Monaco Captures Inaugural Power Horse Cup


(May 25, 2013) Juan Monaco beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to win the inaugural Power Horse Cup in Duesseldorf for his first ATP Tour title of the year. It’s the Argentine’s eighth career title.

The Duesseldorf ATP event, replaced the World Team Cup.

For Monaco, this was a good warm up for the French Open which begins on Sunday.

“It’s the best preparation,” Monaco said. I’ve had a great week here, playing a couple of good matches. Especially today I played really well. So I will look forward to keep playing this way in Paris.

“It’s like playing at home in Tandil. I played club tennis here in 2006 and 2007, then I played the World Team Cup two times and we were champions and finalists. There must be something here! I feel very good every time I go on centre court, I feel something special. With this victory today, it’s even more special.”

“We both played pretty well,” Nieminen said. I felt I played my best match of the week, but it wasn’t enough today. I had some chances: he was serving for the [first] set and I had 0/30, I lost a 40/15 lead in the first game of the second set and in the last two games I had chances. He was always there to take his chances. Unfortunately, he played really well today.

“It would have been nice to win the whole thing here, but I made a final on clay for the first time in 10 years. That’s pretty cool for me. My body feels good going into Paris.”

Monaco is the third Argentine winner on the ATP World Tour this year, joining Juan Martin del Potro who captured Rotterdam and Horacio Zeballos who topped Rafael Nadal for the Vina del Mar crown.


Oz and Ends – Day One at the 2013 Australian Open

Melbourne park grounds

Oz and ends  and bits of news from the Australian Open for January 14, 2013


Bagels and breadsticks

Maria Sharapova won her first match of the Australian Open 6-0, 6-0 in 55 minutes over fellow Russian Olga Puchkova. It was her third career “double bagel” in a major tournament. She only needs a double bagel at Wimbledon to complete a “double bagel slam.”

Three women have completed the “double bagel slam” – they are Hall of Famers Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles.

Venus Williams added to the bagel set count with a 6-1, 6-0 demolishing of Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva.


Win streak continues

Agnieszka Radwanska has extended her 2013 win streak to 10 by defeating Australian wild card entry Bojana Bobusic of 7-5, 6-0 on Monday.
Twitter News

Maria Sharapova has officially joined twitterverse. Follow her at @MariaSharapova

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Tweets of the day



Lucky Loser is a winner
Tim Smyczek is lucky loser was a winner on Monday with a 6-4, 7-6, 7-5 victory over Ivo Karlovic. The American it into the draw thanks to housemate John Isner who pulled out of the tournament with a right knee injury.


Tough day for Aussies

Matthew Ebden, Ashleigh Barty, Olivia Rogowska, Sasha Jones,  John Millman, Lleyton, Hewitt and Casey Dellacqua all exited on day one of Australian Open. Sam Stosur was the only victorious Australian on Monday.


Two seeds falls

The 11th seed Juan Monaco was the only seeded played not to win on Monday. The Argentine who withdrew from last week’s Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament with a hand injury was clearly stuggling clearly struggling on the court in his straight set loss to Alex Kuznentsov, was applauded by spectators for not retiring from the match.

Monaco told Reuters: “My leg tightened up at the start of the second set and it was very tough for me,” pointing to his right leg.

On the women’s side Ksenia Pervak  stopped 32nd seed Mona Barthel 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

Federer out of Davis Cup

Roger Federer will not participate in Switzerland’s first round Davis Cup tie versus the reigning champions, the Czech Republic


Five set marathons

[22] Fernando Verdasco def. David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
[10] Nicolas Almagro def Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2
Edouard Rogers-Vasselin def. Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-7, 2-6, 7-5, 11-9
Daniel Gimeno-Traver def. Lukasz Kubot 6-7, 6-4, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
[23] Mikhail Youzhny def. Matt Ebden 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-3
[28] Marcos Baghdatis def. Albert Ramos 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Roberto Bautista Agut def. Fabio Fognini 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
[31] Radek Stepanek def. Viktor Troicki 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5;
Brian Baker def. Alex Bogomolov 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-2.


Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News


Clash of the Continents to Feature Tipsarevic, Fish, Nishikori and Monaco

(November 8, 2012) The Clash of Continents  will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on November 24th and 25th featuring four tennis stars representing the continents of Asia, Europe, North America and South America.


Participating will be World No.9 Janko Tipsarevic, representing Europe, Japan’s Kei Nishikori representing Asia, Mardy Fish playing for North American while Juan Monaco will carry the flag for South America.
With prize money of US$520,000, the continental round-robin format will have the players compete over two days and battle for “Pride, Honor & Glory”.

In addition to the competition between the men, Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia will battle China’s Peng Shuai on Sunday.


Alongside the event is the addition of a Tennis Festival at the Kallang Tennis Centre that aims to encourage communities from all walks of life to learn tennis and to lead a healthy active lifestyle through sport.


Monaco Wins Malaysian Open for Fourth Tournament Win of the Year


Argentina’s Juan Monaco captured his fourth tournament of the year by winning a hard fought match against Julien Benneteau of France 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in for the Malaysian Open title.

“I think we played a great match, with a lot of ups and downs,” Monaco said the over three-hour long match. “I got a little nervous when I had chances, but I never gave up, particularly in the 12th game of the first set. He surprised me a little bit with his comeback in the second set. In the final set, I knew I had to be more aggressive and I am happy the way I finished the match.

“I’d like to relax now and enjoy the victory. It isn’t easy to win tournaments, but I will focus on the next challenge and go to Tokyo tomorrow. It has been nice to be in this city and win the trophy. It feels very good. When I win a title, I think of my family and my team, as they believe in me, they have supported me and we have worked hard to win tournaments.”

“I was very focused on this game, because I wanted to win this final, Benneteau. The fans were great; there was a lot of French in the crowd. It was a nice atmosphere and the game was a good level.”

No. 34 Benneteau was trying to become the first player over 30 to win his first ATP title. It was his 199th career ATP World Tour tournament.

World No. 11 Monaco received $153,440 in prize money for his victory, his seventh career tournament win.


Singles – Final
[2] J Monaco (ARG) d [7] J Benneteau (FRA) 75 46 63

Doubles – Final
[3] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) 57 75 10-7


Nadal Crushes Monaco, Murray Slides Past Gasquet at Roland Garros

Juan Monaco

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal crushed Juan Monaco 6-2, 6-0, 6-0  while Andy Murray recovered from a slow start to take out Richard Gasquet 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Monday to gain the quarterfinals of the French Open.

Nadal on track to win his seventh Roland Garros was given little resistance by Monaco, facing only two break points in the one hour and 46-minute match.

Nadal spoke about the match: “Well, the first break really helped me considerably.  And, also, I think that today is the day when I served really my best serves.  My percentage was a bit better than any of my previous percentages.  I served faster, as well, which is also something very important.  What else could I add?

“The next thing that’s important is that I didn’t make any mistakes.  I missed not many points.  Pico was starting really hard.  I had to move around quite a lot.

“Then I started attacking more, and I realized that he’s not hurting me any longer.

“At the beginning it was good for him, but in reality it was not really the case, you see.

“One could have the impression that he was an attacker, but I was feeling comfortable.  I was waiting for “the” moment when I knew I could attack him.  You know, when you attack someone and then you counterattack, it’s very difficult.

“I felt, as I said, quite at ease on the court today.  Maybe because it was quite heavy out there.  I mean, the weather was.

“He was attacking, but he couldn’t take control.  He didn’t have the upper hand.  You know, when this happens once, twice, or thrice, I can say, you know, I was a bit lucky.  I was a bit lucky because I could return all of his points.


Nadal has lost only 19 games on his way to the quarterfinals. Nadal takes on fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro next.

World No. 4 Andy Murray had to take on Richard Gasquet and a hostile French crowd in his four set win on Chatrier court.

“I wouldn’t say it got too much,” Murray said. “ I mean, yeah, it’s almost like playing a sort of a football match.  And I like football.  I enjoyed  I mean, I enjoyed myself on the court today.

“It’s the most fun I’ve had on the court in a while, so I wasn’t so sort of shying away from the fact that the crowd wanted me to lose.”

In the first set Murray, who has been nursing a back injury the past few weeks, was grabbing his back in the first set and lost it 6-4. As the match progressed Murray gained form and momentum playing without signs of back trouble.

“He obviously started the match well, but, yeah, I started to use the energy from the crowd in a positive way and obviously turned it around and played very well the last few sets,” added Murray.

“He was so lucky during the second set, so many shots, you know, not far away, said Gasquet. “He was so lucky.  But then during the beginning of the third set I made a few mistakes.

“But then when he gains confidence, it’s really difficult, because he’s a fighter, and he’s always present.  He always hits one time more than you, so he’s really into the match, and then he plays well.  He played well during the third and fourth set.  It was difficult for me to have the upper hand.  He was a difficult player to play against.”


“For me, a seventh Roland Garros win is not more important than No. 2, No. 3, or No. 4,” Nadal said.  What really is important is what it brings me personally.  If I win this one, and it’s the seventh one, is it more important than 2006 or 2005?  I don’t know.

“It’s a personal feeling, a personal sensation, and, you know, records are all very important.  But that’s when you’ve finished playing tennis.  When you finished that, you’ll think about this.

“But, otherwise, when you’re playing, you think about what you have to do daily.”


The fourth seed Murray moves on to the quarterfinals where he’ll play David Ferrer who straight-setted Janko Tipsarevic.



Gasquet Stuns Murray in Rome

Andy Murray

By Enrico Maria Riva

ROME – Matches usually tell two different stories: Andy Murray versus Richard Gasquet was no exception on Thursday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. While the Frenchman managed a great victory 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-2, helping him to gear up for the French Open, the Scot showed that he is still struggling on clay. Without coach Ivan Lendl anywhere in sight, Murray played a very confusing match, failing to hold his serve easily most of the time, and spending huge amount of energy battling Gasquet from the baseline.


Murray has an excuse, as his back seemed to bother him throughout the match an issue which he admits he has been dealing with since December, but most of all he has to blame himself for the attitude towards the whole match. He reportedly shouted “I hate this game, I hate it!” on one of the too many occasions where he had to deal with repeatedly having to save break points. Murray never found his inner peace during the match, failed to close the first set while up a break at 5-3. Somehow he won the tiebreak but didn’t manage to bring the momentum to his side and let Gasquet dictate the game.


Gasquet has been playing very well lately, reaching the final in Estoril and now this Murray victory confirms his progress. The fact that coach Riccardo Piatti is now traveling with him 100%, after Ivan Ljubicic’s retirement, it has given Gasquet more confidence and more stability. Friday he will have to play at his best considering that David Ferrer is in great shape. The early start at Noon doesn’t help either as Gasquet didn’t fail to mention his anger about the scheduling during his news conference”.


Big emotions in Rome with Italy’s Andreas Seppi who managed to win another epic match, this time against Stanislas Wawrinka, saving six match points and closing  the match 6-7(1), 7-6(6), 7-6(6) after three hours and 20 minutes. The Italian will now face Roger Federer who took out Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.


Another surprise was avoided on Thursday when Novak Djokovic managed to come back from a set down against Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Argentinian showed that he has fully recovered from the Monte Carlo injury and he will be a serious threat in the Roland Garros. Rafael Nadal had no problem whatsoever in dismissing Marcel Granollers with a double 6-1 and David Ferrer prevented Gilles Simon from winning his first set ever on clay against him when he secured the second set tiebreak (6-0, 7-6). Tomas Berdych beat Nicolas Almagro 7-6, 6-3. There was an incident during a match at the Australian Open where the Spaniard involuntarily hit the Czech while volleying at the net. Yet the funniest episode involved the man who watered the court at the end of the set and an unlucky linesman who was soaked during the process.

In the night session Juan Martin Del Potro didn’t put much effort in the match he lost 6-4, 6-1 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after having been up a break in the first set. Del Potro appeared to be dealing with knee pain.  The Argentinian didn’t appreciate the humidity and the match went quickly. Roger Federer struggled a bit to get rid of Juan Carlos Ferrrero but eventually won 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.


In the women’s draw Petra Kvitova needed three sets to beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 although she looked relaxed during the vastly deserted news conference. Venus Williams made a giant leap towards the Olympics with her win against Stosur 6-4, 6-3 and Serena Williams secured a big match against Flavia Pennetta disposing of Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-1. The Italian is the last local woman remaining thanks to her stunning performance against Petra Cetkovska 6-0, 6-1. Roland Garros champion Na Li won against Chanelle Scheepers 7-6, 6-2 and will face Dominika Cibulkova who received a walkover on Wednesday  when Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the tournament with a  shoulder injury. A solid win for Maria Sharapova who trailed early during the match against Ana Ivanovic, saving set points yet still managed to prevail 7-6, 6-3.


Enrico Maria Riva is in Rome covering the Internazionali BNL D’Italia for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his twitter updates on @TennisNewsTPN and his personal twitter @EnricoMariaRiva.

Enrico Maria Riva is the tennis columnist for the Italian online newspaper Il Post and also writes for the Matchpoint magazine and for the websites Spaziotennis.com and Thetennisspace.com.


BNP Paribas Open Day 5: Americans Continue Winning Streak in the Desert.

By Eric Gudris

Ryan Sweeting

It’s a misleading to say that the first Sunday of the BNP Paribas Open is when the tournament really begins as the event has been going strong for almost a week now. But this is the time when the big names, especially on the men’s side finally start to play their opening singles matches while on the women’s side, exciting matchups start to fall into place as the quarterfinals beckon.

If there’s been a trend or developing story this first week, it has to be that of the young Americans who picked probably the best place outside of the U.S. Open to not only play some good ball but also earn some much needed respect after the lengthy debate so far on “what’s wrong with American tennis.”  Ryan Sweeting, fresh off his three set win over Juan Monaco, was mobbed by autograph seekers during his practice session today hoping to get a signature and even a photograph with Sweeting who was likely unheard of by most fans a week ago. The other Ryan, Ryan Harrison to be exact, continued the streak of upsets by American players on Stadium 2 with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over No. 22 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez that saw Harrison get into a heated exchange with the umpire after she made Harrison replay the point on a challenge he won when Garcia just tipped the ball with his racquet. Harrison will now face  Milos Raonic match and though many wanted to see Fish keep the American streak going, the prospect of a Harrison/Raonic encounter is likely what most fans want to see.

But it was some “older” Americans facing each other in a second round encounter that ended up being the match of the day, if nothing more for the sake of nostalgia. Despite displaying flashes of the game that got him to No. 4 in the world, James Blake couldn’t summon enough of it to get past friend and fellow Davis Cup teammate Andy Roddick who won 6-3, 7-5. The question now for Blake, who is currently ranked 158 in the world, is how he will fare the rest of the year, especially if he’s unable to get wildcards into big events. For Roddick, the win over Blake sets up another battle with another American as he faces John Isner in the next round.

Kim Clijsters won in three sets over Italy’s Sara Errani despite the reigning U.S. and Australian Open champion hitting more errors than winners in the match. Clijsters later said she’s been dealing with some nagging shoulder pain but thinks she can manage it through the rest of the spring hardcourt season. The end of the day session saw Roger Federer win 7-5, 7-6 (4) over Igor Andreev in a tight match that saw the Russian test Federer quite a bit throughout the match. Federer will now face Juan Ignacio Chela next.

Can the American winning streak continue? And which one of the big names on both the men’s and women’s side will prevail in the finals next Sunday. Stay Tuned!


Erik Gudris writes and moderates the tennis news and commentary site Adjustingthenet.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adjustingthenet


Pro Am to Benefit Autism Speaks

(KEY BISCAYNE, FL – March 4, 2011)  Sunny Florida and Biscayne Capital welcomes you to attend one of the most awaited for tennis events of the season, the V Annual Tennis Pro-Am scheduled to take place at beautiful Ocean Club Tennis Center in Key Biscayne on March, 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm.


This is the fifth consecutive year of the event which has brought tennis stars such as Carlos Moya, Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer, Andres Gomez and Guillermo Vilas to show their court abilities and to be part of a special event that benefits Autism Speaks, a national non-profit corporation (the entity raises money for the research of Autism, which affects 1 out of 110 children).


Amongst the invited professionals to this year’s event are the 2011 women doubles Australian Open winners Gisela Dulko and Flavia Penetta and tennis celebrities Leander Paes, Guillermo Cañas, Juan Monaco, André Sá and Nicolás Lapentti, to name a few.


This exclusive event is a tremendous opportunity for tennis enthusiasts to get closer to their favorites and even share the court with them. The tournament is set up in a way that amateurs play side-by-side with tennis professionals on a court-rotating basis. Each amateur has the opportunity to play doubles with or against every professional player invited to the event.


And, if you rather be the spectator and share the same passion for the game, attendees have an opportunity to get a close up with these stars at an exclusive Private Cocktail Party that will follow the tournament.  Cocktail Party tickets are sold for $50 each and enable us to help those in need since part of the proceeds of the event will benefit Autism Speaks.


Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about participating in the event or purchasing tickets for the Private Cocktail Party, please contact Lighthouse event organizers Nicolas Pereira at 786.269.8266 or Vannessa Serrano at 305.301.6504.



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