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The #6 and #10 seeds are gone in week #1.

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Robin Soderling withdrew from the U.S. Open because of illness. The Swede was scheduled to face qualifier Louk Sorensen in the first round Wednesday. “Lucky loser” Rogerio Dutra da Silva of Brazil took his spot. His agent said in a statement that Soderling started feeling “really bad” Tuesday night with stomach pain and a headache. A doctor recommended he not play. Soderling had not played since withdrawing from Montreal with a wrist injury in early August.

“Wrist is feeling better. Travelling to NY tomorrow,” he tweeted Aug. 21. Soderling missed Cincinnati because of a throat problem that agent Nina Wennerstrom said might be related to the virus that sidelined him in New York. He won at Bastad in his last tournament in mid-July. The two-time French Open runner-up reached the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows last year to equal his best result.

Julien Benneteau powered his way through to the second round, eliminating No. 10 seed Nicolas Almagro in his bid for the 2011 US Open. Armed with a rocket for a serve, the Frenchman bested the Spanish clay-court specialist in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. The match was evenly contested from the baseline, but the deciding factor proved to be service games and break-point chances. Benneteau fared better in both categories, capitalizing on a 62 percent first-serve percentage and converting on 6-of-10 break-point chances. Almagro, on the other hand, faltered, as his first serve let him down throughout the match (49 percent) and he failed convert on break point opportunities. The 10th seed went 1-of-13 in those critical moments.





John Isner captures his 3rd title in Winston-Salem.

John Isner of the USA kisses the trophyJohn Isner, who grew up in nearby Greensboro, lifted the third ATP World Tour title of his career on Saturday in front of his family and friends at the Winston-Salem Open at Forest Wake University. Isner recorded a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over French qualifier Julien Benneteau to improve to a 3-5 mark in ATP World Tour finals. The 26-year-old American Benneteau earned $74,630 in prize money and received 250 South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings points. Benneteau, who is now 0-5 in finals, picked up $42,500 and 150 points. World No. 113 Benneteau did not face a break point in the first set, winning 20 of his 23 service points. He broke Isner’s serve to 30 at 4-4 and went onto wrap up the opener in 34 minutes. Isner responded by hitting six aces and dropping nine points to win the 43-minute second set. It meant Benneteau, who lost his serve at 3-4 in a closely fought game, would play his fourth straight three-set match of the week. Isner converted his second of two break point opportunities at 2-2 and maintained the advantage to seal victory in just over two hours. Both players won 72 per cent of their service points, but Isner hit 19 aces in total to Benneteau’s six.

Benneteau was attempting to become the ninth first-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season, the oldest of the nine at 29 years of age, and also the first qualifier to lift a trophy since Sergiy Stakhovsky at the St. Petersburg Open in November 2009. World No. 28 Isner improves to a 28-18 match record on the season by picking up his second ATP World Tour title in six weeks. The American has now won 17 of his past 21 matches, including his title success at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, immediately after The Championships at Wimbledon.


French duo wins the doubles to eliminate Spain.

France booked a place in the Davis Cup World Group semifinals at the expense of the defending champions Spain.

Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau clinched the vital point by defeating the experienced duo of Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez in a decisive doubles rubber, 61 62 67(6) 76(5).

Despite an impressive Davis Cup doubles record together, Verdasco and Lopez were unable to maintain Spain’s bid to win its third successive Davis Cup title, a feat that was last achieved by USA in the early 1970s.

On Friday, Gael Monfils overcame a strong David Ferrer fight-back in the opening rubber, eventually prevailing 76(3) 62 46 57 64 after nearly four hours on court. Llodra then defeated Verdasco 67(5) 64 63 76(2) to put France firmly in the driving seat, before Llodra teamed up with Benneteau to seal a famous victory.

It was an historic win for the French, who hadn’t defeated their European neighbours since 1923.

Argentina have taken a 2-1 lead over Russia in their quarter-final tie after Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos beat Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Kunitsyn 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 6-7 (3-5) 6-1.

Argentina captain Tito Vazquez made the decision to rest David Nalbandian, and the move paid off.

Russia’s chances of fighting back will be further hampered with Davydenko now doubtful to play after another rough day.

Serbia hold a 2-1 lead over Croatia after Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic defeated Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-2 6-4, meaning Serbia need only one more point to secure a first ever trip to the semi-finals.


Benneteau moves on as Gulbis forced to withdraw.

Gulbis was a seeded casualty on Sunday’s opening day of the tournament – being forced to quit his clash with Julien Benneteau while two sets down.

The 23rd seed appeared to tweak muscle in his upper thigh during the second set, although by that stage he was already a set and a break down against an opponent playing some impressive tennis.

The Frenchman has been inspired by playing at his home Grand Slam in the past – he made the quarter-finals here in 2006 – and that was the case again as he took the first set 6-4.

Gulbis tried to fight on after lengthy treatment in the locker room but was unable to prvent Benneteau winning the second set 6-2.

And when Gulbis was broken in the opening game of the third set he decided enough was enough and offered his hand to his opponent.


Llodra wins his 4th.ATP title in Marseille.

Michael Llodra powered to his fourth ATP career title with victory over fellow Frenchman and doubles partner Julien Benneteau in the Open 13 final.

Llodra, a runner-up at the event in 2009, never looked in danger on his own serve and cruised to a 6-3 6-4 victory in Marseille.

The world number 79 created only two break points in the match and converted both to win in an hour and 10 minutes.

Llodra fired down 14 aces, including one on his first match point, and afterwards spoke of his delight to have avenged his defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga last year.

“I had set myself one aim this year and that was to win a tournament in France at last. I’m proud,” said Llodra, who won his previous titles in Hertogenbosch, Rotterdam and Adelaide.

Eighth-seeded Benneteau battled for almost three hours to beat defending champion Tsonga in the semi-finals on Saturday but he refused to blame Sunday’s loss on fatigue.

“My previous matches have been tough and long but that is not the reason why I lost. I lost because of Michael Llodra. I can only say ‘hats off to him’ as he served extremely well. I’ve had no break points,” Benneteau, 28, told Sport+.

“It’s tough to end a tournament this way but I couldn’t do anything,” the world number 39, who has yet to win an ATP title, added.


Federer loses again, this time to Benneteau.

fedWorld number one Roger Federer slumped to a surprise 3-6 7-6 6-4 defeat by unheralded Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

Top seed Federer, who had a first-round bye, made unusual unforced errors to fall to the unseeded Benneteau, ranked 49th in the world.

The elegant Swiss, who has never advanced past the quarter-finals of the indoor event, started well but then struggled, losing the second set in a tiebreak and falling a break down early in the third set.

Cheered on by a partisan crowd, Benneteau, who has never won an ATP singles title, took his chances and hit some amazing winners.

He sealed victory with an ace on the first match point to set up a third-round match against his compatriot Gael Monfils.

“I can definitely play much better but I can also play much worse,” said Federer.

“It wasn’t a bad performance. I think Julien went out and got the victory. I definitely had chances. I missed them.

“I’m not looking for excuses,” added the Swiss, who asked for a challenge on match point, which confirmed Benneteau’s serve was in.

“It’s just tough. I don’t have a good record here at Bercy and that showed maybe a little at the end. I was not feeling that comfortable.”


A shaky start for #2, as he moves on to meet #1.

_murDefending champion Andy Murray battled from a set and a break down to see off French lucky loser Julien Benneteau and advance to the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters tonight.

The 22-year-old Scot had been an overwhelming favourite heading into this quarter-final tie, but found himself staring at a shock exit when he conceded his first set of the week 6-4 and then went 2-0 down in the second.

However, the world number two responded brilliantly with three breaks of serve to level the match and then stormed through to third set to prevail 4-6 6-3 6-1 and secure a last-four date with  Roger Federer, who took just over an hour and  a half to eliminate a limping Lleyton Hewitt.

Murray started brightly enough, earning the first break of serve in the fifth game to establish a 3-2 lead.

But Benneteau, only in the draw courtesy of Juan Martin del Potro’s withdrawal due to fatigue, broke back immediately and then took the set courtesy of a sloppy game from Murray which included a wayward forehand and a double fault.

The world number 55 continued his momentum against the shellshocked Briton into the opening of the second set, breaking in the second game to put himself firmly in the driving seat.

Benneteau missed a smash in the next game at the end of an amazing 53-shot rally to allow Murray a way back in, and the Dunblane-born player capitalised by reeling off the next three games.


seeds fall in rotterdam

benneteaJulien Benneteau surprised friends and foes on the third day of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament . The 27-year old Frenchman had little trouble with number five of the world Nikolay Davydenko: 6-3, 6-2.

Julien Benneteau, ranked number 50, will meet the winner of the French get-together between Michael Llodra and Gaël Monfils in the quarter final on Friday. This means at least one player from France plays the semi-final.

He’s still not entirely happy with his form and confidence, but the fire is back. Mikhail Youzhny is beginning to climb out of the pit he had fallen into in recent months. On Wednesday, he was the first player to book a place in the quarter finals in Ahoy Rotterdam. A feat he achieved by beating David Ferrer 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. The Spaniard with the unrivalled work ethic is the first seed (sixth) to leave the tournament.

“The magic’s not back yet”, admitted Youzhny, winner of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in 2007. “I can play better. When I’m under pressure, that’s when I tense up. I still need a couple more victories like this one under my belt.” It was Youzhny’s first win against a Top 20 player since January 2008, when he beat compatriot, Nikolay Davydenko, in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Youzhny has his phenomenal backhand to thank for his victory over Ferrer. He used this weapon to good effect against the Spaniard. Sometimes with slice, sometimes with topspin, sometimes picking up the pace or changing direction, he destabilised the game of his opponent, who is such a lover of rhythm. Salient fact: in 2007 he also beat Ferrer in Rotterdam and took home the ‘Wim Buitendijk Trophy’.

Mario Ancic, fresh from the final in Zagreb where he lost to fellow Croation Marin Cilic, defeated highly regarded Frenchman Giles Simon 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The 6’5″ Ancic served well and had little problem with Simon who never looked comfortable throughout the entire match.

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