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Mikhail Youzhny Stops Hometown Favorite David Ferrer to Win Valencia Open

 

(October 27, 2013) Mikhail Youzhny beat top seed David Ferrer 6-3, 7-5 to claim the Valencia Open his 10th career ATP World Tour.

In a battle between 30 somethings, the 31-year-old Russian broke the serve of the No. 3-ranked Ferrer four times.

“It was a great week for me and a great tournament,” Youzhny said after the match. “It was a great atmosphere. I felt nobody was against me, of course they were for David, but when I played well they applauded me.”

Ferrer has lost six straight finals this year since winning Auckland and Buenos Aires.

“Losing at home hurts more,” Ferrer said. “He served well, and I was lacking energy. I needed to return better and move the ball around more. In the second set I had more opportunities, but only at the start.”

“The truth is that Youzhny played very good. He sliced and served very well. He was more comfortable than me on court, I was missing touch.”

The Russian will move up to No. 14 in teh year-end Race to London.

In the doubles final, despite having four match points, the Bryan Brothers fell to Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 7-6(3), 6-7(1), 13-11.

Peya and Soares have now won five tournament titles this year -Sao Paulo, Barcelona, Eastbourne, Montreal and Valencia.

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David Ferrer is Fourth Player to Qualify for ATP World Tour Finals

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(October 7, 2013) David Ferrer becomes the latest player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals, to be held in London from November 4-11. The 31-year-old Spaniard is the fourth singles player after Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to qualify for the eight-man season finale.  This will be his fourth straight year playing in the event, fifth overall. Ferrer was a finalist in this event in 2007 falling to Roger Federer.

“I’m very happy to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth time,” said Ferrer. “At the beginning of the year it’s always a goal to make it to London and if you finish in the Top 8 then you know that you’ve had a good season. The O2 is an amazing venue to play at and the great fans help to bring the event alive.”

Four singles and five team spots remain up for grabs with four weeks remaining in the regular ATP World Tour season. Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka currently hold down the fifth to eighth spots in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

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David Ferrer Presented Award at the US Open For Personifying Sportsmanship over the Summer Tennis Season in North America

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FLUSHING, N.Y., September 4, 2013 — The USTA today announced that David Ferrer has received the second annual “US Open Sportsmanship Award,” presented to the male and female professional tennis players who best demonstrate excellence in sportsmanship throughout the Emirates Airline US Open Series and the US Open.  The award was presented to Ferrer today at the US Open by USTA Sportsmanship Selection Committee Chairman Todd Martin.

 

“As relentless a competitor as David is on the court, he is just as respectful toward the game and his opponents,” said USTA Chairman, CEO and President Dave Haggerty. “David personifies what the US Open Sportsmanship Award represents and certainly deserves the recognition.”

 

The USTA started a Sportsmanship Committee in 2011.  Its charge is to “educate and inspire youngsters and their parents to develop and exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship and an attitude of fair play and mutual respect on and off the tennis court.  Underlying the charge is the ethical imperative that fairness is more important than winning.”

 

Eligibility requirements for winners include participating in at least two Series tournaments, as well as the 2013 US Open.  Each US Open Sportsmanship Award winner receives a trophy and a $5,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice. The 2012 winners were Bob and Mike Bryan and Samantha Stosur.

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Richard Gasquet and Flavia Pennetta Move into US Open Quarterfinals

 

 

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(September 4, 2013) Richard Gasquet and Flavia Pennetta advanced to the semifinals of the US Open on Wednesday.

No. 8 seed Gasquet from France booked the first place in the men’s semifinals with a 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 win over fourth seed David Ferrer in 3 hours, 23 minutes. The Frenchman will play the winner of the all-Spanish match – Rafael Nadal versus Tommy Robredo in the semifinals.

Gasquet came into the match having saved a match point in a five-set win over Milos Raonic. Coming into the match Gasquet was 6-12 in five-set matches while Ferrer was 19-9.

Despite taking a two set lead, one can never count out David Ferrer.

“Even if I was leading two sets to love I knew it was David Ferrer, Gasquet said.  “I knew he’s a big fighter so I knew it was not over.  He played well in the start in the third set.”

“Fourth set I played well too, but he was a little bit better than me.  So I knew I had to keep my serve in the fifth, and that’s what I did.  I did a bad game at 3‑2 for me, and then I was leading 4‑1.

“I knew I was so close to win this match, and I fight a lot to finish.  Especially at 5‑3 I was a little bit nervous to go in the semis of US Open, and I managed to do it.  It’s a big victory for me.”

“Well, I think Richard, he played very good game with his backhand, serving very good in important moments,” Ferrer said.  “Maybe in the first and second set I didn’t play so good.  I was a little bit tired.

But, anyway, I tried to do my best.  I fight until the last ball, and nothing else, no?  I think in the fifth set when he made me the break, I played I believe very bad in that game, no, with three mistakes easy.

But fifth set with one break down is difficult to come back again, because Richard is a top‑10 player.”

“The last time I beat him, I was 13 years old,” Gasquet said about Nadal during his on court interview. “I’ve beaten him one time in my life.”

“He was already fighting a lot already, already running so much, and I remember I won maybe 6‑4 in a set, and I told my father after, He’s a big fighter.

“I didn’t lie; I was true.  In the future, this one is biggest player in the world in the history.  So for sure I won that time at 13 years old, but since this match I didn’t…”

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As for the first match in Ashe Stadium, it was a showdown of a pair of Italians who have known each other since childhood. No. 83 Pennetta, once in the top 10, beat No. 10 seed Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-1.

 “I think in the beginning we didn’t play good tennis,” Pennetta said.  I was tight; she was tight, also.

“When I won the first set I just relax a little bit and tried to play better.

But the day was tough for both of us.”

“I know how she plays, she knows everything of me,” Pennetta said. “We get in the court, and I think today was more about inside, not about tennis. It was about how you play, how you feel in the court, and how can you handle the situation.”

Pennetta will play the winner of the match between No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and No. 48 Daniela Hantuchova. Pennetta has knocked out four straight seeds – (4) Sara Errani, (21) Simona Halep,  (27) Svetlana Kuznetsova and (10) Vinci

“It’s good to stay physical, in a good way, and play this good tennis at this age, of course,” Pennetta said of her play. “I’m proud of (myself) now. I’m 31, and physically, I feel good finally. I’m in the first semifinal in Grand Slam. There is nothing to say more.”

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David Ferrer Moves Into US Open Quarterfinal Over Janko Tipsarevic

 

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(September 2, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 4 David Ferrer in into his eighth consecutive major quarterfinal, a result of his 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) win over No. 18 Janko Tipsarevic in the fourth round of the US Open.

The four-set struggle which lasted just short of four hours  saw the Spaniard Ferrer hit 46 winners.  Ferrer was the losing finalist at the most recent French Open.

“It was a very tough match,” Ferrer said.  Janko and me, we play a very good match.  We had a lot of chance(s), both players.

Well, I think it was my best match this week”.

“My goal is to win the matches as possible and to be consistent.  Now I am in quarterfinal.  After tomorrow, I will play in center court, perfect.”

Ferrer became the second Spaniard on the night to move into the quarterfinals.

Ferrer will play 8th seed Richard Gasquet of France  in the quarterfinals.

 

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Prince Global Sports to Open Brand Experience in NYC for US Open: New Fall Collections Unveiled

 

August 20th, 2013, BORDENTOWN, NEW JERSEY Prince Global Sports Premier 115L ESP Inside Angle LR.jpg (http://www.princetennis.com), manufacturer and distributor of performance racquet sports equipment, footwear and apparel, announced today that during the 2013 US Open they will open a brand experience space in New York City from August 23rd through September 1st, that will be located in the center of Midtown Manhattan’s tennis activity.

 

Throughout the first week of the US Open, Prince will give tennis enthusiasts in and around New York the opportunity to be a part of the excitement surrounding America’s slam. Prince NYC, located on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 47th Street, will be a hub of activity for the brand – featuring appearances from top Prince athletes, a viewing lounge for matches and limited edition merchandise for purchase. Prince will use this branded space to offer consumers and industry partners an exclusive look at the their new Fall 2013 product collections before they hit retailers in October.

 

“We have had great success with promotions at this year’s Grand Slams, the Prince Paris Tour at the French Open and the opening of our first brand retail store, Prince SW19, at Wimbledon,” remarked Mike Ballardie, CEO of Prince Global Sports. “It is important that we continue to capitalize on this momentum and the natural tennis ‘fever’ that hits New York City around the Open. Prince NYC will provide not only provide consumers with a unique experience but also an exclusive look at our exciting new collection for Fall 2013.”

 

Furthering their commitment to enhancing the performance and enjoyment of tennis for all players, Prince will introduce performance racquets featuring the new ESP Spin technology and a new line of “classic” racquets at Prince NYC. Racquets with Extreme String Pattern (“ESP”) Spin technology will deliver 30% more spin on the ball for players of all levels and will be available in Premier, Warrior and Tour Series racquets. The Classics Collection will bring back some of the brand’s most popular and top selling racquets, including the Classic Graphite 107 and 100, Classic Graphite 100 Longbody and Classic Response 97. Two new bag collections will also be unveiled – an updated Tour Team Collection in three new colors and a line of retro style bags that will compliment the Classics racquet collection.

 

Prince NYC will also showcase three new colors of the #1 selling T22 shoe that will be available in October 2013. One of which will be a special edition model in a pink and white color to help spread awareness about breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness T22 Prince will be donating 10% of all sales of this model to the non-profit organization Bright Pink during the month of October.

 

“The partnership with Bright Pink is a perfect match for Prince, “said Chrissy Ott, Global Marketing Manager for Prince Global Sports. “Bright Pink promotes not only early detection and prevention but also encourages healthy and active lifestyles for women so we knew that Bright Pink would be the right partner and would also be of interest to the tennis community.”

 

PRINCE NYC SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

August 23rd – Public Grand Opening – special appearance by David Ferrer, 7:30PM

August 24th – VIP Consumer Event – player appearance TBD

August 25th – Private Media Event featuring a special appearance by Mike & Bob Bryan

August 28th – Prince and Bright Pink Launch Party

For more information on Prince Tennis, visit www.princetennis.com, or to follow Prince Tennis on twitter go to @prince_tennis and on facebook at www.facebook.com/PrinceTennis.

 

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Djokovic Makes 13th Straight Grand Slam Semi, Del Potro Recovers from Fall to Top Ferrer

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(July 3, 2013) Four the fourth straight year Novak Djokovic has made his way to the Wimbledon semifinals 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3 over No. 7 Tomas Berdych. The world No. 1 overcame a double break blip, 0-3 in the second set to move past his Czech opponent. The win earned the Serb his 13 straight Grand Slam semifinal berth.

Djokovic will face Juan Martin del Potro for a spot in the final on Friday. Del Potro who dismissed No. 4 David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), gave spectators a scare just 5 points into the match. The Argentine fell going after an overhead with his already injured knee bending backwards and the forward as he tumbled on the grass. Some feared that Del Potro would not be able to able to continue, but he recovered.

Del Potro’s victory ended less than five seconds after Djokovic’s.

“It’s really, really painful,” Del Potro said of the injury. “I don’t try to be a spectacular fall, but was really painful for me.  I was scared because I did the same thing four days ago.  I know how tough is play with some pains on the knee.”

“I will need to be 100% or 110% against him,” Del Potro said of his match against Djokovic.  “He’s the No. 1.  He’s a former champion here.  It’s going to be more difficult match for me like today.

”But if I’m okay, if I do everything good to be ready for my next match, I will be exciting to play against him.  I remember the match during the Olympic last year on the same surface.”

Djokovic lost to Del Potro in the Bronze medal match at last year’s Olympic games, the tennis was held on the courts of Wimbledon.

“Now I’m in the semifinals.  Hopefully I can get a step further,” Djokovic said.  You know, I’m really going to try to step out on the court in two days and give my best to be in another final of Wimbledon.

“I believe I can make it.  Now, of course I have a quality opponent.  As I said, there is no really clear favorites now in the later stages of the event.

“But inspiration is out there, you know.  Of course you always want to do your best in the Grand Slams.”

Both men go into Friday’s semifinal without dropping a set during the Wimbledon fortnight.

 

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Round 4 Shock for Serena Williams at Wimbledon– Round up of the Centre Court Action

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By Ros Satar

 

(July 1, 2013) WIMBLEDON – As if last Wednesday was not enough fun for the tennis gods, they toyed with the seemingly natural order of things just a little more on Round 4 Monday.

Possibly one of the best days usually on the tennis schedule, Wimbledon looks to put all their Round 4 matches on the same day, men and women.

It gives people who are still doing the queue a chance to see some action on the outside courts, if they miss out on those coveted bands for the show courts.

 

Sabine Lisicki [23] def. Serena Williams [1] 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Let’s just make it competitive – that was probably the wish if every neutral observer watching the first match of the day on Centre Court.
I think I could be safe in saying that not many saw the first set coming – Serena Williams seemingly just content to put the ball in play – in fact with Lisicki being dragged to deuce in each service game, surely it was just Serena playing cat to Lisicki’s mouse.

It was just that the mouse was capable of thundering down booming serves that, had the opponent been anyone but Serena Williams, they would have been countless aces.

After taking the first set 6-2 it was almost as if Lisicki realised what she’d done, and to whom.
Certainly Williams turned the screw after he first game, winning the next nine on the trot, locking into her returns and many up in the lofty (and drafty) gods nodded their heads sagely and reckoned they had time for a quick burst of strawberries before Murray.

The second set and to be honest quite a lot of the third scooted past Lisicki as Williams reeled off nine games in a row.

But let’s face it, if you are going to break the world No. 1, you may as well wait until your back is against the wall.

Somewhat inconceivably, after a bunch of traded breaks Lisicki found herself ahead for the first time since the start of the second set.

Was it a nervy service game? – Well yes, of course it was, weaving from match point, to break point, to match point again, the crowds were oohing and aahing like it was a firework show.

The final rally was one to savour and the forehand winner saw Williams AND Lisicki sprawling – for different reasons, Williams at full stretch to get on the end of the eventual winner and Lisicki on realising she had put out the defending champion, and world no. 1.

Take absolutely nothing away from Lisicki, she has a superb game for grass, and she took those opportunities when they presented themselves.

Lisicki has reached the quarterfinals twice (2009, 2012) and the semifinals once (2011).

She faces Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi for the first time in Tuesday’s quarter-final.

 

Andy Murray [2] def. Mikhail Youzhny [20] 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1

Murray has looked in good form, and many expected this to be a straight sets victory, but that was really only half the story.

From the outset, it was a more passive Murray that took to the court, content to build up points and push Youzhny to the error, and getting an early break to edge out the first set made it seem a formality.

There was always a feeling that if Youzhny suddenly dialled in, Murray could be in big trouble as the second set seemed to be counter-puncher heaven (or hell, depending on your point of view).

Each seemed to want to out-wait-for-the-error with Youzhny inducing a fair share from the Murray racquet.

More by luck than judgement, Murray took the tiebreak with the tightness of margins.

Even though Murray looks to be in discomfort for much of the second set, it was Youzhny that took the medical time out before the start of the third set.

Finally in the third set, Murray started to shorten the points and introduced a little more serve and volley – his reward being two breaks enough to seal the match.

He was sensible enough in press to acknowledge that this Wimbledon has seen a lot of shocks (to put it mildly).

Murray will face Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-final, and somehow made getting through another round without dropping a set seem like really hard work.

Nokak Djokovic [1] def. Tommy Haas [13] 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4)
If the match before felt like a five-setter, Djokovic was on hand to remind us what a straight sets win actually looks like, at least in the first set,

That was little more than a rout but Haas seemed to get better as the match went in, as opposed to disheartened.

By the time he had forced a tiebreak in the third set, Haas was swinging free as Djokovic was slipping and sliding and one could only imagine the winces of the groundsmen as he slid this way and that (and yes, took the obligatory tumble).

Haas is nothing, if not a fighter, and as the light was beginning to fade, there was a very real chance this might have to be finished under the lights, had Haas forced a fourth set.

But there seem to be no chinks in Djokovic’s armour today – his returning, and movement is going to make him quite a formidable barrier for the remainder of the week.

Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. Follow her tournament updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her personal twitter at @rfsatar.

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Top Seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Ease into Wimbledon Round of 16

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(June 29, 2013) Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams showed their dominance on the Centre Court of Wimbledon on Saturday, each with straight set victories to advance to the round of 16.

Williams won 600th career match by demolishing 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-2, 6-0 under the lights of the closed roof of Centre Court.  Williams has become the 15th WTA player 600 career tour match wins. Date-Krumm is the oldest woman to make the third round of The Championships.

Williams was utterly dominant against her Japanese opponent hitting 28 winners. Williams hit 8 aces and broke serve 5 times.

“I honestly never thought I would play until my 30s, to be honest,” said the 31-year-old Williams.  “I don’t see my stopping any time soon.

“However, I don’t see myself playing into my 40s.  That’s why I have so much respect for Kimiko Date.  She’s playing so well and she’s so fit and she’s so good.”

SWilliams will play 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round on Monday.  Lisicki defeated 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur, the 14th seed 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 1 Novak Djokovic blew his opponent off court, beating Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

“It was a fantastic match,” said the world No. 1.  “I felt great from the start till the end.  I had that super focus, you know, and tried to, you know, be out there every point and not allow him to come back to the match or to have any chance.

“I saw the stats that I won 100% of first serves and I served over 80% of serves in in the whole match.  That was incredible for me.  I enjoyed every moment of it, especially at the end.  I managed to read his serve.  Everything went well.  So when you play that well, obviously you feel great, you feel confident.

“This kind of performance came in the right time for me.”

Djokovic was almost perfect as he committed only three unforced errors, winning 93% of first serve points.

Djokovic will play Tommy Haas in the fourth. The 35-year-old 13th seed Haas stopped Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.

“I’m looking at my next opponent, that I’m playing Djokovic again, which I’m really looking forward to,” Haas said.

No. 4 David Ferrer survived a five-set clash with Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (6), 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

No. 6 seed Li Na escaped Klara Zakopalova 4-6, 6-0, 8-6.  Zakopalova actually served for the match at 6-5 in the third set, only to see Li win the next three games.

“Is pretty tough match,” said Li.  “I mean, she has to serve for the match.

“But I was really happy I didn’t give up.  Still hang in there, yeah.  Fight like crazy, but still at least I will be in the second week of Wimbledon”

Bernard Tomic who made history back in 2011 by becoming the youngest quarterfinalist  at 18 since Boris Becker in 1985 defeated 9th seed Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the third round.

Tomic’s father and coach John is prohibited from attending The Championships and other tennis tournaments. John Tomic is accused of assaulting his son’s practice partner during the Madrid Open.

Despite his father’s absence from being courtside, Tomic is still getting advice from his father.

“When I leave the site, I’m with my dad.  He’s helping me at this tournament.  We’re doing the right things.

“This is why the results are showing off now.  I’m not doing it on my own.  My dad is still involved.  That’s why I’ve gotten to where I am in this tournament and the results have shown.”

Tomic will face Tomas Berdych in the round of 16. The former Wimbledon finalist defeated 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.

No. 8 seed Juan Martin Del Potro survived a fall on the court to beat Grega Zemlja 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-0.

“I was going for the dropshot and I twist my ankle,” Del Potro said describing his fall.  “I did like hyperextended my knee, as well.  It was really painful.  I was a little scared at that moment.

“I finish the match very quick.  Now I start to feel something in my knee and my ankle, as well.  I will check with the doctor very soon.”

Del Potro will take on Andreas Seppi who defeated 12th seeded Kei Nishikori 3-6, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-4.

 

No. 4 seed and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska, withstood  the challenge from promising American teenager Madison Keys to win 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Keys fired 15 aces in the loss. “I was kind of impressed with my serving today,” Keys said with a smile.

“I think (the momentum changed) in the third set when she broke me, that really just kind of, you know, changed the momentum up a little bit,” Keys commented.

“She was really playing great tennis,” Radwanska said.  “Especially she was serving unbelievable.  Even when I have some breakpoints and couple times couldn’t do anything.”

2011 champion Petra Kvitova came back from a break down in the final set to stop Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in a resumption of a match halted by darkness on Friday with Makarova up 2-1 in the third set.

“It was another day for me,” Kvitova said.  “Yesterday when we start to play was quite close every game, and we were keeping our serves with 3‑All.  Then after suspended, I play so well, I came back to the court.  I was really on fire.”

“I should go for every point and play my game, Kvitova said.  “So I played quite aggressively.  That was the key.”

Laura Robson made the home folks happy for the second day in a row when the Briton came back from a set and a break down to erase Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. Robson broke Erakovic’s serve as the New Zealander was serving for the match in the second set.

A controversial call came in the second set when Robson challenged a call which was called out and overturned. The point was replayed and Erakovic double faulted to give Robson the set 7-5.

Robson explained the turnaround to press: “In the beginning she was just playing really, really well.  And, you know, her serve was firing, so I wasn’t getting a chance on her service games.

“Then, you know, wasn’t quite, uhm, hitting the ball well enough in my service games as well.  So she was just on top of things.

Y”eah, that’s the way it goes sometimes.  But you just have to hang in and wait for them to start making a few errors.”

With the win Robson becomes the first British woman since 1991 to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon. She will also be the first woman to reach the WTA top 30 since 1987.

“It’s now my second time in the second week of a Slam, so that’s pretty cool. Except at the U.S. Open, I played on the Sunday, so it didn’t quite feel like a `second week,’” Robson said to media, “and my brother said it didn’t count.”

Sloane Stephens the 17th seed completed a darkness-delayed match by stopping 196th ranked qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (3), 0-6, 6-4.

It’s been good fortnight for the over-30 set at Wimbledon. Nine players 30-and-over have reached the round of 16 at 2013 Wimbledon -Tommy Haas, Jurgen Melzer, David Ferrer, Lukasz Kubot,  Mikhail Youzhny, Serena Williams, Li Na, Flavia Pennetta, and Roberta Vinci. It’s a record for the most combined 30-somethings into the fourth round at Wimbledon in the Open Era, equaling the feat also done in1975.

On Monday both the men and women will play in the round of 16, here are the match-ups:

Men

Novak Djokovic vs. Tommy Haas

Bernard Tomic vs. Tomas Berdych

David Ferrer vs. Ivan Dodig

Andreas Seppi  vs. Juan Martin Del Potro

Lukasz Kubot vs. Adrin Mannarino

Fernando Verdasco vs. Kenny De Schepper

Mikhail Youzhny vs. Andy Murray

 

Women

Serena Williams vs. Sabine Lisicki

Laura Robson vs. Kaia Kanepi

Agnieszka Radwanska vs.  Tsvetana Pironkova

Roberta Vinci vs Li Na

Sloane Stephens vs. Monica Puig

Marion Bartoli vs. Karin Knapp

Petra Kvitova vs. Carla Suarez Navarro

Kirsten Filpkens vs. Flavia Pennetta

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Novak Djokovic Eases into Second Round at Wimbledon

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(June 25, 2013) No. 1 Novak Djokovic moved into the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win over Florian Mayer of Germany.

“For the opening match of the grass court season, it was a very satisfying performance,” said the Serb.  “Even though I think that I can play better, but, you know, as I said for the first match it’s normal to expect that you’re still kind of finding your rhythm and adjusting to a new surface and new movement.

“Hopefully I can elevate my game as the tournament goes on.”

The Serbian commented on the upset of Rafael Nadal on Monday.

“Darcis came up with some incredible shots, incredible points in important moments and he deserved to win.

“To be honest, I was expecting him to be a bit rusty on the court.  Rafa with the movement and his game, it’s normal because he has played so many matches this year since he came back.  Majority of those matches were on clay.  So he didn’t have any matches on grass.  It’s totally different surface, totally different game.”

Djokovic is looking for his second title at the All England Club, he won it in 2011.

 

Fourth seed David Ferrer survived two falls on the court to advance to the second round with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Martin Alund of Argentina.

“Is difficult to play in grass court for my game,” the Spaniard said.  “Is very difficult to defense.  Today the key was the third set.  In important moment he play a little bit nervous.  I had more experience than him, and it’s okay.”

 

Juan Martin Del Potro opened his Wimbledon with a victory over Albert Ramos of Spain 6-2, 7-5, 6-1. Del Potro missed the French Open due to a respiratory illness.

The eighth seed hit 34 winners including 10 aces in the match.

 

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