exceptional down the line forehand hit will sliding after sprinting over to his forehand corner, finding the tape perfectly. Hanescu then went on to win the third game, his second service game of the set to love.

Nadal easily held serve to go up 3-1, having only lost 8 point in the whole match on serve. A beautiful passing shot, just passing Hanescu’s reach, followed by another brilliant forehand catching the Romanian off guard, followed by another pummeled ball gave Nadal the another break to take a quick 4-1 lead. Nadal surrendered only one more game the entire match in an epic display of clay court excellence to book a place in the quarterfinals where he will play Stanislas Wawrinka who has never taken a set off him before.

To his credit Hanescu managed to get four separate break point chances on Rafa’s serve in the sixth game and played an incredibly high quality match that against anyone else would have been a much tighter affair.

>Juan Monaco Keeps His Cool And Defeats Andreev

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Juan Monaco managed to keep himself calm enough to walk away the victor of his 1st round match up with Igor Andreev, winning 7-6, 7-5 in 2 hours and 17 minutes. Monaco, who has not had the best results this year, battled from time to time with the umpire about exactly which ball mark was which.

Monaco was extremely animated during the whole match, berating himself for his errors even though he holding serve with greater ease than his opponent in the first set.

Andreev struggled with his serve, serving 4 double faults in the first seven games, and at time looking extremely irritable with the small crowd who moved around during the match. Igor eventually walked away with a tally of 7 double faults, much more than his average, and only 60% of 1st serves in for the whole match.

In the second set Andreev got off to a much better start, breaking Monaco in his opening service game a quickly finding himself with a 3-0 advantage. While the players contended with some terrible background music that played fairly regularly from one of the other courts, Monaco started to make his comeback as Andreev’s serve began to falter again. A decelerating forehand gave Monaco his second break back point which was converted when Igor missed an easy volley. Monaco then leveled at 3-3 after holding serve.

Monaco then broke again for a chance to serve for the match at 5-4 but was broken by a desperate Andreev whose scrappy play kept him in point he should have lost. Monaco responded and broke Andreev again after another battle on serve, this time making no mistake serving for the set and match.

Monaco will now face Victor Hanescu in the next round.

What Happened Today?

- No surprises, Federer moved into the third round beating Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. He will next play Spaniard Albert Montanes.

- Carla Suarez Navarro will attempt to do what she did last year except against Serena Williams in this years third round.

- Ana Ivanovic continued her stream of poor results, losing to Gisela Dulko 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, after her serve once again abandoned her. Ivanovic has failed to have a solid result in a grand slam since she won Roland Garros in 2008. Also true to form, Dulko had trouble serving for the match. Read more »