August 4, 2015

BNP Paribas Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule


Indian Wells, CA, USA
March 6-17, 2013

Results – Sunday, March 10, 2013
WTA Singles – Third Round
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (25) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 75 63
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (27) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 67(3) 63 64
(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (Q) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 62 76(5)
(6) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 61
(9) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 64 63
(19) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. (12) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 75
(13) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Mallory Burdette (USA) 63 46 62
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) d. (14) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 26 64 64

WTA Doubles – Second Round
(3) Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) d. (WC) Jankovic/Lucic-Baroni (SRB/CRO) 62 76(4)
(4) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Goerges/Shvedova (GER/KAZ) 62 76(4)
Date-Krumm/Dellacqua (JPN/AUS) d. Raymond/Stosur (USA/AUS) 61 46 106 (Match TB)

ATP Singles – Second Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d F Fognini (ITA) 60 57 62
[3] A Murray (GBR) d E Donskoy (RUS) 57 62 62
[7] J Del Potro (ARG) d N Davydenko (RUS) 63 64
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) d [WC] J Blake (USA) 76(6) 64
[11] N Almagro (ESP) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 75 61
[12] M Cilic (CRO) d A Ramos (ESP) 76(7) 62
M Matosevic (AUS) d [14] J Monaco (ARG) 75 60
[16] K Nishikori (JPN) d [Q] P Petzschner (GER) 63 62
[19] T Haas (GER) d P Andujar (ESP) 63 76(0)
C Berlocq (ARG) d [22] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 67(5) 63
[23] S Querrey (USA) d [Q] I Karlovic (CRO) 63 64
B Phau (GER) d [25] J Chardy (FRA) 62 26 64
Y Lu (TPE) d [26] M Klizan (SVK) 76(5) 76(5)
[31] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 64 64
[32] M Fish (USA) d [Q] B Reynolds (USA) 63 36 64

ATP Doubles – First Round
J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) d [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 64 76(4)
J Cabal (COL) / F Mayer (GER) d M Klizan (SVK) / A Seppi (ITA) 62 64
T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) d [Alt] V Hanescu (ROU) / F Moser (GER) 64 64
[Alt] P Andujar (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d B Paire (FRA) / S Wawrinka (SUI) 46 62 10-8
A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d R Haase (NED) / G Simon (FRA) 62 62


STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[4] A Kerber (GER) vs [30] Y Wickmayer (BEL) – WTA
[5] R Nadal (ESP) vs L Mayer (ARG) – ATP

Not Before 2:30 PM
[29] E Vesnina (RUS) vs [8] C Wozniacki (DEN) – WTA
I Dodig (CRO) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] V Azarenka (BLR) vs [28] K Flipkens (BEL) – WTA

Not Before 8:30 PM
L Hewitt (AUS) vs [18] S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
J Nieminen (FIN) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP
[20] A Seppi (ITA) vs [Q] E Gulbis (LAT) – ATP
[6] T Berdych (CZE) vs [27] F Mayer (GER) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[11] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [24] M Barthel (GER) – WTA
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) – ATP
[WC] A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) vs T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) – ATP

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
[10] N Petrova (RUS) vs [21] J Goerges (GER) – WTA
[32] S Peng (CHN) vs [7] S Stosur (AUS) – WTA
[24] J Janowicz (POL) vs [10] R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP
[13] G Simon (FRA) vs B Paire (FRA) – ATP
J Hampton (USA) vs U Radwanska (POL) – WTA

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
[Q] G Muguruza (ESP) vs M Rybarikova (SVK) – WTA
C Black (ZIM) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Medina Garrigues (ESP) – WTA
[WC] J Blake (USA) / M Fish (USA) vs F Lopez (ESP) / M Raonic (CAN) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
L Kubot (POL) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP – After Suitable Rest

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
M Erakovic (NZL) / H Watson (GBR) vs H Chan (TPE) / J Husarova (SVK) – WTA
I Begu (ROU) / A Rosolska (POL) vs [6] N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / J Zheng (CHN) – WTA

Not Before 5:00 PM
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) vs J Cabal (COL) / F Mayer (GER) – ATP – After Suitable Rest

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Del Potro Starts Slowly, Eases Past Davydenko

Del Potro

By Curt Janka

(March 10, 2013) INDIAN WELLS, California – Nikolay Davydenko can be a dangerous floater in any draw, but that worry never seemed to occur to a nonplussed Juan Martin Del Potro as the Argentine casually notched a 6-3, 6-4 win. Despite conceding a break at the beginning of both sets, Del Potro hardly appeared concerned as he gradually wore down the defenses of Davydenko.

Del Potro looked downright sluggish at the opening of the match and quickly found himself trailing 0-2. The crowd didn’t gasp at a booming Del Potro forehand until the seventh game, and that one was out.  Still, for the stretches of the match that Del Potro reined in his errors, he was able to force his opponent to start missing.

Looking ahead in the brackets, he will need to get in gear more quickly against the likes of Nicolas Almagro, should they meet in the quarterfinals.

Similarly, Marin Cilic looked unfazed by Albert Ramos in their earlier match. The opening set was tightly contested, but the second set quickly got away from Ramos as Cilic walked away with a 7-6(7), 6-2 win. Neither player faced a break point until the second set. Then Cilic earned two consecutive breaks to secure an insurmountable lead.

Throughout their match, Cilic played safe, but deep balls while it was Ramos going for the bigger shots, win or lose. In the end, Ramos was hitting more errors than winners. Cilic was content to punch his time card and advance to the next round where he will face a tougher opponent in Milos Raonic.

Curt Janka is covering the BNP Paribas Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his tournament updates @TennisNewsTPN. Follow his personal twitter @CurtJanka.

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Nadal Returns to Hardcourt with Indian Wells Win; Still Unhappy with 25-Second Rule


Rafael Nadal

(March 9, 2013) No. 5 Rafael Nadal returned to the hardcourt for first time in almost a year by defeating American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the  second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Saturday.

The Spaniard had been off the tour with a left knee injury for seven months and last played on a hardcourt in Miami in late match 2012. He returned to the tennis tour last month on the clay court ”Golden Swing” in Latin America where he went 12-1 with two titles.

Nadal stormed off to a 4-1 lead against Harrison. The 20-year-old American came back to even the set, which Nadal took in a tiebreak.


After the match Nadal was happy with his play.


“Well, I am satisfied to be in the next round,” Nadal said.  “That’s the most important thing.  I am satisfied to be here playing at Indian Wells.  Two weeks ago, two weeks before, I didn’t really know if I would be here playing.

I am happy to be here.  I am happy to be in the third round.  Good victory for me today against a good opponent.”


“My physical performance needs to improve,” Nadal added.  “My movements need to improve.  Matches like this help me, for sure, no?

“Today more than any result, any victory is important for me because that gives me the chance to play another day.  That’s what I need, play matches.  I need to compete.  I really, you know, want to compete, and I need.

“So that’s the only way to win matches without playing fantastic.  That’s the only way to play very well in a short period of time.”


Nadal was questioned about the new 25 rule which forces players to speed up their actions in-between points. Nadal is still not pleased with the new rule.


“I played much faster, no?, he said.  “And I am doing because somebody very smart puts a new rule that is a disaster, in my opinion.  Not in places like here that is dry, you know, not very humid place, but is completely disaster when we are playing in tournaments like Acapulco, Brazil, or Chile.”


“Sorry,” Nadal continued.  “I cannot support that, because for so many facts in my opinion the rule is wrong.  First thing, because the rules go against the great points of tennis.

“Because if you see the highlights of the end of the season, I didn’t see not one highlight, the best points of the season, I did not see not one ace.

“The best points of the season are long rallies and amazing points.  With this 25 seconds, you play a long rally and you think you can play another long rally next point?  No.  So go against the good tennis.

“So the guy who really accepted this rule was not very smart, in my opinion.  Even if you don’t have time for the TV to repeat a good point, and then the referee, I don’t know what he’s doing on his chair.  We can play without referee 100%.  The lines on every line, Hawk‑Eye, now 25 seconds.  He don’t have to analyze nothing.  He just have to put the clock and that’s it.  Then we can play.  Put the clock on court and play without umpire, because it’s not necessary anymore because the umpire is not enough good to analyze if the match is being hard, if somebody is losing time, penalize him with a warning.

“If both players are going the same way because you are playing a great point and you need to rest 40 seconds after the point, we don’t need anymore umpire.  That’s my feeling.  You know what I did?  Maybe somebody ‑‑ maybe nobody did at the ATP, but I went back to my matches, great matches, in Grand Slams, playing long rallies in big tournaments, and when you play like a 30 points, you know, 30‑shots rally, 40‑shots rally like final of Roland Garros, like final of Australia, like final of any good tournament, you know, how much time we rested?

“You have to see the third set of the US Open 2011 against Djokovic, and you tell me if the crowd was very happy about what happened in that set or not, and tell me if with this new rule that can happen again.  Please.”

Nadal will play Leonardo Mayer in the third round.

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Nadal, Federer, Hampton, Keys and Anderson on Notes and Quotes from the BNP Paribas Open

 Jamie Hampton

(March 9, 2013) INDIAN WELLS, CA – a few quotes from post-match news conferences from the BNP Paribas Open.


Jamie Hampton calls herself “boring.”


Q.  And you’re a little bit under the radar screen.  If someone came up to you and said, Hey, what’s the coolest thing about Jamie Hamilton, what would you say?

JAMIE HAMPTON:  I’m pretty boring, actually.  I wouldn’t consider myself cool at all.

Q.  Oh, come on.

JAMIE HAMPTON:  No, really.

Q.  Why is that?

JAMIE HAMPTON:  My life pretty much revolves around tennis.  I eat, sleep, and dink tennis.  There is not too much time for anything else for me.

I have to take care of my back and body.  That’s a full‑time job in itself.  To add tennis on top of that…

Q.  In the small sliver of time that you’re spending that you’re not playing tennis, what are you doing?


Q.  TV, sleeping?  Do you know who won the Oscar for best picture?


Q.  Close.  Argo.

JAMIE HAMPTON:  Argo.  I said Argon, didn’t I?  Dang it.  Okay.

 Madison Keys Tennis Panorama


Madison Keys on baking and candy.


Q.  Outside of listening to every country music station that’s on the radio, what do you do on your off time when you’re not killing yourself on the court?

MADISON KEYS:  I love baking, which I have to get it out of my house as soon as I bake it or else I’m going to eat it all.  But I like baking.  I have little sisters, so I hang out with them all the time, so…

I feel like I don’t really have off time, though.  When I do have off time I’m usually having to do homework still, so…

Q.  Favorite go‑to dish baking‑wise?

MADISON KEYS:  Oreo cheesecake cupcakes.  They’re so good.

Q.  Is that the one you put on your Facebook?

MADISON KEYS:  Those were just cupcakes.  The Oreo cheesecake cupcakes you put an Oreo on the bottom and fill the top with Oreo cheesecake.  They’re just in little muffin tins.  They’re delicious.

Q.  So when you break through and win a big, big tournament, will you promise to give us a round of cheesecake?

MADISON KEYS:  I was actually going to make them in Miami and bring them.  If I see you around, I will give you one.

Q.  Ever tried Sugarpova before?

MADISON KEYS:  I have, and it’s delicious.  Every time I see Max walking around with a bag of it, I’m like, Is there one for me?

Q.  Can you imagine getting a little of Maria’s candy into your baking?

MADISON KEYS:  That could be good.  Now I’m going to think about it.


Kevin Anderson a member of the ATP Council on the 25-second rule


KEVIN ANDERSON:  Well, we’ll be meeting next week in Miami, so we will be getting an update on that.

I think it’s a good rule.  I think it’s always tough because it’s not like ‑‑ I mean, you have to sometimes take into consideration, you know, extenuating circumstances.  If you play like an incredibly long point or the ball kids ‑‑ maybe the ball goes out or something.

Just from the standpoint I think it’s a good rule.  It makes it fair for everybody.  But I have heard ‑‑ as the year has gone on, some guys are saying it’s getting a bit more lax.  There aren’t as many time violations going on out there.  I just heard a couple guys saying with different matches some people are sticking to the rule and some people aren’t.

It’s a work in progress, so hopefully after Miami we will be able to sort of assess where it’s at and see what other people are feeling.  I mean, just have to go from there.

Asked about if he’s in favor of a shot clock


KEVIN ANDERSON:  Yeah, and when we implemented the rule at the US Open we chatted about that a bit, whether there is an affordability issue.

Also, I don’t think it’s ‑‑ it’s one of those things where there are sometimes circumstances that come up that you do need more than the 25 seconds that’s out of your control.

But if there is a shot clock there it might make things trickier.  I don’t think it’s like basketball where the time continues all the time.  You are waiting for other people.  That would be something we’d have to have a trial or something to see how that would work out.

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Federer on Nadal


Q.  What will be a sign on a hard court that he’s (Nadal) playing well?  Anything in particular?

ROGER FEDERER:  Progressing in the draw.  (Laughter.)


Yeah, wins don’t lie.



Nadal on hardcourts and Federer



Q.  Here in America it’s hard court, hard court, hard court.  Do you think there should be more clay court tournaments?

RAFAEL NADAL:  I don’t want to say that, because anything that I will say not gonna affect in my career.  That’s not going to change during the years that I will be playing, no?

I think it’s more medical things than players think.  Hard courts are aggressive for the body.

If for the next generations wants to have longer careers and want to finish his careers with better conditions physically, that’s my humble opinion.  ATP have to find a solution and not continue playing more and more tournaments on this surface that is the harder one for the joints and for the knees, for the foot, for the ankles, for the back, for everything.

Q.  You’re the main one who talks about hard courts and wanting to have more tournaments not on hard courts.  Not as many as the other top players discuss that.  Do you think that a lot of players discuss your opinion, or do you think it’s more your personal experience, more you than other people?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Depends.  If you will ask a player who plays fantastic on this court is a thing that ‑‑ sorry.  At the end, we are here.  At the end, it’s an individual game.  At the end, everybody thinks for himself.

And if somebody plays great on this surface, it’s difficult to go against this surface, no?  Is normal that if the volume of the tournaments on hard are more than in the rest of the surfaces, is normal than like the top players of the world, best players of the world, are specialists on hard courts.

So they not gonna go against the hard court.  That’s why I say is not another players’ thing, it’s a medical thing.  Somebody have to think not for today.  I repeat:  I’m not talking about my career.  My career is done.

We gonna finish my career playing on the same or more tournaments on hard, because that’s the dynamic.

But, yes, no, my opinion is for the next generations that something have to change.


Q.  Is it kind of amazing how healthy Roger has stayed throughout his career, considering all the hard court tennis he’s played?

RAFAEL NADAL:  No.  It’s amazing?  I don’t think so.  I think, you know, he’s very good.  Don’t take my words because my English is not perfect, no?  But I think he’s very lucky to have this talent, no?  The talent of Roger is amazing, and the things that he’s able to do it, you know, the rest of the ‑‑ all the players, we are not able to play this way.

He win a lot of matches with, you know, short points; win a lot of matches with the serve, with one forehand.

So, you know, that’s why he’s able to keep having big, you know, big career and very long.

That’s amazing thing that’s have a lot of value.  No, nothing to say about that.  He’s great, and for many reason he’s the best of the history, no?

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Federer Dominates Istomin in Second Round of the BNP Paribas Open

Roger Federer-001

(March 9, 2013) Roger Federer  began defense of his BNP Paribas Open title by defeating Russia’s Denis Istomin  6-2, 6-3 in the second tound on Saturday. Federer is going for his fifth Indian Wells title.

The Swiss was dominant with his serve, winning 96 percent of his first serve points, losing only lost just four points on serve, all in the first set in the 58 minute match.

“It felt good from the start and was able to maintain that level of play,” Federer said to media.  “I never thought he got into the match, you know, at all.  That gives you obviously even more confidence.”


Hewitt Upsets Isner at BNP Paribas Open


John Isner

(March 9, 2013) Ten years ago Lleyton Hewitt won his second Indian Wells title at the age of 22. On Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open the 32-year-old veteran upset 15th seed John Isner in the second round 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4.


In capturing the two-hour, 23-minute match,  the former No. 1, now ranked 98, Hewitt saved all four break points he faced, and held firm despite Isner’s 18 aces. Isner could only put in 59 % of his first serves in.


“I felt like I had the more chances throughout the match,” Hewitt said.  “You know, first set could have gone either way, and then dug deep early in that second set to get up a break.  That was a big momentum change then, to have that break up my sleeve.


“He was still dangerous, though, using his forehand a lot on my service games and trying to hit through the court.  I was able to hang tough there and get the vital break and go up 4‑3 in that final set.”

Isner, last year’s losing finalist in Indian Wells, was sidelined at the Australian Open due to a right knee injury.

“It’s a tough match. I knew it was going to be. Lleyton is such a good competitor,” said Isner. “I felt like I could have played a little bit better. I needed to play very well to win today, and I don’t feel like I necessarily did that. But I think Lleyton had a lot to do with it. It’s very disappointing.


Lleyton Hewitt

“But I believe things will get better. As long as I continue to believe that, then I just hope that things will get better, and I do believe that they will. Just gotta keep plugging away.”


“He’s scrappy,” Isner continued.  “He’s a very good player.  Tough match.  He can give anybody a tough match.  I don’t think ‑‑ there’s no shame in losing to him, certainly.


“It’s just, you know, no one likes losing early in tournaments, and I’m the same.”


Hewitt will face 18th seed Stanislas Wawrinka next.


Anderson Tops No. 4 Ferrer


David Ferrer

David Ferrer

(March 9, 2013) World No. 4 David Ferrer became the first major casualty of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday when the Spaniard fell to big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Ferrer who already has captured two ATP World this season was demolished in the final of the Mexican Open by compatriot Rafael Nadal.

Ferrer gave credit to his opponent. “He was better than me, “Ferrer said.  “He serve better.”

“Well, of course I am disappoint(ed), no, because I lost in first round,” he continued.

“But this is tennis, and it’s impossible to win always.  Kevin Anderson was better than me.  What can I do?”

Anderson broke Ferrer four times and won 70% of his first serve points with six aces.

“It was fantastic,” Anderson said of the win. “Obviously David is a great player, and especially in the last few years he’s really stepped it up.  Beating a top 5 in the world player is always ‑‑ it’s a great feeling, and especially somebody like David who doesn’t go away.

“I mean, he fights for everything; doesn’t give you everything.  I felt I earned the win today.”

The win is very significant for the South African who is coming off  right elbow surgery after losing at the Australian Open.

“Everything else is completely fine, ” said Anderson.  “Just that extension on the serve gives it a little bit of pain, and it fatigues quite quickly.

“So right now just really serving on match days.  Taking it quite easy on days off.  Hopefully, you know, just as time goes on, doing a lot of the treatment and rehab, I will be able to slowly start increasing that load.”

Anderson will play face Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen next. The Finn destroyed Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-0.


Stosur Moves Past Keys, Hampton Tops 20th Seed

Samantha Stosur

Samantha Stosur

(March 9, 2013) World No. 9, Australia’s Samantha Stosur moved into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, defeating American teenager Madison Keys 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.


Stosur was happy with her play during the 75 minute match.
“I’m happy with the way I played,” said Stosur. “I thought I served very well.”


“As soon as I put a little bit of pressure on her early on in her service game … I really took a bit of a stranglehold on the match.”
Stosur sees a lot of potential in the 18-year-old Keys.
“I think she’s got a big game,” the Australian said. “Obviously her forehand is massive. She’s got a very big serve.


“You know, she’s got pretty decent kick serve for a second serve. You know, she handled a lot of my slice actually quite well sometimes.


“I think she’s got a big game. She’s just got to, you know, put all the pieces together. I think I said to somebody earlier. She’s only 18. I had lots of pieces like that when I was 18 and wasn’t as together as probably what she is now.


“I think she’s got a lot of potential. There is obviously things you need to improve, but she has those big weapons that, you know, win these big matches.

Keys says it’s all a learning experience.

“I think I did a lot of things pretty well,  Keys said.  There are some things that I need to work on, and, you know, I think ‑‑ I mean, especially my returns.  I think if I was returning better today, you know, maybe I could have made the match a little bit tighter.

“You know, go back, work on those, and, you know, move on to the next tournament.”

While one young American fell on stadium court, another was taking out a seed. American Jamie Hampton knocked 20th seed Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-3, 6-3.


“I’m always looking to bring a good bit of intensity to the match or the court,” Hampton said. “I think as I get a little bit older and in these situations more frequently, I will probably settle down a bit, get more comfortable with the atmosphere and the environment.


“I haven’t been a pro too long so I haven’t had a ton of experience in a big match setting.”

No. 4 seed Angelique Kerber, also moved on with a win over Irina Begu 6-3, 6-2.


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“Uncle Sam” Saves U.S. – Querrey helps Americans squeak past Brazil and into the Quarterfinals


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Querrey helps Americans squeak past Brazil and into the Quarterfinals


By Junior Williams


(February 3, 2013) JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Davis Cup team avoided a huge upset when Sam Querrey clinched the First Round tie for the Americans over Brazil, 3-2, in a fifth and decisive rubber on Sunday at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The U.S. now moves on to the Quarterfinals and will host Serbia and world number one Novak Djokovic in Boise, Idaho.


Querrey, ranked number 20 in the world, defeated 141-ranked Thiago Alves, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3), becoming the first American to clinch a Davis Cup tie in a fifth and decisive rubber since 2000, when Pete Sampras defeated Slava Dosedel to defeat the Czech Republic in a World Group Quarterfinal in Los Angeles. Querrey’s second live Davis Cup singles victory came two days after he defeated Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets.

Querrey stepped up for the U.S. after John Isner, ranked number 16 in the world, fell to the No. 36-ranked Bellucci, 2-6, 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3, in Sunday’s first reverse singles match. That evened the tie at 2-2, before Querrey served up 26 aces to defeat Alves.


It looked as if an upset was in the making when Alves took the first set, but Querrey soon found his groove. He began to win the long rallies against Alves, and take a two sets to one lead.


In the fourth set, Querrey was serving for the tie at 5-4, but he failed to convert a tie point and got broken after his overhead smash went into the net, giving Alves new life and the Brazilian fans hope. Both players battled into a fourth set tiebreak, in which Alves sent a shot past the baseline to give the U.S. a 5-3 lead Querrey would not relinquish. His victory gave joy and relief to the few hometown fans who hadn’t left the match to watch the Super Bowl.


“You know, I was just very happy with the way I battled through it,” said Querrey. “Didn’t strike the ball as well as on Friday, but fought through the tough points, made him play, got breaks in the second, third and fourth sets there.


“He broke me back, but then edged him out in a tiebreaker. I was just happy to get through it.”
U.S. Captain Jim Courier said Querrey will benefit from experiencing the Davis Cup pressure cooker. “Sometimes obstacles become opportunities, and that’s what this was today for Sam. John, we thought he was going to get through his match. We thought Bob and Mike (Bryan) were going to get through their match (on Saturday). It came down to Sam, and he stepped up when we needed him to. Sam faced some adversity at the end and played a great tiebreaker to get past not closing it out on serve. Those are learning moments for a player, things you can draw on later on in your career.”


“It was a good effort from everybody, particularly the Brazilians,” said Courier. “They deserve a lot of credit for pushing us and making us come up with what we had to at the end.”


The Brazilian Alves said he was pleased with his level of play during the tie. “So was a great match. Sam is a great player. The first set I got my chance, so I think he was a little bit tense, nervous. After that he start to

play better tennis. I fight for all the match, all the match.”


Brazil’s Captian Joao Zwetsch congratulated the U.S. team on its victory, but also gave praise to his players for almost coming back from down 0-2 in matches to pull off the shocker.


“Everybody did all the best all the week trying to win this tie” said Zwetsch. “Everybody was like this. When I get on the court, I can feel this energy. I was feeling today. It’s different. I can say to you it’s really different.”
Top-ranked Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci did his part to push the Americans to the brink with his five-set victory over Isner. It was Bellucci’s spin and kick serves versus Isner’s power service game, which included 22 aces.

But the American also committed 81 unforced errors in the nearly three-and-a-half hour match, and appeared to run out of gas in the fifth set — with this being only his second match since skipping the Australian open with a knee injury.
“In the end, I saw that Isner was a little bit tired and I was trying to put every ball inside the court to keep him playing,” said Bellucci.
“I just couldn’t quite win the big points,” said Isner. “It’s almost like I wanted it too badly. I just felt like I was forcing it, wasn’t going for my shots like I should. Confidence-wise I’m not even close to where I want to be.”


Isner also complained about the Brazilian fans, who came ready to root for their favorites with taunts and a number of noisemakers in tow: party horns, kazoos and rubber ducks. “To be honest I don’t appreciate their fans at all. I don’t think they’re too classy at all.” Isner went on to say that the fans are not an excuse for his defeat and that Bellucci deserved to win.
U.S. Captain Courier is now setting his sights on Serbia in the Davis Cup Quarterfinals: “We’re excited. We wanted to face Serbia. We thought that would be a great test for us. They’re one of the great Davis Cup nations right now. Novak is playing again this year after taking last year off. If you want to lift this trophy, you need to beat the best teams, and that certainly is one of them.

“We look forward to the challenge. We know it will be difficult. But Boise should be a very hospitable environment for us. We’ll like the altitude there. That should work well for us. We’ll look forward to playing there.”


Brazil Stays Alive As Melo and Soares Upset the Bryans in 5 Sets


Bob and Mike Bryan

Bob and Mike Bryan


Melo and Soares upset the Bryans in 5 sets; U.S. up 2-1
By Junior Williams


(February 2, 2013) JACKSONVILLE — On Groundhog Day here in the United States, the conventional wisdom was that the world’s top-doubles team would clinch a first round Davis Cup World Group victory and ensure a long winter for Brazil’s team.


But as any Brazilian will tell you — it’s actually summer south of the Equator, and it’s not over yet.


Serveral hours after the American weather groundhog Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow and predicted an early spring, Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares kept Brazil’s Davis Cup hopes alive by stunning Americans Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6(6), 6-7(7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, in what was a high-quality and intense match. The U.S. now leads the tie 2-1.


For the Bryans — who are coming off their 13th major doubles title by winning the Australian Open — Saturday’s defeat marks only their third loss in 23 career Davis Cup matches.


In the first set tiebreak, Brazil rebounded from a 5-1 deficit and saved three set points on the way to winning the set, shocking the hometown faithful at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum.


“It was very important for us ’cause we kept the pressure on them,” said Soares. “You never know, it’s tough to say, but I think if they had won the first set, they would come back really strong, and then it’s really tough to hold them back.”


The Bryans returned the favor in the second set tiebreak by saving four set points — including one as part of a challenge resulting in deadlock at 6-6 — to even the match at a set apiece. It was during the changeover at 6-6 during the tiebreak that Bob Bryan had some words with the Brazilian bench, ratcheting up the intensity level of the match.



“I felt strange Bob’s reaction” said Melo.  “Just running, too close from me, screaming on my ear. I don’t know what’s happened like that, you know. Bob never did this before. We have really good relationship. I have him as a friend. In that moment I got in shock, How Bob did this, is not normal.”


Here’s Bob Bryan’s take on the situation: “Yeah, Davis Cup is an emotional atmosphere. They got passionate after they thought they won the set. I got passionate to them. There were some words said. You know, no hard feelings, no grudges.


It’s Davis Cup. This sort of stuff happens all the time. It didn’t affect the outcome of the match at all. There’s no hard feelings.”

The Brazilians went on to take the third set, and the Americans battled back to win the fourth, putting the Bryans in uncharted territory: Their first ever five-setter in Davis Cup. The turning point in the fifth set was when Mike Bryan double faulted to give Brazil the break and a 5-3 lead. Brazil held serve in the following game to secure the victory, to the delight of fans wearing the green, gold and blue.

“We came here today to fight,” said Soares. “We know we play well together. We never give up. So I think today was just a perfect example how good me and Marcelo can play together.”


Soares said part of Brazil’s game plan was to take away Mike Bryan’s return of serve down the middle. “Mike is one of the best returners in the game. We know we have to mix it up, take chances, serve in a spot that you don’t really feel comfortable, but you got to do it. He can hit any return anywhere. So I think what we tried to do a lot is to play the ‘I’ position and mix it up a lot.”


Soares called the win against the American his best ever in doubles competition.

“Beat Bryans on a Davis Cup World Group in their home. Tough to beat that. Maybe later on our career we hope to have some good wins as good as this one. But this one for me, it’s very special. It’s number one, for sure.”


“Hats off to the Brazilians, said Bob Bryan. I thought they served well pretty much of the four hours. A lot of high-percentage first serves. They were half-volleying well, keeping the pressure on for a long time. We didn’t get it done, and that’s our fault. We came here from Australia and gave it our best effort to get in shape and win this match, and we came up short.

“All the credit to those guys. They’ve beaten us before. They’re a good team. They’re in the mix in the big tournaments around the world. They knock on the door. They beat some other big teams as well. I’m sure we’re going to see them again for many years.”
In response to a follow-up question about the Bryans having any jet-lag or letdown after traveling from Australia, Mike Bryan said the twins felt great and were not mentally fatigued. “I don’t think we executed our best. We could have played a better match. Could have probably played a little more aggressive. But it wasn’t a factor of just winning a Grand Slam and traveling so far.”

The Americans are hoping John Isner will seal the tie when he takes on Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in Sunday’s first singles match. A Bellucci victory would force a fifth and deciding match between Sam Querrey of the U.S. and Thiago Alves of Brazil. Querrey is ranked number 20 in the world, while Alves is ranked number 141.


U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier says he Isner and Querrey are “well-prepared. They come in with three sets under their belt from yesterday which is good for their

confidence, not damaging to their physical fitness. We feel confident in our chances (Sunday). We don’t underestimate the opposition. They gained a little bit of momentum. It will be our job to quell that tomorrow and snuff it out first ball.”
Courier’s counterpart, Brazilian Davis Cup Captain Joao Zwetsch, said his team is going to “come strong” on Sunday and use the doubles victory as added motivation. “We still respecting a lot the American team, like I said all the time this week,” said Zwetsch. “But I guess we are like stronger mentally now to come (Sunday) and fight as we fight (Saturday).”


Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan. At a moment’s notice he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the US home ties. He is in Jacksonville, Florida covering the Davis Cup first round World Group tie between the United States and Brazil for Tennis Panorama News.