October 25, 2016

Djokovic, Nadal Rally for Wins in Rome; Federer Loses

Novak Djokovic

(May 12, 2016) Novak Djokovic had to rally from a bagel set down to stop No. 37 Thomaz Bellucci 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 while an ailing Roger Federer lost to 15th seed Dominc Thiem 7-6 (2), 6-4 in Rome on Thursday.

For No. 1 Djokovic, it was the first time he was at the losing end of a “bagel” set since the 2012 Cincinnati final when he lost to Federer.

The third seeded Federer withdrew from the Madrid Open last week with a back injury said that wasn’t concerned about losing, but was happy to get to get in two matches on clay at the Italian Open. The French open begins on May 22nd and the Swiss said that despite the pain from the injury he hopes to be able to play the year’s second major.

Seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal fought off Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4 to advance to quarterfinals and second seed Andy Murray held off a second set charge to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-4.

Besides Federer losing, a couple other upsets on the men’s side included 12th seed David Goffin, destroying 8th seed Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-0 in 49 minutes, defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka lost to Juan Monaco 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 and lucky loser Lucas Pouille knocked out ninth seed David Ferrer 6-4, 6-1.

On the ladies’ side of the tournament, Serena Williams rebounded from 3-5 down in the first set best U.S. countrywoman qualifier Christina McHale 7-6 (7), 6-1.


9-15 MAY 2016

RESULTS – MAY 12, 2016
Women’s Singles – Third Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d [Q] C. McHale (USA) 76(7) 61
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 61 64
[11] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d [8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 57 75 62
[9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 26 63
I. Begu (ROU) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 61 64
M. Doi (JPN) d J. Konta (GBR) 46 75 62
M. Keys (USA) d T. Babos (HUN) 76(2) 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 61 60

Doubles – Second Round

A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d [2] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) 63 64
[3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [WC] C. Giovine (ITA) / A. Moratelli (ITA) 63 62
[4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Errani (ITA) 64 61
[5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 76(4) 16 10-7
I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [6] Y. Chan (TPE) / A. Groenefeld (GER) 26 76(1) 10-8
R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d [8] J. Goerges (GER) / Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 64 63


Men’s Singles – Third Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 06 63 62
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d J. Chardy (FRA) 60 64
[13] D. Thiem (AUT) d [3] R. Federer (SUI) 76(2) 64
[PR] J. Monaco (ARG) d [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 67(5) 63 64
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) 67(3) 62 64
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [11] R. Gasquet (FRA) 61 64
[12] D. Goffin (BEL) d [8] T. Berdych (CZE) 60 60
[LL] L. Pouille (FRA) d [9] D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 61

Men’s Doubles – Second Round
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / V. Troicki (SRB) d [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) 36 76(3) 14-12
[PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [7] A. Peya (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 16 10-8

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
WTA – [11] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs [3] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [12] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [5] R. Nadal (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [13] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
ATP – [LL] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [PR] J. Monaco (ARG)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – I. Begu (ROU) vs M. Doi (JPN)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – M. Keys (USA) vs B. Strycova (CZE)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00 noon
ATP – [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs [PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP)
ATP – [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / V. Troicki (SRB)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [7] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
WTA – [5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)


Madrid: Federer Withdraws with Back Injury, Upsets Continue

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(May 2, 2016) Roger Federer withdrew from the Madrid Masters on Monday with a back injury. The No. 3 player in the world said that he hurt himself in practice over the weekend.

“I arrived and I was OK, and then I practiced on Saturday and hurt my back a little bit in practice and then stopped early,” Federer said. “I just didn’t feel like I could practice.”

The 34-year-old Swiss was off the tour for almost two months after the Australian Open after knee surgery and he withdrew from the Miami Open due to a stomach virus.

“I rather play it safe and rest up now,” said the three-time Madrid winner to media. “I’m very disappointed to say the least.”

Federer is hoping to play the Rome Masters before playing the second major of the year, Roland Garros, which begins on May 22.

“It’s been a tough year,” Federer said. “I hope it gets better from here.”

Also missing from Madrid is Serena Williams, who withdrew from the tournament last week due to illness.

The upsets continued on the women’s side of the draw. Sunday saw the top two women’s seeds – Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber lose. Monday, Madrid favorite, the No. 3 seed from Spain Garbine Muguruza was knocked out of the tournament along with 14th seed Ana Ivanovic, 12th seed Elina Svitolina, 13th seed Karolina Pliskova and 16th seed Sloane Stephens.

On the men’s side, French qualifier Lucas Pouille saved four match points to upset 12th seed David Goffin 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (7).



RESULTS – MAY 02, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
I. Begu (ROU) d [3] G. Muguruza (ESP) 57 76(4) 63
[4] V. Azarenka (BLR) d A. Cornet (FRA) 63 62
[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [Q] E. Vesnina (RUS) 63 63
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [12] E. Svitolina (UKR) 62 76(4)
C. Mchale (USA) d [13] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 76(3) 64
[Q] L. Chirico (USA) d [14] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 57 61 63
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) d [16] S. Stephens (USA) 62 63
M. Keys (USA) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 64 76(1)
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d [WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 46 63 10-7
M. Gasparyan (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d [WC] K. Peschke (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) 57 62 10-6
V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) 64 62
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Errani (ITA) d S. Hsieh (TPE) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) 64 63
A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d [WC] S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 60 75
[WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d M. Irigoyen (ARG) / C. Liang (CHN) 62 64

Men’s Singles – First Round
[9] D. Ferrer (ESP) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 36 61 62
[10] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) 61 76(5)
[11] M. Raonic (CAN) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(4) 61
[Q] L. Pouille (FRA) d [12] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(4) 26 76(7) – saved 4 M.P.
[16] G. Simon (FRA) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 63 36 64
F. Lopez (ESP) d L. Mayer (ARG) 76(5) 46 64
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d V. Troicki (SRB) 64 64
S. Querrey (USA) d [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) 67(5) 76(5) 64
J. Sousa (POR) d N. Mahut (FRA) 64 64
[Q] D. Istomin (UZB) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 61 64
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 61 67(4) 64

Men’s Doubles – First Round
[WC] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) d K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) 64 64

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
WTA – [6] S. Halep (ROU) vs K. Knapp (ITA)
WTA – [8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs S. Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU) vs D. Kovinic (MNE)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ start 12:00 noon
ATP – [Q] S. Giraldo (COL) vs [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [14] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [PR] J. del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – [11] M. Raonic (CAN) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
ATP – [10] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [WC] F. Verdasco (ESP)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
ATP – K. Anderson (RSA) vs [13] G. Monfils (FRA)
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) vs [11] L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [WC] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)
ATP – [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) vs B. Coric (CRO)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [Q] L. Siegemund (GER) vs [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
WTA – E. Makarova (RUS) vs [10] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs B. Tomic (AUS)
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs J. Chardy (FRA)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) vs S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)
ATP – TBA – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)

PISTA 5 start 12:00 noon
ATP – G. Pella (ARG) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
WTA – A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – after suitable rest – V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs [7] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)

PISTA 6 start 12:00 noon
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs B. Paire (FRA)
ATP – [Q] D. Kudla (USA) vs I. Karlovic (CRO)
ATP – R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [WC] M. Bhupathi (IND) / F. Martin (FRA) vs G. Pella (ARG) / G. Simon (FRA)
ATP – T. Bellucci (BRA) / L. Mayer (ARG) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

PISTA 7 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO)
WTA – A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – TBA after suitable rest – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – TBA after suitable rest – [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [2] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)


Murray to Face Nadal in Monte-Carlo Semis; Federer Falls to Tsonga

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(April 15, 2016) Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal posted decisive victories and will play each other in the semifinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters on Saturday. Roger Federer returning to the court for the first time since his knee surgery in February fell to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Tsonga will play fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the other semifinal.

No. 5 Nadal dominated No. 3 Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 while No. 2 Murray destroyed Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0.

“If I play like I did today, I’ll have a chance,” said Murray.

“Rafa, especially on this court, he plays great on clay obviously, but on this one in particular, his record is incredible. I think he’s maybe only lost one or two matches in his life here. So, yeah, it’s a great test for me this early on in the clay season.

“I’ll go into the match with confidence having managed to win against him in Madrid on the clay last year, and having played a really good match today.

“I look forward to it.”


“I’ll have to play a great match, but also a smart match as well,” Murray explained. “I need to be intelligent on the court, go in with a very good idea of what I want to do in the points.

“So, yeah, that’s the most important thing, to have a good game plan and be smart on the court. Against Rafa on this surface, he has the ability to get you to sort of play – I don’t know what the word is – but he gets you to go for more than you should because he’s so consistent.

“He hits a lot of height on the ball, a lot of spin. He can make you go for winners from uncomfortable positions. You have to not allow that to happen. You need to try and stay calm, be patient. I’ll try to do that.”

Nadal broke Wawrinka’s serve four times to reach his 11th Monte-Carlo semifinal. The Swiss broke his racquet in the fifth game of the first set to the boos of spectators. Wawrinka said he was disturbed by all of the noise coming from the restaurant above the court.

“You wonder whether people are coming to have lunch or to watch tennis. I don’t believe they saw a lot of the match. I think they also drank a lot of alcohol.” Wawrinka said. “When you don’t play well and you’re not in your match, it can bother you.”

“Anyway, it was not a good day for me today,” Wawrinka said. “I really need to work on two or three things that I want to improve. I have two weeks, or a bit more, before I go to Madrid. I will try to prepare well during that period.”

I believe today it was more of a concentration issue or mentally that I had a problem. I struggled. I rushed at the beginning. This is something you pay for against Rafa.”

“The real thing is every day is a different story,” Nadal said. “Yesterday I played against an opponent that he was playing so good, in my opinion. Is true that my serve probably was a little bit better today than yesterday. But both days I think I played good, no?

“Stan today, I think the last three games of the first set, that’s the only moment that he didn’t play well. Obviously he played with too many mistakes.

“But in the beginning of the match and in the second set was a good match, in my opinion. Both played good points.

“I think he played with more mistakes than me. But is true at same time he is going more for the shots all the time. When you want to play this way, very aggressive, you can have mistakes.

“I think I played good. I defended well. I moved well. When I had the opportunity, I was trying to have the control of the point with my forehand and with my backhand, too.”

Nadal plays Murray for a place in the final. The Spaniard has a 16-6 record against the Scot.

“He played a great match today,” Nadal said. “We’ll see. I need to be ready to play the way I am playing the last two matches. If I am able to do it, I hope to have my chances.

“He always was a good clay court player, no? He played semifinals of French Open twice or three times, I don’t know.”

Federer was two points away from defeating Tsonga at 6-3, 2-6, 5-4 with the Frenchman serving, but could not close.

“Yeah, I mean, I think it had definitely some twists and turns,” said Federer. “I’m not sure how come. Maybe we were both a bit up and down. We had a couple of games here and there that we kind of gave each other on the serve. Kind of hung onto it, me in the first, him in the second.

“Third was close all the way through. Maybe had a small chance the first game maybe. The game I got broken is a tough game to get broken on because I think I had three forehands that I’m in good position, and I end up losing all three points. It’ll a tough break to get.

“You know, it was a good tournament, a good match, exactly what I was hoping for and more, so I’m very happy.”

“It was a good match. It was nice to play an intense match. I’m happy how the body reacted. So many good things this week. It’s all positive for me.

“I know where I’m at now. I hope my knee and my body is going to be okay the next couple of days. If I’m good, I might go practice tomorrow as well just to get the body into maybe a rhythm of playing maybe four days straight at a very intense level. If I feel like I need a break, the team tells me to rest, I’ll do that tomorrow.

“Things are really good right now. Of course, it was unfortunate because I had my chances. But this tournament, really doesn’t matter at all if I missed or not those chances.”


“It’s always special to play against him, especially on court, because you have all the crowd against you,” said Tsonga. “Wherever you play, if it’s in France or not, it’s tough to play against him because you have him, the crowd and all the monument around him.

“Yeah, it’s always special to win against Federer.”

“I was expecting a difficult match, and that is exactly what happened. He was very reactive, he was running well. From the start, I thought he was very fast.

“But I was able to turn it around. He dropped his level a little bit and I was able to come back into the match and end up winning. It’s good for me.”


As for playing fellow Frenchman and friend Gael Monfils next: “You feel a bit more worried against him. Before, he had his own way. Now, he changed. But it’s still him.

“He’s certainly improved in a number of things, but it’s still him. I don’t really know what to expect. I’ll go on the court doing what I’m used to doing: trying to be aggressive, serving well. Gael is just the way he is. He is him. It’s good.”

“There’s not a real favorite (in the match), “ Tsonga said. “It’s going to be an interesting match. It’s difficult to say who will be the favorite.”

“It’s going to be a big match for several reasons,” Monfils said. “First, Jo has a game that I have trouble with. I was able to beat him once, but he was coming back from an injury.

“Another time I beat him, too. He was injured in Montpellier. I can’t say I really beat him.

He gives me many problems. It’s always the case when I play against very aggressive players. There are different kinds of aggressive players. A real aggressive player is difficult for me.

“Tomorrow the match will be different. I will need to find a solution to push him back and to try to stop him dominating the rallies.

“I’m sure 100% that he will try to be very aggressive. He will not want long rallies. He will want to use his forehand as much as he can, and he will be very aggressive on my second serve.

“So if I have a slight advantage in this match, it’s because I know what he’s going to do. He’s going to play aggressively. I don’t believe I’m wrong.”

“I think it’s going to be explosive.”




Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [10] M. Raonic (CAN) 62 60
[8] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [3] R. Federer (SUI) 36 62 75
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 61 64
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d [LL] M. Granollers (ESP) 62 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 64
[3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d D. Inglot (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR) 64 36 12-10
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 62 63
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 64 64


COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 3:30 pm
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [8] J. Tsonga (FRA)
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)


Murray, Nadal and Federer Reach Monte-Carlo Quarterfinals

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

(April 14, 2016) World No. 2 Andy Murray rallied from a set and two breaks down to beat Benoit Paire 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters on Thursday. Also advancing were No. 3 Roger Federer, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Rafael Nadal, No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,  No. 10 Milos Raonic, No. 13 Gael Monfils, and unseeded Marcel Granollers.

“It was a big win is what it was,” Murray said.  “You know, to win from 6-2, 3-0 down, two breaks, when you’re not playing particularly well, it’s a great effort.

“You know, those matches are important. It would have been easy to lose today and get down on myself. But I kept fighting right the way through to the end.

“Definitely, you know, the second set was sort of ups and downs. I didn’t feel like in the third that was the case so much. I mean, I think I broke him twice, he broke me once.

“But, yeah, it was a good one to get through because I could have easily lost today. Fought well, good effort.”

“I think he played a bad game at 3-0 in the second to give me one of the breaks back,” the Scotman noted as the turning point in the match. “I felt like I was in with a chance then. That was really the point of the match where it turned a little bit for me. I mean, there was still a lot of work to be done at that stage. Obviously he served for the match in the third.”

“I made a bad dropshot and a bad volley that wasn’t too difficult,” Paire said. “I lost the game. It was 3-1. I started wondering. It allowed him to get back into the match. I wasn’t playing the simple tennis I was playing from the start. I was no longer waiting for the right shot to come.

“I think I should have won that match and I’m extremely disappointed.”

“I’m playing good matches. I have good results. I’m close to the top players.

“What happened today, I was a bit stressed when it was at the point of trying to close out the match. I made a mistake. I should have just put the ball back into play, for example. I have many regrets.”


Federer had straight forward 6-2, 6-4 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut.

“I felt as good as in the first match, or maybe not as good, because I felt a bit tired,” said the world No. 3. “I can feel it in my body right now. I feel a bit soft, without energy.

“But as the match progressed, I felt better and better. Once I made the break, I was able to relax a little more. Bautista Agut, it was the first time I played him. I wasn’t sure whether he would stay far behind or make dropshots. I saw him do that against Chardy. I was playing in a way he couldn’t make those dropshots, so it was a good match.

“I felt good. In the beginning of the second, I could have made more breaks. So it could have gone my way very early.

“I’m happy with what I did. He’s a good player.”


Nadal had to come back from a break in the first set to oust Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-3. The Spaniard overcame 15 of 16 break points against him in the first set.

“The good thing, in my opinion, the best thing is he didn’t play bad the breakpoints,” said Nadal. “It was more that I played well in the breakpoints than he played bad.

“So happy for that because that mean that I was ready to find and take the right decisions in the most important moments. I was able to fight all the moments, no? I never give up in all these tough moments that I had in the first set. So very happy for that.

“I think I played a solid match in general. That’s why I’m in the next round, because the opponent was very hard.”

“I think I played a good match. In terms of level of tennis, was great I think. In terms of fighting spirit and attitude and being ready to accept the mistakes, the good points, the tough moments, was similar way that I played in Indian Wells.

“That was a great continuation against a very tough player. I think he played a great match, too. Was a very good victory for me. Very happy for that.”

Next match for Nadal will be Stan Wawrinka, who beat Nadal in the final of the 2014 Australian Open. “Stan, he’s always very dangerous opponent and he’s a great player,” said the 14-time major champion. “I know when he’s playing well, it’s difficult to stop him because he’s able to hit so hard the ball from every part of the court. He’s able to serve so good, too.

“We’ll see. Will be a tough one. I only can think about myself. I have to continue the same way than today, fighting for every point, playing with my strategy. We’ll see if I am able to play like today or maybe little bit better. Let’s see.”

“I will have to play well if I want to have a chance to keep winning,” Wawrinka said about his next match. “Rafa is always tough to play on clay. He’s a left-hander. It’s always complicated to play against him.”

Novak Djokovic’s conqueror has been conquered. Jiri Vesely, who stunned tennis’ top player in the second round lost to Gael Monfils in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.


Singles – Third Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [16] B. Paire (FRA) 26 75 75
[3] R. Federer (SUI) d [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 62 64
[4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [15] G. Simon (FRA) 61 62
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d [12] D. Thiem (AUT) 75 63
[8] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [WC] L. Pouille (FRA) 64 64
[10] M. Raonic (CAN) d [Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH) 63 46 76(5)
[LL] M. Granollers (ESP) d [11] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(1) 64
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d J. Vesely (CZE) 61 62

Doubles – Second Round
H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 62 63
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) 76(4) 62
[3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d [WC] R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) ret. (Verdasco – calf)
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 64 63

COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
[10] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [8] J. Tsonga (FRA)
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [LL] M. Granollers (ESP)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 am
T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
[6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – [3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR)
H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)


Monte-Carlo: Roger Federer Gets First Win Since Knee Surgery; Andy Murray Advances

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(April 12, 2016) Roger Federer made his return to the court on Tuesday at the Monte-Carlo Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 second round victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Federer had been off the tour since reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open due to arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on February 3. He was to have played at the Miami Open, but withdrew from the event prior to his first match due to a stomach virus.

“The knee felt really good, like in practice,” Federer said to media. “Felt like I didn’t have to worry about it. I could just go freely. I think I’m at a point now where, you know, I’m looking more forward in the sense that whenever I can dig out a good point, I did good movement, I just kind of went for the dropshot without having second thoughts. It’s only building on my confidence now, which is great.

“It’s been like that for at least, I’d say, over a week now. Yeah, I was very pleased how I felt, even how I played. I mean, he did kind of go for his shots, but we had longer rallies in the beginning of the first set.

“I think in a way it was a perfect match. It was close in the beginning, then I was able to go on a roll. Points were cut short by virtue of me serving better and returning better, getting second serves, taking advantage of that fact.

“At the end, again, I had to fight for it. I went through different phases in the match. Also emotionally. I was excited and tense in the beginning just because it’s a first round. It’s my first match back. So it was nice to go through all these emotions.

“At the end he’s a guy that knows how to close out, knows how to play points on clay. It was a great win for me. I said beforehand, it was always going to be a winning result today, regardless of winning or losing essentially. I’m just very happy I’m back on the tour again.

“I think I got what I needed. So we’ll see how I feel tomorrow, tonight, the next day. Sometimes after a match, you can feel it for two days. At this point I’m pretty confident I’ll feel fine.”

The 17-time major champion was asked if he was afraid during the process of having surgery and not being 100% on the court, he said: “For me, the toughest moment was the two hours after waking up. I couldn’t feel my knee, my leg. I could hardly move my toes. It was hurting a little. This is when I was a bit afraid about the future. Suddenly I thought that I needed to really go for it if I wanted to be a professional tennis player. I was wondering.

“But then my father came to visit me in the hospital. Mirka was there, too. The first evening things were already better. We were joking again with my doctor. It was good to see everybody there.

“The next day or two days later I had a meeting with the whole team to talk about our plan, our schedule, how we were going to do the rehabilitation process, what tournament I could start playing again. From there, it became a lot more pleasant because I was able to be much more positive mentally. I knew we had a plan.

“Once you have a plan, it’s better. You have to wait until the surgery is over to know how the surgery went. Then it was good talking with the doctor who told me what I could expect for the next 10 days, the next three weeks, et cetera. So there was a slight possibility of me playing Miami.

It’s always good to have a goal. So the goal was Miami. In the end, I was very satisfied to say I was ready to play for that tournament, but unfortunately the virus stopped me from doing that.”

World No. 2 Andy Murray had a few serving hiccups in his win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in his second-round match in Monte-Carlo.

“I’ve definitely been a little bit flat since the Davis Cup really,” said the Scot. “I don’t know exactly why that’s been the case. But in a lot of my matches, it’s been that way, you know, some good stuff mixed in with some pretty bad stuff.

“The norm is bad just now, so I need to kind of improve on that. You know, even when I’m not playing my best, play more solid, make it more difficult for my opponents.

“When I’ve been playing well, I’m actually hitting the ball very clean. But just the consistency has not been there, maybe not as sharp as I could be mentally. Concentration’s not been so good.”

ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Monte-Carlo, Monaco (+2 hours GMT)
10-17 April 2016 Surface: Clay


Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) 62 46 63
[3] R. Federer (SUI) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 64
[8] J. Tsonga (FRA) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 76(1) 76(5)
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d J. Chardy (FRA) 63 57 75
[15] G. Simon (FRA) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) 64 63

Singles – First Round
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Lopez (ESP) 75 60
J. Vesely (CZE) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 36 75 75
P. Lorenzi (ITA) d F. Fognini (ITA) 26 60 61
[WC] F. Verdasco (ESP) d F. Delbonis (ARG) 60 63
[Q] T. Daniel (JPN) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 63 64
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d B. Coric (CRO) 64 64
[Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH) d R. Haase (NED) 62 60
P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 76(2) 67(2) 76(4)
J. Sousa (POR) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 76(4)

Doubles – Second Round
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 67(5) 76(9) 14-12

Doubles – First Round
D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) d O. Marach (AUT) / D. Thiem (AUT) 76(5) 76(4)


COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [13] G. Monfils (FRA)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 am
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH)
Not Before 1:00 pm
P. Cuevas (URU) vs [10] M. Raonic (CAN)
[9] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [WC] L. Pouille (FRA)
A. Zverev (GER) vs [LL] M. Granollers (ESP)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[16] B. Paire (FRA) vs J. Sousa (POR)
[Q] T. Daniel (JPN) vs [12] D. Thiem (AUT)
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [WC] F. Verdasco (ESP)
[6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Peya (AUT)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)
D. Inglot (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR) vs [7] E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

COURT 11 start 2:00 pm
[8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)


Venus Williams Along with Eight Other Women’s Seeds Lose at Miami Open

(March 25, 2016) Nine women’s seeds on Friday at the Miami Open including 10th seed Venus Williams. Williams fell to qualifier Elena Vesnina 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-2.

“It’s always an honor to play against Venus.,” said Vesnina, a former No. 21 ranked player, in an on-court post-match interview. “We played many times against each other and it’s always been a pleasure to play her and it’s always been a tough match-up.

“I’m really happy that I won today.”

“It was definitely a physical match,” Williams said. “She played amazing tennis. All credit to her today.

“I couldn’t afford any errors because she was on,” (in the third set) Williams noted. “She didn’t make many errors. She came out with nothing to lose and just everything worked for her today.

“Bad luck for me; great luck for her. As the match continued I think I started to find more and more rhythm. She is coming off qualifying and playing doubles matches every week. It’s a little bit challenging to play your best tennis without — you know, against an opponent who is just so inspired.

“You don’t have a moment to try and figure out how to get into the match.”

The other losses by women’s seeds included: No. 6 seed Carla Suárez Navarro knocked out by American CoCo Vandeweghe, No. 7 Belinda Bencic who retired from her match, No. 14 Sara Errani, No. 17 seed Karolina Pliskova, No. 18 Jelena Jankovic by retirement, No. 25 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, No. 29 seed Sabine Lisicki, who lost a 5-0 third set lead to Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(2), and No. 27 seed Kristina Mladenovic.

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No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-3. Djokovic also made a catch that would make former tennis player Mansour Barahmi proud. The Serb caught a ball in his pocket, much to the delight of the fans. Djokovic who advanced to the third round, is seeking a four Indian Wells – Miami double.


Roger Federer was forced to with draw from the tournament with a stomach virus. The No. 3 ranked Swiss was making a comeback from knee surgery in early February. His replacement in the draw, lucky loser Horacio Zeballos was a winner over fellow Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4, 6-4.

Del Potro is back from another wrist surgery, seemed to have some issues with his wrist during the loss. “I was suffering a little bit,” he said. “It was worse than my first match, but I hope nothing dangerous. I mean, I will see what’s going on after today and see if I can practice tomorrow, if I can hit again like a little backhand.

“They said before this is a long road to get better. Not to play well or to win matches, just to get better and to play tennis again. I’m looking forward for that. For me it’s like surprise when I win a match in this moment because I’m not 100% yet.

“But I’m here. Of course I’m suffering in moments, but I’m playing tennis. Bad or really bad, but I’m playing. That’s good for me.”


The men’s side of the draw saw two seeded Spanish casualties: No. 21 Feliciano Lopez who lost to qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez seeded 32.

In the match of the day of the day for the men Viktor Trocki saved four match points to win his contest against Inigo Cervantes 6-7(6), 7-6(9), 7-6(3).



21 MARCH – 3 APRIL, 2016

RESULTS – MARCH 25, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Kerber (GER) d B. Strycova (CZE) 61 61
[4] G. Muguruza (ESP) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 67(3) 63 75
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 64 62
[Q] Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [7] B. Bencic (SUI) 41 Retired
[9] R. Vinci (ITA) d L. Hradecka (CZE) 16 64 76(5)
[Q] E. Vesnina (RUS) d [10] V. Williams (USA) 60 67(5) 62
[13] V. Azarenka (BLR) d M. Puig (PUR) 62 64
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) d [14] S. Errani (ITA) 61 63
T. Babos (HUN) d [17] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 57 62 76(0)
[Q] M. Linette (POL) d [18] J. Jankovic (SRB) 10 Retired
[22] M. Keys (USA) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 64 62
[24] J. Konta (GBR) d D. Kovinic (MNE) 64 62
[Q] K. Bertens (NED) d [25] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 46 61
[WC] N. Gibbs (USA) d [27] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 62 64
I. Begu (ROU) d [29] S. Lisicki (GER) 64 16 76(2)
[32] M. Niculescu (ROU) d S. Peng (CHN) 61 36 60

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[PR] A. Rodionova (AUS) / G. Voskoboeva (KAZ) d [7] A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 63 67(4) 10-2
[8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) d [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 26 63 12-10
V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) 46 63 10-8
C. Dellacqua (AUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) d K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 36 76(5) 10-7
A. Rosolska (POL) / L. Siegemund (GER) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / L. Kichenok (UKR) 62 75

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d K. Edmund (GBR) 63 63
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) d R. Ram (USA) w/o (illness)
[8] D. Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] T. Fritz (USA) 76(6) 61
[10] R. Gasquet (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 64 64
[11] M. Cilic (CRO) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 64 61
[14] D. Thiem (AUT) d S. Groth (AUS) 75 62
[15] D. Goffin (BEL) d [Q] M. Granollers (ESP) 64 64
[18] G. Simon (FRA) d J. Monaco (ARG) 75 61
[19] V. Troicki (SRB) d I. Cervantes (ESP) 67(6) 76(9) 76(3) – saved 4 m.p.
[20] B. Paire (FRA) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 63 64
[Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) d [21] F. Lopez (ESP) 64 64
F. Verdasco (ESP) d [28] J. Chardy (FRA) 64 64
[31] S. Johnson (USA) d A. Zverev (GER) 76(9) 76(3)
L. Pouille (FRA) d [32] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 64
[33] J. Sousa (POR) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 67(1) 76(5) 62
[LL] H. Zeballos (ARG) d [PR] J. Del Potro (ARG) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) 63 67(1) 10-6
[5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d O. Marach (AUT) / D. Thiem (AUT) 76(3) 64
T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d [WC] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) 75 63


STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [Q] P. Herbert (FRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs M. Brengle (USA)
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs Z. Diyas (KAZ)

8:00 pm
ATP – D. Istomin (UZB) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [12] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [23] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
WTA – [30] E. Makarova (RUS) vs [8] P. Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – An. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
ATP – [26] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)
ATP – [13] J. Isner (USA) vs [Q] T. Smyczek (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – S. Giraldo (COL) vs [9] J. Tsonga (FRA)

COURT 1 start 10:55 am
ATP – D. Kudla (USA) vs [12] M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP – [22] J. Sock (USA) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) vs [5] S. Halep (ROU)
ATP – M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs [24] N. Kyrgios (AUS)
WTA – [19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs [16] A. Ivanovic (SRB)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – C. Garcia (FRA) vs [15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – [16] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] T. Ito (JPN)
ATP – [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [30] T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs I. Cervantes (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – [29] S. Querrey (USA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Seppi (ITA) vs [27] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
WTA – Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs [WC] H. Watson (GBR)
ATP – J. Millman (AUS) vs [23] P. Cuevas (URU)
ATP – [17] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
ATP-After Suitable Rest – P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs [PR] J. Del Potro (ARG) / F. Delbonis (ARG)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] O. Jasika (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) vs [7] E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)

Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – [WC] M. Keys (USA) / S. Stephens (USA) vs [3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA)
ATP – A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
ATP – H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [PR] M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [Alt] B. Bencic (SUI) / S. Vogt (LIE) vs S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – E. Makarova (RUS) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)
WTA – M. Gasparyan (RUS) / M. Niculescu (ROU) vs [WC] M. Puig (PUR) / H. Watson (GBR)
ATP – R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 10 start 1:00 pm
ATP – D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) vs [Alt] L. Mayer (ARG) / J. Sousa (POR)
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN)
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [6] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)




Federer Withdraws From Miami Open with Stomach Virus

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(March 25, 2016) MIAMI – Roger Federer has withdrawn from his second round match against Juan Martin del Potro at the Miami Open due to a stomach virus. He is being replaced by lucky loser Horacio Zeballos.

“I am very sorry that I have to pull out of the Miami Open with a stomach virus,” said Federer in a press release from the tournament. “I feel bad for the tournament and the fans as I have rarely ever had to withdraw at such short notice. I have not felt great for a few days and unfortunately it got worse in the last 24 hours.  I was really excited to have my comeback in Miami but I am in no condition to play.  I tried to warm up this morning but it was clear that I could not compete.”

Federer was returning to the tour from surgery on his knee back in early February.

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Roger Federer Meets the Press at Miami Open; Talks About Injury, Equal Prize Money and Doping in Tennis


Roger Federer Meets the Press at Miami Open; Talks About Injury, Equal Prize Money and Doping in Tennis

(March 24, 2016) Roger Federer gets back on the court on Friday at the Miami Open against Juan Martin Del Potro after undergoing surgery for the first time in his career. The Swiss had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus on his right knee back on February 3.

Federer met the media at the Miami Open on Thursday. He said that his injury was the result of an accident in the bathroom as he was about to draw a bath for his daughters.

“It was a very simple movement, probably a movement I’ve done a million times in my life,” he said. “I made a very simple movement, turned back, heard a click in my knee. Went to the zoo. My leg was swollen.

“Came back and had an MRI done in Switzerland. Saw a doctor right after the MRI. He said I had to have surgery on Tuesday. I did that in Switzerland.

“Here I am seven weeks and two days later. I’m very happy how it went, but clearly that was very sad when I did get the news I did have to have an operation because I thought I was going to get through my career without any. It was a big shock and, yeah, disappointing when I got the news.”

Federer made a surprise decision to play Miami.

“If I feel something tomorrow, I won’t play,” Federer said. “It’s very simple. Expectations are really low, which is nice for a change. Just see where I am, go out there.

“Once you’re out there, you want to win, it’s clear. I’m a competitor. I’m just really pleased I’m back. I didn’t expect myself to be back here so soon after surgery.”

Federer is in favor of equal prize money:

“I mean, I’m all for equal prize money,” he said. “When I was fighting for prize money increases, especially at the slam level, I was always very aware of the fact that it was always going to impact the women’s game, which I was very happy about. Both at the same time were growing.

“But then you have to look at the history of each and every event, where it came from. Some tournaments were a men’s tournament, then the women joined or vice versa, it was a women’s tournament and we joined them.

“It’s sometimes hard to make equal prize money there. It’s up to the tournament director to decide if he wants it to be that way.

“Sure, you could imagine something like that. It’s already happening here, Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid as well, all the slams.

“Yeah, I’m happy that tennis has produced some of the greatest female athletes in the world. I think that’s great. It’s a great platform. Yeah, equal prize money is a good thing.”

Federer was asked about another major tennis topic – Maria Sharapova’s announcement about her failed drug test:

“Clearly I was very surprised,” said the world No. 3. “I thought she was going to announce retirement or something, so I was completely surprised by the news. But it also shows that, you know, also the famous players can get caught in the system that seems to be working.

“I still believe we should keep blood samples for 10 years, store them, let athletes and tennis players know that’s the case. You could be punished retroactively. I’m a big believer in that.

“I’ve been in Dubai now for 10 years there and been tested once. That’s not okay for me.

“I get tested more in Switzerland because the guy from Switzerland lives in my village. He comes sees me the day after my surgery, one week later. In Dubai they’ve only come once, the Asia games. In certain countries maybe the testing is not as serious as in Switzerland. I’d like to see that across the board to be the same way and fair, you know.

“But I think tennis is doing more and more. Sure, it was very disappointing news, to say the least.”

Federer said that he doesn’t think that tennis has a major doping problem:

“I’m naïve maybe in the fact that I believe athletes, I trust what they’re doing. Clearly when they get caught, you turn. You’re like, I can’t believe they tried to do that, forgot about it, whatever.

“I really don’t think there is a major problem. I don’t know many people. All I can talk about is myself. I know what I take. What you take, you’ve got to be sure. That’s why I quadruple check whatever I take because I don’t want to take any chances whatsoever.”

Federer will take to the court in Key Biscayne on Friday afternoon to play another man coming back from injury in Del Potro.

“It’s very exciting, to say the least,” said Federer, who is 15-5 against Del Potro. “I like Juan Martin. We’ve had good matches over the years, Paris, five sets twice, US Open obviously. Other places.

“It’s nice to see him back. I haven’t seen him play at all since he’s been back, so I’m not quite sure what to expect, even though my coach went to see his match yesterday.

“At the end I’m going to focus on my own game tomorrow, my own mind, you know, managing my problems that I’ve had the last few months.

“Yeah, just also enjoy it out there. We’re both in a similar situation. His injury was much, much greater. That’s why I’m really pleased for him that he was able to find a way back onto the tour.”


Del Potro Victory Sets Up Second Round Match with Federer at Miami Open


(March 24, 2016) Juan Martin Del Potro returned to the Miami Open on Wednesday with at 6-0, 7-6(4) win over Argentine countryman Guido Pella. For the 2009 U.S. Open champion, this is just his third event since returning from another surgery on his left wrist. Del Potro played Delray Beach, where he reached the final four and Indian Wells  where he lost in the second round to Tomas Berdych.

Del Potro raced through the first set in less than 30 minutes, but the second set was a much tighter contest. Last year the 27-year-old lost in the first round of Miami and it was his last match of the 2015 season.

Del Potro will take on former Miami Open champion and No. 3 seed Roger Federer, who is back on tour after undergoing arthroscopic surgery early last month to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Del Potro, who defeated Federer to win his lone major, is 5-15 against the Swiss.

On the women’s side, Lucie Hradeka beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 on Wednesday in a first round match. the Czech Hradeka is ranked 85 th in the world, while Canada’s Bouchard, once ranked in the top 10 has seen a reversal of fortune over the past 15 months, is now ranked 45th.



21 MARCH – 3 APRIL, 2016

RESULTS – MARCH 23, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
C. McHale (USA) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 46 75
C. Garcia (FRA) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 26 61 63
C. Witthoeft (GER) d [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 62 46 61
V. King (USA) d [Q] L. Domínguez Lino (ESP) 64 64
I. Falconi (USA) d [Q] F. Schiavone (ITA) 75 61
A. Cornet (FRA) d G. Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 75
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) d K. Knapp (ITA) 62 61
[WC] H. Watson (GBR) d P. Cetkovska (CZE) 61 60
J. Goerges (GER) d N. Hibino (JPN) 76(6) 64
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [Q] S. Crawford (USA) 64 75
[Q] E. Vesnina (RUS) d [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) 75 63
M. Puig (PUR) d [WC] C. Bellis (USA) 46 63 62
[Q] M. Linette (POL) d B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 64 67(7) 63
D. Cibulkova (SVK) d J. Larsson (SWE) 46 61 62
[Q] Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP) 63 63
I. Begu (ROU) d [Q] M. Sakkari (GRE) 61 63
L. Hradecka (CZE) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 64 36 62
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) d [Q] P. Parmentier (FRA) 62 26 62
T. Babos (HUN) d [Q] A. Tatishvili (USA) 76(2) 62
[Q] K. Bertens (NED) d S. Zheng (CHN) 63 62

Men’s Singles – First Round
K. Edmund (GBR) d J. Vesely (CZE) 64 57 76(6)
V. Pospisil (CAN) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 26 63 76(4)
[Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) d [LL] J. Donaldson (USA) 63 64
S. Groth (AUS) d V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) 63 62
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [Q] A. Gonzalez (COL) 57 62 76(3) (saved 1 m.p.)
M. Youzhny (RUS) d E. Gulbis (LAT) 64 62
A. Zverev (GER) d [WC] M. Mmoh (USA) 76(3) 76(4)
R. Ram (USA) d E. Donskoy (RUS) 75 76(7)
[PR] J. Del Potro (ARG) d G. Pella (ARG) 60 76(4)
F. Verdasco (ESP) d G. Muller (LUX) 76(2) 63
I. Cervantes (ESP) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 64 62
[Q] M. Granollers (ESP) d [Q] B. Fratangelo (USA) 63 75
D. Lajovic (SRB) d [Q] D. Novikov (USA) 61 76(5)
J. Monaco (ARG) d I. Dodig (CRO) 36 63 50 ret.
L. Pouille (FRA) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 75 63
[Q] T. Fritz (USA) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 64 62

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Seppi (ITA) vs D. Young (USA)
ATP – B. Coric (CRO) vs D. Istomin (UZB)
WTA – [WC] H. Watson (GBR) vs [20] S. Stephens (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs C. Mchale (USA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs [5] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs [Q] B. Becker (GER)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
WTA – I. Falconi (USA) vs [8] P. Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – [Q] T. Paul (USA) vs [Q] T. Smyczek (USA)
ATP – P. Mathieu (FRA) vs S. Giraldo (COL)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [WC] E. Ymer (SWE) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)

COURT 1 start 10:55 am
ATP – [WC] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs A. Cornet (FRA)
WTA – V. King (USA) vs [23] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
ATP – H. Chung (KOR) vs D. Kudla (USA)
ATP – [WC] N. Jarry (CHI) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / I. Olaru (ROU)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – T. Pereira (BRA) vs [16] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
ATP – N. Mahut (FRA) vs [Q] T. Ito (JPN)
ATP – F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)
ATP – D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs L. Mayer (ARG)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs J. Millman (AUS)
WTA – [12] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [PR] B. Baker (USA) vs [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ)
WTA – [26] S. Stosur (AUS) vs J. Goerges (GER)
WTA – C. Witthoeft (GER) vs [15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
WTA – [30] E. Makarova (RUS) vs L. Tsurenko (UKR)
ATP – [LL] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) vs An. Kuznetsov (RUS)
WTA – [21] A. Petkovic (GER) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) vs L. Rosol (CZE)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs M. Gasparyan (RUS)
WTA – M. Brengle (USA) vs [28] A. Schmiedlova (SVK)
WTA – [11] L. Safarova (CZE) vs Y. Wickmayer (BEL)
WTA – Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs [31] D. Gavrilova (AUS)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / V. Troicki (SRB)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [5] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Spears (USA)
WTA – [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / D. Jurak (CRO)
ATP – [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) vs D. Goffin (BEL) / J. Tsonga (FRA)
WTA – A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [PR] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Peng (CHN)
ATP – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs J. Isner (USA) / N. Monroe (USA)
WTA – [PR] K. Marosi (HUN) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)




Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer to Reach Sixth Australian Open Final

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(January 28, 2016) No. 1 seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated former winner Roger Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to reach his sixth Australian Open final. This marks the 17th straight tournament final, the world No. 1 has reached since last January.

The victory gives Djokovic the edge in his head-to-head record against Federer for the first time at 23-22.

Djokovic started out dominant in the first set, winning it in 22 minutes. The 10-time major winner continued his mastery over his Swiss opponent in the second set in 32 minutes.

Federer came back to win the third set, hitting 18 winners past Djokovic. Federer earned a break of serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. After the conclusion of the third set, tournament organizers closed the roof on Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic took control of the fourth set breaking Federer in the eighth game, holding serve in the ninth for game, set and match.

“Definitely I’ve played unbelievable the first two sets but that’s what is necessary against Roger,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “He’s been playing on a very high level at this tournament and he dropped only one set.

“I came out with the right intensity and executed everything perfectly. The two-set lead was comforting, but it was a battle in the end. At the end of the day, it’s important that your convictions are stronger than your doubts.”

“I’ve seen Novak play this well before,” Federer said. “It’s tough when it’s from the start because obviously you got to try to stop the bleeding at some point, you know. Because he returns very well, like Andre Agassi. He can get one or two sets all of a sudden. Those sets run away very quickly.

“Before you can really sometimes do something, you know, 45 minutes a lot of tennis is being played and it’s tough to get back into it. I found a way. Started to play better myself. Made a bit of a match out of it, which was nice.

“But still disappointed obviously that it didn’t go better tonight.”

Djokovic completed the two-hour and 19-minute match with 33 winners against the No. 3 seed.

Djokovic will play either No. 2 Andy Murray or No. 13 Milos Raonic for a chance to win Melbourne title number six and major title number 11.

“I’m going to enjoy my two days off,” Djokovic said. “I think it’s good for me at this stage. I’ve played a lot of tennis. Actually it’s going to serve me well for my recovery. Tomorrow’s match is going to be interesting to watch. Being in the finals and watching the other semifinals, of course it’s quite a joyful feeling.

“Whoever wins, I’m going to be ready for the great battle.”