Friday, January 3, 2014

ATP - Federer continues impressive start whilst Nadal survives a scare

Roger Federer
Roger Federer continued his strong start to the season with a straight forward over Australian Marinko Matosevic in only 58 minuets at the Brisbane International. During the match the mighty Swiss former number 1 produced 9 aces and took 21 out of 25 points on his first serve. After the Match Federer said:-
"Tonight I felt very good against Matosevic who can play very dangerously," Federer said. "He's got a good enough serve and return as well.
"But I was able to control most of the match except the very beginning."
Up next for Federer is J
eremy Chardy who beat Sam Groth 75 64. The semi final match will be the first between the two players. Meanwhile in the other half of the draw beloved Aussie veteran Lleyton Hewitt produced a convincing 64 62 win over qualified Marius Copil. On the other hand Hewitt can expect a far harder match in the semi final when he plays second seed kei Nishikori. Nishikori had a tough match against Croatias Marin Cilic. The marathon match lasting two hours and 37 minuets required Nishikori to save 14 out of 15 break points he faced. Eventually the Japanese number one was able to finish the match off winning 64 57 62.
Rafael NadalOver in Doha Rafael Nadal had to com back from a shock first set deficit against qualified Peter Gojowczyk. The 162nd seed rushed to a 3-0 lead in the first set which Nadal quickly came back to square it all again. However this wasn't enough and the world number ones serve was broken again leading to him losing the first set. On course to suffer a defeat to a player ranked outside the top 150 for the first time in years, Nadal soon regrouped to charge to a 4-0 lead in the second set leading to him winning it and then the match 62 63. In the final he will face Gael Monfils who had a easier win over Florian Mayer wining 63 62. Going into the match Nadal has a strong 8-2 head to head lead over Gael Monfils however the two times he has lost to Monfils was coincidentally in Doha. Could lightening strike three times?

Fifth seed Vasek Pospisil had little trouble in putting down Yuki Bhambri to end the Indian challenge in the singles draw. Photo: R. Ragu Finally rounding up today’s ATP tour action, the semi finals of the 2014 Aircel Chennai Open has been decided. In the top half top seed Stanislas Wawrinka enjoyed a smooth 62 61 win over Slovenian world 95 Aljaz Bedene. In the semis he will face Canadian Vasek Pospisil who beat local boy Yuki Bhambri 63 63. In the other semi final Sixth seed Marcel Granollers had a very tight victory against forth seed Benoit Paire (62 36 76) and will face another Frenchman in the form of Édouard Roger-Vasselin after beating Dudi Sela 75 67 60. 


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