Olympics Tennis Roundup

This weekend saw the conclusion of the Olympics tennis tournaments and it was a good weekend for the United States – who took three of the gold medals up for grabs – while Great Britain and Belarus took the other two. Argentina and Switzerland also picked up their first and second medals respectively of the Games.

Singles

Andy Murray took gold for Great Britain with an astonishing performance over Roger Federer. Murray saved all 9 break opportunities in an incredibly dominant performance while breaking Federer five times in a straight sets victory. In the first and second set Murray took 9 games in a row from 2-2 to 6-2 5-0 as Federer just could not deal with the Brit’s play. Murray could not seal the bagel in the end but served out for the breadstick after saving a break point. After breaking for 3-2 in the third set, Murray did not let up on serve and finished off in style serving an ace to take the match 6-2 6-1 6-4 to earn his first Gold Medal and his first best of five sets victory over Roger Federer.

Juan Martin Del Potro recovered from Friday’s gruelling encounter to take the Bronze Medal defeating Novak Djokovic. After failing to make any headway on the Djokovic serve for most of the first set, Del Potro broke at 5-5 to serve for the set. Djokovic hit back in the next service game bringing up multiple break points but Del Potro stood strong to save them and eventually take the set 7-5. An early break in the second for the Argentinian was never reclaimed by Djokovic who only had one break point in the set. Del Potro went down 15-30 serving for the match but as with most occasions where his service games looked in danger, Del Potro brought out the big serves to close out the match for a 7-5 6-4 victory and earn his first Olympic medal.

Olympic Mens Singles Medalists

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Serena Williams continued her complete dominance of the Women’s circuit with a thrashing of Maria Sharapova in the Women’s Singles final 6-0 6-1 in only 63 minutes. Serena quickly rushed into a 5-0 lead but it looked like Sharapova would avoid the bagel when she took a 40-0 lead in game six. Unfortunately, she was pegged back to deuce and eventually broken to drop the first set without winning a game. It looked like there was a chance of a double bagel as Serena quickly rushed into a 3-0 lead in the second to make it nine games in a row. However, Sharapova eventually held for 3-1 and even had chances to get back on serve in the second but could not take advantage of her only two break points in the match. After holding for 4-1, Williams broke once more and served it out to complete the humiliation of the World’s No.3 player. Victoria Azarenka took the Bronze with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Russia’s Maria Kirilenko, Azarenka had taken 3-0 leads in both sets before being pegged back on both occasions to 3-3 only to push on and win the last 3 games of both sets without reply.

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Doubles

Serena Williams and Venus Williams became the first four-times Olympic gold medalists in Tennis as they dominated the Women’s Doubles once more, dropping just two service games in the whole tournament on their way to a third Gold in the doubles tournament. They defeated the Czech pairing of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4 6-4 saving all four break points faced in the match and breaking the Czechs in one game in each set to seal the victory. The Bronze Medal was taken by Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova who came from a set down to beat the top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond. The victory will be especially sweet for Kirilenko who failed to take a medal in the Singles after making the semi final. The Russians took both their break point opportunities in the final set to pull away and seal a 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory.

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan joined Serena Williams in completing a career golden slam after defeating the French pair of Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in the Men’s Doubles final. The brothers were not broken once on their way to a 6-4 7-6 victory. In an incredibly serve-dominant second set, they took 27 of 29 points on the serve giving Llodra and Tsonga no chance at all. The French doubled their medal haul in the doubles as Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau took Bronze with a 7-6 6-2 victory over the Spanish team of David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez. Ferrer and Lopez failed to make any inroads into the French serve and dropped their serve twice in the second set in their defeat.

Andy Murray failed to join Serena Williams in becoming a double gold medalist this year as he and Laura Robson were defeated in the Mixed Doubles final. After in an impressive first set, Murray and Robson could not hold off the pairing of Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka who were too strong in the end. Robson’s double faults in the final set tiebreak did not help as the Belarussian’s sealed the victory with a huge serve from Max Mirnyi on their third match point to win 2-6 6-3 10-8. After defeat in the Bronze Medal match in Women’s Doubles, Lisa Raymond was more fortunate as she and Mike Bryan overcame the German pair of Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas. Serve was fairly dominant in this as the pair traded sets with just one break the difference in both. The Germans had no chance in the final set tiebreaker though, losing the first seven points before Raymond and Bryan took their third championship point for a 6-3 4-6 10-4 victory.

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Federer edges past Del Potro in record breaking semi-final

Roger Federer has qualified for the Gold Medal match at the Olympics after an extraordinary semi final victory over the Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro winning  an Olympics record 4 hour and 26 minutes epic 3-6 7-6(5) 19-17. The World No.1 broke vitally in game 35 of the third set to set himself up for the victory.

Del Potro had been written off by most pre-match, with the 6-0 head to head since Delpo’s return from injury sticking out like a sore thumb while many felt that the Argentinian was not the same player that took the US Open title three years ago defeating the very same opponent as today. After a straight forward start where the pair exchanged holds to 15, it looked like Federer would be on his way to 7-0 with some ease when he earned himself a break point in the third game of the set. In what was to be recurring theme throughout most of the match, Del Potro got himself out of trouble with a mixture of poor returning and big serving to hold, with Federer vitally slicing the break point return long.

After this, it was only Federer being in danger on serve as he faced lost the first point in both games 6 and 8. While he was fortunate enough to get out of a 0-30 hole in the first instance, he was not so lucky the second time. Ironically, after his match point against Isner yesterday, a lucky net cord at 15-30 caused the Swiss to put a tough running-backwards backhand volley long. Del Potro took advantage of the second break point, forcing Federer deep with a powerful backhand that the No.1 could not return. The set was sealed as a great display of serving earned Del Potro a love hold and the set 6-3.

While Del Potro faded in his most recent encounter at Roland Garros as time went on, it didn’t seem to show here as he held his own in rallies and had a slight look-in in game 1 at 30-30 showcasing his huge forehand. The pair exchanged straight forward holds as serve began to become even more dominant. Much like the first set, it was Del Potro doing the damage but this time he failed to convert break points this time as Federer delivered more clutch serves to eventually hold. It looked like he would pay as a slack forehand long gave Federer another chance to break, but he failed to convert as a huge serve set up Del Potro for the open court forehand which he took easily. Excellent play at the net finally sealed the game to tie it up again.

With serve continuing to remain dominant throughout, a tie break looked a certainty. Bar the 4-4 game, where Federer rescued a break point after being 40-0 up with big serving, there was little to threaten that and so a tie break would decide whether this went three or Del Potro would be a silver medalist at worst.

Federer took control early with a mini-break for 2-1, Del Potro unable to return with any conviction after Federer had hit the baseline dead on. He had a chance to earn it straight back but his trusted forehand let him down at the vital moment as he put a gimme wide. After an ace had given him a 4-1 lead, a mix of poor returning and at 4-3 a dodgy volley tied it up. Federer won a lengthy point to go 5-4 up, which he ended with a comprehensive smash with Del Potro way off the court. Federer finally earned set points after a disappointing back hand from Del Potro who had controlled the point, and took the second with an ace to tie it up.

After the disappointment of the tiebreak, Del Potro had chances early on to redeem himself as he earned two break points. Unfortunately both were wasted as a vital slip on the second gave Federer an easy put away before eventually holding.

That was the last Del Potro saw of the Federer serve as he held comfortably time after time, while Del Potro’s service games looked ready to buckle at any moment but clutch play avoided breaks at 3-3 and 4-4 as the serve-forehand combo continued to work wonders.

After missing break points in the fifteenth game and going up 0-30 in the seventeenth (where Del Potro started the comeback with an incredible diving volley winner) but not breaking, Federer finally made the break through in game nineteen. Two double faults did not help his cause, and the break was sealed when Del Potro hit well long at 30-40.

Having broke for the first time, it looked as if it would be straight forward for the Swiss who had looked dominant on serve all set after the early break points had been saved. A shank started the rot as he served for the match and when the net took his shot and dropped it wide, Del Potro had got the break back to love. This turned out just to be a blip, as Federer had no such issues next time out, holding to love, finishing off with one of his trademark drop shots.

When Federer took a 0-40 lead in the twenty-ninth game of the set, it looked surely over. However, Del Potro had other ideas as the forehand wound up once more to assist him in a vital hold.

When Federer next held a 0-40 lead, he would not be so unfortunate. A netted backhand on the second break point gave Federer the opportunity to serve for a place in the Gold Medal match at 18-17.

Federer double faulted to bring up 15-30 and perhaps raised some concern with the wary centre court crowd who had witnessed this marathon match. He brought up match point when Del Potro hit way long but he failed to take it after dumping a poor volley into the net.

At the second time of asking, a beautiful slice into the corner of the court was too much for the tall Argentinian who couldn’t get it back to give Federer the victory and a minimum silver medal – the first for his country these games.

While Juan Martin Del Potro did not take victory here, this was a huge step in the right direction for him. Holding his own on grass with Roger Federer was extremely impressive and he deserved a lot of credit. More than just a serve and huge forehand, Del Potro showcased it all from an excellent array of backhands to some brilliant volleys at the net – none more so than his diving one midway through set three. If he can transfer this form to a five set tournament there is no reason why he cannot deliver a repeat of his 2009 US Open victory.

Federer will take on Andy Murray in a rematch of the Wimbledon final after the Brit defeated Novak Djokovic 7-5 7-5, breaking in game 12 of both sets.

Stats
Aces RF 24 JMDP 11
First Serve % RF 68% JMDP 70%
First Serve Points Won % RF 75% JMDP 72%
Winners RF 64 JMDP 51
Unforced Errors RF 41 JMDP 34
Net Points Won % RF 63% JMDP 71%
Total Points Won RF 186 JMDP 180

WTA Baku Review

Bojana Jovanovski took the first WTA title of her career with a 6-3 6-1 victory in Baku defeating the American Julie Cohen. Jovanovski was broken just once in the whole match and broke Cohen’s serve five times on the way to victory to become the first Serbian to win a title this year. 

While Cohen will be disappointed to have gone down so easily in the final, it has been a great week for her. Julia Cohen’s hefty schedule has finally paid dividends with this final moving her into the top 100 for the first time. Her defensive style may not have been pleasing on the eye to some but it has been incredibly effective here.

No.4 seeds Irina Buryachok and Valerie Solovieva became the eighth doubles team of the year to win their first tournament together with a 6-3 6-2 win over the Czech/Italian pairing over Eva Birnerova and Alberta Brianti. The pairing dropped just sixteen games over the four matches where they did not drop a set.

Weekly Roundup: Challenger/ITF

ATP Challenger Tour

An Ning (Clay)

The seedings went to plan in this Challenger event in China as Aljaz Bedene (1) took on Grega Zemjla (2). Bedene looked in control when he took the first set 6-1 but it all went downhill from there as his Slovenian compatriot took the next two sets for a 1-6 7-5 6-3 victory to add this title to the Nottingham challenger title he earned just before Wimbledon. Thai twin brothers Sonchat/Sanchai Ratiwatana took the doubles title in an epic encounter with Ruan Roelofse and Kittipong Wachiramanowong 4-6 7-6(1) 13-11.

Bercuit (Clay)

Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker continued his resurgence up the ranks taking the Bercuit title as an unseeded player. He defeated Victor Hanescu in a three set encounter, making a recovery after losing the second set to earn 6-4 3-6 7-5 victory over the Romanian. South Americans Andre Ghem and Marco Trungelliti strolled through the doubles draw, not dropping one set in their way to winning the final, where they beat Facundo Bagnis and Pablo Galdon 6-1 6-2.

Binghamton (Hard)

Michael Yani took advantage of an incredibly open draw in Binghamton (only three seeds made it past the first round) to take his second Challenger title (Yuba City 2008) with a 6-4 7-6(11) win over the South Africa Fritz Wolmarans. Yani did not drop one set on his way to the title. The Doubles title was taken by Israeli pairing Dudi Sela and Harel Srugo, the pair recovered from dropping the second set to win it in a close super tie-breaker, the final score being 6-2 3-6 10-8.

Granby (Hard)

As with An-Ning, the seedings also went to plan in Canada with No.1 seed Vasek Pospisil taking on No.2 seed Igor Sisjling. The Canadian had dropped sets in each match leading up to the final but did no such thing in the final, defeating the Dutchman in two close sets 7-6(2) 6-4. Pospisil completed the double with Philip Bester for an easy victory in the final, as the pair completed an 8-0 sets run in the tournament, defeating  Japanese pair Yuichi Ito and Takuto Niki 6-1 6-2.

Penza (Hard)

Former World No.67 Illya Marchenko took the title here as he continues to recover from injury, hoping to hit the form that saw him a top 100 player in the past. The Ukranian defeated Russian No.2 seed Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets to add to the list of Russian scalps he took in this tournament (Kravchuk, Kumantsov). Konstantin Kravchuk and Nikolaus Moser lost just one set on the way to taking the doubles title, again in the final, as they defeated Indian pairing and No.1 seeds Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan in three sets 6-3 (5)6-7 10-8

Poznan (Clay)

Jerzy Janowicz made it two No.1 seeds to earn titles this week (Vasek Pospisil the other) with a great performance in his home country. Janowicz dropped just one set (SF, vs Haider-Maurer) on his way to winning the trophy where he defeated Jonathan Dasnieres de Viegy in straight sets 6-3 6-3. To follow up the dominant performances shown by Doubles winners this week, Rameez Junaid and Simon Stadler made it three teams to win the title without dropping a set, dispatching of Aussie pairing Adam Hubble and Nima Roshan 6-3 6-4.

Recanati (Hard)

Simone Bolelli earned the Recanati title here in his home country of Italy.  The No.4 seed took on the big serving Frenchman in the final neutralising it for the most part as he won in straight sets 6-3 6-2. The title gives Bolelli, who had been falling down the rankings in recent months, some much needed points. The Australian team of Dane Propoggia and Brydan Klein made it three 2-1 victories in a row to take the doubles title, finishing off with a 26-point super tiebreaker in the final which they took 7-5 2-6 14-12 against Croatians Dino Marcan and Marin Draganja.

 

ITF Mens Pro Circuit 

India F10 Futures Suk-Young JEONG (KOR) [3]     6-2 7-5     N. Vijay Sundar PRASHANTH (IND) [4]

Estonia F1 Futures Marin BRADARIC (CRO) [4]     6-4 7-6(8)     Laurent MALOULI (FRA)

France F14 Futures Nicolas RENAVAND (FRA) [4]     4-6 7-6(1) 6-4     Gregoire BURQUIER (FRA) [1]

Austria F2 Futures Nicolas REISSIG (AUT)     6-3 6-0     Tristan-Samuel WEISSBORN (AUT)

Belgium F4 Futures Elie ROUSSET (FRA) [3]     7-6(6) 1-6 6-3     Sherif SABRY (EGY) [5]

Kazakhstan F7 Futures Dzmitry ZHYRMONT (BLR) [3]     6-1 6-4     Ti CHEN (TPE) [1]

USA F20 Futures Sebastien BOLTZ (FRA) [3]     6-3 6-3     Darian KING (BAR) [4]

Turkey F28 Futures Julien DEMOIS (FRA)     6-3 6-7(15) 6-4     Alexander LAZOV (BUL)

Czech Republic F5 Futures Jiri VESELY (CZE) [8]     6-4 6-0     Norbert GOMBOS (SVK) [1]

Spain F20 Futures Taro DANIEL (JPN) [1]     6-3 6-4     Marc GINER (ESP) [2]

Germany F10 Futures George VON MASSOW (GER) [8]     7-6(4) 7-6(7)     Tim NEKIC (GER)

Italy F18 Futures Viktor GALOVIC (ITA) [6]     4-6 6-4 7-6(4)     Enrico FIORAVANTE (ITA)

Argentina F18 Futures Federico GAIO (ITA) [4]     7-5 7-5     Renzo OLIVO (ARG) [1]

Great Britain F11 Futures Alexander SLABINSKY (GBR)     7-5 5-7 6-4     Tom BURN (GBR)

ITF Womens Pro Circuit

100k Bucharest Maria-Teresa TORRO-FLOR (ESP)     6-3 4-6 6-4     Garbine MUGURUZA (ESP) [8]

50k Contrexeville Aravane REZAI (FRA) [2]     6-3 2-6 6-3     Yvonne MEUSBURGER (AUT) [1]

50k Donetsk Vesna DOLONC (SRB)     6-2 6-3     Maria Joao KOEHLER (POR) [5]

25k Granby Eugenie BOUCHARD (CAN)     6-2 5-2 Retired    Stephanie DUBOIS (CAN) [1]

25k Campos Do Jordao Maria IRIGOYEN (ARG) [4]     7-5 6-0     Donna VEKIC (CRO) [2]

25k Astana Luksika KUMKHUM (THA)     3-6 6-3 6-3     Nudnida LUANGNAM (THA) [8]

25k Woking-Foxhills Sarah GRONERT (GER) [1]     6-2 6-3     Diana MARCINKEVICA (LAT) [8]

25k Imola Federica DI SARRA (ITA)     6-4 6-2     Julia MAYR (ITA)

25k Darmstadt Laura SIEGEMUND (GER)     7-6(7) 6-3     Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK)

10k Cochabamba Patricia KU FLORES (PER) [1]     6-0 6-4     Victoria LOZANO (MEX)

10k Evansville Mallory BURDETTE (USA)     6-1 6-2     Ying-Ying DUAN (CHN) [1]

10k Istanbul Jessica MOORE (AUS)     6-1 7-6(4)     Ysaline BONAVENTURE (BEL) [5]

10k Knokke Basak ERAYDIN (TUR) [2]     6-3 6-0     Yuliya KALABINA (RUS) [5]

Weekly Roundup: WTA Winners

Carlsbad

Marion Bartoli suffered disappointment once more as she was defeated by Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets 6-1 7-5. The Frenchwoman could not get going to start with and was swept off the court, winning just one game in the first set as Cibulkova just had too much power. After a long service game early in the second Bartoli finally broke and it looked like a third set was certain when Bartoli stormed into a *4-1 lead. However, Bartoli faltered losing the next 4 games meaning she had to serve to stay in the match. At the first time of asking, she managed to do so. When Cibulkova posed the question the second time by taking a 6-5* lead, Bartoli was unable to hold and dropped her serve to love to give Cibulkova just her second WTA Tour Title. Also of note was at one stage, Cibulkova was called for a hindrance after her trademark “Pome!” was shouted too early in a point – she thought it had hit the net but a “lucky” netcord meant it stayed in play but the point was lost anyway.

American pairing Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones took the Doubles final in surprisingly easy fashion, defeating Vania King and Nadia Petrova 6-2 6-4 for their third title as a team. It is likely that Petrova was still feeling the ill effects she had been showing in the Singles semi-final that eventual winner Dominika Cibulkova had beat her in.

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Bastad

Polona Hercog defended her 2011 title with a three set victory over the Swedish-born Mathilde Johansson 0-6 6-4 7-5. Johansson stormed through the first set and looked ominous as she didn’t drop one game on her way to winning the set. Unfortunately, nerves kicked in and the double faults begin to rack up for Johansson. The match looked all but over when Hercog took a 5-1 lead in the third set and had a match point, Johansson saved this and tied the game up at 5-all only to drop her serve once more and there was no slip up from the Slovenian who served it out with little trouble the second time round.

The doubles title was taken by Colombians Catalina Castano and new Olympic hopeful Mariana Duque-Marino, the pair dropped just one set on their way to victory in Sweden – the first in this match. The pair came back from losing the first 4-6 to take the match into a third set tiebreaker which they won fairly easily for a 4-6 7-5 10-5 victory and their first doubles title.

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Weekly Roundup: ATP Winners

Atlanta

Andy Roddick recovered from a dreadful first set to take the Atlanta title against Gilles Muller. Roddick took a mini-break in the first point of Muller’s serve in the tiebreak and never looked back, breaking the Luxembourger twice in the third set to earn the victory 1-6 7-6(2) 6-2 for his second title of the year. Roddick and Muller both served huge, with the pair hitting 18 and 20 aces respectively. Meanwhile the doubles title was won by Matthew Ebden and Ryan Harrison, the duo earned their second doubles title as a team (Newport ’11 first) by defeating Xavier Malisse and Michael Russell in three sets 6-3 3-6 10-6.

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Gstaad

Thomaz Bellucci gained revenge for his defeat against Janko Tipsarevic a week ago in Stuttgart by defeating this Serb in this week’s final in Switzerland. After an incredible double fault to gift away the first set, it looked like Bellucci may falter once more but this was not to be the case as Bellucci took control of the match, breaking to love at 5-4* up in the second set to take it. Bellucci started the third set fast, and broke in the first service game of Tipsarevic’s and never looked back as he earned his second title of the year (Braunschweig Challenger) with a (6)6-7 6-4 6-2 victory. The doubles were taken by the Spanish pairing of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez who didn’t drop a set through out the whole tournament. Granollers and Lopez beat Robert Farah and Santiago Giraldo 6-4 7-6 to add the Gstaad title to the Rome title they earned a few months back.

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Hamburg

Another to recover from being defeated by Janko Tipsarevic last week is the losing finalist Juan Monaco who took the Hamburg title with victory over Tommy Haas.  Monaco had a slow start, going down a break to the German early on, but made an excellent comeback to win the set 7-5. The second set was fairly similar as the pair traded breaks, including in the seventh and eighth games of the set before Monaco finally served it out, winning the last two games of the match for a 7-5 6-4 victory. Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero earned their fourth title of the year (Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Umag) as a duo with a 6-4 6-3 over the pair who only made it into the draw as alternates Rogerio Dutra Silva and Daniel Munoz-De La Nava.

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Weekly Roundup: This Week’s ATP/WTA Winners

ATP Tour

Bastad

David Ferrer extended his winning record over Nicolas Almagro to 11-0 with an easy straight sets victory 6-2 6-2. Ferrer only faced one break point through out the whole match and was always in control breaking Almagro twice in each set including the final game of the match. In the doubles Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau eased a little bit of the heartbreak of losing another Wimbledon final by taking the title, defeating second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-3 7-6(5).

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Stuttgart

Janko Tipsarevic picked up his first title of the year with a far from straight forward victory over Juan Monaco in Stuttgart. The Serbian failed to take a break point for a 6-4 5-0 and was consequently pegged back to 4-4. Serving to stay in the set at 5-6, Tipsarevic made silly errors gifting the set away. With all the momentum seemingly in the Argentinian’s favour, Tipsarevic broke three times in the third set to take the match 6-4 5-7 6-3. The Doubles title was taken by Jeremy Chardy and Lukasz Kubot who convincingly beat Michael Mertinak and Andre Sa 6-1 6-3.

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Umag

Marin Cilic defeated Marcel Granollers in straight sets to make up for his 2011 final defeat. Cilic came back from a 4-2 deficit in the first set, reeling off four games in a row to take the set. A break early in the second saw Cilic take control and despite a minor blip in failing to serve the match out at 5-1, he broke back straight away winning in 92 minutes 6-4 6-2. Granollers didn’t fare much better as an all Spanish final in the doubles saw David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco defeat Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3 7-6(4).

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Newport

Another dominant serving display saw John Isner defend his Newport title beating Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(1) 6-4. The first set saw no breaks of serve, and after that Isner took control in the tiebreak dropping just one point. An early break at 1-1 in the second was enough for Isner to hold on to for the remainder of the match, with his 16 aces certainly a big help. Santiago Gonzalez  and Scott Lipsky  took the doubles title with a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchings, breaking in the vital eighth game of the second set to earn the opportunity to serve it out which they did to 30.

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WTA Tour

Palermo

Sara Errani took yet another WTA International title with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Barbara Zahlavova Strycova. An excellent performance from Errani in the 25 minute first set saw Errani drop just 1 game and break her opponent twice while managing a  96% first serve percentage (24/25) facing zero break points. The second set was slightly tougher as Errani dropped two service games but was never in danger of losing the set, sealing the victory by passing a helpless Strycova at the net. Strycova fared much better in the Doubles taking the title alongside partner Renata Voracova with a 7-6(5) 6-4 victory over Darija Jurak and Katalin Marosi.

Stanford

Serena Williams fought off a spirited Coco Vandeweghe to win the Stanford final 7-5 6-3 for the second time in a row. Williams was *3-5 0-30 down before taking the first set and fought off a set point to win the first despite an unconvincing performance in the set. Williams took full control in the fourth game of the second set breaking to love. At 4-1 30-0 on Vandeweghe’s serve, the potential for a breadstick was looming but she held on and forced Serena to serve for the match at 5-3 which she did to 15, finishing off  with a forehand down the line. In the Doubles Jarmila Gajdosova and Vania King suffered defeat to Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson 5-7  (7) 6-7. The pair came from a break down in the first set and saved set points in the second to win in straights.

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Weekly Roundup: This Week’s Challenger/ITF Winners

ATP Challenger Tour

Bogota

In an all-Colombian final Alejandro Falla took the title from Santiago Giraldo in straight sets 7-5 6-3 while Victor Estrella and Marcelo Demoliner took the Doubles Final with similar ease, taking down Thomas Fabbiano and Riccardo Ghedin 6-4 6-2.

Scheveningen

No.1 seed Jerzy Janowicz justified his position with a convincing 6-2 6-2 victory over the local wildcard Matwe Middlekoop. An incredibly dominant serving display saw the Pole drop just 2 points on serve while knocking down 12 aces. Janowicz broke his opponent twice in both sets to seal the victory and his place in the top 100. The Dutch representatives fared much in the doubles as Antel Van der Duim and Boy Westerhof defeated the second seeds Simon Stadler and Rameez Junaid 6-4 5-7 10-7.

San Benedetto

Gianluca Naso earned a straight sets victory over Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4 7-5.  Naso broke the Austrian’s serve five times altogether and his attacking of the second serve was key to this, picking up 21 of 28 (75%) points on return when facing Haider-Maurer’s second serve. Aussie pair Brydan Klein and Dane Propoggia picked up the Doubles title with  a 6-3 4-6 12-10 title over the Italian pairing of Stefano Ianni and Gianluca Naso.

Timisoara

Victor Hanescu improved on his showing from last week’s final in Arad by picking up the title this week in his home country. He fought off a late second set come back from Guillaume Rufin to win 6-0 6-3. Rufin came back from 4-0 to make it 4-3 in the second set but was unable to get any further, ending up being broken serving to stay in the match. The Romanian pairing didn’t fare so well in the Doubles as Andrei Daescu and Florin Margea lost in straight sets 2-6 5-7 to Goran Tosic and Denis Zivkovic.

ITF Mens Pro Circuit

Belgium F3 Futures Germain GIGOUNON (BEL) [1]     6-4 7-6(1)     Juan Carlos SAEZ (CHI) [5]

Armenia F2 Futures Oleksandr NEDOVYESOV (UKR) [2]     4-6 6-4 7-5     Stanislav VOVK (RUS) [3]

Austria F1 Futures Marc RATH (AUT) [1]     2-6 6-3 6-2     Blaz ROLA (SLO)

Argentina F17 Futures Leandro MIGANI (ARG) [2]     6-1 6-3     Andres MOLTENI (ARG) [1]

Serbia F5 Futures Marko DJOKOVIC (SRB)     4-1 Retired    Carlos GOMEZ-HERRERA (ESP) [3]

Great Britain F10 Futures Josh GOODALL (GBR) [1]     6-4 6-1     Edward CORRIE (GBR) [8]

Italy F7 Futures Jose CHECA-CALVO (ESP) [3]     6-2 6-4     Guillermo OLASO (ESP) [1]

Germany F9 Futures Sebastian FANSELOW (GER)     6-2 6-4     Maximilian DINSLAKEN (GER)

Romania F6 Futures  Petru-Alexandru LUNCANU (ROU) [3]   6-1 1-6 7-6 Roberto MARCORA (ITA) [6]

France F13 Futures Nicolas RENAVAND (FRA) [7]     6-4 7-6(5)     Jonathan EYSSERIC (FRA) [8]

Czech Republic F4 Futures Jiri VESELY (CZE) [8]     6-4 6-4     Dominic THIEM (AUT) [6]

Turkey F27 Futures Miljan ZEKIC (SRB) [1]     7-5 6-1     Romain ARNEODO (FRA)

Canada F4 Futures Daniel KING-TURNER (NZL) [6]    6-3 6-3 Matt REID (AUS) [3]

USA F19 Futures Alex BOGDANOVIC (GBR) [1]     6-3 6-4     Chase BUCHANAN (USA) [7]

Kazakhstan F6 Futures Illya MARCHENKO (UKR) [2]     6-4 6-2     Egor GERASIMOV (BLR) [8]

ITF Womens Pro Circuit

100k Biarritz Romina OPRANDI (SUI) [5]     7-5 7-5     Mandy MINELLA (LUX) [4]

50k Yakima Shelby ROGERS (USA)     6-4 6-7(3) 6-3     Samantha CRAWFORD (USA)

50k Waterloo Sharon FICHMAN (CAN) [1]     6-3 6-2     Julia GLUSHKO (ISR) [2]

25k Aschaffenburg Anna-Lena FRIEDSAM (GER)     6-4 2-6 6-4     Kathrin WOERLE (GER)

25k Zwevegem Anastasija SEVASTOVA (LAT)     6-0 6-3     Cagla BUYUKAKCAY (TUR) [6]

15k Huzhu Xin WEN (CHN)     3-6 6-2 6-1     Hongrui SUN (CHN)

10k Istanbul Estelle GUISARD (FRA) [1]     6-4 6-4     Angelica MORATELLI (ITA)

10k Torino Basak ERAYDIN (TUR) [3]     5-7 6-4 6-1     Tatiana BUA (ARG) [7]

10k Iasi Patricia Maria TIG (ROU) [3]     6-2 3-6 6-4     Raluca Elena PLATON (ROU) [2]

10k Pattaya Nungnadda WANNASUK (THA) [2]     6-4 4-6 6-4     Su Jeong JANG (KOR) [5]

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