Showing posts with label Potito Starace. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Potito Starace. Show all posts

Monday, May 28, 2012

Photos: Djokovic vs Starace | Roland Garros 2012 Day 2

Photos: Djokovic vs Starace | Roland Garros 2012 Day 2

Check out the following tennis photos of Novak Djokovic and Potito Starace in their men's singles first round match during day 2 of the French Open at Roland Garros ... Nole advanced in 3 sets...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Youzhny and Baghdatis upset at BMW Open

Youzhny and Baghdatis upset at BMW Open

Mikhail Youznhy was beaten by Philipp Petzschner 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 in the second round of the BMW Open in Munich.

Petzschner will play Potito Starace, a 6-4 6-2 winner over Sergiy Stakhovsky in the quarters

The German fell to Youzhny in the semi-finals here last year and earned his first win over the Russian in three meetings.

“My goal is to make at least the semifinals, like last year,” said Petzschner, who reached his second quarterfinal of the year.

Grigor Dimitrov upset Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals.

“It was a great match, especially when I won it in the end. It’s just an unbelievable feeling,” said Dimitrov. “I was two match points down and I found a way to get back up right away and turn the match in a way that I really wanted to.”

“It’s my first quarter-final so I hope there’s a lot more to come. It’s a great experience and I like the clay courts here,” Dimitrov said. “Roland Garros is coming soon so it’s good to build up a bit of confidence before the upcoming tournaments. I've got to keep my feet on the ground and just look forward. I really need to push myself to the limits and see what it has to offer.”




Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pablo Andujar wins Grand Prix Hassan II Title in Casablanca

Pablo Andujar wins Grand Prix Hassan II Title in Casablanca

Pablo Andujar defeated Potito Starace 6-1, 6-2 to win the Grand Prix Hassan II title in Casablanca.

Andujar broke twice in each set and saved the only two break points he faced on his way to his first ATP World Tour Tile.

“I was very confident before the match,” Andujar said. “I thought about winning and yesterday’s win gave me a lot of confidence. I played in a way that made him tired, being very aggressive and making him run a lot.”

“I didn’t expect this title and it comes as a surprise for me,” Andujar added. “The conditions are close to the ones in Europe and it’s only a two-hour flight from Valencia. This is a very good tournament to start the clay season.”

Starace admitted he was totally outplayed.

“He was too aggressive and didn’t give me one chance, so congratulations to him,” Starace said. “He was playing a very high level.”



SOurce and Photo AP

Casablanca: Andujar vs Starace Grand Prix Hassan II final

Casablanca: Andujar vs Starace Grand Prix Hassan II final

Pablo Andujar upset Albert Montanes 6-4, 6-4 to reach the Grand Prix Hassan II finalin Casablanca.

The Spaniard will face Potito Starace, who beat Victor Hanescu 6-1, 6-7, 7-6.

Both Spanish players struggled with their serves during the encounter. Andujar broke Montanes’ serve five times and saved 13 breakpoint chances from the 16 he faced.

“I played very well today. It was a difficult match since he knows exactly how to play against me,” Andujar said. “I went match by match during the whole week without ever thinking about the final. I have nothing to lose and I’m looking forward to the final.”

“He is a great player who loves clay,” said Andujar about Starace. “It will be a hard match.”

Starace broke Hanescu’s serve five times and dropped his only once in the second set.

Hanescu struggled in the decisive tiebreaker and Starace closed out the win on his first match point.

"I had two tough match in a row," said Starace, who broke serve five times against Hanescu. "Today I had chances to win in two sets. But then Hanescu came back and I started making a lot of mistakes. Luckily I managed to win in three."

About playing Andujar, Starace added, "He's a good player and he has been beaten some strong players this week including Montanes in the semi-final. It will be a difficult match and as always in a final everything is possible."


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Vania King, Potito Starace, Ivan Ljubicic, Mardy Fish, and Thomas Berdych had an amazing day today as they had the chance to swim with the dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne....

Are you wondering why King is the only women who went to play with the dolphins??? Well, Gisela Dulk and Flavia Pennetta were invited too but they got the hour for this event wrong so they missed it... Dulko wrote on twitter that she was very disappointed because Flavia and her were really looking forward to do this...

Enjoy the pictures....

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open



Photos from Getty Images/Ap

Monday, January 3, 2011

Hopman Cup: Italy Beat Great Britain 2-1

Hopman Cup: Italy Beat Great Britain 2-1

Italy defeated Great Britain 2-1 at the Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII.

Schiavone started the day with a 75 63 win over Laura Robson but then Andy Murray leveled at one rubber apiece when he beat Potito Starace 75 61.

In the mixed doubles, Schiavone and Starace teamed up to defeat Robson and Murray 6-7 7-6 7-6.

When Murray took the court against Starace, Great Britain was down 1-0 and it was up to him to continue with hope during this rubber.

And he did good as he keep Britain alive thanks to his win over the Italian.

The opening set was an even affair with the games remaining on serve until Murray broke to claim the set 7-5. The Brit dominated the second set dropping just the one game.

Murray was happy with the way he played to beat Starace considering it was his first match in 2011 after a bit of a lay-off to end last year.

"It was a tough match today. It’s so hot, so humid in here I was struggling a little bit with my breathing, but it was really good atmosphere and great on a Monday to have a full crowd," Murray said. "I didn’t feel very fit today, I was breathing so hard after four or five games, so hopefully that will improve over the next couple of weeks, but that’s the goal to try and beat those guys in the big events and try and win my first Grand Slam."



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Video: Potito Starace makes Pizza in St. Petersburg

Video: Potito Starace makes Pizza in St. Petersburg

Check out how Potito Starace makes pizza at the official tennis tournament hotel in St. Petersburg...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Ferrero wins Croatia Open title

Ferrero wins Croatia Open title
Ferrero wins Croatia Open title

Juan Carlos Ferrero defeated Potito starace 6-4, 6-4 to win the ATP Studena Croatia Open title.

The Spaniard won his third ATP World Tour title of the year and the 15th of his career.

"I'm very happy about this tournament. It gives me a lot of confidence to go and practice on hard now," said Ferrero. "It was an amazing week. I had a bit of pain in my knee but I kept motivated and it was great to come through. It was the fourth final I've played this year and I've won three tournaments so it's a great feeling."

Ferrero broke serve in the third game for a 2-1 lead in the opening set and that was enough for him to win it. In the second set he broke Starace´s serve one more time to close the victory.

"Since the beginning of the week I played very consistent and aggressive," said Ferrero. "Today I didn't let Potito dominate the points. I know he can be dangerous with his forehand so I tried to move him around and play to his backhand."

"Today was a tough match. He played very well especially on his serve. I was a bit tired but he played a perfect game," Starace commented.

"I will try next time. I'm playing good tennis so I want to carry on and do something special. I am very close to playing my best tennis. I lost today but he played a great match. I want to try and improve my ranking in the next two-three months and try and get back to the Top 30."

The Spaniard earned 250 ATP Ranking points and €72,150, while Starace received 150 points and €37,900.


Source and Photo ATP

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hernandez upsets Mathieu in Casablanca first round

Hernandez upsets Mathieu in Casablanca first round

Oscar Hernandez upset Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6 6-3 in the first round of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca.

Potito Starace and Marcel Granollers also advanced to the second round. Starace beat Peter Luczak 6-3 7-5, while Granollers edged Robin Haase 7-6 7-6.

Hernandez converted his only two break chances. Mathieu squandered four of his five break opportunities.

Hernandez will next face Starace.

Starace didn´t have an easy match against Luczak. The Italian landed 88 percent of his first serves and converted four of seven break chances to get his first win on the main tour since January.

Starace took a 4-0 lead before dropping serve at 5-2. But he immediately broke back to take the opening set.

In the second set, both players held serve until the 12th game, when Luczak could not force a tiebreaker and Starace converted his third match point.




Wednesday, February 17, 2010

David Nalbandian wins Buenos Aires after hip surgery

David Nalbandian wins Buenos Aires after hip surgery

David Nalbandian defeated Potito Starace 6-2 7-6 in the first round of the Buenos Aires Open.

This was Nalbandian´s first competitive match in nine months because of a hip surgery. The former world number 3 said the victory was a weight off his shoulders and answered his own questions as to how he would cope.

“You don’t know how you’re going to react in particular situations like being 4-4 or having your service broken,” Nalbandian said. “It’s more that uncertainty than playing well or badly (that concerned me),” he added.

David started his comeback on Monday night but his match was suspended due to rain. He said playing in front of his home crowd helped to counter the fact that clay was not his favourite.

“Yesterday I hit my (service) returns better, today the ball was faster and the wind did not help,” he said. “But it was a good comeback. I hesitated very little, hardly at all. I’ll take things day by day. I’ll need four, five, six tournaments to (start) getting the rhythm of the circuit.”

Nalbandian made a confident start, winning the opening set 6-2 with four breaks of serve, before rain halted play. Starace held even with the Argentine through the second set as he saved two break points, but was eventually beaten in the tie-break.



Source ATP/Reuters



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Qatar Open: Rafael Nadal ease into Doha Quarterfinals

Qatar Open: Rafael Nadal ease into Doha Quarterfinals
Qatar Open: Rafael Nadal ease into Doha Quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal vs Potito Starace Photos

Rafael Nadal defeated Potito Starace 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. In the quarterfinals Nadal plays Steve Darcis, who defeated Younes El Aynaoui 6-3, 6-1

Asked if he were particularly keen to start this year well Nadal said: "It's always important to start every season well."

But Rafa did said that he had worked exceptionally hard during the off season, strengthening the muscles above and below his knees, in an effort to reduce the repeated problems he has had with them.

"The season is long. If I want to have chances I have to be there all the time, fighting every match, trying like this, the right way, all the time. If I do I will have chances (to win big titles). I don't know if it will be now or in three months time. But I will have them." said Nadal.

Rafael Nadal broke serve four times from five opportunities and denied Starace the chance to create any break point chances as he improved to a 6-0 lead in the pair’s career series.

“I think I’m playing well," said Nadal. "It was a little bit of confirmation that I played four straight matches at a very good level. I’m happy to be in the quarter-finals here in Qatar another year. Today was a tough match against Potito; I’ve always had tough matches against him in the past.”


Source Reuters/ATP
Photo Getty images

Q&A With Potito Starace

Q&A With Potito Starace

Potito Starace shares his outlook on the new 2010 ATP World Tour season ....

Q: What are some of your goals for the 2010 season?
A: I feel a lot better than last year. My main goal is to win my first ATP [World Tour] title, get back into the Top 50 and play [in] the [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000 events in the main draw.

Q: What did you work to most improve during the off-season?
A: Mostly the mental part and the physical part. The mental part I worked on; [I'm] trying to keep the intensity high during practice, trying to reproduce the intensity needed in the match.

In previous years there was a big difference between my intensity in practice and in the match. Because of this low practice intensity I often had trouble keeping my concentration during the [whole] match, costing me some games when I simply wasn’t there.

This year I hope it will be better. Physically, together with Stefano Baraldo (trainer since 2007) we have worked double sessions through the whole month of December, and I feel much stronger than I did last year.

Q: Last year you excelled more at the Challenger level than at the ATP World Tour-level. What would you say is the biggest difference between the competition on the Challenger circuit and the main Tour?
A: Last year I had the best results in Challengers and a few good results at Tour-level. I think it depends on two factors - at the Tour events, if you check, I often lost to the future winner of the tournament, and I played my best tennis during the summer, when most of the Tour events on clay had ended.

I crushed [Juan Carlos] Ferrero in Umag in the first set, but it was 40 degrees and I didn’t keep up the rhythm in the third set. After that the clay tournaments had ended and I performed well in San Marino and in the events thereafter.

The level is completely different. In Challengers you have a few really good players; the others have a regular level. There I win matches even on a really bad day. At Tour events they are all strong players; I need to be at 90 percent at least to win, and sometimes that isn't even enough.

Q: What is your favourite court surface and why?
A: Clay. I was born on clay, grew up sliding, and it's my natural way of moving. When I slide I get more power out of my legs when I hit, and I'm more dangerous.

Q: When changing court surfaces, what would you consider the biggest change a player has to make in order to adjust?
A: The position. I can’t keep my core close to the ground [on hard courts]. I'm less explosive because I can’t slide. My legs are not spread out and I stand higher, although I force myself to stay down.

Q: What career highlight do you most cherish after being on the Tour since 2001?
A: I have played a lot of great matches [during my career]. I played a good match against [Nikolay] Davidenko in Rome, in Beijing against [Rafael] Nadal and against [Marat] Safin in Paris. Also, last year I played a good match against [Robin] Soderling, when I beat him in Barcelona a few weeks before the French Open.

Q: How did the passing of your good friend and fellow Tour player Federico Luzzi change your perspective on life and tennis? Did it make you want to give more on the court, or value the other areas which life has to offer?
A: His death devastated me; it's been very hard. We were closer than brothers; we had been sharing the same apartment for almost five years. No, I couldn’t find any motivation from his death, just a lot of anger and negativity. I didn’t care about anything and it took me a whole year to get back some motivation.

Q: Have you given any thought to what you would like to take part in after you finish your tennis career? Is coaching or commentary a possibility?
A: I don’t know yet. Although I'm 28, I'm not thinking about it. I will stay in tennis for sure, commentating or coaching would be nice things to do, maybe commentating in the first place, in order to settle down at least for a few years.

Q: Do you feel extra motivation when playing in front of your home crowd during the Internazionali BNL d'Italia (ATP World Tour Masters 1000) in Rome? Do you feel more pressure or more pleasure playing in front of your fans?
A: Of course I'm more motivated. I don’t feel the pressure, just a great disappointment if I don’t do well. Last year I lost to [Albert] Montanes, but it was such a stormy day that it was impossible to build up a point or be aggressive. I was really upset afterwards.

When you do well, like when I beat [Juan Carlos] Ferrero on centre court (2007), it is the payback for all the hard work.

Q: Finally, if you could disclose one locker room story that you would like to share with the public what would it be?
A: The nicest thing has been shared already! When I ask Novak [Djokovic] to imitate anybody, he's always able and he makes me laugh! Some of his locker room performances have been published on YouTube.

Interview from TennisConnected.com via ATP