TENNIS : LOVE GAME OF GOD :16 week 2012

MONACO — Seven-time defending champion Rafael Nadal will try to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic for the first time in eight finals when they meet in the Monte Carlo Masters decider on Sunday.

Nadal advanced to the final without dropping a set when he beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4 in his semifinal on Saturday, while Djokovic earlier rallied from a set down to beat Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and reach his second final at Monte Carlo.

“He’s the best ever in history of the sport on this surface. It’s an ultimate challenge,” Djokovic said. “I cannot have ups and downs. I cannot afford that against Rafa. But why not believe that I can win?”

ATP Schedule : April 2012

16th April 2012
Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
Monte-Carlo, Monaco Outdoor,
Clay 

23rd April 2012
Barcelona Open BancSabadell
Barcelona, Spain Outdoor,
Clay 

23rd April 2012
BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy
Bucharest, Romania Outdoor,
Clay 

30th Estoril Open
Estoril, Portugal Outdoor,
Clay 

WTA Schedule April 2012

21st April 2012
FED CUP Semifinals – ITA at CZE
Ostrava, Czech Republic Indoor,
Asphalt 

23rd April 2012
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Stuttgart, Germany Indoor,
Clay 

23rd April 2012
Moroccan Grand Prix
Fes, Morocco Outdoor,
Clay 
30th Estoril Open
Estoril, Portugal Outdoor,
Clay

KHARKIV, Ukraine – Possibly looking more toward the Olympics than the Fed Cup, Serena Williams will play overseas for the United States on Saturday for the first time in more than a decade.

The 13-time Grand Slam champion will lead the Americans against Ukraine this weekend in the best-of-five playoff series on clay. But the Olympics, where Williams has won two doubles gold medals but failed to win anything in singles, are also on her mind.

“I think it is more huge for the media for me to win singles,” said Williams, who will face 17-year-old Elina Svitolina on Saturday in the second singles match. “For me, any (Olympic) medal is great. If I win singles, it would be awesome. If I win doubles, it would be awesome. Or if I win mixed.”

MONTE CARLO — Canada’s Daniel Nestor and partner Max Mirnyi reached the final of the Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday with a 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 win over Nenad Zimonjic and Michael Llodra.

Nestor and Mirnyi will take on top-seeded Americans Bob and Mike Bryan on Sunday after they defeated Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the other semi.

“We played a good match after losing the first set. Those guys are a good team and serve really well,” said Nestor. “We lifted our game after the first set and played a very good tibreaker.”

News from 16 week 2012 : 15 April 2012 to 21 April 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Kuznetsova beats Ivanovic, Russia Serbia level in Fed Cup

Kvitova, Safarova give Czech Republic Fed Cup lead over Italy

Nestor, partner Mirnyi into Monte Carlo doubles final

Djokovic and Nadal to meet in blockbuster Monte Carlo final

champion’s point : 1

Championship point : 1If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that’s a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there’s going to be a life after tennis that’s a lot longer than your tennis life.Chris Evert(Christine Marie “Chris” Evert (born December 21, 1954) is a former world #1 professional tennis player from the United States. She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships, including a record seven championships at the French Open and a record six championships at the U.S. Open. She was the year-ending World No. 1 singles player in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, and 1981.)