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Montaines and Monfils both ousted in Stuttgart.


Top seed and last year’s beaten finalist Gael Monfils wasted two match points before being knocked out of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart in the first round by Romania’s Victor Hanescu. In a match which resumed with Monfils 4-2 up overnight, the world number 64 Hanescu survived a tight second set tie-break before turning the match in his favour and winning 2-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.

On another rain-affected day, Spain’s Marcel Granollers needed one hour and 10 minutes to defeat Italian seventh seed Andreas Seppi 6-3 3-6 6-1 in another delayed first round showdown.

Defending champion Albert Montanes was knocked out in the second round by fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who progressed to the quarter-finals with a 2-6 6-4 6-3 success.


Montanes is seeking his third ATP title of the year.

Albert Montanes stepped up his bid for a third title of the year by reaching the semi-finals of the BCR Open Romania in Bucharest.

The 29-year-old has already won tournaments in Stuttgart and Estoril – where he beat Roger Federer in the semi-finals – and has reached a career-high in the world rankings after climbing to 22nd.

As top seed at the clay-court event in Bucharest, he was given a scare by Frenchman Jeremy Chardy today but overcame a wobble in the second set to win 6-3 1-6 6-3.

Awaiting Montanes in the last four is another stiff test in the shape of fourth seed Juan Ignacio Chela, the 31-year-old Argentinian who beat Bjorn Phau of Germany 6-3 6-3 today.

Third seed Potito Starace went out of the tournament despite going close to a straight-sets win over Spain’s Marcel Granollers.

Italian Starace led by a set and the second went to a tie-break, however Granollers clung on and finished a 3-6 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 winner.

Granollers goes on to face another Spaniard, Pablo Andujar, who beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-4 6-4.


Federer loses in Portugal……says, “I’m not worried.”

Albert Montanes knocked out World No. 1 Roger Federer 6-2, 7-6(5) in 82 minutes on Saturday for a place in the Estoril Open final.

Federer, who was aiming to capture his 63rd career title at the Estadio Nacional this week, committed 48 unforced errors in damp conditions on a slow-paced clay-court. The match had been delayed by over two hours due to torrential rain.

When asked whether he was worried about his preparations for Roland Garros, the Swiss superstar said: “I’m not worried. It’s too far away. My goal isn’t to win 12 tournaments a year, it is the big events: the [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000s, the Grand Slams, [Barclays] ATP World Tour Finals and keeping the No. 1 ranking.”

“My decision to come to Estoril was the right decision. I would like to return again in future. I know that good things are around the corner.”

Federer fell to 15/40 in the third game and hit a forehand long on Montanes third break point opportunity. Montanes opened up a 4-1 lead, when Federer hit a forehand wide at 40-30.

Although the Swiss superstar broke back immediately, a poor drop shot at 30/40 in the seventh game saw Montanes race to the net for a backhand winner down the line. Montanes closed out the 29-minute first set with his fifth groundstroke winner. Federer had committed 19 unforced errors.

The 29-year-old Montanes, appearing at the Estoril Open for the sixth time (12-4 record), survived two break point opportunities in the fourth game of the second set.

In the tie-break, Federer opened up a 5-2 lead courtesy of some attacking tennis but World No. 34 Montanes won five straight points – three points coming from Federer forehand errors – to complete his first win in four meeting.

“The conditions were extremely slow, but I don’t mind that,” said Federer. I grew up with it in Switzerland, where we have a lot of rain.

“I’m disappointed to have played a match like this, where I got off to a bad start again. I didn’t play that badly in the second set, I had my moments but my movement was a little slow. I didn’t have confidence in my movement. I have put in a lot of work.”

Federer is just six weeks shy of breaking Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 286 weeks at No. 1 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings. He captured his 16th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January and has a 15-5 match record on the season.

“I’m lacking matches,” said Federer. “I’ll keep practising hard again. Conditions will speed up in Madrid and Paris [at Roland Garros]. I must take positives into the next few weeks.”


Spain’s clay court dominance in evidence in Monte Carlo!

Five of the eight quarter finalists are from Spain! Fernando Verdasco will meet his Spanish compatriot Albert Montanes in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters quarter-finals on Friday. Verdasco has a 3-0 record over Montanes, with their last meeting coming in June 2009 at The Championships, Wimbledon.

Madrid resident Verdasco beat No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 34 minutes on Thursday. It was his third win in 10 meetings (Berdych leads 6-4) and first for 12 months since the Barcelona Open BancSabadell.

Montanes recorded just the fourth Top 10 victory of his career (4-20) Thursday, to reach an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final for the second time. Montanes hit top form, converting four of eight break points opportunities, to knock out World No. 9 Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes.

Rafael Nadal gave his German opponent Michael Berrer just one game as he won 6-0, 6-1, while another Spaniard David Ferrer took out Ivan Ljubicic 6-0, 7-6.

David Nalbandian managed to defeat one Spaniard, as he won 6-3, 6-4 over Tommy Robredo, and joined another non-Spaniard, Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals as the Serbian player defeated Wawrinka 6-4, 6-4.


Montanes wins 2009 Bucharest Open.

montannesAlbert Montanes won his second ATP World Tour title of the season after edging third seed Juan Monaco 7-6(2), 7-6(6) Sunday in the final of the BCR Open Romania, an ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament in Bucharest.

Montanes is the third Spanish played this season, together with Rafael Nadal (five titles) and Tommy Robredo (two titles), to win at least two ATP World Tour titles. He received 250 South African Airways 2009 ATP Ranking points and €71,700, while runner-up Monaco earned 150 Ranking points and €37,700 in prize money.

Barcelona-resident Montanes is the first Spaniard to win the BCR Open Romania title since David Sanchez lifted the trophy in 2003. Montanes himself had nearly claimed the title two years earlier, when he finished runner-up to Younes El Aynaoui on his tournament debut.


Montanes, Djokovic and Berdych win on Sunday.


Tomas Berdych claimed his first title of the 2009 season with a final-set tie-break defeat of Mikhail Youzhny at the BMW Open in Munich.

The Czech fourth seed won the opening set before the unseeded Russian hit back to win the second and take the decider all the way.

But Berdych held his nerve to clinch a 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7/5) success in two hours and 34 minutes.

Albert Montanes saved two match points to beat fourth seed James Blake and seal the Estoril Open title.

The seventh-seeded Spaniard lost the first set but stormed back to claim a 5-7 7-6 (8/6) 6-0.

Blake had earlier been forced to play the majority of his semi-final against second seed and former champion Nikolay Davydenko, which was put back on Saturday because of rain.

The American battled back from a set down to come through 6-7 (3/7) 7-6 (7/2) 6-3.

And he perhaps felt the effects of his workout as he ran out of gas against Montanes, who had a much simpler outing yesterday, beating Chile’s Paul Capdeville 6-3 6-4.

The Spanish veteran appeared to be on his way out of the tournament when, at 5-4 down in the second, he faced two break points.

But he saved them and ran through the third set to claim his second tour title.

Home favourite Novak Djokovic won the inaugural Serbia Open with a straight-sets victory over surprise finalist Lukasz Kolbat in Belgrade.

World number three Djokovic was playing in his fifth ATP final of the season and could have been forgiven for expecting an easy ride against Pole Kolbat, ranked 179 and making his first ATP final appearance after a shock semi-final victory over Ivo Karlovic.

And so it appeared during the first set, the Serb breaking his opponent almost immediately on the way to a comfortable 6-3 triumph.

But Kubat then gave Djokovic a dose of his own medicine by breaking him early in the second to open up a 3-0 lead and the top seed had to fight back to take it to a tie-breaker.

Djokovic demonstrated his class from thereon though, cruising to victory in the tie-break without dropping a point to wrap up the match and become the first Serbia Open champion.

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