Top seed and four time champion Roger Federer beat arch nemesis Andy Murray for the fourth time in 10 career meetings, this time on Scot's home soil, to increase his chances of securing his place in the semifinals of the 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
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Added by TennisEarth on November 24, 2009 at 5:57pm —
The fourth day of the Round Robin matches at the 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour finals will feature a swashbuckling clash among four of tour's most talented players. As defending champion Novak Djokovic is searching for a confident straight sets win, Nadal is in a grave situation, having lost his year-end opener to arch nemesis Robin Soderling.
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Added by TennisEarth on November 24, 2009 at 5:56pm —
The third Round Robin day at the 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals brings a much awaited clash between current world number one Roger Federer, and Britain's hope and local favourite Andy Murray along with the first time match-up between U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. Both matches promise to be interesting in their own aspects, however, the results will decide the fate of the two players who will take a step towards claiming the biggest prize on the… Continue
Added by TennisEarth on November 24, 2009 at 1:44pm —
The 2009 season has been quite eventful for more than just a handful of reasons. It is the year that has seen, arguably the best tennis player of all times, break into tears at the year's first Grand Slam final, it is also the year that has witnessed the 'Clay-Maestro' topple in his own backyard at Roland Garros, and it is the year that has rejoiced the emergence of some of the brightest stars in future tennis at a stage no less than the Flushing Meadows. However, as the season draws to a… Continue
Added by TennisEarth on November 20, 2009 at 8:45am —
The good town folk of Basel were in for a treat this last weekend, or so they thought. Basel resident and favorite son Roger Federer lost in three sets to Novak Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 bringing to a close what had started off as a pretty good year for the greatest tennis pro off all time. Well there's always the Barclays end of year Master's Series in London to redeem himself before taking a much needed vacation.
So what went wrong? Have the top dogs found a chink in Federer's… Continue
Added by Ady on November 10, 2009 at 6:39pm —
From GOTOTENNIS: http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/05/23/french-open-jo-wilfried-tsonga-wants-to-pleasure-you/
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the talented, charming and injury-prone Frenchman, has played in the French Open only once - way back in 2005. He’s making his long-overdue return to the terre battue this week, and with Gael… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 26, 2009 at 10:00pm —
From GOTOTENNIS: http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/05/24/french-open-wrap-day-1-ivanovic-scraps-maursemo-craps-out-murray-impresses/
FRENCH OPEN DAY 1: The brick orange clay, the renewed fire (and fear) in the players’ eyes, new drinking games based on Brad Gilbert-isms - what’s not to love about a Sunday… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 26, 2009 at 10:00pm —
2009 ROLAND GARROS FRENCH OPEN TV SCHEDULE
We have the US, UK, Canada, and Australia French Open TV Schedule. Scroll down to find your listing.
Read more: http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/05/19/2009-roland-garros-french-open-tv-schedule/
Added by FreakyFrites on May 23, 2009 at 2:38pm —
If you filled in your Roland Garros drawsheets this morning, you probably had an easy time at the top of the men’s: Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, uh, Nadal.
There’s nothing for the 4-time champ (or Rafanatics) to lose sleep over, especially with clay-averse Andy Murray the big gun in his half. Rafa will shrug off Dr. Ivo or Hewitt in the 3rd round and get a workout against Ferrer in the 16s. Verdasco, Davydenko, Wawrinka and… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 23, 2009 at 2:36pm —
*INTERVIEW BY FREAKYFRITES WITH PATRICK MCENROE + MARY CARILLO
Mary Carillo and Patrick McEnroe, who will be anchoring ESPN’s French Open commentary team at Roland Garros next week, took time to chat with reporters (and me) about the upcoming action on the terre battue. Here’s some of what they had to say about Nadal, Federer and the rest of the… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 21, 2009 at 12:24am —
I admit it, the Fedophile in me ran screaming from S.L. Price’s Sports Illustrated article based on its title alone: “How Nadal humbled Federer.” But boy, am I glad I talked myself into reading it, because it’s chock-full of fascinating facts and anecdotes that even the most avid tennis fanatic may have missed along the way. Obviously, you should click here to read the entire thing, but if you still need persuading, here are some… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 15, 2009 at 10:00am —
Rafael Nadal has changed his not-so-sweet tune about this week’s Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open. After complaining about the court surface, the schedule and the general disorder around the tournament a few days ago, Nadal is now heaping on the praise, saying stuff like, “It’s special to play in Spain and in Madrid. And this year is no exception.”
On the tournament’s facilities, which he called “disorderly”:
“The facility is… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 13, 2009 at 1:33pm —
David Ferrer was asked at the Madrid Open about Federer’s chances against Rafa and had this to say (in Spanish):
“Roger Federer has sufficient tennis to beat Rafa Nadal. He can do it, but it’s very complicated. Rafa is the indisputable number one on clay and in the world, but most of all on clay. Also it was said that Roger was unbeatable on grass and Nadal beat him. For me Rafa is the number one and is very difficult to beat him on clay and… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 13, 2009 at 1:31pm —
The AP reported today that Richard Gasquet has been officially suspended from competition after testing positive for cocaine in Miami. He will be off the tour at least until the ITF holds an anti-doping tribunal on the matter, which could take up to 60 days to arrange. This means Richard Gasquet will definitely miss Roland Garros. He could face a two-year ban if found guilty.
Gilbert Ysern, director general of the French Federation had this… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 6:22pm —
Roger Federer spoke to the press in Madrid on Sunday and was brimming with optimism about his chances at the Madrid Open and for the rest of the season. Roger said that he knows he can beat Nadal on clay, despite the head-to-head, and that his main goals for the year are winning Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He also mentioned that he isn’t actively searching for a new coach, but is always “open” for solid advice on ways to improve his… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Rafael Nadal may be Spanish and the King of Clay, but he is none too happy about this week’s clay court Masters event in Madrid. The Age recently provided the full laundry list of Nadal’s complaints (click here for the original article):
- On the altitude: “(It’s) a serious problem so close to Paris. It would be better if Rome were the last event before Paris since the altitudes are similar.”
- On the hype of Madrid becoming… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 12:27pm —
There is a terrific article by Danielle Rossingh and Alex Duff in yesterday’s Bloomberg.com entitled: “Federer Fails to Deter Nadal in Fight to be Richest Tennis Star.” It’s about the two players’ earning powers and Nadal’s ever-increasing marketability. It’s chock full of fascinating details about the Nadal family’s business and personal dealings. (Click here to read the whole thing - you won’t be disappointed!)
Here are just some of the… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 7, 2009 at 1:35pm —
Added by Prince on November 28, 2008 at 2:00pm —
Twenty-two year old Frenchman Gael Monfils (GAH'-ehl mohn-FEES') has been called tennis’ uber-athlete. Aside from being one of the most charismatic personalities in the sport, he is a natural talent graced with incredible athleticism and rare combinations of speed, strength, gritty counter-punching and incredible shot making abilities. At 6’4”, 180 lbs, Monfils represents the next generation tennis player. He also now represents the Prince… Continue
Added by Prince on November 4, 2008 at 9:30am —
We preview the next seven days on the WTA and ATP Tours with events in Basel, Lyon, St Petersburg, Linz and Luxembourg.
ATP Davidoff Swiss Indoors
Where? Basel, Switzerland
Surface? Indoor carpet
Draw size? 32 singles, 16 doubles pairs
Big names? Roger Federer, David Nalbandian, Juan Martin Del Potro, James Blake, Stanislas Wawrinka
2007 champion? Roger Federer
Sub-plot? Up until late last week, it was all… Continue
Added by Tennishead on October 20, 2008 at 5:30am —