Showing posts with label Radek Stepanek. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Radek Stepanek. Show all posts

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ferrer plays Stepanek to open Davis Cup final

Ferrer plays Stepanek to open Davis Cup final

This weekend the Czech Republic will face Spain in home soil for the Davis Cup trophy.

Radek Stepanek will open play against David Ferrer. Tomas Berdych will follow when he faces Nicolas Almagro.

Ivo Minar and Lukas Rosol were selected to play doubles against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.

But captain Jaroslav Navratil is expected to bring in Berdych and Stepanek if it is needed.

In Sunday's reverse singles, Berdych is scheduled to face Ferrer and Stepanek will play Almagro.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Delpo wins, Pico loses in Davis Cup semifinal | Argentina 1 - Czech Republic 1

Delpo wins, Pico loses in Davis Cup semifinal | Argentina 1 - Czech Republic 1

Juan Martin del Potro beat Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-4 6-2 while Tomas Berdych edge Monaco 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to tie the Davis Cup semifinal between Argentina and the Czech Republic.

Del Potro, told by doctors not to play because of an inflamed left wrist, broke down crying as he addressed fans chanting ''Ole! Ole! Ole!'' at the Parque Roca.

"In truth, it wasn't easy to play," Del Potro said. "You can see how I suffered playing. I did it for all of you. Playing here means so much for you, for the country, for Argentine tennis - for everyone and me too. I want to thank you for the love and support you have always shown me."

"There is always some pain," Del Potro told the crowd. "We all have some pain - some more than others. The important thing is to try to play and do your best."

Del Porto said Thursday he would not have played were this an ordinary tournament.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Nole and Andy win, Delpo and Jo upset in Toronto


Nole and Andy win, Delpo and Jo upset in Toronto

Novak Djokovic defeated Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-3 in the second round at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, where he is the defending champion.

Djokovic saved six break point in the opening set, and stepped up his level in the second, dropping just three points behind his serve.

“For the first match it was a decent performance,” said Djokovic. “Obviously at the start we played very long opening four games, and I was struggling to find the rhythm… It’s totally different conditions, time zone, ball bounce, everything.

“But I love playing on hard court. It’s my favourite surface. Obviously when I needed to play well and be patient, I’ve done that really well today. Serve was working really good, so that’s a positive.”

Djokovic next plays Sam Querrey.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Video: Nadal v Stepanek at Miami 2012 third round Full Match

Video: Nadal v Stepanek at Miami 2012 third round Full Match Watch and enjoy the full third round match between Rafael Nadal and Radek Stepanek at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rafa crushes Stepanek to reach Miami 4th round

Rafa crushes Stepanek to reach Miami 4th round

Rafael Nadal easily beat Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-2 to reach the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open, where he will play Kei Nishikori.

The former world number 1 faced only two break points, which he saved, and broke Stepanek twice in each set to win.

“I’m just happy to be in the fourth round, winning two matches with a positive feeling and with comfortable results,” Nadal said. “I’ll just try to keep doing well and try to keep improving my level a little bit.”

Photos: Nadal v Stepanek at Miami Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Nadal v Stepanek at Miami Sony Ericsson Open

Enjoy some tennis photos of Rafael Nadal and Radek Stepanek during their third round match on day 7 of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Stepanek and Kvitova toplay mixed doubles at 2012 London Olympics

Stepanek and Kvitova toplay mixed doubles at 2012 London Olympics

Radek Stepanek will play mixed doubles with Petra Kvitova at the London Olympics 2012 games.

Kvitova, who also considered Tomas Berdych as a partner, announced her plan on Friday.

Stepanek won his maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open when he and Leander Paes of India won the doubles final.

Kvitova says, “As an experienced doubles player, Radek will be the leader.”

Berdych has already announced he will play the doubles with Stepanek at the London Games.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Davis Cup: Radek Stepanek opens against Seppi

Davis Cup: Radek Stepanek opens against Seppi

Radek Stepanek will play Andreas Seppi in the opening singles match when the Czech Republic faces Italy in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Tomas Berdych will face Simone Bolelli, who replaced Potito Starace, in the second singles match on an indoor hard court at CEZ Arena.

In Saturday’s doubles, Czech pair Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Rosol are set to play Daniele Braccialli and Potito Starace.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dolgopolov Secure Brisbane Semifinal Spot

Dolgopolov Secure Brisbane Semifinal Spot

Alexandr Dolgopolov set up a semifinal meeting with Gilles Simon after beating Radek Stepanek 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the 2012 Brisbane International.

The Ukranian won 59 per cent of his second serve return points, breaking Stepanek five times. He wrapped up the two hour and 16 minute victory on his second match point against the Czech’s serve.

Simon defeated Santiago Giraldo 7-6(2), 6-4.

He broken twice, but converted three of his eight break points to claim victory in one hour and 48 minutes.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Brisbane 2012: Simon, Dolgopolov, Stepanek and Tomic into quarters

Brisbane 2012: Simon, Dolgopolov, Stepanek and Tomic into quarters

Gilles Simon, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Radek Stepanek and Bernad Tomic were all winners today at the 2012 Brisbane International tennis event in Australia.

Simon defeated James Duckworth 6-3, 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals after 90 minutes of play.

He fired 11 aces and converted three of his eight break point chances.

"I think I played a good match," said Simon. "He has a strange game, strange serve; his serve is not easy to read and he would rush to the net. So it was surprising. I thought I was better than him from the baseline, so I really wanted to engage him every time. He would do something very good, and then something very bad right after. I never knew what to do exactly, so that was why the match was complicated."

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Videos: Brisbane 2012 Highlights Men's Singles Rd 1 - Tuesday

Videos: Brisbane 2012 Highlights Men's Singles Rd 1 - Tuesday

Watch highlights of the first round matches Andy Murray vs Mikhail Kukushkin, Tommy Haas vs Marinko Matosevic and Radek Stepanek vs Matthew Ebden at Brisbane International 2012....


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Roddick Sets Federer Quarterfinal match

Roddick Sets Federer Quarterfinal match

Andy Roddick beat Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals in Basel.

Roddick capitalised on four of his five break points and will next play against Roger Federer, whom he last played in the semi-finals of this tournament in 2010. The 30-year-o.

"I was frustrated that I didn’t get more first serves in court [in the first set], but regardless of how badly you play in set one, it’s still only one set and I just tried to remind himself of that and luckily I played better in the last two," said Roddick, reflecting on his second-round win. "I thought he had a pretty good serving day, so to be able to break four times was good for me. Obviously it’s a tall order [against Federer], but I’ll go out there and give it a go and hopefully come out on top."

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fish and Stepanek advance to second round in Tokyo

Fish and Stepanek advance to second round in Tokyo

Mardy Fish beat Ryan Harrison 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the first round at the Japan Open.

Fish relied on his serve-and-volley game to outlast Harrison, who displayed a blistering forehand throughout the match.

At 5-5 in the decider, Fish broke his opponent and then served out the match.

“It was a close match,” Fish said. “It could have gone either way. He played well.”

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Monaco advances at US Open when Stepanek retires

Monaco advances at US Open when Stepanek retires

Juan Monaco advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open when Radek Stepanek retired in the third set with Monaco leading 6-4, 6-1, 2-0.

Stepanek said his right, serving shoulder had been bothering him for a few weeks. The Czech player started feeling a sharp pain in the first set Thursday that kept getting worse.

Monaco had never won a set against Stepanek in their previous three meetings.

Monaco reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Open in 2007, matching his best Grand Slam result.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Djokovic Stops Stepanek To Reach Cincinnati 2010 Quarterfinal

Djokovic Stops Stepanek To Reach Cincinnati 2010 Quarterfinal

Novak Djokovic beat Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3to claim a place in the Western & Southern Open quarter-finals where he will play against Gael Monfisl, a 62 62 winner over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Djokovic won the final three games, breaking Stepanek for a sixth time on his first match point opportunity, after twice failing to hold onto a break advantage earlier in the second set.

"There are periods of the match where I serve okay and then periods where I serve very bad, but that's okay," said Djokovic. "It all happens. I played so many matches, and they caught up to me a little bit. It's expected that some part of my game is not working 100 per cent.

"But I believe that tomorrow the serve will be better. It's important to have the right mindset and positive attitude. I don't think that my rhythm is bad, it's just a little bit my toss and I'm out of balance on my serve and I'm forcing it a little bit too much. Maybe I should go a little bit for percentage rather than speed."


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Monday, August 8, 2011

Video: Washington 2011 Final Highlights - Stepanek vs Monfils

Video: Washington 2011 Final Highlights - Stepanek vs Monfils

Watch highlights of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic final, featuring Czech Radek Stepanek against top-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils on Sunday in Washington, D.C.

Video: Radek Stepanek Washington 2011 Final Interview

Video: Radek Stepanek Washington 2011 Final Interview

Czech Radek Stepanek talks about the 'biggest win' of his career after capturing the ATP World Tour 500 title at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic with victory over top seed Gael Monfils.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stepanek wins Washington 2011 title

Stepanek wins Washington title

Radek Stepanek upset Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 to win the ATP Washington Classic 2011 title.

Stepanek, who lost five of seven prior matches to Monfils, dominated the final without problems.

Stepanek broke Monfils in the third game of the match and led 3-2, 30-love when rain halted play. A break lasted three points, enough for Stepanek to hold to 4-2 before another downpour hit.

When play resumed, each man held twice, Stepanek taking the set on a service winner after 54 minutes.

Stepanek broke Monfils again to open the second set, the Frenchman racing down the Czech's forehand volley but netting a forehand.

Stepanek made the break stand, serving out to claim the victory after 93 minutes with a forehand volley winner as thunder rumbled in the distance.


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Monfils vs Stepanek in Washington tennis final

Monfils vs Stepanek in Washington tennis final

Gael Monfils edged John Isner 6-4, 3-6 7-5 to reach the final at the 2011 ATP Washington Classic.

Isner and Monfils staged a classic despite a rain delay at the start and two interruptions that pushed the end to 1:15 in the morning, when Isner netted a forehand after a Monfils lob winner.

"I'm very happy," Monfils said. "It's not finished, but almost a great achievement. I have had a tough year. I had an injury and a new coach. To come up strong again, it feels good."

Monfils will play against Radek Stepanek, who ousted Donald Young 6-3, 6-3.

"It will be a tough match," Monfils said. "He will be aggressive. I will have to be strong from the start because it won't be easy."

Stepanek has dropped five of seven meetings with Monfils, including their most recent clash two weeks ago on Hamburg clay.

"He's moving incredibly well," Stepanek said. "He's a great shotmaker."

Isner denied Monfils on two match points in the 10th game of the third set.

"It's frustrating because on match point, the machine goes down," Monfils said. "That's the first time that has happened to me."

In the tie-breaker, neither player took a point off the other's serve until the decider. Isner blasted a 127-mph ace to reach his lone match point at 6-5, but Monfils answered with a 110-mph ace, setting up the drama-ending shots.

"The 6-all point he hit a huge second serve, put it on the line and lobbed me," Isner said. "It was a risky shot and then I cracked on match point."

Rain dogged Monfils and Isner, delaying their start, returning after they had played only seven points and striking again after Isner held to lead 5-2 in the second set, sending Monfils to talk with new coach Patrick Chamagne.

"I had the feel of his game and his serve," Monfils said. "I discussed with my coach and released all the frustration I had."

Monfils took the only break of the first set to lead 5-4 when Isner smacked a forehand wide and the Frenchman held serve with a 109-mph ace to win the set.

But Monfils netted a forehand drop volley in the second game of the second set and Isner rode the break to claim the set, the only disruption coming during a pause after a 107-mph Isner serve hit a spectator in the face.

"This tournament can give me a kick for the rest of the season," Stepanek said. "If I can make it to the US Open and be seeded, that would be great for me."



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Friday, August 5, 2011

Stepanek upsets Verdasco in Washington

Stepanek upsets Verdasco in Washington

Radek Stepanek defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinal at the ATP tennis tournament in Washington.

Stepanek will play against Donald Young, who beat Marcos Baghdatis 63 76.

Stepanek broke Verdasco in the fifth game and never faced a break point, taking the first set on back to back service winners.

He denied Verdasco on 7-of-8 break points in the second set to win after one hour and 51 minutes.

“Every match is different, so I was trying to forget about it and concentrate on [today’s] match," said Stepanek when asked about his last 3 matches against Verdasco that he lost.

“I wanted to be aggressive from the first point on. In the key moments, I was aggressive and it paid off. I’m very happy with the way I played and now I can forget about the match at Wimbledon.”


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