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Radek Stepanek upset No. 1 seed Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Sunday to capture his fifth singles title.

Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic celebrates a point

Stepanek broke the World No. 7 in the third game of the match to move ahead 2-1 and maintained his advantage, closing out the set with an ace. The Czech converted a break of serve to start the second set, and again held onto his lead, wrapping up the victory in one hour and 33 minutes. Stepanek won 91 per cent of his first service points and did not face a break point. The win snapped Stepanek’s two-match losing streak against Monfils, and he improved to a 3-5 record against the Frenchman. He is the first player from the Czech Republic to win the tournament in 19 years, after Petr Korda took home the crown in 1992. The 32 year old is also the oldest singles champion on the ATP World Tour this season. Stepanek was appearing in his first final since finishing runner-up to Andy Roddick in Brisbane in 2010. Prior to Sunday, the Czech last won a singles title in 2009, at the ATP World Tour 250 event in San Jose. Monfils was contesting his first final of the year.


Monfils will face Stepanek in the Legg Mason final.


Top seed Gael Monfils was made to wait and then made to fight to reach the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. A lengthy rain delay saw his semi-final against John Isner continue into the early hours as the powerful-serving American put up a tough fight. Isner fired in 19 aces but Monfils eventually prevailed 6-4 3-6 7-6 (8/6).

The Frenchman must now hope the late night does not cost him in the final, where he will face the unseeded Radek Stepanek, who completed a 6-3 6-3 victory over Donald Young in far more routine fashion.


“I showed a lot of willpower, I had a good attitude, and I was aggressive,” he said afterwards.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to come from a set down to get the better of Juan Monaco at the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday. Tsonga lost the first set 6-4, but hit back to win the next two 6-3 6-2. “I think there are many things I liked in my game today, and I played a very good match.”

Tenth-seed Mikhail Youzhny was an early casualty, losing in three sets to Florian Mayer. The Russian, a semi-finalist in Marseille in February, went down 6-3 2-6 6-3 as German Mayer continued his recent fine form which saw him reach the round of 16 in Miami last time out.

Nicolas Almagro, seeded nine, beat Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-3, 11th seed Viktor Troicki struggled in the first set before seeing off wild card Jean-Rene Lisnard 7-6 (7/4) 6-1 while Richard Gasquet (13) required three sets to overcome Denis Istomin 5-7 6-3 6-4.

Clay court specialist Tommy Robredo proved too strong for Ivan Dodig and there were also wins for qualifiers Olivier Rochus and Frederico Gil. Croatian Marin Cilic lost just six points on serve and broke his opponent five times as he crushed Italian qualifier Filippo Volandri 6-2 6-1, while Robin Haase ended a run of four succesive first-round losses with a hard-fought win over Nikolay Davydenko. The 24-year-old won the first set 7-5, lost the second 4-6 but won the game with a third-set 6-4 win.

Wild card entrant Radek Stepanek saved two match points to come from behind and beat Marcos Baghdatis. Stepanek saved match points at 5-6 and 6-7 in a third-set tie-break, before prevailing 3-6 6-1 7-6 (9/7). He will now meet Andy Murray.


The day’s other games saw Jarkko Nieminen beat Julien Benneteau 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3) and Daniel Gimeno-Traver get the better of Santiago Giraldo 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.



Milos Raonic rolls on to the quarter finals by serving 38 aces to defeat Stepanek.

Milos Raonic recorded his sixth straight win Thursday as he hit a staggering 38 aces to beat Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-7(10), 7-6(1) and reach the quarter-finals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. The Canadian showed his mental steel as he held strong to win in two hours and 32 minutes, having squandered four match points in the second-set tie-break. His career-high 38 aces was the most struck in Memphis and the fifth most in a three-set match, since the ATP World Tour began keeping serving statistics in 1991. It was the eighth time in his career on the ATP World Tour that he had hit 20 or more aces in a match.

The 20 year old defeated World No. 9 Fernando Verdasco twice in four days to win his first ATP World Tour title in San Jose last week and advance through the first round in Memphis on Wednesday. World No. 18 Sam Querrey won back-to-back matches for the first time since the US Open when he defeated Argentine Brian Dabul 6-3, 7-6(3) to reach the quarter-finals.

The fifth-seeded Querrey, who is the defending champion at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor tennis tournament, broke serve twice from two opportunities and won 89 per cent of points behind his first serve to wrap up victory in 80 minutes. The American ended a six-match losing streak with his opening win over Denis Istomin on Tuesday.


Garcia-Lopez continues his winning way in Japan.

Last week’s PTT Thailand Open champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez knocked out sixth-seeded Spanish compatriot Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 6-4 in the pair’s first meeting in 12 months. The World No. 39 won 81 per cent of service points to reach his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final (or better) this year. Lopez, who reached the 2002 and 2007 quarter-finals in the Japanese capital, failed to convert any of his four break point opportunities and dropped to a 26-20 season tally.

Radek Stepanek advanced to the quarter-finals at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships on Wednesday when his Swiss opponent Marco Chiudinelli retired due to a lower back injury. Stepanek was leading 5-7, 7-6(7) 4-1 and had hit 12 aces after two hours and 24 minutes of play. Stepanek was sidelined for two-and-a-half months due to mononucleosis earlier in the year. He reached the Brisbane International final (l. to Roddick) and has a 12-11 match record.

Russian Dmitry Tursunov, ranked No. 432 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings after three left ankle surgeries, defeated 2007 finalist Richard Gasquet of France 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes to book a place in his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since July 2009 at Indianapolis.


Nole’s win puts all the pressure on Tipsarevic/Stepanek.

Novak Djokovic defied injury to keep Serbia’s Davis Cup hopes alive in a thrilling battle with Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in Belgrade.

The world number two looked down and out when he suffered a serious-looking knee problem midway through the second set, having lost the first.

But he battled through and went from strength to strength to win 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 as Berdych struggled to find anything left in the tank.

Djokovic dropped serve in game seven to lose the first set 6-4, and was under pressure at 15-30 in the fifth game of the second and with Berdych looking more comfortable all around.

But a stunning shot to scoop up what looked a certain forehand winner and deposit the ball back at Berdych’s feet seemed to turn the match. The Czech netted the ensuing volley to lift both the home crowd and Djokovic, who went on to hold serve.

But he damaged his knee in the next game as he lunged to retrieve a smash and, after seven minutes of treatment, was forced to dig in thereafter in a series of lengthy rallies.

He broke to lead 5-3 and then served out the set before powering through the next 6-2 with three breaks of the unusually vulnerable Berdych serve.

Berdych recovered from 0-30 to hold in game seven and keep the fourth set on serve – but Djokovic made the breakthrough in his opponent’s next service game to lead 5-4.

And he served out to love in imperious style to complete a four-set win in three hours and 14 minutes and level the tie at 2-2, with Janko Tipsarevic to face Radek Stepanek in the decider.


Djokovic returns but loses in doubles to put Serbia behind 2-1.

Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek extended their successful Davis Cup doubles partnership to seven wins in eight rubbers when they overcame Novak Djokovic and doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic 36 61 64 61 in Belgrade. The win pushed the Czechs 2-1 in front in the tie ahead of Sunday’s reverse singles when the Czech No. 1 Berdych will take on either Viktor Troicki or Novak Djokovic, if he is fit enough to play singles. Stepanek will follow against Janko Tipsarevic.

France took an unassailable 3-0 lead over Argentina in Lyon to secure their place in the Davis Cup final.

Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement beat Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos 6-4 7-5 6-3 in the doubles to kill off Argentina’s hopes in the semi-final.

Singles wins for Gael Monfils and Llodra had put France 2-0 up on Friday.


Serbia has a new hero in Janko Tipsarevic.

Wins for Radek Stepanek and Janko Tipsarevic have left Serbia and Czech Republic level after the first day of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal. Radek Stepanek won the opening rubber over Viktor Troicki 46 62 64 64 but Czech No. 1 couldn’t find his form against Janko Tiparevic, he sank to a 75 62 26 76(5) defeat.

A day that promised so much for the still young nation of Serbia has got off to a dreadful start. Having lost the world No 2 Novak Djokovic for the opening day’s action before a ball was hit, the 17,000 home crowd in the Belgrade Arena had to watch Djokovic’s replacement Troicki go down 46 62 64 64 to Stepanek to leave the Czech Republic one-up.

Djokovic, who only arrived from New York on Wednesday, looked sharp in practice on Thursday but on Friday morning reported a stomach complaint related to his lingering jetlag and fatigue following his US Open final on Monday might. After being examined by the tie’s neutral doctor, he was diagnosed with ‘acute gastroenteritis’ and was replaced by Troicki. But Djokovic says he expects to be considered for selection for the doubles if the Serbian team wants him to partner Nenad Zimonjic.

By then Serbia might be in the last chance saloon, because following Stepanek’s victory over Troicki, the world No. 7 and Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych was a clear favourite to beat Janko Tipsarevic in the second of the opening day’s singles.

Djokovic told a Serbian television interview as Troicki and Stepanek warmed up that he felt his withdrawal was no big deal, as he had full confidence in Troicki. That confidence seemed vindicated when the Serb broke in the opening game, and he had further chances to break in the opening set.

But Troicki’s inability to pull away from Stepanek was the writing on the wall. His big serve saw him take the first set, but by then Stepanek had worked out how to play him, and broke twice to take the second with some glorious all-court tennis. Troicki had three break points in the third set but Stepanek saved them all with ease and broke in the 10th game to take a 2-1 lead as the Serb looked to have no answer to Stepanek’s canny drop shots and lobs.

The Serb finally got his second break of the Czech serve in the sixth game of the fourth set, and at 4-2 a fifth set was on the cards. But Stepanek broke straight back, his varied play seriously eroding Troicki’s confidence on the big points, and the Serb hit a backhand wide on Stepanek’s first match point.


Baghdatis heads into the final eight at Pilot Pen.

Marcos Baghdatis fought back from a poor opening to beat Juan Ignacio Chela and reach the quarter-finals of the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Cypriot struggled during the first set against his Argentinian opponent, failing to win a single service game as he lost it 6-1.

But he regrouped to comfortably take the next two sets 6-3 6-2 and claim victory.

Fifth seed Andrey Golubev was the biggest casualty as he was edged out 6-3 3-6 7-6 (9/7) by Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili.

Golubev was not the only seed to fall with Germany’s eighth seed Florian Mayer also coming off worst in his tie with Dutch 12th seed Thiemo De Bakker, who won 6-7 (2/7) 6-1 7-5.

Sixteenth seed Victor Hanescu exited after losing 7-6 (7/4) 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 to Radek Stepanek. Seventh seed Alexandr Dolgopolov was defeated by 10th seed Viktor Troicki having seen off American wild card James Blake in a held-over second-round match earlier in the day.


Czech Mate!

Czech tennis players Radek Stepanek and Nicole Vaidisova have tied the knot in Prague.

They married Saturday in St. Vitus Cathedral, the country’s biggest and most famous church.

Czech public radio reported that guests included ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr and tennis player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who reached her first WTA final at the Prague Open on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Stepanek,ranked No. 29 and was once engaged to Martina Hingis, missed most of the season with health problems. Vaidisova, who is 21 and a former top 10 player, retired this year after struggling with form.

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