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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Eltingh/Haarhuis for the first time since 1998

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Jacco Eltingh finished his career prematurely, but in an impressive style – serving an ace in the final of the year ending doubles Masters (Hartford) in 1998. He was 28 then, his long-time doubles partner Paul Haarhuis finished his career … Continue reading

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5th WEEK

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It was an interesting tennis week because two players won their #maiden titles, and the third one was only two points away to join them… 26-year-old Ivan Dodig [84] debuted on the main level relatively late because in 2008, so winning … Continue reading

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Lapentti’s retirement

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34-year-old Nicolas Lapentti a few weeks ago, on January 18th decided to retire from professional tennis but he hadn’t been active since 24th May 2010 when he was beaten by Taylor Dent in the first round at the Roland Garros. … Continue reading

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Ivanisevic’s cameo

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39-year-old Goran Ivanisevic won a final in London last year (seniors Champions Tour) and decided that’s fit enough to play once again in a professional event, albeit only in doubles, in Zagreb (the tournament he won twice in singles in … Continue reading

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Australian Open – Day 14 (final)

(3)Novak Djokovic d. (5)Andy Murray        6-4, 6-2, 6-3            (2:39 h)

British people still wait for a big triumph in prestigious disciplines (football & tennis) which originate from the United Kingdom. Murray didn’t fulfill dreams again to become the first British player since Fred Perry (1936) to win a Grand Slam tournament. The final was very equal until the fourth point of the 10th game. Djokovic gave everything then, leading 5:4 (30/15); Murray did the same, and after a 39-stroke rally of dynamic shots with impressive stretching from both sides, Djokovic obtained a double set point. Sometimes just one point in seemingly irrelevant moment of a match decides the final outcome, and it was that case… Djokovic won the next point, took the set and thirty minutes later had a set point to win the 2nd set 6-0! Murray finally ended a 7-game drought but lost the set anyway. The Brit made the same mistake as Nadal in his quarterfinal against Ferrer, despite being outplayed from the baseline in the first two sets (Djokovic was amazing even in Murray’s department – successful moon-lobs from very difficult positions), still was playing from the back of the court in the 3rd set (in the entire match had not win a point thanks to a volley!). He broke Djokovic twice in the set (to lead 1:0 and at 1:3), but in the last three games, it was Djokovic who took the initiative and converted his first match point after Murray’s forehand unforced error that hit the tape. The Serb wins his 19th title, including the second major – joins a group of eight players who won two Grand Slam tournaments (Sergi Bruguera, Lleyton Hewitt, Yevgeny djokovic_ao11Kafelnikov, Johan Kriek, Ilie Nastase, Patrick Rafter, Marat Safin & Stan Smith). Murray on the other hand joins Tony Roche – these two players have lost the most major finals (three) without having won once (the Open era, Roche is a pre-Open era champion). Djokovic said: “Maybe there was a turning point in the whole match, that 5:4 game. I was a bit fortunate, I kind of anticipated well and read his intentions and played some great shots and great moments. It is a big advantage mentally when you are a set up and you are getting to the second set and really going for the shots.” Murray stated: “It was better than it was last year,” despite winning fewer games than in the 2010 final, “I thought Novak played unbelievably well. It’s tough, but you have to deal with it. You always have to try to find a way, to believe. When I got ahead in some games, even in just points, he was sticking up lobs that were landing on the baseline, passing shots that were on the line. I broke his serve twice in the third set and still lost 6-3.” Stats of the final

Doubles final:
(1)Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan d. (3)Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes 6-3, 6-4

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The biggest “head to heads” at majors

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic met on tennis court in a professional match for the 20th time two days ago. The Swiss leads in their H2H confrontation 13-7, but only 4-3 at majors. With 7 matches played against each other, … Continue reading

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