Archives for February 2011

Latin Sweeps in Delray, Acapulco

It took only eight weeks of the 2011 season and as somewhat expected, the incredibly talented Juan Del Potro, won his first title since the 2009 US Open, taking down Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 to win Delray Beach. Del Potro will crack the top 85 on Monday and has put himself in outstanding position to be seeded at Roland Garros, as the Argentine has essentially no points to defend the rest of the year.


Djokovic, Zvonareva Wins Titles

Novak Djokovic served better, matched up well on his weaker yet much improved forehand side and totally dominated off his backhand side. For the second time in a row, he clearly looked like a better player than Roger Federer when he won his third consecutive Dubai title with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the Swiss.

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Gasquet foils Simon, to face Federer

So much for a Roger Federer versus Gilles Simon Aussie Open rematch in Dubai. For the fifth time in five tries, Gasquet overcame Gilles Simon, this time 5-7 6-2 6-4. He

Wozniacki vs. Kuznetsova, Roddick vs. Raonic

Caroline Wozniacki made a significant statement in her 7-5 6-3 victory over Jelena Jankovic in the semis of Dubai, and now will have opportunity to continue lecturing on the intended direction of her career when she takes on Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final.

Roddick will try to stop Raonic's roll

For her part, the Russian took the gloves off and bested Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-4 even though the conditions were swirly, but really the day was about Wozniacki, as she put to bed her 0-4 record against Jankovic by being the more resourceful and confident player. While Jankovic said she was exhausted, it was the Dane who tired her out by largely holding up on her forehand side and mixing up down the line and crosscourt forays. It

Wozniacki at No. 1 – again

After a sound 6-2, 6-4 victory over Shahar Peer in Dubai, Caroline Wozniacki is No. 1 again after losing hold of the top spot for just one week to Kim Clijsters. Here we go again.

Wozniacki, who will play the suddenly revived Jelena Jankovic in the semis, appeared to be pleased, happy enough that she was willing to stand for a photo opportunity with a flower wreath that spelled out the numeral one, the second consecutive week where the WTA has held a mini ceremony for its top player (Clijsters got the same treatment last week in Paris).

The No. 1 wreath that never wilted


Are six-tournament weeks needed?

This is a six-tournament week, one of the primary reasons why non-hardcore tennis fans get confused about hat the hell is happening in the sport. While there are reasons to be holding tournaments on four different continents (it

Verdasco Dumps Del Potro, to Meet Raonic

FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE, FEB 12- Juan Martin Del Potro

Small, Winning Steps for Del Potro

FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE, FEB 11- Juan Martin Del Potro is by no means all the way back. In fact, according to him, he has thousands of kilometers to go before he reaches his 2009 US Open-winning form. So how come he was able to stomp on Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-3 and reach his first ATP semi since the 2009 ATP finals? How come he was able to boom serves in the 130s, crush his forehand and move oh so well for a man of 6-feet-6?

Probably because he is playing better than he thought he would. If the Argentine didn

Avatar, the Canadian Edition: The Rise of Raonic



Answers for Young no longer blowing in wind

FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE, FEB 8- Donald Young is back in a ranking place he doesn