2014/10/22

Qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov Defeats Seventh Seed David Ferrer in Five Sets

 

(June 25, 2014) Seventh seed David Ferrer’s streak of reaching 17 straight Grand Slam tournament third rounds has been snapped. The Spaniard fell to No. 118, Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov 6-7 (5), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday at Wimbledon.

For the Russian it’s his first victory over a top 10 player.

“It’s a very, very big victory against a top 10 player.  First time in my life.

“But one year ago it was a victory against Juan Monaco.  He was like 12 back then, so I do have some experience maybe similar.”

Kuznetsov won the Junior Wimbledon title back in 2009, so he is no stranger to the grass courts.

“I do like the grass very much,” he said.  “I had some good victories on grass.”

For Ferrer who came into the tournament after not playing a warm-up tournament due to an ailment, he’s disappointed.

“The match, I lost because my opponent, he was better,” Ferrer said.  I think I did a good game.  But he surprised to me and he play very good.  A lot of winners.

“In important moments, he was more aggressive than me.”

“I tried to do my best,” he said.  “I lost.  This is a game.  It’s not the end of the world.”

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Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray Beat the Darkness to Move into Roland Garros Semifinal

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(June 4, 2014) Rafael Nadal  and Andy Murray booked their spots in the French Open semifinals on Wednesday.

Nadal rebounded from a first set loss to dismantle fellow Spaniard Davis Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1, wining 13 out of the last 14 games for the win.

No. 7 Andy Murray beat not only 23rd seed Gael Monfils of France and the French crowd, but the sunset in a topsy-turvy match 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0 in three hours and 15 minutes, which ended in almost complete darkness.

For Murray this will be his second time in the final four of the French Open when He plays Nadal on Friday. Murray lost to Nadal in the semis in 2011.

Murray dominated the first two sets and then the tide turned on in this cast the wind blew.

“I could see that the wind was not blowing as hard as it used to in the two first sets,” Monfils said of his comeback. “In the second set I was thinking, ‘Well, I hope the wind is gonna calm down.’ This is what happened.”

Monfils’ confidence grew as well as his crown support in the third and fourth sets. The 27-year-old Scot Murray totally dominated the fifth set, keep his opponent to a mere 6 points won in the final set.

“I didn’t win the first game when I was in a position to win it, and then I rushed it,” admitted the Frenchman to media. “I tried my forehand and my shots were out, and then it went very fast.”

For Rafael Nadal, his road to the final 8 was an easy one, not facing one seeded player. Ferrer started out playing aggressively, but came up short on drive and shot execution.

After dropping the first set, the 8-time French Open winner’s game went into overdrive, winning 18 of the next 23 games on the second show court, Suzanne Lenglen before darkness could fall.

“I am rather happy to have been able to turn the situation around,” said Nadal in his post-match interview. “I managed to pull through. Even though it was complicated, I managed to find solutions during the second set.”

“Today I was not good enough for this match,” said Ferrer. “I lost my focus. I was too slow, and I think I didn’t play the game of a Top 10. This is why I’m sad. It’s my attitude, my behavior on the court.”

Nadal will play Andy Murray for a place in the final. Nadal holds a 14-5 head-to-head record against the Scot.

“He can play very well on all the surfaces,” said Nadal in press. “It’s nothing new that he plays very well on clay. It’s not the first time he’s in semi-finals of Roland Garros. He’s a candidate to win Roland Garros.”

 

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Swiss Countrymen Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka to Meet in Monte Carlo Final

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(April 19, 2014) It will be an all-Swiss battle for the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters crown on Sunday as Roger Federer beat an injured defending champion Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka stopped David Ferrer to set up the final.

Federer who came in as a wild card defeated Djokovic 7-5, 6-2. Djokovic was dealing with a wrist injury since the beginning of the tournament and it was heavily bandaged for his match on Saturday. The world No. 2 Djokovic was toe-to-toe with Federer until the end of the first set, after that Djokovic appeared to be in pain.

Wawrinka dominated David Ferrer in first set and held steady at the end of the second set for a 6-1, 7-6(3). Ferrer played an aggressive game hitting 31 winners past Ferrer.

Sunday’s final will be the first all-Swiss final since 2000 when Marc Rosset beat Federer in Marseille. It will be No. 3 Wawrinka versus No. 4 Federer as the pair meet in a final for the first time. Federer leads their head-to-head 13-1 overall, with his only loss coming in Monte Carlo in 2009.

Wawrinka hopes to win his first Masters Series title and third title overall for 2014. Federer is looking for his first title in Monte Carlo, he lost three straight finals to Rafael Nadal from 2006-2008.

 

 

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David Ferrer “Three-Peats” in Buenos Aires

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

(February 16, 2014) David Ferrer won his third straight Copa Claro title, beating Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s Ferrer’s 21 ATP World Tour crown.

Ferrer ended a seven-match losing streak in tour-level finals, winning his first title since last year’s Copa Claro.

Ferrer became the first player to win three straight Buenos Aires titles, marking his third three-peat on the ATP World Tour – Auckland (2011-13), Acapulco (2010-12).


“The key was I played consistent all the match, very solid, and in important moments I played better than Fabio,” Ferrer said. “I’m happy for my new title. The last seven finals I lost, and this time I can change my luck so I’m happy for that. I try to always do my best and finally I can win again another title.”

“Of course I’m happy and confident with my game because I won a new [title], but now I will like to enjoy tonight and tomorrow to be focused for Rio de Janeiro. It’s going to be a new tournament, a big tournament also, and I hope to play similar to this week.”

“It’s always difficult to play against him because he’s a really good fighter, but I’m still happy because it was another great week for me,” said Fognini said. I played my second final in two weeks. I’m in a good way. Now it’s time to rest, recover well and see you in Rio.”

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Catching up with David Ferrer and John Isner

Catching up with David Ferrer and John Isner by James A. Crabtree

John Isner and David Ferrer meet fans at the Prince Hub at the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne

John Isner (L) and David Ferrer (R) meet fans at the Prince Hub at the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne

(January 12, 2014) MELBOURNE – During a hectic schedule prior to their 2014 Australian Open campaigns I had the chance to catch up with world No. 3 David Ferrer and American No. 1 John Isner for an informal Q & A at the Prince Hub Tennis Live Site, with a focus away from the court.

 

Who do you travel with?

David Ferrer: I travel with my team and coach and girlfriend. I spend the time waiting for planes watching movies and reading.

John Isner: I travel with my team, my brother also. He can be tough to travel with, he can cause some trouble. I’d like to travel with my dog Miguel I don’t see him often but I can’t live without him, he’s a cocker spaniel.

 

Name your favorite Actor, Actress and Movie

DF: My best Actress would be Julia Roberts and actor would be Robert De Niro. And I would not see ever myself acting after my career (laughs).

JI: Favorite movie has gotta be Saving Private Ryan. Favourite actress would be Megan Fox although she is a little out of the scene at the moment now, isn’t she?

 

Favorite place to play?

DF: Of course I love being in Spain but I love the grand slams because they are special.

JI:The tournaments which are close to home and close to where I went to school are great for the support but I do love the grand slams also.

 

Which family members have been most important to you during your journey?

DF: My whole family.  Everyone.

JI: Gotta be my mom.

 

You are both pretty good at tennis, but what are you bad at?

DF: Playing at other sports like football. I play but I am not good. The best out of the tennis players is Rafael Nadal. Feliciano Lopez is the most funny guy.

JI: I suck at soccer. I’ve got confidence with basketball.

 

What would you be doing if you were not playing tennis, and where do you see yourself in ten years?

DF: Still something about tennis I believe. Everything is tennis, tennis is everything.

JI: I don’t think I will be involved too much in tennis in ten years. One of my biggest achievements was starting my own charity, raising money for the cancer hospital that treated my mother. I would like to do more with that.

James Crabtree is a journalist living in Melbourne. Follow him on twitter @JamesACrabtree

 

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Stan Wawrinka Fights Off a Spirited David Ferrer for a Chance to Qualify

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(November 8, 2013) LONDON – Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka fought off a spirited battle from David Ferrer in their final round robin encounter to cling on to a hope of qualifying for the World Tour Finals semi-finals.

 

Many thought that it would be a round-robin too far from the Spaniard who has played an astonishing final schedule in the closing stages of the year, but the afternoon crowd were treated to a competitive first set which saw Ferrer surge ahead in the tie-break to put the Swiss on the back foot.

 

Even though Wawrinka managed to edge ahead in the second set, the passion from the Spaniard was evident as he killed a racquet stone-dead in sheer frustration while Wawrinka gave himself an all-important shot at a semi-final qualification as he leveled the match.

 

The initiative stayed with Wawrinka as Ferrer’s season came to a close, but with two round-robin wins, Wawrinka is dependent on the outcome of the match between Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych and all hinges on a Nadal win.

 

Wawrinka knew he had to capitalise on Ferrer’s tiredness, as he explained after the match:

“For me, the most important was to fight with myself to keep the ball in, to try to stay with him, to show him that I’m gonna play some long rally, that I’m going to try to be aggressive, but not rushing too much. That’s what I did better at the end. That [made] a big difference today.”

 

Ferrer acknowledged that his schedule this year had been tough:

“I played seven tournaments [in] seven weeks. But after last year I want to play in Stockholm because I didn’t play too many matches. Well I did final in Stockholm, final Valencia, final Paris and three matches here. Is too much.”

 

For Ferrer his season is now over, but Wawrinka will be cheering on Nadal as he will progress through to the semi-final on that result.

 

Tennis Panorama News is in London covering the ATP World Tour Finals.  Follow our twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN.

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Djokovic Wins Paris Masters, His 40th ATP World Tour Title

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By Florian Heer

 

(November 3, 2013) PARIS – The last ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the season featured two of the top three players at the top of the rankings as world No. 2 Novak Djokovic met defending champion David Ferrer for the 16th time. Before Sunday’s final the Serb led 10-5 head-to-head and also won the last four meetings.

 

Sunday’s encounter became and exciting and highly entertaining one with long rallies, particularly at the beginning of the match. Ferrer gained his first break point after 18 minutes in the fifth game and capitalized on it through a beautiful drop shot after one of the week’s longest rallies – 36 shots. The Spaniard saved break points in the following and confirmed the lead. Djokovic was breathing heavily after six games already and it was the Serb, who paid the physical price for the tough rallies in the beginning of the match. From then on, however, Djokovic successfully tried to shorten the rallies. In a very efficient way, the 2009 Paris champion won four games in a row to take the opening frame after 53 minutes.

 

Ferrer grabbed the momentum back with a break in the opening game of the second set, which would become a copy of the first set. Again in the tenth game, the Spaniard couldn’t serve out  the set and Djokovic came back from 3-5 down to even at 5-5 in first place and eventually take the break in the twelfth game and therewith the match. After one hour and 52 minutes of a hard fight, Ferrer seemed to be tired and the “Djoker” took the encounter winning 7-5, 7-5. The Serb gained his sixth title of the season, the 40th in his career, and keeps his hopes alive for finishing No.1 by winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next week.  “It’s always a pleasure to play against David,” Djokovic told the crowd at the fully packed Palais Omnisports in Bercy in his best French. “Today I was really lucky in the crucial parts of the match. The crowd was really great this week, without the supporters this would not have been possible. I worked really hard to play well here and I’m so happy to gain the title,” the Serb said.

 

“I am definitely playing the best tennis this year now. I’m playing on a very high level and have lots of confidence in myself, in my game.

“I knew that coming into the match I’m going to have to work for my points. He’s a great competitor, one of the most respected guys on tour because he works hard and he’s very humble and he’s a very nice person.

“It was very physical, trust me. But in the last few games of both sets it was mental in the end, just trying to show your opponent that you’re there, that you want to attack, that you want to take your opportunities.

“From tomorrow I’m going to start thinking about London. From tonight, actually. Because on Tuesday night I play Federer already, a huge challenge for me.”

 

“I think it was a really good match, really good rallies,“ Ferrer said. „I played maybe better than yesterday, and I lost.

“I am happy with my game, because the last few tournaments I [played well] and I am happy with myself. Now I want to relax and be with my team, and tomorrow I travel to London for the last tournament of the season.”

 

In the morning the two top-seeded doubles teams consisting of Bob & Mike Bryan as well as Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, met for the title. In the opening set it was Soares of the Austrian-Brazilian-combination, who lost his serve twice and in the second, it was Peya. Consequently the US-American twins captured their 11th title of the season winning 6-3, 6-3 in one hour.

 

“It was great week for us,“ Bob Bryan said. “We’re very happy with our performance against a team that has had a fantastic year and who is playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. Hopefully this bodes well for the last tournament of the season.

“This city has been good to us during our careers. We appreciate the support from the Parisian crowd and today’s atmosphere was fantastic for doubles. We’ll travel onto London tonight and we look forward to playing at The O2, another venue where the spotlight shines brightly on our sport.”

 

“An extraordinary tournament with all the best players at the top of the game led to a fantastic week,” the tournament director Guy Forget concluded.

 

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Djokovic Beats Federer in Three Sets, Ferrer Stuns Nadal in Straight Sets to Reach Final of the BNP Paribas Masters

 

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

By Florian Heer

(November 2, 2013) PARIS – Super Saturday at the BNP Paribas Masters featured the top three players in the ATP World Tour Rankings. Three of the semi-finalists are former champions of Bercy and the other is a runner-up. It is the first time at the Palais Omnisports de Paris since 1989 that the top-three seeds are in the semis. Back then, the names were Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe.

 

In the first singles match of the day fifth-seed Roger Federer, and the tournament’s No. 2 in person of Novak Djokovic, met for the 30th time. The Swiss was holding a 16-13 head to head advantage and it was their first meeting since last year’s encounter at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London with the Serb winning in straight sets. Djokovic gained his first break point in the opening game of the match after only two minutes but couldn’t capitalize on it. Federer was backed by the majority of the spectators, dictated the encounter in the first frame and took the first set after 46 minutes in the tenth game. It was also the Swiss, who broke serve in the opening game of the second set but this time Djokovic was able to gain the re-break. The world number two found his groove, broke serve in the sixth game and took the second frame in the ninth game. From then on Djokovic was in command of the match. The Serb broke Federer’s serve twice the third and seventh game of the final set to finally close the match out winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 after two hours. After the encounter, Djokovic gave some tennis lessons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, famous football player of local club Paris St. Germain, who attended the tennis match. “No pressure, there are only 15.000 people watching you,” Djokovic encouraged the Swede to participate. The key was just to hang in there and stay with Roger in the match,” said Djokovic about today’s semi-final. “I knew that he (Federer) was going to be very aggressive from the start coming to the net. He used his opportunities really well. He was very efficient at the net. Then I tried to decrease the number of unforced errors and step in when it’s needed. I did pretty well in the second and the third,” the Serb concluded.

 

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

In the second semi-final, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal brought a 20-4 head to head record against defending champion David Ferrer. However, today it was the man from Valencia dictating the match right from the beginning. Ferrer broke serve in the third game, hitting great groundstrokes with a good angle and eventually took the opening frame in the ninth game. Ferrer saved four break points in the second game of the second set and refused letting Nadal settle any sort of rhythm. The world number three won more points from the baseline, avoided Nadal’s forehand as much as possible and had the opportunity to serve for the match in the tenth game of the encounter. Nadal broke service but wasn’t able to hold his serve on his own and eventually Ferrer closed the match out in the twelfth game winning 6-3, 7-5 in 98 minutes. It was Ferrer’s first win over Nadal since the Australian Open in 2011 and probably his best performance of the season. Moreover, Ferrer has reached a positive record on hard court against the Spanish number one, leading 4-3. “I’m very happy. I’m in the final again in Paris Bercy,” said Ferrer. “It was a very good match for me. I played maybe my best match this season. I was very aggressive with my forehand and with my shots. Paris is very special for me. I made my first final of a Grand Slam in Roland Garros and last year I won my first Masters 1000 title. Now I’m in the final again in Paris,” the 31-year-old Spaniard said.

 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 2 NOVEMBER, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) d [1] R Nadal (ESP) 63 75
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [5] R Federer (SUI) 46 63 62

Doubles – Semi-finals

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 64 75
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) 36 62 10-3

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 3 NOVEMBER, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 12:15 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

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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

 

David Ferrer

(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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