Men’s Tennis champions : 25 Week 2013

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Gusting winds and the guile of Gilles Simoncould not get in the way of Feliciano Lopez winning his first ATP World Tour grass-court title on Saturday in Eastbourne. The Spaniard finished strongly to defeat Simon 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 6-0 in the final of the Aegon International.

The pair will meet again on Tuesday in the first round of The Championships atWimbledon, where Lopez is a three-time former quarter-finalist.

“I think grass is my best surface, and to have at least one title on grass is very nice feeling,” said Loppez. “This match was really special, because it’s great to be in the finals and it’s an opportunity to win another ATP event. But playing the same guy in two days, it’s also important to have some feedback, even though we know each other very well, because almost every week we see each other.”

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Den Bosch, Netherlands (Sports Network) – Frenchman Nicolas Mahut captured his first career ATP title with a victory over Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in Saturday’s final at the Topshelf Open.

Mahut defeated Wawrinka, the No. 2 seed, by a 6-3, 6-4 margin at Autotron Rosmalen.

The 31-year-old journeyman Mahut appeared in the third title match of his career. He was a two-time runner-up back in 2007.

Mahut became the lowest-ranked winner on the ATP World Tour since March 2008 when No. 244 Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title.

“It’s amazing. I cannot believe I won today,” Mahut said. “I didn’t know if I was going to play again when I had some bad times with my knee. All my team helped me a lot. We worked hard and here I am with the trophy. It’s a good story.”

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women’s Tennis champions : 25 Week 2013

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Vesnina Wins In Windy Eastbourne

EASTBOURNE, England – Elena Vesnina and Jamie Hampton had both been playing some of the best tennis of their careers, but all that mattered on the day was who would handle the wind better – and it was Vesnina, who cruised to win her first Premier-level title at the Aegon International.

Vesnina and Hampton both battled past Top 10 opponents to get to the final – Vesnina took out Li Na, Hampton beat Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki. And things looked even as the two stayed on serve through 2-all – but Vesnina completely broke away from there, winning seven straight games as Hampton began breaking apart, and the Russian eventually cruised to victory, 62 61.

“It was really difficult to play today, honestly,” Vesnina said. “At the beginning I was like, ‘Oh my God, I just need to stay in the match, just try to play every single point. Don’t think about wind and just fight.’ It was not about the serve, it was not about good forehands or good backhands – it was about fighting spirit. If you’re able to handle this, if you’re able to play under the pressure with this wind, you’ll do well.

“You always want to show the best tennis in the final, but it doesn’t matter, a win is a win.”

“She played the conditions much better than I did,” Hampton said. “Honestly, I was surprised how she was even hitting the ball in the court, and on top of that she was playing some very good tennis.

“She was very deserving of the title today.”

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Halep Conquers ‘s-Hertogenbosch

‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands – Some players take the two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon to rest, recover and prepare for another journey, others go on 10-match win streaks – Simona Halep is one those others, winning her first WTA title at Nürnberg last week and already her second at ‘s-Hertogenbosch this week – more amazing, they were on completely opposite surfaces.

Having already taken out No.1 seed Roberta Vinci and No.3 seed Carla Suárez Navarro en route to the final, Halep picked off another favorite in the final, storming out to 3-0 leads in both sets then never really looking back either time to take out No.4 seed Kirsten Flipkens for the championship, 64 62.

Nürnberg last week was on slow red clay, while ‘s-Hertogenbosch this week was on slick grass.

“It’s incredible, because I played really well on grass after a week on clay,” Halep said. “Today I played well. I was a little bit nervous at the start but I just tried to fight for every point. She’s playing a very difficult game for me, slicing a lot, but I played every point and just kept going, and I won in the end.

“I’m really happy. I want to enjoy this evening. It’s a special moment for me.”

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women’s Tennis champions : 24 Week 2013

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Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova won her sixth career title on Sunday, beating Croatian teenager Donna Vekic 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to win the Aegon Classic.

Fourteen years separated the two finalists but there was little between 16-year-old Vekic and the 60th-ranked Hantuchova.

The Slovak struck first in the opening set, breaking her opponent’s serve to lead 4-3 but Vekic hit back immediately to level the score.

Hantuchova dominated the tiebreaker, however, and despite throwing away a 5-2 lead regained control to win 7-5.

The second set was just as tight as the first but a break of serve at 5-4 proved decisive for Hantuchova, who sealed a straight sets win.

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Men’s Tennis champions : 24 Week 2013

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HALLE, Germany — If there is one place for Roger Federer to end a title drought, then it’s Halle, a small town in western Germany that has a big tennis stadium and a Roger-Federer-Allee leading to it.

Federer walked down that alley a winner again Sunday, ending a 10-month run of 11 tournaments without a title, an eternity by his standards.

The 31-year-old Swiss overcame a sluggish start to beat unseeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 at the Gerry Weber Open for his first title since Cincinnati in August.

Returning to grass in his favourite warm-up for Wimbledon, it took the top-seeded Federer until the middle of the second set to come out of his lethargy and start hitting shots with confidence against a player he had never lost to in 14 previous career matches. It was the first final on the tour this year involving players 30 or older.

“I’ve won a lot but not so much in the last 10 months, although I feel I’d been playing well,” Federer said. “But the others were playing better.”

Federer earned his sixth title in Halle in 11 appearances (eight finals) and his first since 2008. Four of Federer’s seven Wimbledon titles have come after triumphs in Halle — including his first Halle and Wimbledon championships in 2003.

The former top-ranked player, who is now No. 3, won his 77th career title, pulling him even with John McEnroe at third on the all-time list. Jimmy Connors won 109 and Ivan Lendl 94.

Federer will be looking to add to his record 17 Grand Slam championships when he defends his title at Wimbledon.

“I feel fit, I feel confident, I’m excited about what’s to come,” Federer said. “I’m very pleased with how I played this week.”

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LONDON — Top-seeded Andy Murray rallied to beat defending champion Marin Cilic 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Queen’s Club tournament for the third time.

It was the 27th career title for the Briton, who also claimed the trophy in 2009 and ’11, and his second of the season after winning at Miami in March.

Murray’s victory came in his first tournament since he was forced to withdraw from the French Open with a back injury.

“I worked very hard in the time that I had off to try and get myself in the best shape possible,” Murray said.

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Men’s Tennis champions : 23 Week 2013






ARIS — If Rafael Nadal truly was going to be challenged, if his bid for an unprecedented eighth French Open championship would be slowed even a bit, this might have been the moment.

Leading by a set and a break 70 minutes into Sunday’s final against David Ferrer, another generally indefatigable Spaniard, Nadal faced four break points in one game. The last was a 31-stroke exchange, the match’s longest, capped when Nadal absorbed Ferrer’s strong backhand approach and transformed it into a cross-court backhand passing shot.

Ferrer glared at the ball as it flew past and landed in a corner, then smiled ruefully. What else was there to do? Dealing with Nadal’s defence-to-offence on red clay is a thankless task. His rain-soaked 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Ferrer on was Nadal’s record 59th win in 60 matches at the French Open and made him the only man with eight titles at any Grand Slam tournament.

“I never like to compare years, but it’s true that this year means something very special for me,” Nadal said, alluding to the way he managed to come back from a left knee injury that sidelined him for about seven months.

“When you have a period of time like I had,” he added, “you realize that you don’t know if you will have the chance to be back here with this trophy another time.”

But he does it, year after year.

He won four French Opens in a row from 2005-08, and another four in a row from 2010-13.

“Rafael was better than me,” said Ferrer, who had won all 18 sets he’d played the past two weeks to reach his first Grand Slam final at age 31. “He didn’t make mistakes.”

A week past his 27th birthday, Nadal now owns 12 major trophies in all — including two from Wimbledon, one each from the U.S. Open and Australian Open — to eclipse Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver and equal Roy Emerson for the third-most in history. Nadal trails only Roger Federer’s 17 and Pete Sampras’ 14.

“Winning 17 Grand Slam titles, that’s miles away,” Nadal said with his typical humility. “I’m not even thinking about it.”

This was Nadal’s first major tournament after a surprising second-round loss at Wimbledon last June. Since rejoining the tour in February, he is 43-2 with seven titles and two runner-up finishes. He’s won his past 22 matches.

“For me, it’s incredible,” said Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle and coach. “When I think of all that Rafael has done, I don’t understand it.”

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women’s Tennis champions : 23 Week 2013






PARIS — Serena Williams thinks her best years may still be ahead of her at the age of 31.

She overcame stubborn resistance from defending champion Maria Sharapova in the French Open final on Saturday to clinch her 16th Grand Slam title, beating the Russian 6-4, 6-4 and extending her own winning streak to 31 matches.

“I want to go out in my peak. That’s my goal. But have I peaked yet?” Williams said. “I definitely want to continue my journey to get a few more.”

Williams has some way to go before retiring, then, and a long way to go to match Australian Margaret Court’s 24 major titles. But she will catch Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert by the end of the year if she wins Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

That would then leave Helen Wills Moody (19), Steffi Graf (22) and Court — who may just be a little too far off to catch.

“I always said that I felt like I have never played my best tennis. I have said that for years, that I feel like I can always do better and play better,” Williams said. “The day I feel that I cannot improve, it’s going to be a problem for me. I’m going to have to debate whether I should keep playing. But I feel like as of know I can do a lot of things better.”

Williams certainly does not feel slower with age.

“I have never felt so fit,” she said. “If I see someone that’s 31, I’m like, ‘You’re old.’ Then I’m like, I’m 31. But I don’t feel it.”

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