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19
Jul
11

Juan Carlos Ferrero was a shock casualty in round one of the German Open Today.

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The former world number one failed to maintain his winning streak in Germany as local wildcard Cedrik-Marcel Stebe claimed a surprise 6-3 6-2 victory on the Hamburg clay. Stebe, a 20-year-old left-hander, reached the quarter-finals in Stuttgart last week and he will now play 11th seed Nikolay Davydenko in round two. Another German wildcard, Tobias Kamke, was also victorious on Tuesday after he beat seventh-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-1 6-4 in the second round. While his countrymen advanced, German Davis Cup player Philipp Petzschner was upset by qualifier Marsel Ilhan of Turkey, then stunned reporters with bizarre answers to questions about the match. Asked to comment on Ilhan’s unexpected 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7-5) victory, Petzschner replied: “I hope that HSV reaches the Europa League this season.” Petzschner has been under fire for a lacklustre performance in Germany’s Davis Cup loss to France and for three straight first-round losses.

Elsewhere, Finn Jarkko Nieminen beat 10th-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3 1-6 6-4, fifth-seeded Gilles Simon cruised past Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2 6-1 and Fabio Fognini beat Victor Crivoi of Romania 6-1 7-5. Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, Juan Monaco of Argentina and Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Daniel Gimeno-Traver also progressed from the first round

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14
Jul
11

Wild-carder Cedrik-Marcel Stebe reached his first tour quarter-final after a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero marched into the quarter-finals of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart after coming from behind to knock out third seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny. The 31-year-old Ferrero battled back after losing a first set tie-break to win 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 6-2 and earn a last eight meeting with Spain’s Marcel Granollers, who beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-4 7-5.

Local wild card Cedrik-Marcel Stebe reached his first tour quarter-final after a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini, ranked more than 150 places higher in the world rankings. Stebe will now play Spain’s Pablo Andujar. Qualifiers Pavol Cervenak and Federico Del Bonis will meet in the quarter-finals after pulling off surprise second round wins. Cervenak beat Romanian Victor Hanescu, who had dispatched top seed Gael Monfils in the first round, 6-3 7-6 (8-6), while Argentina’s Del Bonis was a 6-4 6-3 winner over Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky. Poland’s Lukasz Kubot continued his fine recent form with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Next for Kubot is Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo, a 1-6 7-5 6-4 winner over France’s Jeremy Chardy.

19
May
11

Andy Roddick withdraws from 2011 French Open.

Andy Roddick and 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero withdrew from the year’s second Grand Slam tournament Thursday night after failing to recover from right shoulder injuries. Both spent time at No. 1 in the rankings in 2003, when Roddick beat Ferrero in the U.S. Open final — the last time an American man won a major singles title

The 11th-ranked Roddick pulled out of the Italian Open doubles final last weekend and the singles event at this week’s Open de Nice to give himself a chance of recovering in time for Roland Garros. The French Open draw is Friday, and play starts Sunday.

Roddick is mired in a four-match losing streak in singles dating to mid-March. His game is built on a big serve and forehand that are slowed by the red clay of Roland Garros, and in nine trips to the tournament, he’s made it as far as the fourth round just once, in 2009. His career French Open record is 9-9, including four first-round losses.

Ferrero has only played five matches this season and is ranked 72nd this week. In addition to his French Open title, he was the tournament’s runner-up in 2002.

 

10
Dec
10

Great Field for New Zealand’s 2011 Heineken Open.

The 2011 Heineken Open looks set to be another blockbuster tournament with plenty of new talent, experience and crowd pleasers. There are two former champions and the defending champion in the 19-player field. Four players who have been ranked in the world’s top five, including former No1 Juan Carlos Ferrero as well as a number of new players to the tournament.

World No7 David Ferrer of Spain, the 2007 champion will be the top seed and has just completed playing at the ATP World Tour finals in London. Ferrer along with countrymen Albert Montanes won two ATP singles titles each in 2010. Another Spaniard, Juan Carlos Ferrero took away three titles this year. The second seed is the defending champion, world No19 and the man who won the longest professional tennis match in history, John Isner. The 2.06m (6’9”) American won the 2010 Heineken Open in dramatic fashion over Frenchman, Arnaud Clement for his first and only career title. He has been a beaten finalist in three other tournaments this year – Memphis, Belgrade and Atlanta as well as playing the historic 11 hour five minute match at Wimbledon.

The third seed, with a ranking of 25, Montanes had a remarkable year, starting by reaching the semifinals at the Heineken Open he won the tournament at Estoril, beating Roger Federer in the semis and also claimed the title at Stuttgart as well as making the semis at three other events and the quarters at two tournaments. Fourth seed is Heineken Open regular visitor, Juan Monaco of Argentina. The world No26 reached one ATP final (Santiago) three semifinals – Buenos Aires, Acapulco and Shanghai and the quarters at the Indian Wells Masters Series. It will be his sixth visit to Auckland. Also seeded will be No27th ranked David Nalbandian. The former No3 and Wimbledon runner up from 2002 has 11 career singles titles to his credit, including winning at Washington this year.

07
Jun
10

Ferrero dumped by lucky loser in round 1.

Thanks to a flawless 6-3,7-5 performance, Dominik Meffert more than deserved his victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero. “I certainly had the advantage that I have already played three matches in the qualifiers,” he said. “In that respect, I was more used to the grass. Juan Carlos had a problem with timing, particularly in the first set.” Meffert was also delightedthat his parents had been sat in his box. “My box is usually empty because I always travel alone. Now they will have to come back on Wednesday,” he said. He hopes to receive the same support against Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in his next match. “I would also like to perform like this against Lukas,” he said. “In any case, I am definitely going to enjoy the rest of my time in Halle.”

Juan Carlos Ferrero was broken in only his second service game, and Dominik Meffert never looked back, deciding the first set in just over 28 minutes. Any thoughts that the Mayen-born right-hander would not be able to keep up the pace were dismissed in the second set as he continued to serve excellently, and he kept up the immense pressure, particularly with his ambidextrous backhands. Neither player gave an inch as the second set proceeded to 5-5, and then it was the 29-year-old German who timed his third break point to perfection, and took it, much to the crowd’s approval. He benefitted from a double fault from the Spaniard, who clearly gave up after that. Meffert won his final service game without dropping a point and ended the game in fine fashion with an ace.

29
May
10

Melzer and Ginepri upset Ferrer and Ferrero in Saturday’s singles.

Ninth seed David Ferrer was a shock casualty in the third round of the French Open in a straight-sets defeat by Jurgen Melzer at Roland Garros.

Ferrer came into the tournament as one of the form players on clay, but was simply blown away by his Austrian rival.

Melzer took less than two hours to triumph 6-4 6-0 7-6 and secure a first appearance in the fourth round, where he will meet Teimuraz Gabashvili.

The Russian qualifier had earlier dispatched sixth seed Andy Roddick in straight sets.

Robby Ginepri is the only U.S. man in the French Open’s fourth round after upsetting 2003 champion Juan Carlos Ferrero.

The 98th-ranked Ginepri, of Kennesaw, Ga., beat the 16th-seeded Ferrero of Spain 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4 Saturday in a match that lasted more than three hours.

Ginepri was 1-7 in 2010 before the French Open.

This is Ginepri’s second trip to the fourth round at Roland Garros. He also made it that far in 2008, but lost in the first round in six other appearances at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

26
Apr
10

Ferrero the first casualty in Rome!

Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo unleashed an arsenal of winners to upset former champion Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-0, 6-3 in the opening round at the Rome Masters.

The 76th-ranked Giraldo hit 32 winners to Ferrero’s nine on Monday, and required only 17 minutes to win the opening set.

Ferrero won this tournament in 2001 and entered with an 18-3 record on clay this season. But Giraldo came in on a run of his own, having beaten tour veterans Nicolas Lapentti and Jarkko Nieminen in qualifying.

Ernests Gulbis of Latvia cruised past Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-2, 6-2 and will face top-ranked Roger Federer.

In other matches, Italian wild card Paolo Lorenzi rallied to beat Albert Montanes 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, and Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany eliminated Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-4.

12
Apr
10

Round 1 results from Monaco Masters.

Juan Carlos Ferrero safely negotiated an encounter with fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers to reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday.

Ferrero, the ninth seed, romped to the first set without losing a game against qualifier Granollers, who improved in the second but nevertheless slumped to a 6-0 6-3 defeat in just 69 minutes.

With the top eight seeds handed byes to the second round, Ferrero, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Juan Monaco were the headline names in action today.

Berdych, the 10th seed from the Czech Republic, beat Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-1 while number 11 seed Ferrer of Spain defeated Peter Luczak of Australia 6-2 6-4.

Monaco, the 14th seed from Argentina, was a 7-5 7-5 winner over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

French wild card Richard Gasquet set up a second-round clash with Berdych after defeating Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2 4-6 6-2, while David Nalbandian of Argentina also progressed with a convincing 6-3 6-1 triumph over Andreas Beck of Germany.

Julien Benneteau of France set up a second-round encounter with sixth seed Fernando Verdasco courtesy of a battling 6-4 5-7 6-2 win over Oleksandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine.

Ernests Gulbis of Latvia defeated Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland 6-3 6-2, Spain’s Nicolas Almagro was a 3-6 7-5 6-2 victor over Simon Greul of Germany and Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci lost in three sets at the hands of Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3).

28
Feb
10

This week was David Ferrer’s turn to win.

David Ferrer avenged his loss to Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final at Buenos Aires last week to claim the title at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament in Acapulco.

Third seed Ferrer won 6-3 3-6 6-1 in one hour and 47 minutes to lift his first title since his home-town success at Valencia in 2008.

It also meant Ferrero was denied a hat-trick of ATP Tour titles after his impressive form during the Latin American clay-court swing had seen the former world number one win in Costa do Sauipe and Buenos Aires.

23
Feb
10

Federer, Nadal and Verdasco will miss the Davis Cup.

Juan Carlos Ferrero will be Spain’s top player next week when the two-time defending Davis Cup champs host Switzerland in an opening-round tussle.

Spanish team captain Albert Costa will have the red-hot Ferrero, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers at his disposal for the best-of-five-tie against the underdog Swiss, who will play without their top gun, the great Roger Federer, on the red clay at Plaza de Toros de la Ribera in Logrono.

The former world No. 1 Ferrero has won his last two tournaments, both on clay.

In addition to the world No. 3 Nadal, who is nursing a knee injury, Spain will also have to do without 10th-ranked Fernando Verdasco, who is out with a nerve problem in his leg.

Switzerland will be captained by Severin Luthi, who will head to Logrono with a squad of Stanislas Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer and Yves Allegro.

The Spaniards are 4-1 all-time against the Swiss in a series that dates back to 1946.

Spain, which beat the Czech Republic in last year’s final, won four Davis Cup titles in the 2000s, including two straight to close out the decade. The Spaniards are unbeaten in 18 home ties stretching back to 1999 when Brazil was the visitor.

The Spain-Switzerland winner will face the France-Germany victor in the quarterfinals.




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