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Youzhny & Monaco end long droughts with wins in Zagreb and Vina del Mar.


Third seed Mikhail Youzhny ended his 16-month ATP title drought with a straight-sets victory over unseeded Slovakian Lukas Lacko in the PBZ Zagreb Indoors final. The Russian was always in control against world number 97 Lacko, who was competing in his first Tour final. Youzhny did not face a break point throughout, won 75 per cent of points on his serve and broke his opponent’s serve three times en route to a 6-2 6-3 triumph. The victory marked the world number 39’s first tournament win since he prevailed in Kuala Lumpur in 2010.

Top seed Juan Monaco won his first title in five years with victory at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar. The Argentinian beat his less experienced compatriot Carlos Berlocq 6-3 6-7 (1) 6-1 to finally get his hands on a trophy after seven finals appearances since his last win. “I’m very happy to be champion again,” he told the ATP’s official website. “I lost the last seven finals, so this is a very special moment for me. “I’m very happy because I fought a lot, I practised a lot and I was thinking a lot about winning a tournament again. It gives me confidence and motivation.”


Juan Martin del Potro overcame a leg injury to beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-1 3-6 6-3.


Argentina’s Del Potro, who was out for eight months last year following wrist surgery, said he may not be fit for his round-two tie with Marin Cilic. “I will check with the doctor if it’s safe to play,” said Del Potro. The former US Open champion said the leg problem had first come to light in Portugal last week, where he won the Estoril Open. “I started to feel it in the semi-final in Estoril last week but I really want to play this tournament,” he said. “I will be careful for my future – I am playing really well last week and this, but my first goal is to play healthy. “I want to be safe this week so I don’t want to risk my presentation in French Open.”

Talking about his return to fitness after last year’s long lay-off, Del Potro admitted even he was surprised by how well he had fared. “I’m surprised and I think people are by my level, but I know it’s a long road to be 100% again. Hopefully in the second part of the year I’ll be ready to fight for first positions.”



Top seeds Jankovic and Davydenko both lose in Moscow.

Qualifier Zarina Diyas beat top-seeded Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-2 Thursday in the second round of the Kremlin Cup. The 268th-ranked Diyas, who celebrated her 17th birthday on Monday, led 5-0 in the first set when Jankovic called for a doctor and had her blood pressure checked.  Jankovic, who has qualified for next week’s WTA championships, managed to break back early in the second set but Diyas then broke the Serb two times. In the quarterfinals, Diyas will face sixth-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia, who routed Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-0, 6-0.

Home favourite Nikolay Davydenko was the major casualty in Wednesday’s Kremlin Cup action in Moscow as he lost to qualifier Pablo Cuevas. Davydenko, seeded first in the Russian capital and a three-time winner of the event, lost 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/5) in one hour and 48 minutes to the Uruguayan, ranked 47th in the world, who secured his first-ever ATP Tour win against a top 20 player. It was a much more straightforward day for fourth seed Marcos Baghdatis as the Cypriot stormed past Italy’s Potito Starace 6-4 6-3 in 62 minutes and for Radek Stepanek as the Czech fifth seed disposed of Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-2. Defending champion Mikhail Youzhny was forced to pull out of the event due to a viral infection.


Djokovic holds the balance of power at the US Open.

Noval Djokovic will play Roger Federer in the second of today’s semifinals. He will have to be at his best to defeat Roger, and while he may be considered as the underdog, even a loss could change the outcome of Sunday’s final. If he loses but is able to extend his semifinal match with Roger to 4 or 5 sets, the pendulum of success on Sunday would swing in Rafa’s favour. And if he wins he will enter the final at less than 100% and be of little challenge to Nadal.

Rafael Nadal believes he is finally in good shape ahead of a US Open semi-final as he looks to take another step closer to a career Grand Slam.

Nadal has reached the last four for the third year in succession at the US Open – the only grand slam title he has yet to win.

And the world number one and top seed looks to be in superb form ahead of Saturday’s clash with Mikhail Youzhny, the left-hander having not dropped a set in five matches so far.

“I think in 2008 I was ready to – if we speak about the level of tennis – I think I was ready to do something very important here,” Nadal said. “But mentally I was destroyed in that moment of the season.

“I had won Roland Garros and at Wimbledon for the first time, victory in Toronto, semi-finals in Cincinnati, Beijing (Olympic) champion…I think I started that match in the semi-finals against Andy (Murray) without energy. Without energy it is impossible to have any chance to win one semi-final.

“Last year, nothing to say, because I played against an unbelievable player like (Juan Martin) Del Potro. He was playing at an amazing level, but at the same time I had a three-centimetre abdominal tear. It was very painful and for me it was one of the greatest results of last year, being in the semi-finals here with my abdominal tear.

“This year I know how important the US Open is for me right now and I know I have to arrive to this tournament fresh if I want to have any chance to have a very good result.

“That’s what I tried. I think I did. I am at the right round without problems, so that’s very positive. Right now remains the most difficult thing.”

Nadal has won seven of his 11 previous meetings with Youzhny, but did lose their quarter-final clash at Flushing Meadows in 2006.

“I remember it was a painful match for me because I think I arrived at the US Open playing better than before,” Nadal added. “I think I lost that match because I was too anxious for a few moments.

“He’s a great player, very aggressive, very flat shots. This court I think adapts very well to his game, so he’s playing very good tennis.

“It’s going to be very difficult to beat him. I have to play aggressive, because if I am losing court (position) against him, it’s gonna be impossible to come back. I have to play aggressive, serve well, and try to move him away from his right position with my forehand.”

The other semi-final has a familiar feel, with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic facing each other for the fourth consecutive year in New York.

Federer has won all three contests – the 2007 final and in the semi-finals the last two years – and looked in ominously good form in his quarter-final win over Robin Soderling.

But Djokovic has won 14 sets in succession since struggling in the first round and Federer said: “I think it comes down to who plays better on the day, who takes the right decisions at the right time.

“We’ve had some good matches over the years. I think this obviously is his best surface. He’s obviously waiting for a breakthrough where he can win this title.

“For the last three or four years he’s gone through me and he hasn’t been able to get it done. I’m looking forward to it. He’s a good player.”


Nadal moves on. Next up is Youzhny, then?

Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to a potential Sunday showdown with Roger Federer after advancing to the semi-finals of the US Open for the third year in succession.

Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-3 6-4 in their quarter-final at Flushing Meadows and will now face Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Youzhny came from two sets to one down to beat Stanislas Wawrinka 3-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-3 in Thursday’s other quarter-final, while five-time champion Federer faces Novak Djokovic in the remaining semi-final.

Nadal had won all 10 of his previous meetings with eighth seed Verdasco, losing just three sets in the process, although two of those did come in an epic five-set semi-final at the Australian Open in 2009 which lasted a record five hours and 14 minutes.

However, it was Verdasco who jumped out to a surprise early lead in the opening set on a chilly, windy night in New York, Nadal losing his serve for the first time in the tournament after 62 successful holds.

Verdasco could not make the most of his chance though, committing two double faults in a row to give back the break and then getting broken to love in the 12th game as Nadal took the set after 59 minutes.

A single break of serve was enough for Nadal to take the second set too, and when the top seed broke in the first game of the third the writing was well and truly on the wall.


Youzhny cuts Isner down to size.

John Isner’s hopes of an extended run at the US Open were ended by Mikhail Youzhny, who defeated the American in four sets on Sunday night.

Isner thundered down 33 aces during the contest, but it was not enough to deny his Russian opponent, who claimed a 6-4 6-7 (9-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 triumph.

It means Isner has still not progressed beyond the fourth round at Flushing Meadows or any other grand slam tournament.

The 6ft 9in American endured the worst possible start to the match as he was broken in the very first game and that proved enough for Youzhny to go on and take the first set.

The Russian looked to be cruising into a two-set lead as he broke twice in the second to move 5-1 ahead.

But Isner, who attempted to whip up the partisan crowd at every opportunity, fought back in impressive style to get himself back on terms at 5-5.

The set then went to a tie-break and Isner levelled the match as he converted his fifth set point with a service winner.

The third set also went to a tie-break with neither player able to secure a service break.

In it, it was Isner who looked to have taken control as he thumped down an ace to move 4-3 ahead, but Youzhny then collected four of the next five points to get take it and get his nose in front once again.

That seemed to deflate his opponent and a single break of serve was enough for Youzhny in the fourth as he closed out victory, booking a fourth round date with Spain’s Tommy Robredo in the process.


David Nalbandian rises to the occassion once again to clinch a win for Argentina.

For the second time this year David Nalbandian has clinched the decisive rubber in Argentina’s quest for its first Davis Cup by BNP Paribas trophy. Nalbandian overcame Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 76(5) 64 63 in the fifth rubber to put Argentina into the semifinals.

Youzhny double-faulted to bring up match point at 3-5 15-40, he managed to claw back one point but on the second a forehand long handed Nalbandian victory.

Nalbandian, who has struggled with injury since returning from hip surgery at the start of this year, set Argentina’s course by winning the Friday’s opening rubber over Russian No. 1 Nikolay Davydenko. Russia clawed a point back when Youzhny brought Friday’s play to a 1-1 conclusion by overcoming Leonardo Mayer. Argentina went ahead again after Saturday’s doubles when Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos teamed up to beat Davydenko and Igor Kunitsyn. Davydenko levelled the tie in the first of Sunday’s reverse singles by winning over Schwank in four sets, before Nalbandian ended Russian hopes.

Argentina had never beaten Russia in Russia in two previous meetings in Moscow, the win ended Russia’s 17-tie winning streak at home. The nations now have three wins apiece.

Argentina will face France in September’s semifinal in France.


Roddick and Soderling will play exhibitions on grass at the Hurlingham Club.

Andy Roddick has today confirmed he will play at the 2010 BNP Paribas Tennis Classic next week. Current world #14 Mikhail Youzhny has also confirmed he will be in this year’s ATP line up.

A former world #1, Roddick is  currently ranked at world #7 and has been confirmed to play on Wednesday afternoon.

Youzhny has won 6 ATP Titles as well as reaching the US Open Semi-Final in 2006 and will take on previously confirmed Tomas Berdych on Thursday afternoon.

Last week’s French Open finalist Robin Soderling and current world #11 David Ferrer have today confirmed they will also play at the 2010 BNP Paribas Tennis Classic held between 15th – 19th June within the grounds of the stunning and luxurious Hurlingham Club in South West London.

Robin Soderling reached the French Open Final last week where he lost to Rafael Nadal (having beaten Federer in the quarter-finals) and is currently world #6.

David Ferrer has confirmed to play against Robin Soderling at the Hurlingham Club next Friday afternoon. He is currently world #11 and last year won all six of his Davis Cup singles matches as his native Spain won the title.


Federer, Soderling and Youzhny advance to quarters.

Roger Federer came through a mid-match wobble to wrap up a straight-sets win over Stanislas Wawrinka and move into the French Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

Defending champion Federer made his most convincing start of the tournament so far but also went close to dropping a set for the first time before sealing a 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 victory in one hour and 56 minutes on a windy Philippe Chatrier Court.

Swede Robin Soderling dismissed Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4 6-2 in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday to set up a mouthwatering rematch of last year’s final with holder Roger Federer.

The fifth-seeded Soderling, who last year handed Rafael Nadal his only defeat at Roland Garros, perfectly read the Croatian 10th seed’s service, breaking seven times.

He managed to keep his cool in the key moments of the match as Cilic, who has never made it past the fourth round here, struggled to match the Swede’s brutal strokes from the back of the court.

Soderling was in no mood to stay too long on Court Suzanne Lenglen as he ended Cilic’s ordeal after one hour and 40 minutes when the Croatian sent a forehand long.

Local hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired injured from his French Open fourth-round match against Russian Mikhail Youzhny on Sunday.

Tsonga, the eighth seed, received treatment to his leg when trailing 5-2 in the opening set and called it a day when Youzhny, the 11th seed, won the following game.

Tsonga spoke to the chair umpire, flung his racket onto his chair and offered Youzhny his hand.

The former Australian Open finalist was the only Frenchman left in the draw at Roland Garros.


Cilic v. Youzhny in Munich final.

Mikhail Youzhny reached his third straight BMW Open final where he will face Marin Cilic after the pair posted semi-final victories over Philipp Petzschner and Marcos Baghdatis respectively.

Youzhny advanced with a 7-5 7-6 (7/5) victory over German Petzschner while Cilic came from a set down to overcome Baghdatis 3-6 6-2 6-3.

Russian Youzhny will hope to win the title in Munich for the first time after twice finishing runner-up at the clay-court tournament.

The second seed, who finished runner-up to Philipp Kohlschreiber in 2007 and again to Tomas Berdych last year, needed one hour and 43 minutes to edge past Petzschner.

Petzschner, ranked 45 in the world, twice led by a break in the first set but Youzhny recovered immediately each time before breaking in the 11th game for a one-set lead.

Neither player broke in the second set and Youzhny secured victory in the subsequent tie-break.

Top seed Cilic needed two and a quarter hours to book his place in the final.

Baghdatis served two more aces than his Croatian opponent with Cilic also producing two double faults, but the world number 11 was more effective in his all-round play.

Baghdatis, ranked 31 in the world, could only take one of nine break-point chances as Cilic eased away to victory.

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