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Ferrer v. Nalbandian in Auckland final.

A clinical David Ferrer overcame Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3 7-5 to set up a final showdown against Argentinian David Nalbandian at the Heineken Open in Auckland. The nimble-footed Spaniard came to the net with ease and drove forehands regularly past the world number 64, who was playing in his first ATP Tour semi-final. It told as Ferrer stepped up his game in the eighth game to break the Colombian’s serve. But, to his credit, Giraldo did not give in and made Ferrer fight for his serve. He lost the set, but his head was held high. The second set got off to the worst possible start for the rookie, when he was broken by Ferrer, before the top seed held his own serve to claim a 2-0 lead. But the unseeded South American’s fan club lifted him, and he broke Ferrer’s serve in the sixth game. All of a sudden, the momentum was with Giraldo as he took a 4-3 lead. The Colombian support crew were ecstatic, and the crowd hopped on board to lift Giraldo, but instead gave Ferrer the motivation – summed up by the Spaniard breaking serve to take a 6-5 lead and serve for the match.

Nalbandian, meanwhile, progressed to the final by defeating second seed Nicolas Almagro 6-4 6-2. The world number 27, who is scheduled to play Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of the Australian Open, looked patchy early on as he returned many of Almagro’s serves into the net. On his own serve, however, the Argentinian looked the part. Some long rallies ensued before the sixth seed had his first break-point opportunity in the ninth game. He duly converted to have the advantage heading in to the second set. Almagro’s first appearance in the semi-finals of the Auckland tournament looked to be over as early as the first game of the second set, where he was broken by Nalbandian after a long deuce game. He was broken again in the seventh game to hand the Argentinian a 5-2 lead and a fired-up Nalbandian served for the match and booked his ticket to the final – without having dropped a set.


Auckland semis decided….David F & David N are favoured,

Top seed David Ferrer secured his place in the semi-finals of the ATP Heineken Open in Auckland with a gritty three-set win over Philipp Kolhschreiber. The Spaniard, number seven in the world, was on court for two hours and 43 minutes against the eighth seed, getting off to a solid start with a 6-3 opening-set win. Kolhscreiber hit back to level matters on a tie-break, before Ferrer saw the match out 6-3 6-7 (4/7) 6-3.

The 28-year-old will now face Colombian Santiago Giraldo in the last four, after he brushed past Thomaz Bellucci. After taking the first set 6-2, Giraldo needed just one break of serve to take the second 6-4.

The other semi-final will be between David Nalbandian and wild card Nicolas Almagro. Nalbandian earned and took just one break point throughout his clash with John Isner, taking the first set 6-4 and then winning the second on a tie-break, 7-6 (7/3). Almagro needed just over two hours to knock out France’s Adrian Mannarino, serving 11 aces as he won 7-6 (7/3) 6-7 (1/7) 6-2.


Nalbandian will be a formidable challenger at the Aussie Open.

Argentinian David Nalbandian was made to work hard against Italian Fabio Fognini before prevailing 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 in his first-round match at the Heineken Open in Auckland. The first set went to the tie-break after some extravagant exchanges between the pair, but it was the sixth seed who held his nerve to edge ahead in the match. Nalbandian then broke Fognini’s serve to secure a straight-sets success, but his form will have left his vocal supporters anxious heading into his second-round match after he missed many easy points on his way to victory.

Seventh seed Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil also toiled to reach round two, eventually getting past American qualifier Michael Russell 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 7-5. The 31st-ranked Brazilian capitalised on his third match-point to triumph in two hours and 48 minutes and set up a meeting with 2007 runner-up Tommy Robredo. Fifth seed Juan Monaco did not fare so well, though, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino defeating the Argentinian 6-4 6-3.

Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Germany’s Tobias Kamke also advanced in straight sets at the expense of American Bobby Reynolds and Spaniard Pere Riba respectively. Kamke will face top seed David Ferrer in round two. Frenchman Arnaud Clement battled from a set down to beat Belgium’s Xavier Malisse 4-6 6-2 7-5 while German Philipp Petzschner edged Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 6-1 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/3). Romanian Victor Hanescu also needed three sets to get the better of South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 (9/7) 6-7 (3/7) 6-4 and Robin Haase recovered to beat Pablo Cuevas 3-6 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/3).


Verdasco keeps his hopes of making the ATP final alive.

 Fernando Verdasco fought back from a set and a break down against Arnaud Clement to keep alive his hopes of reaching the ATP World Tour Finals. The Spaniard needs to progress to the semi-finals at least this week to have any chance of qualifying for the season-ending showpiece in London at the end of the month. He looked to have blown his chance as Clement, cheered on by a partisan crowd, took a stranglehold on the match. But Verdasco dug deep and, having hit back to level the match at one set all, raced through the third to complete a 3-6 6-3 6-0 victory. With five of the eight places for London already decided and Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Andy Roddick all ahead of him and playing this week, Verdasco knows that even a win in Paris might not prove good enough to qualify. But he is determined to give it his best shot, telling Sky Sports: “I just think I need to play my best tennis, even though the conditions of the court is not the best for me here. “It’s not about just one round because players like Ferrer and Roddick, if they win matches also, it doesn’t matter if I win because they have a big advantage. But I will just try to go as long as I can in the tournament.” Next up for Verdasco is 12th seed Gael Monfils. The French player was a 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 winner over Benjamin Becker of Germany.

David Nalbandian swept aside Marcel Granollers at the Paris Masters on Tuesday evening to set up a second-round meeting with Andy Murray. The Argentinian cruised to a 6-3 6-1 win over his Spanish opponent, who last weekend reached the final at the Valencia Open. Nalbandian broke five times on his way to a comfortable victory in one hour seven minutes and will now play third seed Murray.

 Wimbledon finalist Berdych overpowered French wild card Florent Serra to book his place in the third round. The fifth-seeded Czech raced to a 6-3 6-1 success in just 47 minutes. Berdych won 95 per cent of points on his first serve, 100 per cent on his second and converted four out of five break points in a clinical display. Mikhail Youzhny’s hopes of reaching London are over after the Russian, currently 10th in the standings, was forced to retire from his second-round match with Ernests Gulbis. Youzhny was already on course for defeat against the Latvian, trailing 6-4 3-0 when he opted to pull out.

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic will take on another Argentinian, Juan Monaco, in round two after he claimed a 7-6 (9/7) 6-2 win over American Sam Querrey.

Elsewhere in the second round, Radek Stepanek knocked out 14th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, the Czech player winning 7-6 (7/3) 6-4.

In round one, France’s Gilles Simon survived a first-set scare to see off Andrey Golubev 3-6 6-4 6-3, Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky beat countryman Illya Marchenko 6-2 6-2 and Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (7/5) 5-7 6-3 in two hours 10 minutes.


Nalbandian will face Roddick next in a ‘must-win’ match for Andy.

David Nalbandian continued his fightback towards the top level with an impressive 4-6 6-4 6-4 win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic, who now has no chance of reaching the ATP World Tour finals. Former Wimbledon runner-up Nalbandian, now ranked 29 in the world, will next face fourth seed Andy Roddick who enjoyed an easier 6-3 6-4 success against Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev.

Second seed Novak Djokovic kept his nerve in a tight second-set tie-break to overcome Finland’s gutsy Jarkko Nieminen and reach the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basle. Djokovic looked well on track for the last eight when he took the first set against the qualifier but was made to fight all the way, taking two minutes short of two hours to record a 6-4 7-6 (10-8) win.

Wild card Radek Stepanek, on a comeback from glandular fever, beat Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 3-6 6-2 6-0, while France’s Richard Gasquet ended the run of German lucky loser Tobias Kamke 6-4 7-5.


Monfils heads up French team in Friday’s Davis Cup.

France hosts Argentina in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals on 17-19 September with a place in the final against either Serbia or Czech Republic at stake.

Gael Monfils leads the French team in the absence of the injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who misses out for the second straight tie with a recurring knee injury.

Monfils has jumped to No. 15 in the world rankings after reaching the US Open quarterfinals last week when he lost to eventual runner-up Novak Djokovic.

“For an emotional player like me to play in Davis Cup is just something unbelievable,” said Monfils, who made his debut in last year’s World Group play-offs against Netherlands.

“You’re not playing for yourself, you’re playing for your flag. You have your whole country behind you, an unbelievable crowd, your friends on the side, your captain on the chair. There’s a different spirit.”

The 24 year-old, who is unbeaten in Davis Cup play this year, is joined by Michael Llodra, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon, while Julien Benneteau is also absent through injury.

Llodra found himself playing singles and doubles in France’s quarterfinal whitewash over defending champions Spain, and he may be called upon to play a similar role in this tie.

Argentina is once again hoping for a match-winning performance from its talisman David Nalbandian. The experienced 28 year-old has won the deciding fifth rubber in both his team’s 3-2 victories this year, away in Sweden and Russia.


Murray reaches the semi final in Toronto where he will play Nadal.

Andy Murray crushed David Nalbandian to book his place in the semi-finals of the ATP Rogers Cup in Toronto.

The Scot, the defending champion and fourth seed, saw off the former Wimbledon finalist in style, winning 6-2 6-2 in one hour and nine minutes.

Murray won five games in a row at the end of the first set and the start of the second as he refused to let the Argentinian find any rhythm.

Nalbandian had no answer to his opponent’s impressive serving as Murray made 67% of his first serves and faced just one break point, which he saved.

Nalbandian came into the match in impressive form, having won his last 11 matches following his triumph over fifth seed Robin Soderling. Today he had nothing left in his tank as he made error after error against an opponent who was playing at his highest level of the year.

Murray must win his match with Nadal to retain his #4 ranking. Rafael Nadal reached the semi final with a 3 set victory over Kohlscheiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.


Murray faces the ‘red-hot’ Nalbandian in the match-of-the-day!

Andy Murray will take on David Nalbandian later today in the quarter-finals of the ATP Rogers Cup after battling past Gael Monfils in the third round last night.

Fourth seed Murray survived a second-set meltdown to post a 6-2 0-6 6-3 victory over the 15th seed in Toronto.

The 23-year-old must reach the final of the event to preserve his world number four ranking, and he was relieved to come out in top in a hard-fought, topsy-turvy encounter in the Canadian heat.

“There was one very good set, one bad one and one that was average, so just a pretty inconsistent match but it was tough conditions,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.

Both men produced attacking play from the outset but it was Murray who was more controlled against the unpredictable Frenchman, who the Scot described pre-match as “probably the best athlete that’s ever played the game”.

“You don’t see it that often but he’s one of the guys that would do it,” Murray said of his opponent’s athleticism.

“He’s very athletic, very entertaining, very energetic on the court so you have to expect that playing against him.”

Next up for Murray is a last-eight clash with 2002 Wimbledon runner-up Nalbandian, who extended his winning streak to 11 matches with a 4-6 6-4 6-1 triumph over fifth seed Robin Soderling.

The Swede produced 14 aces but his all-round game was less impressive and he went out 6-4 4-6 1-6 to the world number 45 from Argentina.


Federer win sets up a rematch with Berdych.

Two-time champion Roger Federer has reached the Rogers Cup quarterfinals by beating Michael Llodra of France 7-6 (2), 6-3 on Thursday.

Federer, who won here in 2004 and 2006, lost his serve once in each set but could rely on a much better second serve.

The third-seeded Federer will next play seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who edged Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 without losing his serve.

David Nalbandian of Argentina accounted for fifth-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden again in extending his winning streak to 11 matches.

Nalbandian won the third-round match 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 for his sixth win over Soderling in seven clashes.

Nalbandian withstood 14 aces and served eight double faults. He won his 11th career title in Washington last weekend.


Nalbandian, Berdych advance while Cilic, Baghdatis are ousted.

David Nalbandian kept up his impressive run of form with a three-set win over 10th seed David Ferrer at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Nalbandian came through 7-5 3-6 6-3 to reach round two and extend his winning streak to seven matches.

The former world number three won his first title for 20 months in Washington on Sunday following injury problems.

Roger Federer returns to action for the first time since Wimbledon against Juan Ignacio Chela later on Tuesday.

In earlier matches, Belgian Xavier Malisse beat Michael Berrer of Germany 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 to set up a second-round clash with Andy Murray.

The Briton received a first-round bye as one of the top eight seeds.

Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2 6-4, while 11th seed Marin Cilic fell 6-4 7-6 (7-2) to Serbia’s Viktor Troicki.

Marcos Baghdatis, who lost to Nalbandian in Sunday’s Washington final, made an early exit with a 7-5 2-6 7-6 (7-4)defeat by France’s Jeremy Chardy.

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