Indian Wells – 1R

The 25th edition of ‘BNP Paribas Open’ at Indian Wells started on Thursday, for the seventh straight year with a 96 draw (’56 draw’ in the years 1987-1999 and ’64 draw’ in the years 2000-2003). This year’s draw is excellent, with all the Top 10 best players in the word (32 out of 35 best players).
The first round was successful for qualifiers and “wild cards”, 6 out of 12 qualifiers advanced to the next round, 4 players with “wild cards”, including this year’s revelation Milos Raonic who ousted in straight sets Marsel Ilhan [120], the young Canadian lost his serve serving for the match but quickly rebuilt himself and won a tie-break easily, recording his first ‘Masters 1000’ victory. I’m looking forward to his potential fourth round clash with Federer. “It’s been two weeks since I played a tournament, so I was happy to be back feeling like I’m playing a lot better,” says Raonic [37], “I didn’t serve that well today, but I feel compared to Memphis and San Jose I’m playing another level from the baseline. I feel like it just gives me a lot more comfort that I’m improving that aspect.” The other young gun – Ryan Harrison [152] had a tricky match with one of the Davis Cup heroes of the last weekend – Jeremy Chardy [49]. Harrison already led 5:0* (30-0) in the 3rd set, but the Frenchman got 3:5 (deuce) after saving two match points. Harrison: “These are always big mental matches because it’s so tight. And especially the first two sets being 7-6, to come out on top and to really get out there ahead in the third, really it could have been a 6-0 third set.”
The best four players in the world, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, won their doubles matches. Especially Federer’s win (teamed up with Wawrinka) is impressive – 6-1, 6-2 over amazing doubles players – Mirnyi and Nestor.

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9th WEEK – Davis Cup (1R)

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Three nations (Sweden, Argentina & Spain -> Rafael Nadal’s first matches [straight sets victories] since Australian Open) secured their quarter-finals berth after the first two days of the weekend. Perhaps easy win Sweden over Russia is a bit surprising if … Continue reading

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Karlovic hits 251 kph!

Zagreb. Ivo Karlovic established today a new record in the fastest serve, delivering a 251 kph serve in a Davis Cup doubles match between Croatia and Germany. Karlovic along with Ivan Dodig, lost to the German pair, Christopher Kas and … Continue reading

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Ancic quits

26-year-old Mario Ancic, former No. 7 in the world, lost his biennial battle with mononucleosis and chronic back problem – announced retirement from professional tennis. The Croat due to his illness played only seven tournaments in 2009 and nine tournaments last year (only three of them at the main level). “This is a difficult, emotional day for me,” said Ancic last week. “However, I don’t want it to be a sad day and I would like to still be remembered for everything I did in tennis and for the glory I brought to both Split and Croatia“. Along with Ivan Ljubicic he won for Croatia the bronze medal at the Olympics in Athens (2004), Davis Cup (2005) and World Team Cup (2006).
My MTF tribute thread
In the picture 19-year-old Ancic plays backhand in his second round five-setter against Andre Agassi at Roland Garros 2003.
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8th WEEK

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In the initial period of the 2011 season, three players are in the form of their lives: Novak Djokovic, Robin Soderling and Nicolas Almagro. Djokovic [3] elevated by the triumph in the Davis Cup final ’10, followed that success with … Continue reading

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Scud’s first title

34-year-old Mark Philippoussis won yesterday his first Champions Tour title beating nine years older Aaron Krickstein without troubles in the Delray Beach final. “Everything came together for me tonight,” said Philippoussis. “I actually used to live in Delray Beach a few years ago. I’ve missed it and it’s been nice to be back.” The defending champion Pat Rafter didn’t play this year… I think it’s a good occasion to add to my blog all scorelines of the ATP Champions Tour of the last seven years. Check them out here.
Philippoussis’s road to the title:
rr Pat Cash 6-7(5), 6-3, [8-10]
rr Mats Wilander 6-4, 6-3
rr Mikael Pernfors 6-2, 6-2
W Aaron Krickstein 6-3, 6-2
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7th WEEK

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It was another very interesting week – all title winners of the 6th week, advanced to the finals again! Two of them (Soderling & Almagro), clinched their second titles in the fortnight… Andy Roddick [8] captured his 30th career title … Continue reading

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38 aces of Raonic

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Milos Raonic‘s [59] fairytale continues… The young Canadian after winning a tournament in San Jose, went to Memphis where in the first round played with his San Jose’s final opponent – Fernando Verdasco. Raonic won again, this time in three … Continue reading

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6th WEEK

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It was a very good week for the sensations of this year’s Australian Open – Milos Raonic & Alexandr Dolgopolov – both young players reached their first ATP finals… In the biggest tournament of the week (Rotterdam), Robin Soderling [4] … Continue reading

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Amazing H2H between Kohlschreiber and Soderling

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Today in Rotterdam, Philipp Kohlschreiber [36] was only one point of making a historical H2H with Robin Soderling [4]. They played for the third time against each other a tie-break of the 3rd set. In their both previous matches of … Continue reading

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