Showing posts with label Radek Stepanek. Show all posts
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Monday, August 8, 2011

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.

Source AP

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."

Source AP

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.”

Source AP/ATP

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tsonga runs out of steam in Eastbourne, loses to Stepanek

Tsonga runs out of steam in Eastbourne, loses to Stepanek

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was upset 6-2 6-3 by Radek Stepanek in the second round at the AEGON Internmational in Eastbourne.

Tsonga looked out of sorts as he lost in just over an hour in his third match in three days.

Today the Frenchman ran out of steam and lost concentration against Stepanek, who was always in control and moved almost effortlessly into the quarter-finals where he will face the winner of the match between Kei Nishikori and Rainer Schuettler.

"I've played a lot of matches. That was my goal for this preparation. Today I'm just tired, but I'm sure I will recover enough to play Wimbledon and to be ready."

Friday, June 10, 2011

Videos: Nadal vs Stepanek Highlights - London 2011

Videos: Nadal vs Stepanek Highlights - London 2011

Watch the following video highlights from the match between Rafael Nadal and Radek Stepanek at the 2011 AEGON Championships in London.... Plus a post match interview with the world number 1...

Nadal into London 2011 quarterfinals

Nadal into London 2011 quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal defeated Radek Stepanek 6-3 5-7 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals at the AEGON Championships in London.

Next for Nadal is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Stepanek gave the world number 1 a tough time on grass as he showed solid from the baseline and held serve for 2-2 but Nadal looked a class apart in the first set, and he broke in the fifth game and saved three break-back points in the following game to take the lead.

In the second set, Stepanek was broken and felt 1-3. Nadal kept the lead and had the chance to serve for the match but the Czech broke back, and broke again to level at 1 set a-piece.

After losing the second set, Nadal stormed past his opponent in the third as he went up 4-0 lead. Stepanek got one break back, but the Spaniard was too much for him and ended up winning the match with easy.

“For sure, I’m a bit tired,” Nadal said. “5-2, 5-3, 40-15 he played well. I had a few mistakes and you know that’s the turning point. The beginning of the third was tough but after that I think I played my best. Much better than yesterday.”

Source Yahoo Sports

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Davydenko to play Mayer in BMW Open final

Davydenko to play Mayer in BMW Open final

Nikolay Davydenko reached the final of the BMW Open when Radek Stepanek retired with a hamstring injury.

Davydenko was leading 6-3, 4-0 when the Czech quit.

In the final, the Russian will face Florian Mayer, who defeated Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-4.

“I think I played a nearly perfect match,” Mayer said after winning against Petzschner for the third time in three matches. Both come from the southern German town of Bayreuth.

Mayer and Davydenko are 2-2 in head-to-head matches.

Source AP

Monday, April 11, 2011

Video: Monte Carlo Masters Monday Highlights

Video: Monte Carlo Masters Monday Highlights

Watch tennis highlights from Monday action at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters 2011, including Stepanek vs Baghdatis plus Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's look ahead to the tournament...

Watch live tennis matches from Monte Carlo and highlights videos on

Tsonga and Stepanek advanced at Monte Carlo Masters

Tsonga and Stepanek advanced at Monte Carlo Masters

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.

Tsonga next plays Ivan Ljubicic.

Today, the Frenchman surrendered the first set but was able to find his game and broke Monaco six times in the final two sets to claim the win.

"I showed a lot of willpower, I had a good attitude, and I was aggressive," said Tsonga. "I chose some tactics at the beginning. I realised it was not working well because he was able to return all my loops, so I was able to change my tactics and play more directly to him. It worked pretty well. I approached the net and tried to mix up my game. I think there are many things I liked in my game today, and I played a very good match."

Radek Stepanek saved two match points before defeating Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 6-1, 7-6.

tepanek trailed 1-4 in the third-set tie-break and saved match points at 5-6 and 6-7 before converting his first match point opportunity.

The Czech will next face Andy Murray in Monaco.

Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images
Source AP/Yahoo/ATP

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Federer beats Stepanek in Miami 2011

Federer beats Stepanek in Miami 2011

Roger Federer defeated Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the third round of the Miami Sony Ericsson Open.

Next for the former world number 1 is Juan Monaco.

“It was interesting playing against him,” Federer said. “He can absorb pace really well. I was able to play solid and keep him moving and serve at a high first serve percentage, which was the goal as well today.”

"It's nice tying Pete, but he could have played for many more years," said Federer about joining Sampras on seventh in the all-time win list with 762 career victories.. "He could still win some matches on tour now if he wanted to.

"It's a funny stat, but it shows how long I have been around already, how much I've won, all around the world and all the different surfaces. I've played 10, 12 solid seasons, you know.

"I've never missed big chunks of seasons. That's how you end up with so many wins, I guess."

Federer said that the Crandon Park courts seem to be playing too slow for his liking.

"It's hard to put balls away, you have to really set it up perfectly. It reminds me slightly to clay in terms of how you can construct points. You have to really create the way you play the points.

"I wish it was a bit faster, but it is what it is. It's also a surface I can play my best tennis on, so we'll see how it goes."

Source AP/Tournament website
Photos Getty Images

Friday, March 11, 2011

Del Potro crushes Stepanek at Indian Wells

Del Potro crushes Stepanek at Indian Wells

Juan Martin del Potro defeated Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-0 in the first round of the BNP Parisbas Open at the Indian Wells.

Del Potro will will face Ivan Ljubicic in the second round.

The former US Open champion broke his opponent in the opening game of the match. Stepanek got the break back for 3-all, but was broken again. Del Potro won nine of the final 10 games to clinch the win in one hour and 24 minutes.

“I broke his serve very soon and took confidence with my serve,” said del Potro. “When I closed the first [set], I see much better my game, my forehand especially, and then I played a good match.”

“I played better than him,” Del Potro said. “I take all my opportunities, especially in the second set, and was very focused on my serve.”

The Argentine was out eight months following the wrist surgery but he is getting back to a sharp form.

“I was out a year, a long time,” he said. “Maybe I had my best form today. I can improve my game, everything, my serve and my approaches. I don’t know if I can play better or not, but I know the way to improve day by day. It’s a long road to be in the top players again. It’s very tough to play good tennis after a year out of competition, but I’m trying.”

Source and Phot AP

Friday, February 25, 2011

Stepanek out of Davis Cup due to flu

Stepanek out of Davis Cup due to flu

Radek Stepanek withdrew from the opening round of the Davis Cup tie between the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan due to illness.

Stepanek was forced to pulled out of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships due to the flu and won’t be able to recover in time for the Davis Cup next week.

The Czech Republic still has Tomas Berdych on their team and team spokesman Karel Tejkal says captain Jaroslav Navratil has called up doubles specialist Lukas Dlouhy to replace Stepanek.

Tejkal says Jan Hajek and Jiri Vesely are also on the team.

Source AP/Yahoo

Monday, February 21, 2011

Berdych and Stepanek to play Davis Cup for Czech Republic

Berdych and Stepanek to play Davis Cup for Czech Republic

Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will be joined by Jiri Vesely to play the Davis Cup first round tie against Kazakhstan.

Vesely, who is just 17 years old, won boy’s singles championship and the boy’s doubles at the Australian Open las t month.

Captain Jaroslav Navratil says Vesely deserves “to get a chance following his results.”

Navratil says Berdych and Stepanek are expected to play the opening singles and the doubles in the March 4-6 series on an indoor hard court in Ostrava.

The Czechs reached the semifinals last year and the final in 2009. Kazakhstan is in the World Group for the first time.

Source AP

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Roddick vs Soderling at Brisbane Final

Roddick vs Soderling at Brisbane Final

Andy Roddick beat Kevin Anderson 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to reach to the final of the Brisbane International, where he will play Robin Soderling, a 6-3 7-5 winner over Radek Stepanek.

Roddick took a 4-0 lead in the first set and won it in just 31 minutes.

In the second set play was postponed after a spectator appeared to faint. The former world number 1 drew cheers from the crowd as he offered a water bottle to the fan.

Anderson broke Roddick in the 10th game to win the set and even the match.
In the decider, the American raced to a 4-0 lead before claiming the match in just under two hours.

“Any time you can get five matches in, it’s a good thing,” Roddick said. “It’s a little bit of a gamble playing and then having a week off—if it doesn’t go right here you have a bit of time in between.”

“Harder, easier, as long as you get to play again it’s fine,” said Roddick. “I felt like I was in control pretty much the whole match, even in the second set when I had one bad game. I felt like I had more looks at his serve than he had at mine. I actually broke more than I thought I might against his serve.”

About playing Soderling, Roddick Commented: “We’re going to see the best of what we’ve seen this week against each other tomorrow. He’s playing great. He served really well today and was in control of his match. He hits the ball so big that a lot of times you’re at his mercy. He’s certainly improved a lot in the past two years. We’ve always had tight matches, so I don’t see why tomorrow will be different.”

Soderling broke Stepanek in the first service game and claimed a 3-0 lead and maintain it to win the set.

In the second set, Stepanek saved a match point in the 10th game and broke Soderling’s service to level the set. Soderling broke back in the 11th game, then held service in the 12th to win the match.

“He is a player I don’t really like to play against because he mixes up his game a lot,” Soderling said. “But today I was able to handle it really well— that’s why I am really happy with today’s match.

“The final is the match you really want to win, but if I am going to lose tomorrow I still feel like I have had a very good week of preparation before Melbourne.”

“I’ve served well and played well the whole week. Today was my best match and I’m really glad that I’m improving for every match,” declared Soderling. “At 5-5 [in the second set] he was back in the match again, but I managed to play a really good return game to break him again. So far I feel good. I’ve had four really good matches, but the final is the one you want to win.”

Source AP/ATP
Photo Getty Images

Friday, January 7, 2011

Soderling vs Stepanek in Brisbane Semis

Soderling vs Stepanek in Brisbane Semis

Robin Soderling defeated Matt Ebden 6-3, 6-2 to advanced to the Brisbane International semifinals where he will face Radek Stepanek, 6-3 6-3 winner over Florian Mayer.

"I've been serving really, really well all week - I haven't been broken yet," said Soderling. "Today I managed to serve well when it mattered. There were a couple of love-30 opportunities when I served really well, so I'm very happy about that."

Stepanek converted on four of 13 break point chances and dropped serve just once.

“In the back of my mind there’s always confidence from those years that everything here suits me on the court, off the court,” he said. “Now I’m very pleased to play here in front of such a crowd; it’s always an honour.”

“I was facing a break point, so that was a little bit of an up-and-down game, but I was able to hold my serve and then I had 100 percent control of the whole match,” Stepanek said. “I didn’t let him come back.”

“Everything suits me here,” he said. “Since the first tournament in 2009 I’ve felt on the court here very well. It’s always an honor, and when you win a tournament it’s obviously a favorite place (and somewhere) you want to go back.”

Stepanek attributed his success in Brisbane to his preparation: “For the last two years I came prepared pretty well after a very hard off-season, hard work, and it’s paying off and I’m glad that it’s going this way.”

About playing Soderling he commented: "To play Robin is always tough,” the World No. 62 admitted. “We've had some great battles over the years and I don't expect anything else and I'm looking forward to it.”

Photo by William West/AFP/Getty Images

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Video: Stepanek and Tomic Press Conference at 2011 Brisbane International

Video: Stepanek and Tomic Press Conference at 2011 Brisbane International

Wildcard recipient Bernard Tomic faces the media ahead of the Brisbane International 2011 while 2009 winner and last year's runner up, Radek Stepanek chats about why the Brisbane International is one of his favourite tournaments.

Enjoy the videos....

Monday, December 27, 2010

2011 Brisbane International: Roddick, Soderlin and Verdasco In

2011 Brisbane International: Roddick, Soderlin and Verdasco In

The 2011 tennis season starts this weekend, on January 2nd, at the Brisbane International.

Andy Roddick, the defending champion, will be there hoping to signal his Australian Open ambition with another title winning performance in Queensland.

Last year, the American beat Radek Stepanek in the final; the Czech also returns to challenge again for the title next week.

Both player will face stiff competition from World No. 5 Robin Soderling, who leads the 32-man field, and No. 9 Fernando Verdasco, who has the fourth best record against his fellow Top 10 players over the past 52 weeks.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Federer reaches Paris Quarterfinals

Federer reaches Paris Quarterfinals

Roger Federer scored a 64 63 win over Radek Stepanek at the BNP Paribas Masters to advance to the quarters where he will face Jurgen Melzer.

The opening set was a close affair. Stepanek had two break points but Federer gained control of the game and the set to establish a set and 3-0 lead.
The former world number 1 closed out the match after one hour and 19 minutes of play.

Federer has won back-to-back titles in Stockholm and Basel, wants to do the same here in Paris where he never past the quarters.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Roger Federer vs Andy Roddick in Basel Semis

Roger Federer vs Andy Roddick in Basel Semis

Roger Federer crushed Radek Stepanek 63 62 to advance to the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Basel semifinals where he will play against Andy Roddick, a 64 64 winner over David Nalbandian.

Stepanek played a solid mauch and did very little wrong but Federer was simply too much and played brilliant, effortless tennis.

Both players started the match in great shape and played some nice rallies. Stepanek held his first two service games with some comfort But Federer found an extra gear and started unleashing some rasping backhands down the line. He broke in the sixth game of the opening set and continued to serve out to seal the first set.

The second set was more than the same, Stepanek served well during the first games until Federer stepped it up a bit and hit more winners to break his opponent twice for a 5-2 lead.

The former world number 1 closed the victory with an ace down the middle.

Federer's next opponent, Andy Roddick, is trying to make it into the last 8 that will compete for the Masters title in London.

Today, the American gave away precious little on serve, winning all but nine of the 40 points contested there. That left Nalbandian with little room for error on his own serve, and he was unable to produce a faultless performance as he conceded two breaks.

“I always look forward to playing (Roger),” said Roddick. “You want to play the best if you are an athlete and a competitor. You want to get out there and give it a go.”

"We've played a bunch of times, we've been in this situation before," said the American. "Playing Roger means you are far along in the tournament.

"As a competitor, you want to play the best, I always look forward to facing him."

Federer said his 19-2 career record against Roddick was not a fair reflection of their rivalry.

“He is much better than the head-to-head record shows. We’ve had a lot of close matches,” Federer said.

Source Ap/Reuters
Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images