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The favorite Agnieszka Radwanska easily defeated the Italian Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-2 for a place in the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix.
Polish, third in the world, has put an hour 19 minutes to undo her opponent and will now face the double champion Maria Sharapova, who defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3.
Sixth-seeded Sharapova also needed just a little over an hour to beat fellow Russian. Jelena Jankovic, seeded fifth, will play her place in the quarterfinals of the Italian Flavia Pennetta. Alisa Kleybanova, who surprised the third-seeded Petra Kvitova on Wednesday, awaits the winner. …continue reading
The Canadian Vasek Pospisil rolled to his first career game at the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday when he fall 6-2 flag, 6-2 in the first round before the Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut.
Pospisil, who is ranked 29th in the world, paid for his lack of experience in the games played on clay, when he was facing a player who grew up playing on this type of surface. Bautista-Agut is 45th in the world.
“There is much to learn in every defeat, said Pospisil. It had much to do with my lack of experience on clay. I need to get used to the surface. I also work on my travels”. …continue reading
For the fifteenth time in a row, Maria Sharapova did not find the solution to beat Serena Williams on Thursday in the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Miami. It is far, recklessness of her 17 years which allowed Sharapova beat Serena Williams in quick succession in the final of Wimbledon and the Masters.
It was 2004 and Sharapova then led to two victories in the balance sheet of their confrontations. Almost ten years later, Williams recorded her 16th victory Thursday against the Russian, the 15th row, the 10th in two sets, with a score of 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour and 37 minutes.
Yet twice took the Russian service of the U.S. to lead 4-1 in the first set and 2-0 in the second round.
“I started very well and she was able to return thanks to her service. Same in the second set, I was leading 2-0, 40-15, I should win this important game. After that, I was no longer in the game”, admitted Sharapova. …continue reading
The German Tommy Haas, with a shoulder problem, has withdrawn from his opening match at the Masters 1000 Miami scheduled for Saturday, said ATP and its participation in the Davis Cup against France is compromised.
This package will have an impact on the ATP ranking No.1 German semifinalist Masters 1000 Miami in 2013, and calls into question its participation in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup April 4 to 6 in Nancy.
Haas suffers from problems with a shoulder and is replaced in the table by the Serbian Dusan Lajovic, which will be opposite to Lu Yen- hsun of Taiwan. …continue reading
Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) to get their hands on the title of the Indian Wells tournament for the third time in his career.
Federer erased a 5-3 in the third set to force the submission of a tiebreaker decisive Sunday. However, he committed several unforced errors and he suffered defeat in the 33rd meeting between the two rivals.
Switzerland still leads the series 17-16, who had beaten Djokovic in three sets in the semi-finals of the tournament in Dubai, there are two weeks. Djokovic will retain second place in the ATP rankings at the next update on Monday, while Federer will climb three places to return to the top -5. …continue reading
Novak Djokovic erased the specter of 2012 semifinal against the American John Isner and this time was victorious, not without difficulty, 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-1 in two hours and 23 minutes so that faces Roger Federer will be seen in the final tomorrow.
Djokovic, seeking his first championship season, will try to claim his third title in Indian Wells after victories in the 2008 and 2011 editions.
The world number two, who was eliminated in the semifinals the last two years in the Coachella Valley tournament, has beaten in the previous rounds to Julien Benneteau, Marin Cilic, Alejandro Gonzalez and Victor Hanescu. …continue reading
Roger Federer has admitted more “link” with the Spanish Rafa Nadal having with Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray, and recognizes that the rankings today for him “are secondary” and confess that in 2013 should not “have played some tournaments” and “no” felt “right”.
“I’ve done and I’ve lived long with him-Nadal. Since five-set matches, to promote a tournament in Qatar, also play the game for Africa. And I went to dinner with him. I know your family well; know your mother, father and sister. Our bond is greater than I have with Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray. And for that reason I feel closer and more connected to Rafa”, admitted Federer, told GQ magazine in the Australian version.
In relation to the friendship among tennis players, Federer spoke about if it can be friend of rivals as a result of his good relationship with Lleyton Hewitt. “I’m not sure how close we are as friends. It will be interesting to see how much we will be in contact once we are out of the loop. But while we continue playing it can not know. I consider myself close to the rest of colleagues because we know each other”, he said. …continue reading
David Ferrer will face today the Italian Fabio Fognini at the end of Buenos Aires, tournament ATP 250 of clay which takes place in the capital of Argentina. In the semifinals the Alicante Murcia defeated Nicolas Almagro (6-4, 6-2), while the Italian frustrated a Spanish an end by defeating Tommy Robredo (3-6, 7-5 and 6-3).
Normally Ferrer, winner of the Argentine tournament in the last two editions and No. 5 in the world ranking, had to start as favorites against Fognini, number 15, but the Italian is now in a great series that has earned him ten consecutive matches , all on clay, after losing in the Australia Open against Djokovic. Fabio was the hero of the tie in Argentina, defeating Monaco Belocq and adding, with the doubles Bolelli for a total 2-3 to Italy. He subsequently won the tournament in Vina del Mar (Chile), four games, and the other four to reach this end.
While Ferrer is in the process of adapting to new coach Jose Altur after spending his entire career under the tutelage of Javier Piles. David, however, had no trouble getting out its semifinal against Nico Almagro, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 26 minutes. …continue reading
The France, the Germany and the Switzerland have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup after respectively eliminating Australia, the Spain of Rafael Nadal and Serbia without Novak Djokovic, in the first round Saturday at the end of double.
The Germany and the France will compete from 4 to 6 April in France while the Switzerland will find the Belgium or the Kazakhstan.
The Tri Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are taxed in four rounds (5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 7-5) on the pair Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt, a day after each won their first simple. …continue reading
Japan has prompted Canada to the threshold of elimination by winning its doubles match in the context of the meeting of the World Group Davis Cup played at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Saturday.
The tandem of Kei Nishikori and Yasutaka Uchiyama defeated the Canadian duo of Daniel Nestor and Frank Dancevic in four sets 6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.
The Japan no longer needs that a victory in singles, Sunday, to access the quarter finals in April against the winner of the match up between the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. The two countries were tied 1-1 after the singles matches on the first day of competition. …continue reading