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Del Potro expected to miss Dubai and Davis Cup.

U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has injured his wrist and is expected to miss Argentina’s Davis Cup series against Sweden next month.

Del Potro was injured Thursday during a practice session. He has been bothered by tendinitis in his wrist for months.

At the Shanghai Masters in October, he retired in the second set because of the injury. He pulled out of an exhibition tournament just days before last month’s Australian Open with the same problem.

Martiniano Orazi, Del Potro’s trainer, said the No. 5-ranked player would need four weeks of rest and four more weeks to get back into playing shape.

The Davis Cup series is March 5-7 in Stockholm.


Lleyton, the jolly green giant killer!

Lleyton-Hewitt-Wimbledon-2009-Day-Four_2321748Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt turned back the clock with a breathtaking 6-3 7-5 7-5 victory over Juan Martin Del Potro on Centre Court.

Fifth seed Del Potro, tipped by many to clinch his maiden Grand Slam title at the All England Club, was outfought and outplayed by the Australian, who returned to his finest form after long term injury.

Failure to recover from a hip injury sustained in March 2008 has seen Hewitt drop out of the top 50 in the world, however his performance on Centre Court suggests he is well on his way to recovery.

The Australian will face one of unseeded duo Philipp Petzschner or Mischa Zverev in the third round and will fancy his chances of progressing to the second week at SW19 for the seventh time in his career.

French Open semi-finalist Del Potro took Rafael Nadal’s place in the draw following the top seed’s withdrawal and he must have been dismayed to face such a classy opponent so early on.

The Argentine was left to rue six missed break point opportunities in the opening set before Hewitt broke in the sixth game and clinched the set with ease on his service game.

The Australian’s serving was proving the difference – the 28-year-old fired down 13 aces in the opening two sets as Del Potro struggle to force his way back into the match.

The fifth seed was also holding serve easily for the most part but a double fault in the 10th game set up a break point for Hewitt, which he took when Del Potro tamely found the net, prompting a trademark fist-pumping celebration.

Hewitt then found himself break point down serving for the set but a woeful return from Del Potro summed up his frustration and Hewitt took the second set 7-5 with a smash into the open court.

With the world number five looking on in disbelief, Hewitt struck again at the start of the third set as a shock victory closed in ever nearer.

Nerves set in during the 10th game as Hewitt presented Del Potro with a chance to break back, an opportunity he took to tie the set at 5-5.

But Hewitt wasn’t to be denied, he immediately broke the Del Potro serve the following game and held his serve under pressure to seal a dramatic win.


5 americans reach the quarters.

andy-roddick-1American Andy Roddick joined four of his countrymen as second round winners Thursday at the SAP Open in San Jose, defeating Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 7-6(3). The top seed saved four break points on serve in the second set, and converted on his first of three match points in the tie-break to secure the win in one hour and 20 minutes.
World No. 6 Roddick is bidding to win his fourth title at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament, having won in 2004 (d. Fish), ’05 (d. Saulnier) and ’08 (d. Stepanek). With the exception of a second round loss on his San Jose debut eight years ago (l. to Gambill), Roddick has reached minimally the semi-finals at this event.

He will attempt to break a three-match losing streak against his next opponent, German Tommy Haas, who leads the head-to-head series 7-3 – though the two players have evenly split their six previous meetings on hard courts. Roddick’s last win against the former World No. 2 came in the 2005 San Jose semi-finals.

Sam Querry takes on James Blake, while Mardy Fish has his work cut out against Del Potro.

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Juan Martin del Potro maybe the one to watch in 2009.


Only a select few tennis teenage phenomenons have achieved a similar result to that of Juan del Potro by winning 4 tournaments in their first full year on the tour. Those four are Rafael Nadal, Leyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. Not bad company for this 6’6” Argentinian who climbed from 81 to 8 in the rankings in 2008. After suffering a back injury from playing too many matches on hard courts, his coach Franco Davin, suggested that Juan make a come back on clay where the softer surface might be easier on his back. He won both tournaments that he entered. He switched back to his favourite hard court surface and won his next two tournaments, both against top 10 players including Andy Roddick in the Los Angeles tournament. He entered the 2008 US Open in New York on a 19 match win streak, and was touted as being the hottest player on tour. Hard to argue with that fact. He met Andy Murray in the quarter final in a match that went to 5 sets and could have gone to either player. Murray eventually won and went on to beat Nadal for his first Grand Slam final where he lost to Roger Federer.
Returning home to Argentina for the Davis Cup semi final match with Russia, Juan was facing the difficult task of playing singles against both Davydenko and Andreev. He came through like a champ and became the toast of Argentina. The first match against Davydenko was settled in short order 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, now with the pressure squarely on his shoulders he went on to demolish Andreev 6-4, 6-2, 6-1, to put Argentine into the Davis Cup final against Spain. In the final he suffered an injury in his match with Feliciano Lopez, losing in the fourth set and being forced to withdraw from the competition. His team mate Nalbandian, in a fit of frustration over the country’s loss, blamed del Potro for not being ready to play after his loss in the Master’s Cup in Shanghai. His next stop will be the 2009 Australian Open in Melbourne where he must be considered as a legitimate player to reach the final four.
He has already reached star status in his home country where a leading newspaper said this about him, “The name of Juan Martin del Potro is a name of importance on the circuit, a weightier name, infinitely more respected.”
Juan says of his own game, “I have to play well on all surfaces like Nadal and Djokovic if I am to realize my dream of becoming the best player in the world. He credits his coach, Franco Davin, for changing his game, for changing his mind set, and for giving him the confidence to play relaxed. All these young players, del Potro, Murray, Nadal and Djokovic are starting to make Roger Federer feel like a veteran, but do any of them have the endurance to be the next dominant men’s player?

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Argentine Tennis in Disarray after loss to Spain.

manciniAlberto Mancini resigned after his team’s loss to Spain in the Davis Cup. Playing at home in the final Argentine was considered by many to be the favourites to win. They had the choice of venue, the choice of court surface and the enthusiastic home town crowd vigorously behind them. When it was a announced that Rafael Nadal would not be playing, the balance of power weighed so heavily on the side of Argentine that Mancini was heard to forecast that the match score could be 5-0! His only difficult decision was who he should put out to play in the doubles, it was inconceivable that without Nadal, Spain could take any of the singles matches. Del Potro and Nalbandian were too tough for any of the Spaniards in singles competition. Ferrer was in a slump, Verdasco was known to choke, and Lopez had a history of inconsistency. It was a slam dunk!
But as it turned out Argentine self destructed, they started to believe their press notices and became over confident. After the first match between Nalbandian and Ferrer, it was clear to all those in attendance that it was going to be a walk over for the home team. The celebration was just about ready to begin as Spain’s best singles player was humiliated by Nalbandian. Next up was the ‘new’ young Argentine hero Juan Martin del Potro, ranked number 7 in the world, and pitted against Feliciano Lopez, ranked a lowly 31st. and a player with only a modest amount of success as a singles player on the ATP tour. The first set went to del Potro easily and the crowd could sense an easy victory for their hero, but he lost the second set in a tie breaker. David Nalbandian, a knowledgeable student of the game, saw immediately that del Potro was tired. He huddled with Coach Mancini, and confirmed his thoughts with the coach. Del Potro lost the third set in another tie breaker as he failed to reach many easy balls, and struggled with his serve. In set four he cramped up from exhaustion, and pulled a small muscle in his right thigh. The match was over! Nalbandian was pissed off, and almost demanded that the coach send him out to play in the doubles the nest day. Calleri was chosen to play with Nalbandian in the very important doubles match that had now become almost a must win match for both teams. Calleri made error after error on both sides, he hit the ball into the net on relatively easy service returns, and Nalbandian could not carry the match alone. Spain led 2-1 in the Cup. All was not lost for Argentine, they needed to win both reverse singles on Sunday, Nalbandian would play the final match against Lopez, and del Potro would play Ferrer. Argentine was still favoured to win until it was declared by the team doctor that del Porto could not play. Mancini had no choice but to play Jose Acusosa, a player who had not played a competitive match for more than 3 months, and had not played a single point on the courts at the Davis Cup venue. Emillio Sanchez dumped David Ferrer in favour of Verdasco. In a 4 hour error filled match of poor quality and even poorer tennis standard, Verdasco won the match and the Cup for Spain.
Nalbandian was devastated by the loss, and blamed del Potro for showing a lack of desire and motivation. They had a confrontation in their locker room that was heard through the walls in the adjoining Spanish locker room, and an exchange of less than polite words was heard between Nalbandian and del Potro’s father. Calleri stepped in to calm them down. Only Mancini and Acusosa showed up at the post game press conference, and could not provide satisfactory answers for the player’s absence.
It was unfair for Nalbandian to suggest that del Potro should not have gone to Shanghai for the Masters Cup, had the roles been reversed I’m sure he would have gone too. The problem lies is the demanding schedule conceived by the ruling bodies of the ATP and ITF, it is spoiling tennis for the public, and taking its toll on the health of its players.

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Will this be the Team that wins the 2008 Davis Cup!

nalbandian-2These four men will represent Argentine in the Davis Cup final as they try to win the coveted cup for the first time in the country’s history. Maybe it will be third time lucky for Argentine as David Nalbandian, Juan Martin delPotro, Agustin Calleri and Jose Acasuso attempt to win the cup in 2008 after the country lost twice before in 2006 and 1981. This is the first time they will try to win at home, and the first time they will meet Spain in the final. del-potrocalleriacasuso

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Davydenko has his mind on Tennis again!


  Nicolay Davydenko will play in the semi final of the Masters Cup in Shanghai against Andy Murray the winner of the Red group. Davydenko joined Djokovic as the two semi finalists from the Gold group with an easy win over Del Potro 6-3, 6-2. His return to form is a clear indication that his concentration is now on tennis after a long enquiry into match fixing and its consequences must have been playing tricks with his mind. His name has been cleared, and the match play reflected his new dedication with the win over the Argentinian.

Controversy has surrounded the ‘Iron Man’ of tennis for a few years. Twice he has been warned or given a code violation by an umpire for not performing at his best, or giving his best effort. He almost never complains, a trait of his tough Russian upbringing, but it has been obvious to many of the other tour players that he suffers from injuries, and tries to play through them. He rarely calls for an on court trainer, as permitted within the rules, but grits his teeth and continues to play. A year long enquiry was launched in 2007 by the ATP to determine whether Davydenko and Arguello were involved in match fixing during a match in Sopot in August of 2007. The heavily favoured Davydenko won the first set 6-2, lost the second and retired in the third citing an ankle injury. Prior to this match he had lost in the first round of three tournaments, and had shown signs of being injured in the second set against Arguello, before chucking it in. All this would have gone unnoticed had it not been for some large bets that had been placed on Arguello to win. The odds on a win by Arguello must have been pretty high. BetFair a large British online betting company informed the ATP, a requirement under law, of the unusual amount of bets placed on Arguello and against Davydenko. The betting on the match was running about 10 times the norm for such an insignificant match, and this triggered an investigation by the BetFair officials. They claimed that 9 people in Russia had bet $1.5 million as part of a total $7 million bet on this match, 2 betters stood to gain $6 million from their wagers.

After an exhaustive enquiry all charges against the two players were dropped and both were cleared. Due to the irregularities of the betting, all bets were voided!

At 27 Nicolay Davydenko must be reaching the end of his career, and although he earned his nick name from playing so many events, the toll must be mounting on his body. It is great to see that with his head back into playing tennis and not distracted by threats of legal action, he has regained his old form that made him such a tough player to beat. He has won a total of 15 titles, and earned almost $9 million since he turned pro, and moved to Russia from Ukraine.


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