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02
May
12

Veteran Tommy Haas stunned top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the BMW Open on home soil in Munich today.

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The 34-year-old German, a wild card entrant, had not reached the quarter-finals of an ATP World Tour event on clay for three years but he needed less than an hour to dump out world number five Tsonga 6-1 6-4. In the last eight Haas will meet eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis, who was given a torrid time by German qualifier Dustin Brown in the first set before recovering to win 1-6 6-4 6-4. Sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny also had to come from a set down against Colombian Santiago Giraldo, the Russian eventually prevailing 6-7 (2/7) 6-4 6-4 to set up a meeting with Croatia’s Marin Cilic, who was a comfortable 6-3 6-2 winner over Matthias Bachinger today.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet wasted little time in reaching the quarter-finals of the Estoril Open in Portugal today. Second seed Gasquet was particularly impressive, losing only two games in his 6-1 6-1 victory over Paolo Lorenzi, while third seed Wawrinka had a trickier time in the first set against qualifier Ivan Navarro before coming through 7-6 (7/5) 6-1. In the last eight Wawrinka will face Dutch sixth seed Robin Haase, who dropped the opening set to another qualifier, Inigo Cervantes, but recovered to win 5-7 6-4 6-2. Awaiting Frenchman Gasquet is Spanish qualifier Daniel Munoz-De La Nava following his 6-4 6-4 victory over eighth seed Flavio Cipolla, while in the final first-round match America’s Bobby Reynolds beat Attila Balazs of Hungary 6-3 6-4.

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09
Feb
12

US Davis Cup team are definite underdogs against Switzerland on clay.

For the first time in eight years, Roger Federer has made himself available for the first round. The 16-time Grand Slam champion leads a Swiss team on indoor clay here in Fribourg, about 20 minutes by train from the Swiss capital, Bern, against an American team missing the injured Andy Roddick. Federer’s presence, alongside that of his Olympic gold medal doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka, makes Switzerland one of the leading nations in this year’s competition – always presuming Federer plays beyond this weekend. “It’s just another tie for me,” he said, “it doesn’t matter when and where it is, it’s all a matter of priorities. My team is a group of great friends, that’s what I enjoy about it, that I can spend some time with them, and hopefully try to win but if we don’t it doesn’t matter. It’s about trying your best and having a good time.” If nothing else, his approach helps keep the focus on this weekend, in which he and Wawrinka are nominated to play on all three days.

Realistically, for the US to win, Fish has to beat Wawrinka in the opening match. There is also a belief that Ryan Harrison’s nomination alongside Mike Bryan is a ploy to keep the Swiss guessing, and even the American captain Jim Courier says the length of matches Fish and Isner play on the opening day will influence his ultimate choice of doubles pair. That suggests Fish could well team up with Mike Bryan, the way he did in September 2008 when the two Americans beat Spain’s Lopez/Verdasco on the clay of Madrid. Any suggestion it might be asking too much of Fish to play on all three days is refuted by his performance in September 2010, when he played two singles five-setters and a four-set doubles on the clay of Bogota to help the USA beat Colombia. With Federer playing, the visitors are clearly the underdogs, but there is a good spirit in the American team. And Fish makes an interesting point: “We like our chances here. We have the most uncomfortable player on our team in Isner, and I’m certainly glad I’m not playing him.”

Friday

R1: Wawrinka (SUI) v Fish (USA)

R2: Federer (SUI) v Isner (USA)

Saturday

R3: Federer / Wawrinka (SUI) v M. Bryan / Harrison (USA)

Sunday

R4: Federer (SUI) v Fish (USA)

R5: Wawrinka (SUI) v Isner (USA)

 

29
May
11

Djokovic and Federer set more records as they both move on to the final eight.

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Richard Gasquet was no match for Novak Djokovic at the French Open on Sunday as the Serb made it 43 wins in a row. The in-form French hope had been tipped in some quarters to cause Djokovic problems in their fourth-round clash, especially with the second seed playing for a third successive day, but just like all the other opponents who have faced Djokovic this season, he came off second best. The Australian Open champion was again in sparkling form as he eased to a 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory on Court Philippe Chatrier. He has now won 43 consecutive matches – taking him within three of Guillermo Vilas’ all-time best winning streak of 46. He will equal that mark if he wins the title in Paris. Djokovic, who only needs to reach the final to usurp Rafael Nadal as world number one, was rarely in any danger against Gasquet. He cracked 34 winners to the Frenchman’s 16 and saved all three break points he faced.

Roger Federer booked his place in a record-breaking 28th successive Grand Slam quarter-final by beating Stanislas Wawrinka at the French Open. Federer saw off the man who partnered him to Olympic doubles gold 6-3 6-2 7-5 to move past Jimmy Connors’ mark of 27 consecutive Grand Slam quarter finals. The last time the Swiss great did not reach the last eight of one of the four majors was at Roland Garros in 2004. Another quarter-final appearance was never really in doubt on Sunday, with the 16-time Grand Slam champion on top from the outset. With Federer having won eight of the pair’s nine previous meetings it was no great surprise.

 

 

23
Feb
11

Second seed Fernando Verdasco is out of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open in Acapulco.

Thomaz Bellucci caused an upset as he dumped second seed Fernando Verdasco out of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open in Acapulco. The Brazilian is ranked 27 places below his Spanish counterpart but started confidently to take the first set 6-2. Verdasco, a quarter-finalist here last season, fought back to take the second set 6-4, but Bellucci held his nerve to take the decider 6-3.

Australian Open quarter-finalist Stanislas Wawrinka overcame a second-set wobble as he booked his place in the second round. The Swiss looked to be on his way to victory against Spain’s Pablo Andujar when he took the first set 7-5 on a tie-break, but his opponent hit back to take the second 6-3 and force a decider. But Wawrinka regained his focus and proved far too strong as he romped to a 6-0 success in the final set.

Fifth seed Albert Montanes cruised through his all-Spanish tie with Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2 6-1, while Argentina’s Juan Monaco beat compatriot Horacio Zeballos 7-5 7-6 (7/3). Eighth seed Juan Ignacio Chela made an early exit as he was forced to withdraw from his clash with Eduardo Schwank while a set to the good. Fabio Fognini saw off qualifier Maximo Gonzalez 6-3 6-4, with Pablo Cuevas also securing a straight-sets win as he beat Potito Starace 6-4 6-4. Carlos Berlocq and Ivan Navarro also progressed, while in-form third seed Nicolas Almagro, champion in Buenos Aires last week, defeated Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-2.

23
Jan
11

Federer, Djokovic & Berdych advance, but Andy Roddick goes down to Wawrinka.

RogerFederer was given a scare by Tommy Robredo before stumbling through 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-2 after 40 unforced errors. Third seed Djokovic had an easier day with a crushing 6-3 6-4 6-0 triumph over Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. Djokovic will play Tomas Berdych who beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-2 6-3. Federer will next face Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka after he disposed of American Andy Roddick in straight sets.

Wawrinka, 25, comfortably defeated the former Grand Slam winner 3-6 4-6 4-6 with a superb performance, playing excellent tennis, to set up a last-eight clash with Federer. “I played an unbelievable match, I was ready for a big fight and I’m very happy with how I played tonight,” said Wawrinka. “I wanted to play aggressively, especially on my serve, and it worked. I am excited about the possibility of playing Roger. There was a great atmosphere in here tonight and I hope it will be the same on Tuesday.” In seven matches Wawrinka – who has known Federer since he was 16 – has only beaten his compatriot once. “We know each other pretty well, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Earlier Federer survived a loss of form in a scrappy second set before finally coming through in four sets against Robredo, world number 52 and a quarter-finalist in this tournament four years ago. “I was able to get off to a good start but it was always going to be tough,” said Federer, who secured his 27th consecutive last-eight spot in a Grand Slam to equal Jimmy Connors’ record. I have the game to win a Grand Slam, I just have to believe in myself and be mentally strong. “Robredo makes you work. He moves extremely well and it was extremely hard. I’m sweating bullets and happy the match is over and really excited to be in the next round.” The last time the 29-year-old, eyeing a fifth title in Melbourne, failed to reach the quarter-finals in a Grand Slam was at the 2004 French Open, and all went to plan with a comfortable first set, starting in blistering style with three aces. But with the 28-year-old Spaniard breaking to lead 5-3 in the second set, Federer looked stunned and as his uncharacteristic errors showed no sign of stopping, the match was soon level at one set all. The Swiss admitted afterwards he had struggled with his return and lacked rhythm but despite facing a number of break points his back-hand and deft touch at the net remained his most potent weapons as he edged a nervy third set.

Still the mistakes continued, with several returns flying off his racquet frame, but Federer stayed calm in sweltering conditions to wrap up his 10th win in 10 matches against his opponent as a weary Robredo flicked a forehand well wide. In complete contrast, it was a devastating performance by Djokovic who has now reached the last eight at 13 of his last 15 Grand Slam events.

With the 2008 champion losing at the quarter-final stage in the last two years at Melbourne Park, the Serb looked in determined mood and broke as early as the fourth game against Almagro to set him on the way to taking the opening set in 31 minutes. Desperate to progress beyond the fourth round in this tournament for the first time, Almagro did his best but rarely threatened as he was decimated by an opponent dictating from the baseline and serving up 12 aces. He was broken again in the fourth game of the second set and soon had to watch Djokovic dish up a pair of aces to open up a two-set advantage. The demolition continued and after another break immediately at the start of the third set, the Serb raced away to secure his spot in the last eight. “That was a higher standard than my previous matches and it’s a big positive for me heading into the quarter-finals,” said Djokovic who reached the quarter-finals in all four Grand Slams last year.

“I have the game to win a Grand Slam, I just have to believe in myself and be mentally strong.” The sixth-seeded Berdych, runner-up at Wimbledon last year, was another in cruise-control in a straight-sets triumph over Spaniard Verdasco, ranked nine, in a match that last just under two hours. Verdasco racked up 39 unforced errors and struggled with his opponent’s serve throughout – his receiving points won stood at just 17% – as the Czech booked his place in the quarters for the first time at the Australian Open.

21
Jan
11

Wawrinka wins over Monfils to reach round 4 and Andy Roddick.

Stan ‘the man’ Wawrinka has not had the easiest time of late so a  straight sets win over the energetic Frenchman Gael Monfils to reach the fourth round of Australian Open 2011 was most well-timed. The energetic Frenchman tends to be a joy to watch, and a photographer’s dream, as he slips and slides his way about the court, hurling his frame in the direction of every ball that he can see, and more often than not, making them. Not at the moment. Monfils entered his third round today on the back of an arduous five-set win over Thiemo de Bakker, and a further four sets at the hands of Federico Gil. Hardly names to light up the lights of Melbourne Park.

But, contrary to form, Monfils began well in this evening’s third-round encounter, going up a break in the fifth game, and looking to get an early start on his fellow French-speaker. Wawrinka was not reading the script. Hitting 23 winners to La Monf’s 14, red-nosed Stan broke back, and then held fast to make his way into a first set tie-break. Again, Monfils was the one to go ahead, only for the Swiss to turn it around and steal the tiebreak 7-4, despite producing five more unforced errors than his French opponent.

The first set secured, albeit by a squeak, it gave Wawrinka the ammunition of confidence he needed to begin hitting out without a care in the world. Or at least in Melbourne. Totting up a further 24 winners in set No.2, the Swiss No.2 motored his way into a 5-1 lead, leaving a lost Monfils gazing at every ball that flew past. With a two-set lead after 117 minutes, Wawrinka continued to deny Monfils any sort of pleasure, bumbling around the court in his Lacoste gear, and breaking immediately to go 2-0 up. The rest of the third set was business-like to say the least, the Swiss player allowing no quarter as he romped into a 5-1 lead, forcing the Sliderman to serve to stay in the match. It looked like Wawrinka might allow Monfils one more game to spare his blushes, but not exactly. Deuce on the Monfils serve, the Swiss scorched a cross court forehand passing shot past the Frenchman’s fingers to bring up his first match point. Against the run of play, Monfils held, and handed the baton back to Wawrinka. He didn’t disappoint. Serving out the match for a 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory, the Swiss advanced to a fourth-round meeting with Andy Roddick.

22
Oct
10

Federer finds a way to defeat Wawrinka.

Roger Federer recovered from a nightmare first set to beat Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka and advance to the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open in the Swedish capital on Friday. Federer made a poor start and dropped the first set against Wawrinka, but fought back well to score an ultimately comfortable 2-6 6-3 6-2 success and move into the last four.

Second seed Robin Soderling failed to join Federer in the semis and must also wait to guarantee his place at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour finals in London after losing to Germany’s Florian Mayer. Mayer triumphed 7-6 (10/8) 6-1 to move into the last four where he was joined by fourth seed Ivan Ljubicic. The resurgent Ljubicic beat his compatriot, qualifier Ivan Dodig, 4-6 6-2 6-4.

Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen also made it through to the semi-finals with an emphatic win over American wild card James Blake. Nieminen needed just 50 minutes to polish off a 6-0 6-2 victory.

18
Oct
10

Wildcard Wawrinka defeats Seppi to move thru.

One-time Stockholm runner-up Peter Lundgren can be proud of his pupil. In his debut at the 2010 If Stockholm Open, Stanislas Wawrinka showed impressive form as he needed only one hour and 19 minutes to overcome the challenge represented by Italy’s Andreas Seppi, winning 6-2, 6-2. Seppi seems to have made it a habit to lose to Swiss players after bowing to a certain Roger Federer last week in Shanghai.

Yet the Italian, ranked No. 50 in the World was the first one to break in the third game against a Wawrinka that was still a little rusty early on in the match. But Switzerland’s No. 2 player bounced back strong as he rallied to win the next six games, proving to powerful from the baseline, and particularly efficient on the backhand side. It was in the fifth game of the second set that “Stan” broke to get to a 4-2 lead, as he wasn’t to lose any more game.

In the second round, Wawrinka will meet the winner between Swedish qualifier Filip Prpic, and Dutchman Robin Haase.

10
Sep
10

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.

07
Sep
10

Wawrinka eliminates the last American man at the Open.

Stanislas Wawrinka followed up his win over Andy Murray by prevailing in a five-set epic against Sam Querrey to reach the last eight of a grand slam for the first time at the US Open.

The Swiss 25th seed triumphed 7-6 (11-9) 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 4-6 6-4 in a match lasting just shy of four and a half hours to seal a quarter-final tie with Mikhail Youzhny, who saw off the challenge of Tommy Robredo earlier in the day.

The first set went with serve to set up a lengthy tie-break, which Wawrinka eventually took 13-11.

But he then wasted four set points while serving at 5-4 in the second set to allow Querrey to force a tie-break, and the sole remaining home hope took full advantage of his second chance.

Having hit back from an early break in the third set, Wawrinka then broke in the 11th game to re-establish his lead, but 20th seed Querrey continued to battle and sent the game to a decider as he managed to take the fourth set on his sixth set point.

However, Wawrinka, who continued to receive treatment to the thigh he injured against Murray, finally sealed the win as he claimed the crucial break in the 10th game to take the final set.




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