2014/07/23

Serena Williams Dominates, Maria Sharapova Survives and will meet in Brisbane Semifinal

 

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Maria Sharapova

(January 2, 2014) Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have set up a semifinal meeting between them in the Brisbane International. Williams stopped Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6- while Sharapova had to rally past Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

After spraying a few errors in the early part of the match, No. 1 Williams made it a straightforward victory. The defending Brisbane champion did not lose a point on her serve in the first set. In the end Williams hit 31 winners to 17 unforced errors during the match.

The No. 3 seed Sharapova, in playing her second match since August made many errors in the opening set and also had her serve broken three times.

After being broken to open the second set, Sharapova fine tuned her game and her accuracy on her shots became lethal.. Sharapova won 12 out of the last 16 games in the match.

Williams goes into the semifinal match against Sharapova dominating the head-to-head record at 14-2, winning the last 13 matches against her. The American’s last victory over Sharapova came in the final of last year’s French Open.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia
December 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, January 2, 2014
WTA Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (9) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 63 63
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 64 67(7) 61
(3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 46 63 62
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (5) Angelique Kerber (GER) 67(8) 63 61

WTA Doubles – Semifinals
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. (WC) Adamczak/Rogowska (AUS/AUS) 62 62

ATP Singles – Second Round
[Q] M Copil  (ROU) d [3] G Simon  (FRA) 75 63
L Hewitt  (AUS) d [6] F Lopez  (ESP) 75 63 [8]
J Chardy  (FRA) d N Mahut  (FRA) 75 67(4) 63
[WC] S Groth  (AUS) d *[LL] P Herbert  (FRA) 46 76(3) 76(5)

*[LL] P Herbert  (FRA) replaced [4] K Anderson (RSA) – viral infection

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals
R Federer (SUI) / N Mahut (FRA) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(3) 67(5) 11-9

ATP Doubles – First Round
[WC] M Ebden (AUS) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) d J Nieminen (FIN) / G Simon (FRA) 61 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 3 JANUARY 2014

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
ATP – M Cilic  (CRO) vs [2] K Nishikori  (JPN)

Not Before 2:30 pm ATP -
L Hewitt  (AUS) vs [Q] M Copil  (ROU)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – [4] J Jankovic  (SRB) vs [2] V Azarenka  (BLR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer  (SUI) vs M Matosevic  (AUS)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams  (USA) vs [3] M Sharapova  (RUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:30 am
WTA – K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs M Minella (LUX) / C Scheepers (RSA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / D Nestor (CAN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [WC] S Groth  (AUS) vs [8] J Chardy  (FRA)

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Roger Federer Opens 2014 with a victory at Brisbane

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(January 1, 2013) Roger Federer began 2014 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen at the Brisbane International on Wednesday.

The 17-time major champion has recently added six-time major champion and tennis hall of famer Stefan Edberg to his coaching team. Edberg is expected to join Federer at this month’s Australian Open.

“Most important is that you win the match so you get a second chance to judge your game a bit better,” said Federer to ATPWorldTour.com. “That’s why it’s most important to get an extra day or two. Now I have doubles tomorrow and the singles the next day, so it’s really good for rhythm and good for your game.

“I expect myself to play a bit better in the next match, even though today was already very good for a first match in so many weeks, to be honest, and against Nieminen who can play very good tennis. Particularly here in Australia.”

On the Women’s side, No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat local favorite Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 6-1.

In just his second tournament back from a doping ban, Marin Cilic outlasted five-seed and last year’s finalist Grigor Dimitrov, 7-5, 7-5. The former No. 9 told media that it feels like a new beginning for him being back on the tour.

 

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia
December 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, January 1, 2013
WTA Singles – Second Round
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 63 61
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 43 ret. (left thigh injury)
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. (7) Sabine Lisicki (GER) w/o (GI illness)

WTA Doubles – Quarterfinals
Mladenovic/Voskoboeva (FRA/KAZ) d. (1) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) 62 63
Minella/Scheepers (LUX/RSA) d. (4) Chan/Huber (TPE/USA) 64 64
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Groenefeld/Lucic-Baroni (GER/CRO)  64 61

ATP Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d J Nieminen (FIN) 64 62
[2] K Nishikori (JPN) d M Ebden (AUS) 62 64
M Cilic (CRO) d [5] G Dimitrov (BUL) 75 75
M Matosevic (AUS) d S Querrey (USA) 57 76(3) 64

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d K Anderson (RSA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 46 76(2) 14-12
[4] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d M Matosevic (AUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) 75 36 10-3

Doubles – First Round
[2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / D Nestor (CAN) d D Istomin (UZB) / I Sijsling (NE

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 2 JANUARY 2014

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
WTA – [3] M Sharapova (RUS) vs K Kanepi (EST)
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [9] D Cibulkova (SVK)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – R Federer (SUI) / N Mahut (FRA) vs J Chardy (FRA) / G Dimitrov (BUL)
ATP – [6] F Lopez (ESP) vs L Hewitt (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – S Voegele (SUI) vs [WC] C Dellacqua (AUS) or [2] V Azarenka (BLR)
ATP – [4] K Anderson (RSA) vs [WC] S Groth (AUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:30 am
ATP – N Mahut (FRA) vs [8] J Chardy (FRA)
ATP – [Q] M Copil (ROU) vs [3] G Simon (FRA)
WTA – [WC] M Adamczak (AUS) / O Rogowska (AUS) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – [5] A Kerber (GER) vs [4] J Jankovic (SRB)
ATP – [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs J Nieminen (FIN) / G Simon (FRA)D) 63 76(4)
J Chardy (FRA) / G Dimitrov (BUL) d [PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) 06 64 10-4

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Serena Williams Opens 2014 Season with win over Petkovic in Brisbane

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(December 31, 2013) In her first official match of the 2014 tennis season, No. 1 Serena Williams dusted off a little rust to stop Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-4 at the Brisbane International.

Williams said it was an intense match and gave credit to the rising Petkovic, currently at No. 39 who before multiple injuries had made it to No. 9 in the world.

“It was an intense match, which was really good,” Williams said to media. “She’s a good player. She’s been in the Top 10 before and she was on her way to being even better. So it was a really good match for me.

“I usually have a lot of nerves, but when I realized who I was playing I felt like it was a really good opportunity for me to have a tough match early on. That kind of made me more calm than anything.”

The American is hoping to pick up where she left off last year and she looks to defend last year’s Brisbane title. It began a career season for Williams where she won 11 tournaments, including two majors and went 78-4 for the year.

Next up for Williams will be Dominika Cibulkova.

Third seed Maria Sharapova received a walkover into the quarterfinals from Australian teen qualifier Ashleigh Barty who has a thigh injury.

“It’s been great to play at home in Brisbane and it’s disappointing I won’t be able to play against Maria tomorrow, but I’ve got to do what’s right for my body. Sometimes these are really hard decisions to make but that’s what I have to do,” Barty said.

“The injury has just come about from overload, I’ve played four really tough singles matches in the past week so now it’s just about getting my body right. I’ve got enough time to be fit for the Australian Open, it’s just a matter of managing the injury and hopefully I’ll be back on court soon.”

Barty will also miss next week’s event in Hobart.

Roger Federer debuted a larger racquet as he teamed up with Nicholas Mahut in doubles to beat top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.

Federer begins his singles campaign on Wednesday night against Jarkko Nieminen.

 

ATP Singles – First Round
[6] F Lopez (ESP) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 64
[8] J Chardy (FRA) d A Mannarino (FRA) 76(4) 75
[WC] S Groth (AUS) d [Q] R Harrison (USA) 76(3) 76(2)
N Mahut (FRA) d I Sijsling (NED) 36 64 64
L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] T Kokkinakis (AUS) 63 75
[Q] M Copil (ROU) d [Q] Y Sugita (JPN) 76(5) 67(2) 76(7)
M Ebden (AUS) d *[LL] A Kuznetsov (USA) 63 64

*[LL] A Kuznetsov (USA) replaced [WC] N Kyrgios (AUS) – shoulder

ATP Doubles – First Round
R Federer (SUI) / N Mahut (FRA) d [1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) 75 76(5)
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) 63 64

WTA Singles – Second Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 64
(3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (Q) Ashleigh Barty (AUS) w/o (left abductor injury)
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 61 63
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (8) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 62
(9) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 63 16 63

WTA Doubles – Quarterfinals
(WC) Adamczak/Rogowska (AUS/AUS) d. (3) Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS) w/o (Barty: left abductor injury)

Doubles – First Round
(1) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Hantuchova/Lisicki (SVK/GER) 63 64
Groenefeld/Lucic-Baroni (GER/CRO) d. (2) Hsieh/Jankovic (TPE/SRB) 62 63
(3) Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS) d. Lepchenko/Olaru (USA/ROU) 61 64
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Amanmuradova/Shvedova (UZB/KAZ) 64 76(4)

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 1 JANUARY 2014

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
ATP – M Matosevic (AUS) vs S Querrey (USA)
ATP – [5] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs M Cilic (CRO)
ATP – M Ebden (AUS) vs [2] K Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI) vs J Nieminen (FIN)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [WC] C Dellacqua (AUS) vs [2] V Azarenka (BLR)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:30 am
WTA – [4] H Chan (TPE) / L Huber (USA) vs M Minella (LUX) / C Scheepers (RSA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [7] S Lisicki (GER) vs S Voegele (SUI)
WTA – [5] A Kerber (GER) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [4] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs M Matosevic (AUS) / D Tursunov (RUS)
WTA – [1] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ)

SHOW COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – D Istomin (UZB) / I Sijsling (NED) vs [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / D Nestor (CAN)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – K Anderson (RSA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) vs [3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – J Chardy (FRA) / G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)
WTA – A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs A Groenefeld (GER) / M Lucic-Baroni

 

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Brisbane Tennis Sunday Schedule

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia
December 29, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 29 DECEMBER 2013

CPAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
WTA – K Date-Krumm (JPN) vs [WC] O Rogowska (AUS)
WTA – [7] S Lisicki (GER) vs M Rybarikova (SVK)
WTA – A Petkovic (GER) vs B Mattek-Sands (USA)
ATP – M Matosevic (AUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) vs K Nishikori (JPN) / S Querrey (USA)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – K Bertens (NED) vs [WC] A Barty (AUS)
WTA – V Lepchenko (USA) vs E Svitolina (UKR)
WTA – S Voegele (SUI) vs M Keys (USA)
WTA – [WC] F Schiavone (ITA) / C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ)

SHOW COURT 2 start 10:30 am
WTA – Qualifying – H Watson (GBR) vs [WC] J Gajdosova (AUS)
ATP – Qualifying – R Harrison (USA) vs J Wang (TPE)
ATP – Qualifying – P Herbert (FRA) vs B Mitchell (AUS)
ATP – M Cilic (CRO) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs K Anderson (RSA) / R Lindstedt (SWE)

COURT 6 start 10:30 am
WTA – Qualifying – S Hsieh (TPE) vs A Panova (RUS)
ATP – Qualifying – D Wu (CHN) vs R Williams (USA)
ATP – Qualifying – T Ito (JPN) vs R Berankis (LTU)
ATP – Qualifying – J Ward (GBR) vs M Copil (ROU)

COURT 14 start 10:30 am
WTA – Qualifying – A Rodionova (AUS) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS)
ATP – Qualifying – A Golubev (KAZ) vs [WC] T Kokkinakis (AUS)
ATP – Qualifying – B Klahn (USA) vs Y Sugita (JPN)
ATP – Qualifying – M Ilhan (TUR) vs A Kuznetsov (USA)

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Almagro and Lopez Join Isner in US Men’s Clay Court Championship Field

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(December 2, 2013) Nicolas Almagro, the 2013 finalist, and Feliciano Lopez, a 2012 semifinalist, have committed to play the 2014 Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club. These two Spanish players will join defending champion John Isner in the field for the tournament April 7-13.

“It’s wonderful to be able to announce that Nicolas and Feliciano are joining our field the same week we have the individual session and Champs Pass tickets going on sale,” said Tournament Director Van Barry. “Both of these guys proved very popular when they have played at River Oaks in the past, and there’s definitely excitement that they joining John Isner in returning to play in 2014.”

Almagro was runner-up at the 2013 US Men’s Clay Court Championship, falling to Isner in the final. He has led the ATP in clay-court match wins three times in the past six seasons. With a career record of 229-108 on clay courts, he joins Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo as the only active players with more than 200 wins on clay. He’s second behind only Nadal (36) for career clay court finals with 20, and has won 12 titles on the surface.

Lopez will be making his second appearance at River Oaks. He made the semifinals of the 2012 event before losing to Isner in three sets. Lopez recorded his 300th career match win during the 2013 season and also reached his eighth career ATP World Tour final.  Lopez has been a member of four Davis Cup championship teams.

These two Spaniards join Isner, who will attempt to be the first player to successfully defend his US Men’s Clay Court Championship title since Andy Roddick won the 2001 and 2002 titles. Isner is the No. 1 ranked American, and will be making his sixth appearance at the tournament. His title at River Oaks was one of two tournaments he won in 2013, giving him seven for his career.

In 2014, River Oaks Country Club will celebrate hosting a tournament for the 80th time since its inauguration in 1931. The upcoming tournament will also mark the 105th staging of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship.

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2014 Tennis Season, More of the Same for the Men?

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By James A. Crabtree

 

(November 24, 2013) Of those who can truly challenge for a major, the list is very small. Consider in 2002 when swede Thomas Johansson won the Australian Open as the 16th seed or Gustavo Kuerten won the French Open ranked 66th in the world. Compare that with today’s rankings and we have Fabio Fognini winning in Melbourne and Yen-Hsun Lu in Paris. If you think that either of these results is far fetched for 2014 you are on the money.

 

When fourth seed David Ferrer made the French open final this past year nobody but his mother felt he could win it. Not surprising considering his opposition, Rafael Nadal, has only lost once out of the sixty matches played at Roland Garros. Only a mad man would bet against him over five sets on clay.

 

Add that to the fact the big four have not only dominated the slams but since 2009 only Nikolay Davydenko, Ferrer, Ivan Ljubicic, Andy Roddick and Robin Soderling have been able to add their names to the ATP 1000 champions list. That is only five differing names to the usual four out of 45 tournaments.

 

Although the dominance of the big 4 has been lessened since the 2013 horror campaign of Roger Federer, the collection of contenders hasn’t been increased far beyond those players who have won a slam in the past. When looking at the others within the top ten all have their flaws. Tomas Berdych struggles when playing any final. Richard Gasquet and David Ferrer don’t have the fire power to notch big back-to-back wins. Stan Wawrinka has the firepower and the arrogance but not the physical stamina. Comparatively Jo-Wilfred Tsonga has the arrogance and firepower but not the mental fortitude. That leaves Juan Martin Del Potro, the scariest opponent not named Novak, Rafa, Roger or Andy.

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Australian Open, Return of the Muzzer

 

Yes, seriously. Andy Murray will be refreshed and hungry and will look for glory at a venue he has been a three time finalist. A fourth consecutive triumph for Novak Djokovic in Melbourne, even on current form, seems a bridge too far.

 

Look for Federer to regain some form and make the semi-finals once more.

 

Rafael Nadal

French Open, As predictable as a Vin Diesel movie

 

Novak Djokovic will have to wait one more year before he can unify the all four career majors belt.

 

Nadal on the ultra-slow clay of Roland Garros is too much for any mortal. It is impossible to argue with a 98.33 winning percentage over nine years. All we can say is shame on you Robin Soderling for ruining slam perfection.

 

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Wimbledon, Novak Vengeance

 

By June Djokovic is going to be mighty mighty angry. Not only that, he is going to make both Andy Murray and the British crowd pay for the previous year. Look for Djokovic to sneak this one in 5 sets.

 

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U.S. Open, The Federer Redemption?

 

This is a really 50-50 call between old man Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro. Del Potro has a good case as he was the best player to not win a slam this past year. Federer has a case because, regardless of form, he is still Federer. On top of that history often likes to repeat itself in certain ways and it would be quite fitting for Federer to snatch a triumph in New York as Pete Sampras did in 2002.

 

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

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Juan Martin Del Potro Wins Japan Open over Milos Raonic

 

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(October 6, 2013) A late entry into the event, No.1 seed Juan Martin del Potro won the Japan Open Tennis Championships title for the first time taking out Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 7-5 for his third title of the year, 16th in his career.

There was only one break of serve in the match coming at 5-5 in the second set for Del Potro to go up 6-5 and served out the match.

“I played really well in the last two games of the match, returning all of his first serves,” said Del Potro. “It was a fantastic week for me as I played better and better with each match.”

Del Potro said that it was not easy returning Raonic’s powerful serve: “You have to be focused and wait for the chance. I took his serve in the last game to break. In the tie-break, he hit a double fault in the most important part of the match and then my chance came, which I knew I had to take.

“I did what I could to win. When he serves well and hits aces, it means I have to be aggressive on serve. I threw in drop shots and came to the net to mix up my game.”

“There is not really much to be down about,” Raonic said of the match. “I created opportunities and barring a double fault and a few points I could not have done much better.

“I think I am doing a lot of things better week in, week out. I can play a good level, but I just need to improve on a consistent basis. There is work to be done.”

 

“I decided to come here because I lost early in the U.S. Open and had several weeks off,” said Del Potro who took a wild card into the tournament. “I’m glad I decided to come here.”

For his efforts the Argentine will move up to No. 5 in the Race to London for the year-end ATP World Tour Finals. The Canadian Raonic will move up to No. 10 in the Race to London.

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Joao Sousa Saves Match Point to Win his First ATP Title

 

(September 29, 2013) Joao Sousa became the first player from Portugal to win an ATP Tour title when he rallied from a match point against him to put down France’s Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to capture the Malaysian Open tennis tournament. This was Sousa’s first ATP final.

The 77th-ranked Sousa had a dream week in Kuala Lumpur, beating seeds along the way to the crown in top seed David Ferrer, fourth seed Jurgen Melzer and fifth seed Benneteau in succession.

Behind 2-6, 4-5, 30-40, Sousa staved off a match point, winning three straight games on the trot to even the match. Sousa broke to open the third set and held on for the win.

“I just gave my best, Sousa said. “Tennis is like this, if you don’t go for it, you’ll never make it, so I just went for it. We both played a great match. He had a lot of chances to win.”

“I’m so tired mentally and physically but I just feel amazing, it’s just a dream come true, winning my first title here in Malaysia,” the 24-year-old said. “I’m really happy to win this title.”

“I tried everything today… I played very well, particularly I was very aggressive and I didn’t let him play for two sets almost,” said the Frenchman who is now 0-9 in ATP finals.

“I took my chance, it didn’t pay off and it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s very hard. But it’s sport.”

Sousa is the seventh first-time winner and the 12th unseeded winner on the ATP World Tour this year.

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Montanes Wins Nice Open

 

(May 25, 2013) Albert Montanes of Spain won his sixth ATP Tour title by defeating French wild-card Gael Monfils 6-0, 7-6 (3) for the Nice Open.

“I was not supposed to play here in the first place,” Montanes said. “I was in my home town, 200km from Barcelona, with friends when I found out I was entering the main draw last Saturday night. So it’s pretty incredible that I am here now with the Nice trophy.

“No doubt the fact that I came here with no pressure, just happy to play, taking it day-by-day and match-by-match, helped me win this week.

“I knew I could defeat Gael and today I was very solid the entire match, hitting very deep and playing well in the crucial points.”

“I tried my best today,” Monfils said but I faced a better player than me and I want to congratulate him for his title. I tried different things, but it didn’t work. He was just better than me. I played a lot of matches in the past two weeks and I felt maybe a bit tired physically and mentally.

“Overall, it was a great week for me and I want to thank the sponsors and the tournament for giving me a wild card. I played some really good matches and I hope to be back next year.”

The world No. 82 Montanes will move into the top 50 in next week’s rankings.

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Monfils and Montanes to Meet in Nice Final

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RESULTS – FRIDAY, 24 MAY, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
A Montanes (ESP) d [WC] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 64 46 60
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) d P Andujar (ESP) 75 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 16 10-6
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 25 MAY, 2013

CENTER start 12:20 pm
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA)

Not Before 2:30 PM
A Montanes (ESP) vs [WC] G Monfils (FRA)

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