TENNIS : LOVE GAME OF GOD :19 week 2012

 MADRID, Spain —

Roger Federer will play for his third Madrid Open title in the final after cruising past Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday.

The Swiss star advanced to meet Tomas Berdych, who edged Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) in the other semifinal.

“It’s going to be a tough match,” said Federer. “Berdych is playing well himself. It’s quick conditions and he can be a big threat in the finals like that.”

On the women’s side, Serena Williams will meet top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in the final after they dispensed with their rivals in straight sets.

Williams beat Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (5), 6-0 and Azarenka ousted fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4.

The ninth-seeded Williams will play for her second title of the season. Azarenka has won four tournaments so far.

“Victoria has been so consistent in her game this year,” said Williams. “She is so consistent, so amazing and so, just nearly perfect. I am going to the final with nothing to lose.”

“She’s one of the best players in the world and one of the toughest opponents to play against so we’ll see, but as I said it’s going to be a different story,” Azarenka said.

MADRID, Spain — Novak Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal in declaring he won’t play again on the new blue-clay court at the Madrid Open after losing 7-6 (2), 6-3 to Janko Tipsarevic in an all-Serb quarterfinal on Friday.

It was Tipsarevic’s second win in five matches against Djokovic, who last lost at this stage in November at the Paris Masters.

Nadal was beaten by Fernando Verdasco on Thursday. He later said he wouldn’t return unless the tournament reverts to red clay.

The top-ranked Djokovic said the same.

“I want to forget this week as soon as possible and move on to the real clay courts,” Djokovic said. “Here you can’t predict the ball bounce or movement. They can do whatever they want, but I won’t be here next year if this clay stays.”

On the women’s side, Serena Williams brushed aside second-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals along with top-ranked Victoria Azarenka.

MADRID, Spain — Canada’s Daniel Nestor and partner Max Mirnyi failed to advance to the Madrid Open doubles final Saturday as the world’s No. 1 team were defeated by Poland’s Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 12-10.

The loss was the first since Nestor and Mirnyi took over the top ATP ranking at the start of the week.

“It was a tough loss, we had our chances but didn’t manage to take them,” said Nestor. “Max and I fought hard but they were too good.

“It’s tough to lose to these guys twice in just a few weeks — and both times in Spain. We need to lift next week for Rome if we want to be ready for the French Open.”

News from 19 week 2012 : 6 May 2012 to 12 May 2012 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Federer to face Berdych; Azarenka takes on Serena in Madrid

Canada’s Nestor, partner Mirnyi knocked out in Madrid semis

Champion’s point : 4

I will tell you King’s First Law of Recognition:

You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.

Billie Jean King 

( Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. She won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. King has been an advocate against sexism in sports and society )

King is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and owner of World Team Tennis