Friday in Los Angeles will be something special as the top four seeds have all reached the quarterfinals at the Farmer’s Classic.
A remarkable day of men’s tennis was capped late Friday night when American Andy Roddick steadied the ship in time to oust Russian Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-4. The 27-year old American only faced one break point and fired 12 aces to hold serve throughout the match. Roddick felt the Miami humidity was slowing the ball and adjustments were needed after the relatively fast conditions at Indian Wells.
They are on to Round Two in Rotterdam’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and Nikolay Davydenko received a little help from Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. The 36th ranked Baghdatis put away American James Blake 6-4. 6-2 and moves on to face Davydenko in round two. The second seed has a lifetime 0-7 record against Blake. The [...]
Juan Martin del Potro has to carry a rangy, lanky, 6-foot, 6-inch frame around a tennis court. He doesn’t have the smooth, gliding footwork of Roger Federer, whose rather compact frame enables him to reach shots with relative ease. He lacks the thick, muscular build of Marat Safin, a man who probably had the greatest [...]
In Israel, a land attuned to the ancient texts of the world’s monotheistic faiths, the words “my cup overflows” possess a considerable amount of historical weight and meaning. That phrasing comes from scripture, of course–it’s no small thing in the Holy Land to encounter a lavish and abundant blessing. Now, 108 years after the Davis [...]
James Blake moved around the gentlemen’s singles draw at Wimbledon before the crown jewel of tennis even began. Now, he’s moving out of England. Blake, who was shifted to a different section of the field as a result of the pre-tournament withdrawal of top-seeded Rafael Nadal, didn’t find a comfortable home in the newly-arranged bracket. [...]
When Roger Federer won his fourteenth Grand Slam singles title a few weeks ago in Paris, the number one storyline for the 2009 Wimbledon Championships became etched in stone. But as the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament gets set to start in suburban London, the gentlemen’s singles competition now owns a second supreme theme: Life’s [...]
Andy Murray produced another dominant display to beat James Blake 7-5 6-4 and clinch his first grass-court title at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s on Sunday. The world number 3 found Blake tough to shake off at first but made an important break at 5-5 in the first set, with both players only breaking each [...]
Andy Murray reached the final of AEGON Championships after a straight sets victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero at Queen’s. It took Murray, bidding to become the first British winner of the tournament since Bunny Austin, just 71 minutes to see off the Spaniard 6-2 6-4. The 22-year-old became the first British finalist in the tournament [...]
Top seed Andy Murray kept his challenge for a first Queen’s title on course with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The world number three had enjoyed a comfortable win over Andreas Seppi in his previous match and looked good again as he battled past Garcia-Lopez in straight sets to set up a [...]