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Clijsters, Davydenko Reign Supreme

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

The Battle of the Belgians turned out to be one of the ugliest matches that I have seen in a long time. Sure, Clijsters won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(6), but at times both players looked shaky. Clijsters blitzed Henin in the first set; in the second set, however, she crumbled in the second set. After being up two breaks in the second set, Clijsters choked and subsequently allowed Henin to win the set. Sure, the third set was close, but that was only because neither player could hold serve if their life had depended on it. At times, they both had flashes of brilliance, but inconsistency plagued both of their games. This match is being touted as a thriller and it definitely had drama; however, if either of them want to defeat Serena or even Safina for that matter, they need to improve their games, particularly their serves.

In Doha, third seeded Nikolay Davydenko defeated second seeded Rafael Nadal 0-6, 7-6(8), 6-4. Davydenko, who also defeated top ranked Roger Federer in Doha, simply upped his game in the second set, after Nadal had looked unbeatable during the first set. During the first set, Nadal played aggressively and was able to easily take control of the rallies, but when Davydenko was able to pressure him in the second, Nadal’s lack of confidence became quite apparent. The Spaniard, who hasn’t won an ATP tournament in roughly eight months, played defensively and he reverted back to his classic clay court style of play when Davydenko began to play at a higher level. Davydenko is arguably playing the best of anyone on tour, but with the Australian Open quickly approaching, the Russian downplayed his chances. He told the AFP “For three sets it’s really interesting. There it will be five sets. It’s different conditions – here it’s 18 degrees, cold and there it can be 30 degrees. It ought to be the same but when you get there it always feels different. But I have confidence, so we will see.”

In other news, Spain (who seem to be the champions of team tennis competitions) defeated Great Britain in the Hopman Cup final. Playing for Spain was Tommy Robredo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and it was Robredo that came up with the vital point when he upset Britain’s Andy Murray 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Britain’s Laura Robson, however, had an upset of her own when she defeated the 26th ranked Sanchez 6-1, 7-6(6). The championship, therefore, went to the final match, in which Robredo and Sanchez were able to team up to defeat Murray and Robson 7-6(6), 6-5.

Highlights:

Clijsters v. Henin

Nadal v. Davydenko

Hopman Cup

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Andy Murray is Determined to Win a Slam

Photo by Christian Mesiano

For the number four ranked tennis player in the world, 2010 is about the majors. It’s been 74 years since a British tennis player has won a grand slam tournament and the Brits made it clear during Wimbledon last season that they’re ready for that drought to end. Murray, who is currently playing as a member of the British Hopman Cup team, told reporters that he has tweaked his schedule in order to best prepare himself for the majors. For example, Murray will be arriving in Australia sooner than he typically does in order to combat jet lag and he is even considering playing in the Kooyong Classic, which takes place next week.

Eurosport reported that Murray said “Last year I thought did well, but a few things I could have done a bit better. This year is all about getting prepared for the slams, and making sure I am in the best shape going into them. If I feel good going into the tournaments, especially on the hard courts and the grass, I have got a pretty good chance of beating any of the guys and winning the tournament, so I believe I can do well this year.”

Murray pulled out of Britain’s first Davis Cup tie of the season, which has sparked controversy throughout Britain. Britain is currently placed in the third tier of Davis Cup and they will face Lithuania in March. Murray, however, defended him decision to reporters.

“I’ve played a lot of Davis Cup matches the last few years and enjoyed playing in them, but when I play and we lose I don’t feel like it benefits the other (British) players that much,” said the Scot. “I think it is a bit unfair to single me out for that (missing the tie), (Roger) Federer has missed Davis Cup matches, Rafael (Nadal) has missed Davis Cup matches, (Novak) Djokovic has missed Davis Cup matches, (Pete) Sampras, (Andre) Agassi. A lot better players than me have missed Davis Cup matches. I am not abandoning Great Britain, I am representing them here as well.”

Men’s Quarters at SW19

Fed def. Karlovic

Murray def. Ferrero

Upset of the Day: Haas def. Djokovic

Match of the Day: Roddick def. Hewitt

Semis:

Fed vs. Haas

Murray vs. Roddick

Quick Wimbly Update

Photo of Venus and Serena Willams by jayegirl99.

Photo of Venus and Serena Willams by jayegirl99.

It was ladies day at SW19 and all of the matches were pretty routine. Venus, Serena, and Elena Dementieva won in straight sets and Dinara Safina won in 3 sets. This should set up some pretty interesting semifinal matches between Safina and Venus, as well as, Dementieva and Serena.

The guys are up tomorrow and it will be fun to see how Murray has recovered from his tough five-setter against Wawrinka. Hewitt-Roddick should be close, as well as, Haas-Djokovic, particularly since Haas recently defeated Djokovic at Halle. I expect Fed to defeat Karlovic, but expect that match to definitely be a serving clinic.

Tweets From Today:

andy_murray: before i forget, thanks a lot to pizza express wimby village for firing up their ovens after they shut last night just for me. really kind.

Venuseswilliams: A great day at the office! Serena and I advanced to the semifinals. We have doubles quarterfinals tomorrow. My treat for winning today?

Venuseswilliams: Cranberry sauce was my treat, I love crannies!

sabinelisicki: On monday I will be top 30 for the first time!!! That´s a big step forward because it means I´ll be seeded at the slams 🙂

laurarobson5: Thanks for all the support today!! Atmosphere on court 4 was awesome although wasps are not welcome 😉


In Case You Missed It…

Here are a few highlights of the fifth set between Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka at Wimbledon. Thankfully for the Brits, Murray was able to pull out the victory.

Wimbledon Power Rankings

June 28, 2009 3 comments
Photo of Venus Williams by Dave_l.

Photo of Venus Williams by Dave_l.

We’re halfway through Wimbledon and some players have already shown that they have a chance to win the title. Haven’t watched any coverage yet? Have only seen a few matches? Well, here is a list of who to keep an eye on during the final week of the Championships Wimbledon.

Men:

1) Roger Federer- He had a small hiccup in the third round when he dropped a set, but he has, otherwise, been solid.

2) Andy Murray: The hometown favorite has demolished his last two foes.

3) Novak Djokovic: He has quietly moved through the draw with ease.

4) Tomas Berdych: He impressively dismissed Davydenko 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, in the third round and he can give Roddick a run for his money in the fourth.

5) Lleyton Hewitt: He has resurged his career as of late. This has been an impressive showing for the Aussie, who dismissed del Potro in straight sets in the second round.

Women:

1) Venus Willams: The defending champion has been in great form.

2) Serena Williams: She has struggled a bit this year, but she has looked solid during this tournament.

3) Caroline Wozniacki: She recently won Eastborne and is looking like she may be ready to win her first Grand Slam.

4) Victoria Azarenka: She has been impressive in the Grand Slams this season and she is looking to improve upon her quarterfinal showing at Roland Garros.

5) Ana Ivanovic: She has enjoyed a return back to form at Wimbledon. Her serve still isn’t fantastic, but it’s getting the job done.

Andy Murray Talks Queens, Wimbledon

Andy Murray on GMTV….his Wimbledon outfit is so cute!

Also, here is a commerical for Wii Grand Slam Tennis. It features Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and John McEnroe.