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Tennis: Roddick Upsets Federer with a Fabulous Win

March 27, 2012

American Andy Roddick had a fabulous win to upset third seed Roger Federer 7-6 (7-4) 1-6 6-4 in the third round of the Miami Masters tennis tournament. Now, Roddick will play either France’s Gael Monfils or Juan Monaco of Argentina in the fourth round.

Meanwhile, in an all-Serb third round matchup at the tournament, defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated No.27 seed Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-4. The world No.1 Djokovic saved seven of eight break point opportunities as he beat Troicki for the 11th consecutive time. Djokovic already has bagged the Miami titles in 2007 and 2011. Djokovic finished in the 85-minute match with two aces, one double fault and won 73 per cent of his first-serve points.

Gasquet beat Spain’s Albert Ramos 6-2 5-7 6-3. The former has been a quarter-finalist in four tournaments so far this year. Leading American Mardy Fish defeated 28th ranked Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4 6-3 by recovering from being a break down in the first set. Fish advances to face Spain’s 12th seed Nicolas Almagro. The latter one displayed good action on the court against compatriot Fernando Verdasco, committing just 10 unforced errors in his 6-3 6-4 win.

Women’s top seed Victoria Azarenka bagged victory (1-6, 7-6 (9/7), 7-5) in the fourth round and survived a scare from 16th seeded Dominika Cibulkova. Azarenka was made to work hard by Cibulkova to protect her season long match win streak, which now stands at 26. Azarenka advances to face France’s Marion Bartoli. The latter defeated Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-2.

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has set up a quarter-final clash with China’s Li Na by defeating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 7-6 (7/3). Sharapova was 2011 Miami runner-up and she is desperately chasing for her first title at the event after finishing second three times. Last year she lost to Azarenka.

Ranked 11th, Serena Williams is playing in her first tournament since January after being sidelined by a left ankle injury. She had to rally after being broken in the first game of each set against the No.5-ranked Stosur, she hit 20 aces and lost only six points on her first serve.

The betting odds with Womens Sony Ericsson Open Outrights:

V Azarenka1, Serena Williams 323/100, M Sharapova 19/2, A Radwanska 9, V Williams16.

The betting odds with Mens Sony Ericsson Open Outrights:

Novak Djokovic 127/100, Rafael Nadal 3, Andy Murray 5, Juan Martin del Potro 11/2, Andy Roddick 20.

Roger Federer Vs. Somdev Devvarman Match Analysis

February 26, 2011

Roger Federer faced Somdev Devvarman of India, who received a wildcard into the main draw, in the first round at the 2011 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The young Indian was heavily favored in this part of the world and that is not a surprising fact. At South Africa earlier in February, the 80th ranked Indian’s last match was a loss in the final. Between the two this was the first ever meeting.

Over Somdev Devvarman Roger Federer enjoyed a routine victory. In front of a packed Centre Court full of an evening crowd, it took Federer only 75 minutes to comfortably claim the match 6-3 6-3. while also holding serve and avoiding break points, Federer broke his opponent three times. By playing his idol, Devvarman was perhaps overwhelmed by the occasion. Federer expressed satisfaction and said that he didn’t want to underestimate his opponent, who is not well known on the tour yet, after the match.

The world’s top men are ready to play at the 2011Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as the women’s competition ended last week. As the world’s number 1 Rafael Nadal is still recovering from a hamstring injury, Roger Federer, who is currently ranked number 2 in the world, is the first seed in Dubai. Since a complete beat down loss at the Australian Open semifinals, this was Federer’s first match.

Federer, who often takes several weeks a year to practice in the scorching sun of this oasis, Duabi is familiar territory for him. Federer has held the trophy in Dubai four times before which is also worth mentioning. The last time Fed claimed the title was back in 2007 though.

When Federer lost to Andy Murray in the second round of the 2008 tournament, as well, he doesn’t have a sweet memory of his last match in Dubai. As he arrived early and visited the new Dubai Fountain, from which he could take some inspiration, three years later, the Swiss Maestro is ready to make a statement.

U.S. Open Tennis 2010 – Recap Of Days 10 and 12

September 16, 2010

Day 10 Review

The wind was once again a major factor that perhaps influenced some of the outcomes and significantly influenced the level of play. There were wind gusts between 25 and 30 miles per hour, for most of the day. On Arthur Ashe Stadium, where all of the important singles matches were played, the wind was also the strongest.

Between Russian Vera Zvonareva and Estonian Kaia Kanepi was the first singles quarterfinal match on Ashe Stadium. Both players faced not just the wind but also nerves, looking for a first time appearance in the semifinals. With the wind, the big hitting Estonian struggled and had 60 unforced errors while the Russian only had 28 unforced errors. With a very tough second set that lasted for more than 70 minutes, Zvonareva was more steady and eventually won the match 6-3 7-5.

In the first men’s quarterfinal match of the day, Novak Djokovic comfortably defeated the struggling Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6(2) 6-1 6-2.

First seed Caroline Wozniacki took out Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 7-5 in the second women’s quarterfinal match of the day, in the evening session. Standing barely 5’3” tall, for her small stature, Cibulkova packed quite a big punch, and it seemed that the match would go to three sets after she had chances to take the second set to a tiebreak. Both players often had to toss and catch the ball several times before finally serving it, as the wind was really strong. Several times throughout the match, flying paper, towels, and other debris also interrupted play.

In a highly anticipated match, Roger Federer closed out the evening session that ended rather routinely. To advance to the semifinal, Federer took out Robin Soderling 6-4 6-4 7-5. Surprisingly, than serve of the big swinging Swede, Federer’s serve was much more effective. In fact, while Soderling served 22 unreturned serves, Federer hit 43 unreturned serves.

Day 11

Between Mikhail Youzhny and Stanislas Wawrinka was the first quarterfinal match, which was a real battle that tested each player’s mental and physical toughness. Both players each won 154 points, as the match was dead even. However, after four intense hours, with a 3-6 7-6(7) 3-6 6-3 6-3 victory, the Russian Youzhny celebrated to advance to his second career U.S. Open semifinal.

Rafael Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-3 6-4 in a match that never seemed like a close contest, in the second men’s quarterfinal match.

Day 12

The women’s semifinal matches were only featured in this day. Last’s runner up Caroline Wozniacki was upset by Vera Zvonareva. On important points, Wozniacki made careless and uncharacteristic mistakes, which eventually cost her the match. After reaching Wimbledon back in July, Zvonareva advanced to her second consecutive Grand Slam final.

In a close encounter that ended with a 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4 score, defending champion Kim Clijsters defeated Venus Williams. In the third set, Clijsters showed some real clutch with a lob winner to take a 5-4 lead and then a backhand winner on match point.