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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

Please Say that Karaoke Will Be Back at the French Open…

May 14, 2009 1 comment

Novak Djokovic-“I will Survive”

Rafael Nadal- “La Bamba”

Top 10 Karaokes from Roland Garros

Oh Gilles…

Pictures From Indian Wells

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately. I just finished finals, so I am now back to my regular posting. To start things off, here are some of my pictures from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. I was at the tournament last Sunday and it was definitely one of the best sporting events that I have ever attended. Enjoy the pics!!Gonzo.jpg gonzalez picture by candycane909

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Davis Cup Roundup

BenidormThis week, the world of tennis is all about the first Davis Cup matches of the season. So, here is a quick overview of what has happened, thus far.

Spain vs. Serbia: The match that everyone has waited for will take place tomorrow and it will be an important one. Today, David Ferrer defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-3,6-3,7-6(3), but the real star of the show was the number one ranked player in the world, Rafael Nadal. Nadal showed, once again, why he is the King of Clay when he defeated Janko Tipsarevic 6-1,6-0,6-2, in what was one of the most lopsided matches that I have seen in a while. After the first two games of the match went to the server, Nadal went on to win the next 11. Luckily for Serbia, their doubles team of Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic defeated Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo, to bring the overall score to 2-1. Tomorrow, in reverse singles, Nadal will face Djokovic in what could be the winning match for Spain.

USA vs. Switzerland: The United States team must be happy that they have one of the best doubles teams in the world on their side, as they have struggled against the Federer-less Swiss team. The overall score is 2-1, with reverse singles remaining tomorrow. Andy Roddick will face Stanislas Wawrinka tomorrow and James Blake wil face Marco Chiudinello.

Other Ties:
-Russia Leads Romania 2-1
-Czech Republic leads France 2-1
-Sweden leads Israel 2-1
-Germany leads Austria 2-1
-Argentina defeated Netherlands 3-0
-Croatia defeated Chile 3-0

(Image via Forty Deuce)