Men’s Tennis champions : 16 Week 2013

DJOKOVIC

ENDS

NADAL’S WINNING RUN,

WINS

MONTE CARLO MASTERS

MONACO — For the first time in nine years, the Monte Carlo Masters trophy belongs to someone other than Rafael Nadal.

The Spaniard’s record reign at the clay-court tournament finally ended Sunday as he lost 6-2, 7-6 (1) to top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the final.

Nadal won his 46 previous matches and the last eight titles at Monte Carlo — beating Djokovic in last year’s final — and his last defeat here was against Guillermo Coria 10 years ago. Nadal missed the 2004 tournament through injury before winning his first Monte Carlo title the following year.

Nadal then beat Roger Federer in the next three finals. His eight straight titles were an ATP record for one tournament.

“I cannot be happier than I am in this moment knowing what I’ve been through the whole week, actually two weeks,” said Djokovic, who twisted his ankle two weeks ago playing for Serbia against the United States. “If somebody told me 10 days ago I’d be winning the trophy, I wouldn’t think it’s so realistic, to be honest.”

Djokovic faced Nadal for the 16th time in a championship decider, and they are now 8-8 in finals. The Spaniard had won the previous three, including the French Open final last year.

“I think he played a little bit better than me, especially in the first set,” Nadal said. “I felt that I was playing really well the second set and I was having more chances than him.”

“I need a little bit more physical performance,” he said. “That’s the real thing, to play all those points with the same intensity.”

With the French Open five weeks away, 

“Of course, I want to win Roland Garros,” Nadal said. “That’s no secret. But I need to keep on having the right positive mindset.”

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Men’s Tennis champions : 15 Week 2013

ISNER

TOPS

ALMAGRO

FOR

US MEN’S CLAY COURT

CHAMPIONSHIP

HOUSTON — From Nicolas Almagro’s vantage point, there was nothing unusual about John Isner’s serves on Sunday.

They were as difficult as always.

Isner had seven aces and won the battle of big serves with a 6-3, 7-5 victory in the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.

Isner won his first tournament of the year and the sixth of his career. He had a record 64 aces for the tournament. He broke the record of 60 set by Pete Sampras in 2002. Almagro leads the ATP Tour with 266 aces. He had five against Isner.

Isner won $82,300 and Almagro earned $43,310.

Isner is the first American to appear in an ATP Tour final this year. Isner lost to Juan Monaco 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in last year’s final.

ROBREDO

BEATS

ANDERSON

TO WIN

GRAND PRIX HASSAN II  

CASABLANCA, Morocco — Tommy Robredo won the Grand Prix Hassan II by beating second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 in the final on Sunday for his 11th career title.

In their first meeting, the Spaniard saved four breakpoints in the third set and then broke Anderson for the second time in the match to clinch his first title since winning on outdoor clay in February 2011 at Santiago, Chile. Ten of his titles and 15 of his 18 career finals have been on the surface.

Robredo’s ranking has slipped to 72nd after peaking at No. 5 in August 2006 following his five-month absence last year because of a leg injury.

Anderson’s two career titles have come on outdoor hard-courts. His previous win was last year at Delray Beach, Florida.

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women’s Tennis champions : 15 Week 2013

VINCI

CONQUERS

KVITOVA

&

KATOWICE

KATOWICE, Poland – After dropping 61 60 scorelines on her last two opponents, it was pretty clear she was in top form – from the baseline to the net and from her powerful forehands to her slice backhands, Roberta Vinci was just too sharp against Petra Kvitova in the final of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open, winning a tight first set then cruising to victory against the World No.8, 76(2) 61.

“I played a really good game today,” Vinci said after the match. 

“It was a very tough match against Roberta today,” Kvitova said. 

Vinci now has eight WTA titles, 

Vinci’s first eight Top 10 wins included two in 2005 (No.10 Anastasia Myskina at Eastbourne and No.10Patty Schnyder at Luxembourg), one in 2009 (No.10 Flavia Pennetta at Tokyo), one in 2011 (No.1Caroline Wozniacki at Toronto), two in 2012 (No.7 Angelique Kerber at Montréal and No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska at the US Open) and two already in 2013 (No.6 Kerber and No.9 Sam Stosur at Dubai).

What’s next for Vinci? “Next is Fed Cup,” the Italian said. “I’m going to Palermo tomorrow and we’re playing the Czech Republic on the weekend, so I’ll probably play against Petra again pretty soon!

“But it’s a different story – Fed Cup is totally different. We’ll see what happens, but I’m playing in confidence and we’d like to win against the Czech Republic, so we’ll all be trying our best.”

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women’s Tennis champions : 14 Week 2013

SERENA

WINS 49TH WTA TITLE

IN

CHARLESTON

CHARLESTON, SC, USA – 

Serena Williams rallied from a set down to beat Jelena Jankovic 

in the final of the Family Circle Cup 

on Sunday afternoon, winning the 49th WTA title of her career

and

taking a step closer to yet another milestone –

only nine players have ever reached the 50 WTA titles mark.

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WTA SCHEDULE : April 2013


DATE EVENT
5TH DAVIS CUP QUARTERFINALS – ITA AT CAN
5TH DAVIS CUP QUARTERFINALS – SRB AT USA
5TH DAVIS CUP QUARTERFINALS – FRA AT ARG
5TH DAVIS CUP QUARTERFINALS – CZE AT KAZ
8TH U.S. MEN’S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP
8TH GRAND PRIX HASSAN II
15TH MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS
22ND BARCELONA OPEN BANCSABADELL
22ND BRD NASTASE TIRIAC TROPHY
29TH ESTORIL OPEN
29TH BMW OPEN

ATP SCHEDULE April 2013

APRIL 2013

Davis Cup 05.04.2013 Davis Cup Quarter-finals 
Davis Cup
logo atp 250 08.04.2013 Grand Prix Hassan II 
Casablanca, Morocco
Clay € 410,200
(€ 467,800)
SGL 28 DBL 16 +212-2298-1266
logo atp 250 08.04.2013 US Men’s Clay Court Championship 
Houston, U.S.A.
Clay $ 455,775
($ 519,775)
SGL 28 DBL 16 +1-713-874-6294
atp masters 1000 logo 14.04.2013 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Clay € 2,646,495
(€ 2,998,495)
SGL 56 DBL 24 Email Inquiry
+377/97-98-70-00
atp 500 logo 22.04.2013 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 
Barcelona, Spain
Clay € 1,708,875
(€ 2,166,875)
SGL 48 DBL 16 Email Inquiry
+34 902 33 22 11
logo atp 250 22.04.2013 BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy 
Bucharest, Romania
Clay € 410,200
(€ 467,800)
SGL 28 DBL 16 +40 730 TENNIS (+40 730 836647)
logo atp 250 29.04.2013 Portugal Open 
Oeiras*, Portugal
Clay € 410,200
(€ 467,800)
SGL 28 DBL 16 Email Inquiry
+351-21/303-4900
logo atp 250 29.04.2013 BMW Open 
Munich, Germany
Clay € 410,200
(€ 467,800)
SGL 28 DBL 16 +49 89/54 81 81 81

Men’s Tennis champions : 13 Week 2013

MURRAY

RALLIES

PAST

FERRER

FOR

SONY OPEN TITLE   

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — As a dramatic men’s final at the Sony Open neared its conclusion in a winner-take-all tiebreaker, Andy Murray waged a 28-shot exchange with David Ferrer, who was left so exhausted by the rally he crumpled to the court.

The final was filled with grinding baseline rallies, including at least a dozen of more than 20 strokes and one lasting 34. At 2 hours, 45 minutes, the match was the longest of the men’s tournament, 

One point from defeat in the last set, the Scotsman skipped a forehand off the baseline to stay in the match. Ferrer appealed the call but lost, and he battled leg cramps in the tiebreaker.

“I don’t think either of us played our best tennis,” Murray said. “There was a lot of breaks and ups and downs, quite a lot of mistakes from both of us. But what I did do was fight hard.”

Murray also won the title in 2009. His path to this year’s championship was made easier because Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal skipped the tournament and Novak Djokovic lost in the fourth round.

Murray made a breakthrough last year by winning an Olympic gold medal and his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open. He’ll now move ahead of Federer to No. 2 in the rankings behind Djokovic.

The No. 3-seeded Ferrer, who was seeking the biggest title of his career, fell to 0-13 against top-five players in finals. Spaniards are 0-6 in the Key Biscayne men’s final, with Nadal losing three of those matches.

But Murray sang the praises of Ferrer, a frequent practice partner.

“He’s one of the best players in the world,” Murray said. “Every time I play against him, people expect me to win. I say it’s so tough against him. He has a great attitude and is a great fighter.”

Murray has a home 15 minutes from the tournament site, near downtown Miami, and spends three months a year in South Florida. But the sellout crowd was firmly behind Ferrer.

“Playing here in Miami is like when I play in Spain,” Ferrer said during the trophy ceremony to a roar from his rooters.

“I’m sorry,” he added, managing a chuckle. “I’m so sorry. One point. Next time.”

Playing in sunny, 80-degree weather, Murray and Ferrer were both drained in the third set, which started with six consecutive service breaks.

“It was so tough physically and mentally that you were just trying to play each point,” Murray said.

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women’s Tennis champions : 13 Week 2013

SERENA

BEATS

SHARAPOVA

IN

KEY BISCAYNE

FINAL     

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Serena Williams danced to the crowd’s roar, spinning and grinning, hopping and waving, then spinning some more.

If her victory celebration on the stadium court seemed well-rehearsed, it was. She earned a record sixth Key Biscayne women’s title by beating familiar foil Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at the Sony Open on Saturday.

Sharapova set a new standard for futility in finals. She completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open last year, and won Indian Wells two weeks ago, but she’s winless in five Key Biscayne finals.

Sharapova playing nearly flawless tennis for an hour, before her serve and groundstrokes began to lose steam. Williams swept the last 10 games and faltered only during the trophy ceremony.

“I felt good today,” she told the crowd with a smile. “It’s so good to be No. 6 now — I mean, the six-time — oh, gosh. Thank you.”

“I’m happy to be holding the championship,” she said. “It’s definitely not my best tournament. But those are the moments that count — when you can still come out on top.”

She’ll remain No. 1 and Sharapova No. 2 next week. Williams is the first No. 1-seeded woman to win the title since she was champion in 2004.

Williams’ other titles at Key Biscayne came in 2002, ’03, ’07 and ’08. Sharapova was runner-up in 2005, ’06, ’11 and ’12.

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