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Li Na upsets Kvitova’s hope of becoming #1.


It was also a day of upsets in the men’s draw as top seed Juan Martin Del Potro and third seed Richard Gasquet both went out in the quarter-finals. Argentinian Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, went down 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. Frenchman Gasquet also crashed out in straight sets with Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan claimed a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) victory. Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen swept aside American Bobby Reynolds 6-3 6-3, while France’s Julien Benneteau beat Alex Bogomolov Jr of Russia 6-2 6-4.

Petra Kvitova’s hopes of replacing Caroline Wozniacki as world number one before the start of the Australian Open were ended by defeat to Li Na in the semi-finals of the Sydney International. The Czech second seed would have taken top spot from the Dane, who crashed out on Wednesday, by winning the tournament. But Chinese fourth seed Li, the French Open champion and Australian Open finalist last year, came from a set down to clinch a 1-6 7-5 6-2 in just under two hours. Wimbledon champion Kvitova looked on course for a routine win when she broke three times to take the first set, but she was made to pay for not taking her chances as she wasted seven break points in the second. Li converted the two she carved out and stepped up a level in the decider to claim victory.

She will take on Belorussian Victoria Azarenka in the final after the third seed saw off Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska. The seventh seed was unable to repeat her success against Wozniacki as Azarenka also responded to dropping a one-sided first set to win 1-6 6-3 6-2.







Federer moves on….Tipsarevic joins Murray on the injured list.


Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basle on Wednesday but did not have things his own way against Finland’s world number 66 Jarkko Nieminen. Federer dropped the second set before rallying to claim a 6-1 4-6 6-3 success in one hour and 35 minutes. The Swiss great also saw potential semi-final foe Andy Murray removed from his path – the Briton withdrew from the tournament due to injury.

In the day’s only other second-round match, Marcos Baghdatis won an entertaining three-set tussle with Germany’s Michael Lammer 7-6 (7/2) 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 to reach the last eight, where he will expect to face top seed Novak Djokovic. In first-round action, seventh seed Andy Roddick beat Tommy Haas 6-3 6-4, while sixth seed Janko Tipsarevic retired injured trailing 5-1 to Florian Mayer, something which hurts his chances of appearing in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. There were also wins for Radek Stepanek and Lukasz Kubot.


Dolgopolov ousts Baghdatis to reach the Moselle Open quarters.


Third seed Alexandr Dolgopolov came through a two-hour and 20-minute marathon against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis to book his place in the quarter-finals of the Moselle Open in Metz. The Ukrainian battled back from a set down to triumph 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 6-3 and reach the last eight, where he will face either Xavier Malisse or Igor Kunitsyn, who won his first-round match against Frenchman Kenny De Schepper on Wednesday.

Fourth seed Ivan Ljubicic also reached the last eight with a 7-5 7-5 win over French wild card Nicolas Renavand, and eighth seed Gilles Muller joined him after a 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 success against Benoit Paire. In remaining first-round action, veteran wild-card Arnaud Clement sprang a surprise with a 6-3 6-4 win over fifth seed Michael Llodra, and seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Jonathan Dasnieres De Veig 6-4 7-6 (7/4).


Novak Djokovic followed Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray into the third round of Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over Kevin Anderson.


Djokovic, who entered Wimbledon with a 41-1 match streak, looked in imperious form when he hammered Jeremy Chardy in the first round and started off in rampant fashion today, winning the first five games.

Anderson broke the Australian Open champion in the second set but he recovered to clinch the set before easing home to victory despite a late wobble in the third. After his thrashing of Chardy, the big crowd assembled on Court One were expecting a repeat performance from Djokovic and they were not disappointed early on. The Australian Open champion revelled in his first-round win and punched the air with joy after overcoming Anderson in two second-set rallies which caused several gasps among the packed crowd.

“It’s just me. That’s my character. I’m very emotional,” Djokovic said. “Obviously I’m learning over the years how to control my emotions. “I always try to go with the brighter side, try to put aside the expectations and pressure because it’s always there. If you’re a top player, it’s always there.”

Marcos Baghdatis is the man standing in Djokovic’s way in round three. The 32nd seed from Cyprus beat Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.




Murray and Baghdatis score goals but the Strikers win 4-2.

A charity football match was played last night in Miami to raise funds for devastated Japan which is facing disastrous earthquake and tsunami consequences. Novak Djokovic captained the ATP World Tour Allstars. The tennis boys fell 4-2 to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a second-tier team in the United States as goals from Andy Murray and Marcos Baghdatis were not enough to give them victory. The result had little meaning, of course, compared to the funds raised for the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in Japan.

It was a special evening for Japan’s no.1 Kei Nishikori, who took the field with Djokovic and Murray in the Allstars starting team. The match was followed by a gala dinner which also sought to raise funds for the relief work.

Proceeds from the game and a dinner raised $100,000 for the American Red Cross Japan disaster relief effort, organizers said.


Ljubicic defeats Baghdatis for a berth in the semis with Tsonga.

Ivan Ljubicic inched towards a third final appearance at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament after edging Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-6(4) Friday in the quarter-finals of the ATP World Tour 500 indoor hard-court tennis tournament in Rotterdam. The Croatian, who finished runner-up in 2005 (l. to Federer) and 2007 (l. to Youzhny), was pushed the distance by the unseeded Baghdatis, against whom he went into the match with a 1-4 record. Ljubicic looked set to wrap up a straight-sets win as he held match point at 6-5 in the second set tie-break. He failed to convert, though, and Baghdatis seized the initiative to level the match. Again Ljubicic ascended to a winning position in the third set as he broke for a 4-3 lead. Again, though, Baghdatis pegged back the big-serving Croatian as he levelled at 4-4 and forced another tie-break. However, where he had been passive in the second set tie-break, Ljubicic approached the decider with aggression and was rewarded as he clinched victory in two hours and 24 minutes. Ljubicic was especially potent on serve in the encounter, firing 18 aces and winning 85 per cent of points behind his first serve.

The 31-year-old Ljubicic will bid to reach his 24th ATP World Tour final when he faces eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals. The Frenchman advanced at the expense of fourth seed Tomas Berdych, who was forced to withdraw suffering from flu.


Without a coach Andy Murray is lost and in a daze on the tennis court!

Andy Murray returned to action for the first time since he was demolished by Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2011 Australian Open, to face Marcos Baghdatis in Rotterdam. If his fans were expected to see a new invigorated Murray then they were truly disappointed as he played even worse than he did in Australia. He was soundly beaten 6-4, 6-1 by Baghdatis, and for most of the match he strolled around the court wearring a sour expression on his face, his shoulders slumped, and a general air of  ‘I couldn’t care less’. For a top ten player who has heaps of talent, Murray has fallen into a state of tennis depression. His attitude is in need of a complete change, and it is apparent that without a coach (and not his Mother Judy) he cannot prepare for his matches. He looked tired, hungover, in need of a shave and just about ready to quit at the drop of a hat. He clutched his right wrist as if he was feeling some pain, and if he was it was probably the only feeling he felt.

Wake up, and grow up Murray, the other players are passing you by!


Melzer will crack the top 10 for the first time, and meet the fifth seed Andy Murray.

Jurgen Melzer’s late career surge continued in fine fashion on Saturday, when he knocked Marcos Baghdatis around until the popular Cypriot retired with a 6-7 (5) 6-2, 6-1 4-3 with a right finger injury. Before Baghdatis retired, Melzer managed to rip 39 winners and won 26 of 45 points at the net. It’s the first time that the 29-year-old Austrian has reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. The popular Baghdatis said that the he suffered a right pinkie injury and “felt electricity going through my hand” to the point where he could no longer play. “I’m very disappointed,” said Australian Open 2006 finalist Baghdatis. “I was playing really good, thought I could win this match and wanted to get into the second week and play Andy Murray.” However, Melzer was pleased with the way he stayed on top of the ball in the final three sets, dictating his big forehand, serving well and taking over the net. “Well, the first set was probably one of the worst sets I’ve played in a while. I think the level wasn’t really high. Felt like I made millions of unforced errors,” he said. “He played well in the beginning of the second, then it felt like he — I mean, at that time I felt like he wasn’t hurt. But he let loose for two games actually and let me back into that set. From that point on, I felt like, okay, my game is getting better, I can go closer to the lines, go with more speed without making too many errors. I felt like I was in control of the match from that point on. ”

Melzer has had the best year of his up and down career in 2010, reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal at Roland Garros when he came back from a two-sets-to-love and 0-2 deficit and took out Novak Djokovic 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-4 in quarters before falling to Rafa Nadal in the semis. He reached the fourth round of the US Open for the fist time and at the ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai, the powerful lefthander upset No.1 Rafa Nadal. Then, as the top seed and defending champion in Vienna, he held on to his trophy.


Baghdatis ends del Potro’s hopes of making it into week two.

Marcos Baghdatis is dreaming of another Australian Open run after ending Juan Martin Del Potro’s Grand Slam return on Thursday. The 2006 runner-up saw off the giant Argentine 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 in the final match of the day at Mebourne Park. Cypriot Baghdatis always receives great support from the Greek community in the Victorian captial and they roared him to an impressive victory on the Rod Laver Arena.

Del Potro, playing his first Grand Slam tournament since a serious wrist injury, was unable to cope with the 21st seed in the early stages. Baghdatis’ serve was particularly impressive – he finished with more aces than his big-serving opponent, who had few answers when Baghdatis got his first serve in. The former US Open champion did briefly threaten a fightback when he upped his game in the third set, but Baghdatis regained the initiative in the fourth to set up a last-32 meeting with Jurgen Melzer. Baghdatis told the crowd after his win he had felt the weight of expectation.

“He’s not played many matches and that put a bit of pressure on me, because I was, a bit, the favourite.”


“I’m very disappointed as I am the defending champion here,” the Cypriot said.

No. 2 seed Marcos Baghdatis has withdrawn from the Medibank International Sydney today due to a left groin injury. The title holder suffered the injury during a training session at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre over the weekend. “I’m very disappointed as I am the defending champion here,” the Cypriot said. “I have family here and I wanted to play in front of them and it is disappointing, but sometimes you have to take a decision that’s not easy.”

Tournament Director Craig Watson expressed his disappointment at the news. “You never want to lose any player from your draw and when it’s the defending champion, it is even more disappointing,” Watson said. “Marcos was very down when he came to see me and tell me he had injured his groin. He was really looking forward to defending his title in front of his family and friends. “We wish Marcos a speedy recovery in time for the Australian Open and we look forward to being able to welcome him back next year to the Medibank International Sydney.”

Baghdatis’ place in the men’s main draw will be taken by a lucky loser, Poland’s Lukasz Kubot.

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