2014/09/17

Top Seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic Win: Eugenie Bouchard Beaten by the Heat

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Eugenie Bouchard

(September 1, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – The US Open top seeds had straight set victories on Labor Day Monday. Novak Djokovic, was a 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 winner over No. 22 seeds Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, and Serena Williams defeated No. 50 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-3, 6-3.

For the Serb Djokovic it’s his 8th straight US Open quarterfinal he’s reached and his 22nd major tournament overall.

“I’m very glad obviously that I had so many consecutive quarterfinals of Grand Slams,” said the Serb. “It says that I do value these tournaments the most and try to always perform my best tennis in them. Obviously motivates me for the future to continue that streak, of course.”

Djokovic will meet two-time major champion Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. Murray beat No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.

For Serena Williams the two-time defending US Open champion, this will be her first Grand Slam quarterfinal this year.

“I never thought it would be so exciting,” Williams said smiling. “Yeah! It feels good. Obviously I don’t want this to end. But I’m just happy that I’m able to be performing a little better at the end of the year.”

Williams has a perfect 5-0 record against her next opponent Flavia Pennetta.

“Of course, she’s better than me, but if I still believe I can beat her, maybe if she doesn’t have a good day I can do that,” Pennetta said. If I get in the court and just play and try to don’t take 6-Love 6-Love, I gonna take 6-Love 6-Love.”

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard was beaten by the heat during her fourth round match-up against Ekaterina Makarova. The Canadian said that she felt dizzy and her vision was blurry as she was bothered by the New York City heat and humidity. She took two medical time outs.

“I was feeling very light headed and dizzy on the court,” said Bouchard. “You know, just seeing things a little blurry. You know, feeling well physically on the court is very important to me, so when I don’t feel that — I just generally didn’t feel good.”

Makarova, the 17th seed from Russia beat Bouchard 7-6 (2), 6-4, ending the Canadian’s streak of reaching at least the semifinals of each major in 2014.

“I definitely felt a lot of outside expectations and pressure to win matches. I felt more like it’s normal if I win and it’s a bit more of a disaster when I lose,” Bouchard said. “But that’s something that I need to block out.”

“I remember as a junior a few times in Australia when it was hot I felt this way. Last year here actually in the second round I felt it a little bit. You know, once in a while I get a little bit light headed. That’s what happens.”

Makarova said: “Today was really tough condition definitely. So humid, and sometimes I think because of that the game was going like up and down. Against Bouchard it’s always tough because she’s running good. She’s also really — like physically she’s hard. So I think it was really good match, and I’m really happy that in the end of the first and the second set I was a little bit more aggressive.”

In round of 16 men’s matches on Monday night, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka beat No. 16 Tommy Robredo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2, No. 5 Milos Raonic fell to  No. 10 Kei Nishikori 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4, in a match which ended at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday, equaling the latest finish in US Open history.

Two-time US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka rallied past qualifier 145th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“I didn’t have a lot of data on her or, you know, much of an idea,” Azarenka said. “I think she played exceptionally well today. I’m not sure if I would have watched the matches before that would help me a lot, I think because I felt like not knowing much she still played on a really high level and pretty consistent through the whole match. She gave a fight, and she wasn’t afraid to go big on the important moments. I was a little bit surprised that she’s not that tall, and she hits the ball and unleashes her forehand with so much power. So that was quite surprising. But, you know, I think she’s a young player. She has a good future if she keeps going this way.”

 

Next for Azarenka will be Makarova. The Belarusian evaluated her next challenger.

“I think she’s a very tough opponent because she’s very consistent. You know, she reads the game really well. We had some tough matches in the past. I think she’s not afraid to play against top players. She handled herself well against, you know, big names in Grand Slams. She’s definitely playing well. I’m looking forward to that match.”

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Djokovic Upset by Robredo, Murray Survives Isner in Cincinnati

 

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By Dave Gertler

(August 14, 2014) MASON, OHIO – Two of the three Big Four players competing at this year’s Cincinnati Masters played their third-round matches during Thursday’s day sessions. One survived, one didn’t.

 

“The focus is winning right now,” said a composed Andy Murray after his 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(2) win over John Isner, “Not so much how I’m hitting the ball or moving or anything like that. Just trying to win. That’s all that’s important just now.”

 

Since winning Wimbledon last year, Murray has seen his rank plunge from No. 2 to No. 9. First struggling with back surgery rehab, and then adjusting to a new coaching situation. He has regained peak physical condition, but collated a mixture of results that has not seen him advance past the semi-finals of any tournament in the last 14 months.

 

“I want to get back to winning events and being in the finals of the big tournaments,” said Murray, “And winning matches like today is a big step for me.” He and his opponent John Isner, last year’s Western & Southern Open runner-up, played for 2 hours and 23 minutes in front of a Grandstand Court that was packed to the rafters.

 

“Sort of like standing room only,” said Isner, who served 21 aces to Murray’s 14, “You could see people on Center Court at the top looking over and watching. It was great. The fans were unbelievable. I thought they were on my side the whole way, and they were.”

 

After losing the first set tiebreak, Murray then broke Isner for the only break of the match, holding on to win the second set. Then, with the sun in his eyes, serving to stay in the match, Murray served two double faults, allowing Isner his first of two match points. “When it’s 6‑5 in the third set,” said Murray, “Ideally you want to try and get some free points when you can. Maybe made a slight mistake trying to do that. Yeah, but I just managed to find a way to get through that game.”

 

While Murray cited “instinct” as what guided him to a third-set tiebreak, which he would ultimately win to advance to the quarterfinals, fellow Big Four member Novak Djokovic has faltered at the round-of-16 stage of his second consecutive hard court Masters 1000 event. The world No.1, who last bowed out in the third round in Toronto, today lost in straight sets to 16th seed Tommy Robredo.

 

“Just many, many, many things are not clicking these two weeks on hard courts,” said Djokovic, who fought back from being a break down to Robredo in the first set, before losing it in a tiebreak. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s more than obvious I’m not playing even close to what I’m supposed to play.”

 

In the second set, Djokovic was unable to make a dent on Robredo’s serve, winning only four points while receiving. While Djokovic was able to save two match points, serving at 4-5, Robredo would convert at his next opportunity, taking the second set 7-5.

 

“Well, maybe he didn’t play very good the last two matches that he played,” said Robredo after his second career win over a world No.1 – the first was against Lleyton Hewitt in 2003, “But anyway, he’s the world No. 1. He won in Wimbledon. He’s a great player. If you don’t play your best you’re gonna lose for sure. Even if you play your best, sometimes if he’s playing great, you’re gonna lose also.”

 

While Djokovic will head straight to New York to prepare for the US Open, where he is defending finalist, Murray will face either Gael Monfils or Roger Federer, who play their third-round match on Center Court this evening.

 

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney covering the Western & Southern Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his Twitter updates from the tournament on @TennisNewsTPN, follow him on his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .

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Qualifier Cuevas Wins Umag

 

(July 27, 2014) Pablo Cuevas won his second ATP World Tour title in three weeks, taking the Umag title as a qualifier with a 6-3, 6-4 over second seed Tommy Robredo. Cuevas claimed his singles title in Bastad earlier in the month.

Cuvas had to play the semis and the finals in the same day. In the semifinals, he defeated top seed Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4.

“I’m really happy,” said the Uruguayan. “I never expected to win two tournaments in a row. This week was more difficult because I had to play [qualifying] and I played against very good players. During the two years I was out, I thought I would never be able to play again and especially at that level.”

“I had a great tournament, but today Pablo was better than me,” Robredo said. “I would like to congratulate Pablo. He [played] a great match and he didn’t miss a lot of balls. It’s good to have him back to that level.”

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Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic Advance at BNP Paribas Open

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(March 11, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Novak Djokovic was tested in the middle set against Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez, but the Serbian pulled out a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win to move into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.

Other men advancing were 24th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, who defeated 16th-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3; 30th-seeded Fernando Verdasco  who beat No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet, 7-6 (5), 6-1 24th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, who beat 16th-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6- and Roberto Bautista Agut stopped  Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (6).

On the women’s side. 2010 champion Jelena Jankovic defeated 2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 in the battle of former No. 1s. Also Advancing on the women’s side were No. 6 seed Simona Halep who stopped Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 1-6, 6-4; Casey Dellacqua of Australia moved on due to Lauren Davis pulling out of the tournament due to gastrointestinal illness and Maria Sharapova conqueror Camilia Giorgi was dismissed by her Italian countrywoman Flavia Pennetta in 56 minutes 6-2, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals.

Two-time Indian Wells champion Djokovic had 28 winners in the match against Gonzalez. The Colombian before this week had never won an ATP Tour level match until Indian Wells.

“I honestly haven’t seen him play ever before that,” Djokovic said of his opponent.  “I got information from some other players, and my coach did preparations also for the match.  You know, asked also a few players what his weaknesses and strengths are in the game.

“It took me a little bit to get used to it, you know, but I thought I played really well from the start.  6‑1, and then his opening few games, service games, I had break points, and then suddenly I just had a big loss of concentration and allowed him to win the second set for no reason.

“Bounced back better in the third, but I obviously cannot allow myself to have these particular concentration lapses in the match at this level ‑ especially in the next match when I’m playing Cilic, you know, a guy who is in really good form and I think has gotten better in last couple of months working with Ivanisevic.

“So I’m going to have to be on top of my game throughout the whole match in order to win it.”

Djokovic plays Mari Cilic next.

“I’ve played him (Cilic) several times on different surfaces,” Djokovic said.  “We haven’t played each other for quite a long time.

“He started working with Goran, and as I said before, you can feel and you can notice the improvement in his game.  He’s more aggressive.  He comes to the net.  He’s a big guy, and that’s what you expect from him is to serve big and to come to the net.

“He’s using his serve as a big advantage nowadays, and also I feel like he’s moving better on the court.  He did before ‑‑ obviously he had this injury and then was absent from the tour for several months, but since he came back he’s a stronger player.

“I have been watching him playing some big matches.  He won against Murray in Rotterdam in straight sets.  He can definitely can play.  And not just play, I mean, he can win against top players.  That’s why I do not even for a second underestimate him.

“I’m coming into the match knowing that I’m going to have to be playing on top of my game in order to win that match.  I’m going to get myself ready for it.”

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Djokovic’s countrywoman Jelena Jankovic routed Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1. Depending on how other players perform, Wozniacki’s ranking could fall to No. 15 in the world.

“I lost to her the last I don’t know how many times, but I think right now I am playing some pretty good tennis,” Jankovic said of finally ending a five-match losing streak against the Dane.  “I went on court, you know, trying to wait for my chances.

“Against her, if you go sometimes for too much you just make so many errors and you beat yourself.  A lot of times it happened in the past.

“So I try to play solid and aggressive at the same time, wait for the right shots, and then execute.  I did that pretty well.  3‑1 I kind of found my way, found my rhythm, and I was striking the ball very well out there and took control of the points.

“You know, I just did not let her play what she plays.  That was very important.  So I was pretty pleased with the way I played and how composed I stayed throughout the whole match.

“I kind of surprised myself, especially because of my back.  Two nights ago I hurt my back, and yesterday did not hit at all.  Had a lot of treatment.  Could not put my shoes on and all these kind of things.

“So I went on court today not knowing how I was going to feel.  You know, if I was going to be limited with my movement or if I was going to play my game.

“But I did, and I was surprised.  I was so happy and pleased with how everything went.”

Jankovic will play second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals.

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Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka Dominate Opponents to gain US Open Semifinals

 

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(September 4, 2013) Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka had easy victories on Wednesday night to move into the semifinals of the US Open.

Rafael Nadal routed fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 while Azarenka subdued Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-3.

At 24 Azarenka is the only woman who is not 30 in the semifinals. Serena Williams, Flavia Pennetta and Li Na are all 30 and over.

“I’m a baby, what can I say?” Azarenka said after the match.

Asked about all of  the 30+ women still playing pro tennis Azarenka said: “I think it’s just showing that our sport is taking physical ability to another level. You see everybody taking care of their bodies much more, really paying attention to nutrition, fitness, everything. Everybody is working out.”

Azarenka will play Flavia Pennetta for a spot in the US Open final.

Just a year ago, Rafael Nadal had to miss the US Open due to a knee injury, this year he’s unbeaten on hard courts. His streak is now up to 20 in a row.

“I think I played great the first set,” Nadal said of his 1 hour and 40 minute match. “It’s my first set so far this year 100%.  I’m very happy the way I played the first set, I think.

“I did all the things that you expect to do good in the first set, in my opinion.  I am very happy with the way that I moved myself on court, very happy that the way I hit my forehand and my backhand especially.

So in general it was my best match of the tournament, so that’s great news to be in quarterfinals and played my best match of the tournament.  But every day, no, just happy.

“To be in the semifinals is very important result for me.  Is fantastic win, so just enjoy it today.”

Nadal is 58-3 this year with nine titles, which includes his 8th French Open. He’ll play Richard Gasquet in the semifinals.

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Roger Federer Upset by Tommy Robredo at US Open

 

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(September 2, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 7 Roger Federer has lost in the fourth round of the US Open to Tommy Robredo 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-4 on Monday night. This marks the first time that 19th seed Robredo has ever beaten Federer in 11 tries.

The match which was supposed to be in Arthur Ashe Stadium, was moved to Louis Armstrong stadium due to a four -and-a-half hour rain delay which caused havoc with the match scheduling.

2013 marks the first year that Federer has failed to reach a major final since 2002. Federer was knocked out of  the semifinals at the Australian Open in January, the quarterfinals at the French Open in June, and in the second round of  Wimbledon. The loss at Wimbledon broke his streak of 36 straight major quarterfinals.

Federer is a five-time winner of the US Open, the last win coming in 2008. Federer has won 17 majors – a record.

That ended Federer’s record run of reaching at least the quarterfinals at 36 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.

Federer could not capitalize on break points, converting on only 2 out 16. He hit 45 winners but had 43 unforced errors.

“I think I started badly, which put me down a break,” Federer said.  “Then I was able to come back in that one.

“But it’s true, I mean, I struggled throughout, which is not very satisfying, to be honest.  I mean, Tommy did a good job to keep the ball in play and make it difficult for me today.

“I missed so many opportunities.  Rhythm was off.  Yeah, when those things happen, clearly it’s always going to be difficult, you know.”

Federer spoke about his lack of consisency: “But I just think it’s been a difficult last three months, you know.  Maybe ‑ how do you say ‑ my consistency is just not quite there yet.  Maybe on a daily basis, set‑by‑set or point‑by‑point basis, maybe that’s something that has been difficult for me, you know.”

“Well, it’s amazing,” Robredo said of his first win over Federer.  “For me, Roger for the moment is the best player of all times.  And to beat him in a huge stadium like the US Open and in a Grand Slam, a match of five sets, it’s like a dream, no?

“I am so, so happy.  I am in quarterfinals again.  It was a great day.”

 

With the loss, Federer has two straight losses before the quarterfinals of grand slam events.

“I kind of feel like I beat myself, you know, without taking any credit away from Tommy,” Federer said.  “Clearly he was making sure he was making many balls.  It was up to me to make the difference and I couldn’t.

“I kind of self‑destructed, which is very disappointing, especially on a quicker court.  Your serve helps you out.  You’re going to make the difference somewhere.

“I just couldn’t do it.  It was a frustrating performance today.”

“So I’ve definitely got to go back to work and come back stronger, you know, get rid of this loss now as quick as I can, forget about it, because that’s not how I want to play from here on” Federer explained.  “I want to play better.  I know I can.  I showed it the last few weeks, that there is that level.  So today was pretty frustrating.”

“If I wanted to beat him,” said Robredo, “I had to put the match very tough, to play all the rallies as long as possible, and try to let him play on the backhand, no?  Obviously his forehand is amazing.

“So, yeah, I’m really with him.  I always played the same.  But I think the difference today was the breakpoints conversion.  I don’t know the numbers, but maybe he had 20 and he converted only 2, and it was in the first set when he was break down.  In the second and the third, he didn’t do any breaks.

“Then when I was with a chance, I was getting it, no?  I think that was the only difference.

“But, yeah, sometimes it happen.  And today I was the lucky one.”

“It’s an amazing year,” the Spaniard said, “especially because one year ago I was 100 something, trying to come back.  I wasn’t sure if my leg will be perfect or not.  You have the doubts, no, that if your body’s going to respond, and your tennis, if you’re going to get the confidence back.”

Robredo will face the winner Rafael Nadal – Philipp Kohlschreiber match.

 

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Murray Advances Easily, Seed Killers From Wednesday Fall on Friday

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(June 28, 2013) No. 2 seed and 2012 London Olympic champion Andy Murray continued his straight sets streak by defeating Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the fourth round under a closed roof at Wimbledon on Friday.

Meanwhile, two days ago several former No. 1 players fell, and most of the conquerors could not back up their dramatic upsets.

Murray is aiming to become the first man from Great Britain to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. He spoke about the pressure on him with so many top seeds out including  Roger Federer who was in his half of the draw.

“I think there’s a lot more pressure on me now with them being out,” Murray said.  “I mean, I don’t read the papers and stuff.  But there are papers in the locker room, so you see some of the headlines and stuff.  It’s not that helpful,” Murray said smiling.

“But, yeah, you need to be professional enough to not let that stuff bother you and just concentrate on each match.  I think I did a good job of that today.  I played well, my best match of the tournament so far. “

As for those players who contributed to all of the upsets on Wimbledon’s Wild Wednesday:

No. 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky who took out seven-time champion Roger Federer lost to No. 37 Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.

“If someone would ask me, Would you rather beat Roger and lose in next round, I would always take it, obviously, “ Stakhovsky said.

“I’m just a little disappointed that I got so blinded by the game I produced with Roger that I kept going with the same game I played against Jurgen, which was just not right.  If I would be just a bit more smarter on that court, I could have been a winner today, I think.”

“I would say I could possibly be not prepared only mentally, because everybody expects or you expect yourself to play better after you beat Roger.  And the only thing you don’t want to happen is to lose next round.  It’s actually what happened, because you’re trying to avoid it, it always come to you.”

Michelle Larcher de Brito who took out Maria Sharapova, was taken down by No. 104 Karin Knapp.

“It was a fantastic win, obviously,” Larcher de Brito said. “It gave me an incredible amount of confidence and it proved to myself that, yeah, I can be there.”

Reigning Junior champion Eugenie Bouchard who dismissed Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday, was shown the door by 19th seed Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5, 6-2.

“Well, for sure it went differently than I hoped,” said the young Canadian.  “She definitely played really well, I thought.  She was very consistent.  She was being aggressive ‑ more aggressive than me ‑ so she was controlling the points.  I think I could have ‑ should have ‑ done more to try to control the points.  Instead she did.”

Bouchard spoke about the difficulty coming off the high from her victory Ivanovic. “I think that was in the back of my mind, yeah.  It’s a totally different situation:  Not on Centre Court, not against a big, big player.

But I knew that ahead of time.  I tried to prepare like it was just another match, which it was.  It was still on a nice court.

“But, yeah, I just think I didn’t play as well as I know I can.”

Dustin Brown who stunned Lleyton Hewitt, los to Adrin Mannarino 6‑4, 6‑2, 7‑5.

“I go out there and try to play my tennis as best as possible,” Brown said.

“Today didn’t work out as well as I would have liked it to.  I played Adrian a month ago.  It was a little similar match.  A little faster.  Both of us held serves.  Especially on the outside it’s really difficult to return a serve.  Most of the time you’re guessing, which also gives him no pressure on the deuce side, because even if he loses a point there, I find it very difficult to return the serve especially on the ad side.

“So he’s playing free.  He came up with a lot of good returns right in front of my feet.  Couldn’t pick them up.”

“Of course, I’m sad that I lost,” Brown said “On the other side, it’s been a great week also.  I shouldn’t forget that.  When I came here, I was in the quallies, I thought, I lost two rounds in qualifying in Nottingham, what am I expecting to do here?  If someone would have told me from the beginning, Sign here, you get the third‑round prize money and points and you are going to win five matches, I would have taken the deal.”

According to the International Tennis Federation this fortnight at Wimbledon had the worst performance by the men’s and women’s top 10 seeds. A total of only 10 of the top seeds – 6 men and 4 women had reached the third round of The Championships.

It is the joint-worst performance by Top 10 seeds at any Grand Slam event in the Open Era. The previous fewest women’s Top 10 seeds to reach the third round at a major was 5 seeds at 2001 Roland Garros. The previous fewest women’s Top 10 seeds to reach the third round at Wimbledon was 6 seeds in 1996 and 2000.

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Tsonga Ousts Federer at French Open

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By Ros Satar

(June 4, 2013) PARIS – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the French Open tournament, putting Roger Federer out, in straight sets 7-5 6-3 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

 

For many, the fact that Tsonga beat him may not have been the surprise. He had not dropped a set in this year’s run, and since being coached by Roger Rasheed at the start of the year, there was an expectation that results would and should come.

 

Despite being broken first by Federer, he settled into an aggressive game, breaking back and putting things back on serve. It came down to a miss-hit soaring high, that handed the first set to the Frenchman.

 

A single early break in the second set was all that was needed to set up a two-set lead.

 

The third set was perhaps the danger area for the Frenchman, with Federer breaking him in the first game, but being broken straight back.

 

Federer was able to peg back one match point, but it was not enough to stop Tsonga from claiming a semi-final place.

 

Federer said afterwards: “I think I struggled a little bit everywhere.

“To be honest, personally, I’m pretty sad about the match and the way I played. “Jo does a good job keeping the pressure on.”

 

In his post-match news conference, Tsonga spoke of his focus for the match.

 

He said: “I think tactically I played really good tennis, because from the beginning until the end I played the same tennis.”

 

Understandably as it is a home slam, there is a lot of expectation on his shoulders, but he shrugged it off, saying that it was not just for this tournament, but for everything he does.

 

He will face David Ferrer who came through a comparatively easy quarter-final against Tommy Robredo, who could not repeat the feats of his earlier rounds.

 

Ferrer defeated Robredo 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.

 

Tsonga said: “I feel I’m able to beat him because I believe I have the weapons for that.

 

“I have more endurance now.  I’m more consistent.  I hit harder than he does.”

 

Tsonga is carrying the hopes of a nation to be the first Frenchman since Yannick Noah to win the title (1983). The last Frenchman to get to the semi-finals was Gael Monfils in 2008.

 

Ferrer is through to his second French Open semi-final in a row and, like Tsonga, has not dropped a set.

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“Comeback Kid” Tommy Robredo Escapes Again for Five-Set Win

 

(June 2, 2013) So far this fortnight Spain’s Tommy Robredo has earned the name “The Comeback Kid.” On Sunday at the French Open he became the first man since 1927 to win three consecutive Grand Slam matches, having to rally from two sets to none down for the win.

Henri Cochet accomplished this feat at Wimbledon in 1927.

Robredo, the 32nd seed defeated countryman No. 11 Nicolas Almagro 6-7(5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to move into the quarterfinals. He trailed in the third set 2-4.

In the third round he performed the same magic defeating Paris hometown favorite Gael Monfils 2-6,  6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-2, saving four match points along the way.

In the second round, the Spaniard topped Igor Sijsling 6-7(2), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.

“Nobody dreams of doing such things,” Robredo said.  “What one dreams of is to reach quarterfinals, but not such a nightmare that is a five‑setter.  What I accomplished was very difficult, very complicated.

“This player, Nico, is a big player.  Last time, last five matches we played, he won.  And yet I believed in the fact that I could win.  I had one opportunity when we were at 4‑1 in the fourth set.  That’s when I tried to dictate my game and to hit him.  It was like a battle, a battle I won.

“I managed to do this, and I’m very satisfied.”

Even Roger Federer commented on Robredo’s win in his post-match news conference.

I think it’s amazing, really, Federer said.  I did see Tommy as well in Sao Paulo, so for me I was happy to see him back on tour.”

“So the combo of him doing that three times consecutively at probably his most favorite tournament in the world, yeah, amazing achievement.  And, yeah, couldn’t be happier for the guy, really.”

As for Almagro when asked about the loss he said: “I don’t know what adjective to use.

“At the same time I feel privileged to have arrived up until this point, to have the life that I lead, to have my team around me that has blind confidence in me, my family that supports me right up to the hilt.

“I think sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.  That’s sport, and you have to accept that.”

Robredo missed both the 2011 and 2012 French Open due to a leg injury and surgery. Robredo saw his ranking fall out of the top 100 down to almost 500.

Robredo whose last appearance in a French open quarterfinal came in 2009, will face another tough task when he faces another fellow Spaniard in No. 4 seed David Ferrer next.

“But, anyway, it’s a lovely dream,” Robredo said to the press.  “And hopefully I can remember it a lot of times because at the end during the year you don’t have that many experience like that.  I know it’s important to enjoy when you do things like this and remember it.  It just give you more power to try to go for the next one.”

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Robredo wins Casablanca

 

(April 14, 2013) Spain’s Tommy Robredo captured his first title since Santiago in February 2011 with a 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 win over Kevin Anderson for the Casablanca crown. The 72nd ranked Robredo missed five months in 2012 due to a leg injury and fell to No. 471 in the world in the rankings.

For Robredo the victory was his 10th tournament title on clay.

“I have been practicing very well during a month in Barcelona before coming here, “ Robredo said. “I knew that I could play a good tournament here and you never know what can happen. I went match by match and kept winning. Today, I was pretty nervous since this is very important for me. I really wanted to win this. I’m very happy to win a title again after my injury. It’s just great! Those points will help me a lot in the ranking. The goal is to arrive in Roland Garros in the best form possible. After that I will sit down and have a look at my goals.”

Anderson who was playing in his first clay court final, spoke about his chances during the match.

“I thought I was in control of the match,” said the South African. “I had a lot of chances in the first set. I played a loose game to give the break back. And then in the tie-break at 6-all, I played two loose points. I came back and did well in the second. In the third, I had some good momentum, but after suddenly being up, I was down a break. I gave myself some chances to get back in the match. Obviously I’m not too happy with the errors I made on those two break points. But there are a lot of positives, which is the main thing I got to look at, as disappointing as it was not to have won it. It’s a good start for me on clay. There are still a lot of tournaments.”

 

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 14 APRIL, 2013

Singles – Final
T Robredo (ESP) d [2] K Anderson (RSA) 76(6) 46 63

Doubles – Final
[1] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) d D Brown (GER) / C Kas (GER) 63 62

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