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Tennis News: Details on Davis Cup in San Diego Released

110513-DavisPetcoThe first round matchup between the United States and Britain in the Davis Cup will take place on a clay court in centerfield at Petco Park in San Diego from Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

A decision has not been made yet on whether the clay will be red or green, but organizers feel the choice will give the advantage to the Americans, knowing that likely British captain and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray struggles on clay.

Red clay is made from crushed bricks while green is made from crushed stone.

The surface is known to slow down the game, which puts the speedy Murray at a disadvantage.

Capacity for the event is expected to be 8,000, utilizing 2,000 in left field, with 6,000 more being included in a temporary stadium built around the court.

This will be the first time a Davis Cup match will be played in an open-air ballpark in the United States. The United States is undefeated in six Davis Cup matches in the San Diego area.

The final day of the even will coincide with Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Davis Cup to be Held at Padres’ Petco Park in San Diego

110413-PetcoThe first-round Davis Cup match between the United State and Britain will be played at Petco Park in San Diego from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

A news conference by the San Diego Padres, U.S. Tennis Association and San Diego Sports Commission is planned Tuesday at the ballpark to officially announce the event.

The tennis court is expected to be set up in the outfield.

Also considered for the event was the Embarcadero.

Tennis News: Novak Djokovic Defeats Roger Federer at Paris Masters

110213-DjokovicCall it a rally as Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer Saturday in the semifinals of the Paris Masters, his 16th straight victory 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

He will take on defending champion David Ferrer, who snapped a 14-match losing streak by defeating top-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-5.

Djokovic struggled with his serve early in the match, making two straight double-faults to hand Federer a break point. Federer in return used a backhand volley to convert for a 2-1 lead.

Federer would take the first set after saving four break points at 5-4 and finalized it when Djokovic hit a backhand return long.

Thus began a furious rally by Djokovic who broke back and took a 4-2 lead in the second set. His 11 winners compared to Federer’s five helped him take the set 6-3.

He would then break Federer twice in the third set, clinching the victory with a forehand winner.

 

Tennis News: Novak Djokovic Wins Shanghai Masters

101313-DjokovicNovak Djokovic and Shanghai just click, as he captured his second straight Shanghai Masters title Sunday defeating Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3), extending his winning streak in China to 20 games.

He also won the China Open in Beijing for a second straight year. It gives him seven titles in China, the most he’s won in any country.

Djokovic had to withstand strong competition from del Potro after the Argentine unseated No. 1 player in the world Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, who said that he hadn’t seen anybody play as del Potro had.

He has been playing his best tennis in years, enough to raise him to No. 5 in the world tennis rankings, but not enough to bring home a victory in Shanghai.

Djokovic’s serve was just too much to overcome on this day and it wore down del Potro in the tiebreaker.

The next ATP Masters 1000 event will be Oct. 28 for the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

Juan Martin del Potro Drops No. 1 Rafael Nadal at Shanghai Masters

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????No. 1-ranked tennis player Rafael Nadal was defeated for the first time as the top player in the world Saturday, falling to Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters semifinals.

It was del Potro’s first victory over Nadal since the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open, a tournament that is his lone Grand Slam victory.

He overpowered Nadal, fighting off all six break points he encountered in the match.

Nadal would later say that he hadn’t seen anybody play this well in years.

Del Potro wrapped up a spot in the ATP Finals in London with the victory.

He has been dealing with a wrist injury that has hampered him since 2010 and finally appears ready to break out.

Tennis News: Rafael Nadal To Claim Number 1 Ranking For 3rd Time

100513-NadalThe tennis world is about to have a new No. 1 men’s player as Rafael Nadal is set to unseat Novak Djokovic for the top seed.

Nadal, 27, will oppose the 26-year-old Djokovic in the final of the China Open Sunday, advancing Saturday after Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic retired with a back injury.

Djokovic moved on with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the No. 5 seed Richard Gasquet of France.

Nadal is now 27-0 on hard courts this season.

It will be the Spaniard’s first time atop the tennis world since July 2011, ending a streak of 101 weeks for Djokovic.

This will be the third time Nadal is ranked No. 1, previously doing so for 46 weeks stemming from August 18, 2008 to July 5, 2009, and 56 weeks from June 7, 2010 to July 3, 2011.

In total this will be his 103rd week atop the tennis world.

The China Open final will take place at 1 a.m. from the National Tennis Center in Beijing.

Rafael Nadal wins 2013 French Open

Rafael Nadal cemented himself as one of (if not the) best players on a clay court Sunday as he defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in straight sets to win his eighth French Open title.

With the win, Nadal surpasses six other players, including Roger Federer and Pete Sampras (Wimbledon), that have won the same Grand Slam seven times. No player on the list had won the French Open seven times.

He was victorious 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 as he improved to 59-1 at Roland Garros, with the lone defeat coming against Robin Soderling of Sweden in the fourth round in 2009.

[colored_box color=”red”]The path to Nadal’s 8th French Open title

  • 1st – Daniel Brands – 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-3
  • 2nd – Martin Klizan – 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • 3rd – No. 27 Pablo Fognini – 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4
  • 4th – No. 13 Kei Nishikori – 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
  • Quarters – No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka – 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
  • Semis – No. 1 Novak Djokovic – 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 9-7
  • Final – No. 4 David Ferrer – 6-3, 6-2, 6-3

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Nadal exits the tournament with a 17-match winning streak against Ferrer, and now holds the record for the most men’s victories at the French Open, a feat he had shared with Federer and Guillermo Vilas.

He is now 146-3 when he wins the first set in Grand Slam tournaments.

It all comes after dropping the first set in each of his first two matchups against Brands and Klizan.

While it wasn’t the showcase the semifinals against Djokovic was, it was a memorable feat for Nadal, who recovered from a left knee injury that sidelined him for seven months.

Now, he leaves France on a 22-match winning streak.

French Open Semifinals Set; Djokovic Set to Face Nadal

Novak Djokovic got a test from Tommy Haas earlier this morning, and Rafael Nadal continued his clay court dominance with a win over Stanislas Wawrinka to set up a highly anticipated match-up between top-seeded Djokovic and No. 3 seed Nadal.  Nadal walked over Wawrinka in straight sets 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.  Nadal looked like the man who has won seven titles on the clay of Roland Garros, sending the ball and Wawrinka back-and-forth on the baseline, with furious speed.

Djokovic won in straight sets over German veteran Haas 6-3, 7-6 (5), 7-5, but Haas made him work.  The usual animated Djokovic has been mild-mannered so far at this year’s French Open, but he let out a trademark fist pump and roar after finishing off Haas in the final set.  Djokovic is still seeking his first French Open title.   On the other side of the men’s draw hometown hero, and No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take on fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain.

Over on the women’s side, defending champ Maria Sharapova faced a challenge as well, dropping her first set 6-0 to 18th-seeded Jelena Jankovic, before winning the next two sets 6-4, 6-3.  Sharapova was her own worst enemy with 20 unforced errors in the first set.  Sharapova will take on two-time defending Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka in the semis.  Azarenka defeated 12th-seeded Maria Kirilenko 7-6 (3), 6-2 earlier in the day to advance.

On the other side of the draw top-seeded Serena Williams will face off against No. 5 Sara Errani of Italy.  Williams hasn’t been this far in Paris since 2003, and she has only won at Roland Garros once before in her career, back in 2002.  Williams is 5-0 against Errani in her career and would seem to be a lock to move on to the finals.  Serena has dropped only one set so far in this year’s tournament.

Different luck for Williams sisters at French Open’s Day 1

The French Open kicked off Sunday, with a big American player falling in the early going, while other superstars excelled in the Round 1, advancing to see another day at Roland Garros.

Victimized in Round 1 was Venus Williams, who at 32-years-old, is in the twilight of her career. On Sunday, she fell to 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4.

It was her first lost in the opening round of the French Open since 2001, when as the No. 2 seed she fell to Barbara Schett 6-4, 6-4.

Meanwhile, her sister, Serena, the tournament’s top seed, made quick work of Anna Tatishvili of Georgia 6-0, 6-1.

Serena won the first nine games, a year after she was victimized in the opening round of the tournament. She took 30 of the first 37 points, finishing as the winner of 56 of 78. It included 28 of 33 on her serve, eight of which were aces.

In other French Open action:

Men’s

  • (2) Roger Federer def. Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
  • (3) Rafael Nadal def. Daniel Brands 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-3
  • (4) David Ferrer def. Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Women’s

  • (4) Agnieszka Radwanksa def. Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-1
  • (5) Sara Errani def. Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-2
  • (6) Li Na def. Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-4

On tap for Day 2

No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova and third-seeded Victoria Azarenka will be in action for the women Monday, while men’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic prepares for his conquest as he attempts to better his performance of a year ago that saw him fall in the finals to Rafael Nadal.

The two can meet in the semifinals.

But for now, Djokovic begins his path against 22-year-old Belgian David Goffin.


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ESPN signs 11-year deal to air U.S. Open

ESPN has decided to invest heavily on tennis, and in two years will begin broadcasting the men’s and women’s finals at the U.S. Open, prying it away from CBS.

The major sports network is going to sign an 11-year deal worth $770 million, about $250 million more than CBS was willing to offer. The event has been on CBS since 1968.

Possibly affecting CBS’s decision regarding the event is that the last five men’s finals have been subject to rain delays, carrying the conclusion of the tournament over to Monday afternoon when it depends on other programs to attain certain TV ratings.

It’s not all a loss for CBS. Look for it to cover the loss of tennis with SEC football games and an NFL doubleheader, two events that should easily dwarf the ratings of the U.S. Open.

Source: Sports Business Daily