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1/8- Take a Peek

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All times in EST:

4:00am: ATP/WTA Brisbane Men’s Quarterfinals (1) Andy Roddick v. Richard Gasquet

8:00am: ATP Doha Semifinals (1) Roger Federer v. (3) Nikolay Davydenko

(following Federer match is (2) Rafael Nadal v. Viktor Troicki)

7:00pm: NCAAB (24) Butler (1st Horizon) @ Wright State (T3 Horizon)

8:00pm: NBA Boston Celtics (1st in Atlantic) @ Atlanta Hawks (2nd in Southeast)

10:00pm: NBA Dallas Mavericks (1st in Southwest) @ San Antonio Spurs (2nd in Southwest)

10:00pm: NBA Los Angeles Lakers (1st in Pacific) @ Portland Trail Blazers (2nd in Northwest)

10:30pm: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers (1st in Central) @ Denver Nuggets (1st in Northwest)

Nadal, Federer Cruise in Doha; Henin and Monfils Win in Brisbane

There are several simultaneous tournaments taking place this week, so I will try my best to keep you all up to speed.

First off, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal seem like they may be heading for a battle in the final, as they both easily won today and look to be in good form. Federer defeated Evgeny Korolev 6-2, 6-4 and thus secured himself a quarterfinal berth. Federer broke Korolev three times in the first set and was able to easily take the victory in 63 minutes. He will next face Ernests Gulbis, whom he has never previously played. Similarly to Federer, Nadal had an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over Potito Starace. Nadal has yet to reach the semifinals in Doha, but will do so for the first time if he can defeat his next opponent, Steve Darcis. Third seeded Nikolay Davydenko, fifth seeded Viktor Troicki, and seventh seeded Ivo Karlovic also advanced to the quarters.

In Brisbane, Justine Henin almost saw her comeback come to an abrupt halt as she trailed qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva 0-2. Henin, however, was able to up her game and win the match 6-4, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal match against Melinda Czink. With both her and Kim Clijsters playing well, an all-Belgian final between the two rivals seems increasingly possible. Third seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils had to fight for his 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-1 victory against Florent Serra. According to the Brisbane International tournament website, Monfils has been playing with a shoulder injury, but he was able to win his second round match regardless of the pain. Top seeded Andy Roddick, second seeded Radek Stepanek, and both the men’s and women’s fourth seeds (Tomas Berdych and Daniela Hantuchova) booked their places in the quarterfinals.

In Chennai, second seeded Marin Cilic defeated Marcel Granollers in a tight match 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4. Fourth seeded Janko Tipsarevic also won his second round match over  Somdev Dewarman 6-2, 6-1.

Here are the highlights from today’s matches:

Doha:

Brisbane:

1/5-Take A Peek

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All times in EST:

4:00am: ATP/WTA Brisbane (WC) Justine Henin v. (Q) Sesil Karatantcheva

(following Henin match is Andy Roddick & James Blake v. (4) Marcelo Melo & Bruno Soares)

6:30am: ATP Chennai (1) Robin Soderling v. Robby Ginepri

7:30am: ATP Doha (Q) Ryler DeHeart v. (WC) Younes El Aynaouri

(following DeHeart match, (2) Rafael Nadal v. Simone Bolelli, (1) Roger Federer v. Christophe Rochus, and Rafael Nadal & Marc Lopez v. (3) Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski)

7:00pm: NHL Montreal Canadiens @ Washington Capitals

7:30pm: NHL Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators

8:00pm: FedEx Orange Bowl Iowa v. Georgia Tech

8:00pm: NHL Calgary Flames @ Nashville Predators

10:30pm: NBA Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers

1/4- Take A Peek

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The NFL regular season may be over, but bowl games resume on Monday and there is plenty of tennis for us to enjoy, as well.

All times in EST:

4:00am: ATP/WTA Brisbane John Millman vs. Radek Stepanek

(following the Stepanek match is Andy Roddick vs. Peter Luczak)

6:30am: ATP Chennai Igor Kunitsyn vs. Marin Cilic

(following the Cilic match is Carlos Moya vs. Janko Tipsarevic)

7:00pm: NHL Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers

7:00pm: NCAAB North Carolina @ Charleston

7:30pm: NBA Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat

8:00pm: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Boise St vs. TCU

10:30pm: NHL Los Angeles Kings @ San Jose Sharks

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 😉


The Men to Look Out for at Wimbledon

June 4, 2009 2 comments
Photo by Claudio Pozo

Photo by Claudio Pozo

Ever since Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contested perhaps the greatest Wimbledon final of all time in 2008, tennis fans have been looking forward to a rematch in 2009.

Such was the quality of that memorable final that it was inconceivable that they would not contest the showdown a year later, especially as they produced another classic in the Australian Open final in the first Grand Slam of this year.

However, the unexpected events of the French Open means there are other players to look out for. Few would have predicted a semi final line-up that included Robin Soderling and Fernando Gonzalez and only one of the top four seeds. Those who thought they knew who would feature in the latter stages of Wimbledon have been forced to have a rethink.

Soderling produced the match of his life to beat Nadal in Paris and the major seeds will want to avoid him at Wimbledon. He has the serve to perform well on grass and should not be short of confidence. He will be seeded this year and could well reach a second consecutive Grand Slam quarter final after failing to do so in his previous 21 attempts.

Gonzalez has the reputation for being a clay court specialist, but he reached the last eight at Wimbledon in 2005. He has suffered from injuries this season but has been in fine form at Roland Garros.

Andy Roddick is a player who certainly prefers grass and for once has some momentum going into Wimbledon. He was a semi finalist at the Australian Open and produced his best Roland Garros performance, reaching the last 16 for the first time. A good run at SW19 beckons.

Juan Martin del Potro has been steadily improving on all surfaces over the last 18 months and is firmly inside the top five of the rankings. He will surely improve on his two second round showings at Wimbledon and is as likely as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to upset the Wimbledon odds and break up the Federer-Nadal Wimbledon finals dynasty.

-Philip Oliver