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My ‘one -to-watch’ defeats Tipsarevic to take his 2nd ATP title.

Canada's Milos Raonic Reacts

Milos Raonic picked up his second ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the Aircel Chennai Open with a hard-fought 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4) victory over top seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia. Raonic earned $71,900 in prize money and 250 South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking points with victory in three hours and 14 minutes, while Tipsarevic picked up $37,860 and 150 points. Tipsarevic came under pressure at 1-2, when he saved four break points, but didn’t suffer any problems thereafter. Raonic dropped just three points on serve and hit 10 aces in his first six service games en route to the tie-break. Tipsarevic took a 5-3 lead in the tie-break, which proved decisive to clinch the 61-minute set. Raonic had dropped four points on serve  overall. In the second set, Tipsarevic got himself out of trouble on three occasions. From 15/40 in the first game and by winning four straight points from 0/30 at 2-2 and 15/40 at 3-3. Raonic almost fell to 3-5, but saved two break points with big winners to keep the set on serve. Once again, a tie-break was needed. After the first couple of points were exchanged, Raonic took control by opening up a 4-1 lead. He levelled the score on his second set point opportunity, having his 13 aces and won 30 of 42 service points in 69 minutes of high-quality action.

In a close decider, Raonic saved two break points in the first game. Tipsarevic saved one at 3-4, 30/40. In the third tie-break of the final, Raonic’s greater service potency reaped dividends. He gained a 5-0 lead and soon tasted silverware for the second time (2-1 overall).




Here’s what has to happened for Djokovic to make the semifinal.

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David Ferrer, who has already qualified for the semi-finals, is the only player not to lose a set this week and after overcoming negative head-to-heads against his first two opponents this week, Murray and Djokovic, he can come into this match with some extra confidence. The Spaniard is 5-2 lifetime against Berdych, winning their past four meetings (and winning both of their hard court meetings as well). This match will be the ultimate decider of who will become the last player to qualify for the semi-finals at the year-end finale:

1.  If Ferrer defeats Berdych, Djokovic will qualify.

2. If Berdych defeats Ferrer and Djokovic loses (vs. Tipsarevic), Berdych will qualify.

3. If Berdych defeats Ferrer and Djokovic defeats Tipsarevic, Berdych will qualify unless Djokovic won his match in straight sets and Berdych was pushed to three sets before winning (in which case Djokovic qualifies).

Ferrer’s 63 61 win over Djokovic on Wednesday not only qualified him for the semi-finals, it was the equal-most lopsided win over a No. 1 in 28 and a half years – in a completed match, and in terms of games lost (in March 1983, Ivan Lendl lost a match, 61 62 – since then, nine times have players lost only four games in beating a No. 1, Ferrer’s win over Djokovic being the ninth time since then it has happened).




Serbia in danger of going down 0-2 against Argentina.

Janko Tipsarevic looks to level the score in Belgrade against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the second rubber of this Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal clash, following David Nalbandian’s early win over Viktor Troicki.

Tipsarevic is in the form of his life. He enters today’s match having reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open, where he was forced to retire with a leg injury against his team-mate and countryman Djokovic. But Del Potro will prove a tough test for the Serbian. The tall Argentine dispatched both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal en route to his first and only Grand Slam title at the 2009 US Open and holds the notable distinction of inflicting the worst Grand Slam defeat on the mighty Spaniard. Del Potro has a perfect record against Tipsarevic in his two previous meetings and he and his team will be hoping for more of the same today. Novak Djokovic’s exhaustion from winning the U.S. Open and the long journey home have already dealt a blow to Serbia’s hopes of retaining their Davis Cup title, after his replacement Troicki was blown away by Nalbandian in their opening singles rubber. Former world No. 3 Nalbandian, now ranked 74th, produced a performance reminiscent of his prime to win 64 46 62 63 and give the Argentines a 1-0 lead in the Belgrade Arena, where a small but colourful and vociferous band of away fans had much more to cheer about than the partisan 15,000 home crowd. Troicki drew first blood when he broke his opponent in the third game of the opening set but Nalbandian showed no nerves, as he broke back in the sixth and again in the ninth before he held serve to take the first set. The roles were reversed in the second set, when Troicki carved out a double break point in the ninth game and took the second before he levelled the score to send the home crowd into raptures. Serbia’s fans, however, were silent for the rest of the contest as Nalbandian produced a flurry of winners in the third set, including an audacious lob which had the Argentinian contingent in the terraces, all wearing the country’s blue-and-white soccer team shirts, in full swing. Nalbandian raced through the fourth set just as impressively to seal the tie in 2 hours and 51 minutes, putting Argentina in the driving seat ahead of the day’s second rubber between Janko Tipsarevic and 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin del Potro.



Djokovic wins his 63rd match after he figured out the unusual game of Dolgopolov.

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Djokovic recovered from 4-0 down in the opening tie-break Novak Djokovic came through a stunning first set tie-break to beat Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov and secure a place in the US Open quarter-finals. Djokovic saved four set points in the tie-break and needed six of his own on his way to a 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 6-2 win. The Serbian world number one will next face comaptriot Janko Tipsarevic, who beat Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 6-5 6-2.

Djokovic racked up his 61st win in 63 matches this year but it was not without alarms for the top seed, as Dolgopolov’s unorthodox game caused him problems. On a windy afternoon on Louis Armstrong Stadium, the 22nd seed kept Djokovic pinned back with his sliced backhand and, after the pair swapped breaks of serve, the first set went to a tie-break. Dolgopolov was in total control at 4-0 up but then got unlucky with a net cord, and Djokovic came racing back. Each man would have their opportunities as the crowd reached fever pitch, with Dolgopolov playing one incredible point to see off a set point by picking up a drop shot that seemed impossible, but in the end Djokovic converted his sixth break point and never looked back. He broke at the start of the second and third sets to see out a straight-sets win that had been anything but straightforward for the first 75 minutes.




Serbia needs just one more point to move through to a semifinal against Argentina.

Serbia are one point away from a semifinal place after the perfect start to their tie against Sweden in Halmstad. Janko Tipsarevic, who was a substitute for World No. 1 Novak Djokovic who withdrew with a knee injury, played just nine games against Davis Cup debutant Ervin Eleskovic before the Swede retired with a knee injury. Tipsarevic was leading 62 1-0 after 44 minutes when the rubber came to an abrupt end.

Earlier in the day Troicki was taken to four sets in a gripping opening singles rubber against Michael Ryderstedt, who takes over the role of Sweden’s No. 1 player this weekend in the absence of Robin Soderling. There are 281 places separating the two players, but it only showed in the opening two sets. Buoyed by a vocal away contingent of Serbian fans, Troicki raced into a two-set lead but thereafter was made to work hard for a 63 61 67(6) 75 victory in just under three hours. Ryderstedt, who was making his Davis Cup debut, started poorly and handed his opponent the first two sets with too many unforced errors. He failed to get into a rhythm on his serve until the third set. At 0-40 down at 5-5 in the third, it looked like Ryderstedt was going to be having an early bath, but the Swede somehow fought back and pushed his Serbian opponent into a tiebreak. After taking the tiebreak 8-6, the momentum was with the home player and he even served for the fourth set at 5-4. But Troicki showed why he is ranked No. 16 in the world and reeled off three games in a row to win the opening point of the tie for Serbia.

Serbia needs just one more point to move through to a semifinal against Argentina, who have already won their tie against Kazakhstan. The tie in Buenos Aires was brought forward a day due to government elections locally


Del Potro is heading up the rankings.

Juan Martin del Potro’s comeback to the ATP World Tour gathered further pace as he completed a convincing win over Radek Stepanek in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Del Potro was restricted to just three tournaments last year because of a wrist injury, which was operated on in May. The former world number four began the season at 258 in the rankings – but the 22-year-old Argentinian has moved into the top 100 and the climb looks set to continue after a 6-4 6-0 first round defeat of Stepanek.

Elsewhere in the Miami event, Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic had few problems against Germany’s Tobias Kamke, winning 6-2 6-0, while America’s Ryan Sweeting was a 6-4 6-1 winner against Spain’s Marcel Granollers. Also booking places in the second round were Donald Young, Somdev Devvarman, Victor Hanescu, Michael Berrer, Tim Smyczek, Rainer Schuettler and Xavier Malisse, while South Africa’s Rik de Voest also progressed when Spain’s Pere Riba retired after losing the first set 6-4.


Tipsarevic on the brink of capturing his first ATP title.

Janko Tipsarevic has given himself the chance to land his first ATP Tour title after reaching the final of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Florida.

The sixth-seeded Serbian made full use of his two break-point opportunities against 2009 champion Kei Nishikori to secure a 6-4 6-4 victory. He will face 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the final.

Del Potro, himself chasing a first title since his return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a wrist injury, secured a 6-1 7-5 win over second seed Mardy Fish.


Ryan Sweeting upsets Sam Querrey 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.

Ryan Sweeting upset US third seed Sam Querrey 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the $442,500 ATP Delray Beach International Championships. Sweeting on Wednesday won six of the last seven points, denying Querrey’s fightback bid in the final game. Sweeting fell behind 0-40 but saved three break points, then rescued another with a second-serve ace before winning on his only match point. “I feel like I’m playing good tennis,” Sweeting said. “I’m one of the Americans consistently moving up, maybe not at a fast rate, but it’s going in the right direction.”

Sweeting, ranked 118th, advanced to a Friday date against Japan’s 66th-ranked Kei Nishikori who breezed past American wild card James Blake 6-3, 6-4. Nishikori’s only ATP crown came at Delray Beach in 2008.

French eighth seed Adrian Mannarino advanced to the second round by rallying to defeat Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 1-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4. Mannarino will next face Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla and could meet US second seed Mardy Fish in the quarter-finals. Fish is the highest-ranked player in the field after US top seed Andy Roddick withdrew due to illness.

In the night match, sixth seeded Janko Tipsarevic outlasted Blaz Kavcic 6-2, 6-7 (8/10), 6-3.


Delray’s top players advance without any problems.

Serbian sixth seed Janko Tipsarevic also advanced, winning an epic marathon tie-breaker and a lopsided one to eliminate Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (16/14), 7-6 (7/1) despite 18 aces from the Croatian, who lost in last year’s final. Tipsarevic will next face Slovenian qualifier Blaz Kavcic, who eliminated Colombia’s Robert Farah 6-1, 6-4.

Mardy Fish needed only 20 minutes to reach the second round of the $442,500 ATP Delray Beach International Championships when German rival Bjorn Phau retired. Fish led 5-0 and had dropped only six points in Tuesday’s match, breaking Phau twice before the German halted the match, advancing the American into a second-round meeting with Brazil’s Ricardo Mello. South African fifth seed Kevin Anderson rallied to beat US lucky loser Donald Young 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 after two hours and 30 minutes, booking a second-round match against Frenchman Florent Serra.

In the night match, Juan Martin del Potro easily beat Richard Berankis 6-4, 6-1 to advance. Del Potro, of Argentina, won 79 percent of his first serves, converted 80 percent (four of five) of his break-point chances and kept his double faults to a minimum (two) in the 76-minute match. Japan’s Kei Nishikori also opened with a victory, downing Argentina’s Brian Dabul 6-2, 7-6 (7/5). He will next face US wild card James Blake, who ousted German seventh seed Benjamin Becker on Monday.


Federer and Roddick move on in Basle.

Roger Federer sealed his place in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basle. Home favourite Federer beat Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic 6-3 6-4 to safely progress through to the last eight.

Andy Roddick continued his push for a place in the ATP World Tour Finals by beating Sam Querrey in the first round. Returning after a fortnight on the sidelines with a knee injury, Roddick beat fellow United States player Sam Querrey 7-5 7-6 (8-6). Both players fired in 16 aces in a hard-fought encounter.

World number one Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Robin Soderling and Federer have already booked their places at the ATP World Tour Finals, when the world’s top eight players will lock horns at London’s 02 Arena from 21-28 November – leaving three slots yet to be filled. Roddick is currently ranked third among the players yet to qualify, behind Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer.

Federer needed just an hour to defeat his Serbian opponent and was delighted with his performance. “That’s two perfect matches in a row,” said Federer. “How much better can it get? “I played well, served well and had hardly any errors. This is about as good as it gets. If I can keep it like this for the whole event, that would be amazing.”

But at the same time the 29-year-old does not want to risk over-confidence either. “I don’t want to get used to this, that could be a danger,” he stated. “Beating Janko [who took him to five sets in their last match at the 2008 Australian Open] is a good win. He’s on a Davis Cup finals team after all. “I’m happy to get this win, but nothing is guaranteed.”

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