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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Novak Djokovic Roland Garros Post Match Press Conference Quarterfinal

Novak Djokovic is to return the ball to Latvia's Ernests Gulbis during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament
Novak Djokovic Roland Garros Post Match Press Conference Quarterfinal

Q. Do you think we've seen someone out there today who you had to play really well to beat who could be in and amongst the very best players in the world in the not too distant future?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, that's one of the possibilities. He has all the elements in the game to do so. He has great potential, and he's a very nice guy. I know him for a long time on and off the court. We have been practicing together in the same place for three years.

We knew each other's game, but we never met officially on the tournaments, so it was a bit tricky for both of us. Obviously he didn't have anything to lose, you know, first quarterfinals of the Grand Slam.


I knew that he was going to be aggressive and just go for the shots, so I was trying to be patient, you know, and just try to calm his game down a little bit.

There was a lot of interruptions with the rain and with the bad weather, but I think it went more in my advantage because when there is rain, the courts are getting slower, which makes the serve not so effective as in other conditions.

But certainly he has a big potential to be one of the best players in the world in upcoming couple of months or years. But, you know, it all depends from his mental ability, you know, if he's stable or not.

You know, he had some crucial moments when he made some unforced errors and double faults, so he still needs to ‑‑ he needs to get some time and get more experience.


Q. Would you say that today on the big points it was your willingness to play safe percentage tennis that saw you through?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, as I said, I knew he was going to go for the shots, so I didn't want to make the same rhythm. I didn't want to try to overpower his game. He's very strong. He's very tall. He has a great serve. He surprise me with the percentage of the first serve.

He was making a lot of troubles to me to return his serves, so, you know, if he can rely on some element in the game, which was serving in this position, then it's much easier to continue playing.

But I tried to play a bit more patient and more safe in certain moments, yeah, that's for sure. But this is not going to be a case in the next match.


Q. When you kind of walked back to the locker room and see that Nadal has won 6‑1, 6‑1, 6‑1 against someone who has won more clay court matches than you this year, then what's your immediate sensation?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I told my coach, I think it was 6‑1, 6‑1, 5‑1, I told him, Look, go, go fast. See one game, you know. Try to catch at least a game and see how it goes. Maybe he play some bad shots (laughter.)

It's impressive, of course. He's been playing better and better, you know. He improve I think the serve a lot this year, on clay especially, and he's going for some shots much more.

He combines that with his great physical strength and then patience, and it's impressive on this surface.

But I don't want to go out there in semis and just try my best. I don't want to do that. I want to win, and I think I have good quality and good chance.

I mean, I know, of course, he's a favorite, and all the credit to that. But only with a positive attitude and approach in the match I can get the positive outcome.


Q. You will play more aggressive than Hamburg, like the beginning of the match when you are winning? Or what do you think about?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think Hamburg was really good match for me. I was really unfortunate. I mean, I don't think it can happen second time that I am so unfortunate on a lot of break points and in important moments I hit so many lets and even the string breaks, things like that. I didn't have luck.

But if I play that way, you know, and if I'm able to keep on going that way, keep that aggressivity on the high level and be consistent in the strokes and just try to stick with him, you know, be all the time with him mentally as well, then I have a good chance.


Q. Is this the ultimate challenge in tennis, playing against Nadal on clay?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, yeah. In this position, yeah. In this period of the year when he's so dominant in last couple of years on this surface, he's never lost a match on the center court in the French Open, you know, he's ‑‑ all to his favor.

But it's a big challenge for me, I think, as the third player of the world and Grand Slam winner this year.

He has, you know, things have quite changed since the last year playing on clay. I think I have more quality in my game and more variety, so hopefully I can use it against him.


Q. Do you think it's a bigger challenge playing Rafa here or playing Roger at Wimbledon?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I don't know. I never played Roger in Wimbledon, so I can't say.


Q. The question is like completing the other question. The challenge of trying to beat Nadal for the first time in Paris, is it for you as strong as or wanting to win the French Open almost, like somebody's going to stop Nadal, being the one who's going to stop him? Is it for you as important as winning the Grand Slam?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I don't want to get into the book ‑‑ in the book of the history by beating Nadal. You know, it's not my priority goal. My priority goal is to keep on winning, keep on playing well, and then just trying to get as far as I can in the tournament. Winning the Grand Slam title is, of course, much more important.


Q. Are you going to have a different technique, or are you going to play as usual against Nadal?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I just said how I'm going to play.


Q. Is it fair to say that probably you are physically in the best possible shape to play this match? I think in the past you haven't been able to play as well as you would have liked because you've had an injury or two. Is it fair to say that you are in the best shape you could possibly be?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think, yes. I think I'm on the top of my shape, at least confidence, you know. I've been winning a lot this year, and I approached the big matches in the big events much different than the past years.

So this can be one of the keys in the upcoming match, and of course physical strength, which is very important. The fact that I'm going to have two days now to rest and recover is encouraging for me.


Q. There's another set of semifinals, men's and women's, and three Serbian players again. The three of you have not only have shown a lot of talent, but you seem very consistent. You don't trip up early. I mean, is there one story there, or is it three different stories?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Plus doubles. You didn't mention doubles. We have like five or six guys in doubles. Four, whatever. Seven. I don't know, seven all together?

So, yeah, it's getting better and better. I mean, I think the country has only positive thoughts about tennis now. It's No. 1 sport. I'm feeling happy when I see the guys of my country, countryfellows, you know, girls and men, doing so well.

Of course, it's much nicer than to see somebody else. For such a small country, it's a big success. We represent our country. Yeah, we support each other. We have very fair understanding for each other, and very fair relations, so it's nice.


Q. How hard he hits and the kind of ball he hits, where does that rate with all the other players in the world? Is it right up there?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Who?


Q. Ernests Gulbis, how hard he hits.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, he hits the ball really hard. He has a great talent. He's been hitting the ball really fast throughout all the time, all these years that I know him. He developed, he got stronger.

Maybe he needs to improve a little bit on his movement more and just to gain the experience. As I said, he has all the things he need to be a top 10 player.


Q. Were you at all surprised by how hard he was hitting right at the beginning?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I knew he's going to be very aggressive, so I wasn't really.


Q. You're such an emotional player, and I'm wondering if you're conscious during the match of wanting the crowd to be with you, if there's anything that you try to do? If you're feeling like you're losing them, do you try to get them back? Did your experience in Australia against Tsonga teach you anything about that?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, well, I'm emotional, of course, and going through a lot of frustrations and of course positive and negative energy throughout the match.

It's normal to have some kind of ‑‑ for me, of course, it's normal ‑‑ everybody's different ‑‑ to have some kind of expressions after a bad point or good point. That's the way I am. I have a big temperament on the court, so I just like it that way.

Every person is different, and the crowd is important on every tournament, every match. It's really important if you can get the crowd behind you to support you. You know, you get motivation. You know, you get motivated, you get a lot of positive energy, and you kind of play easier, you know.

If you have a crowd against you, it's a totally different situation. Then you're fighting against the crowd and your opponent. This can put you in a really tricky position. That's why sometimes maybe during the match, you know, if I see the crowd is against me I react crazy, but, you know, it's all part of the sport.


Q. Did Australia teach you anything about that?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Not, not specially.


Q. I was told that just before the match you got a little problem, physical problem. You were late, something like that. It was wrong information?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Absolutely.


Q. And second question: Comment about the warning?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: About the warning?


Q. Yeah.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No comment. I accept it. You know, as long as they are giving me the prewarnings, no problem about that. My fault. I admit.


Novak Djokovic's Press Conference from RolandGarros.com - Here
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Rafael Nadal to face French qualifier, weather permitting

Rafael Nadal - Roland Garros 2008
Rafael Nadal to face French qualifier, weather permitting

Rafael Nadal, world number two, will be on court for the third consecutive day as he meets qualifier Nicolas Devilder, from France, in the French Open second round.

The Spaniard, bidding to equal Swede Bjorn Borg’s record of four successive Roland Garros titles, is expected to advance although heavy rain is forecast.

Nadal, who is scheduled to play third on Suzanne Lenglen court, after 2 womens matches, and complained he had to wait in the locker room until 8pm on Tuesday, could spend a lot more time waiting around.

So far the day is looking good and with no rain. Nadal should be taking the court because the previous match Cornet vs Dulko is over.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Sam Querrey Wins First Career ATP Title in Tennis Channel Open

Sam Querrey
Sam Querrey Wins First Career ATP Title in Tennis Channel Open

Unseeded American Sam Querrey clinched his first career ATP title as he came back to defeat South African qualifier Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday at the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas.

Anderson got off to a perfect start as he broke Querrey in the first game of the match, but that would be the only time the American dropped serve during the two hour match. He saved nine of ten break chances faced, while breaking Anderson's serve twice in four opportunities.


At 3-all in the second set, Querrey won three straight games to send the match to a decisive set, where he broke Anderson at 2-all. He served out the match to love, sealing the win with his 12th ace of the match.

"On my break point in the second set we had just a great point," said Querrey. "I had a couple reflex volleys at the net, and it seemed like it turned things around. In the first set, he was serving 89 percent first serves so there was not a whole lot I could do there."

Anderson said: "The main difference was the couple break points he had, he managed to take advantage of both of them. Every chance I was up a set, a couple break points, he came up with a forehand winner and an ace. It was a close match. he was able to take advantage of his opportunities; on my chances, I wasn't able to capitalize."

Querrey, who came in at No. 66 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, improves to a 12-6 record for the 2008 season and an 8-2 record in Las Vegas. He saved one match point in his first round victory over Sebastien Grosjean, and also posted wins over No. 8 seed Nicolas Kiefer in the second round and No. 4 seed Guillermo Canas in the quarterfinals.

"I feel great," said Querrey, the third first-time winner this season (Nishikori - Delray Beach, Stakhovsky - Zagreb). "This is my best five matches I've put together in a row on tour, and it's really exciting. I've got a lot of confidence right now... I thought I played great this whole week, and I just got to keep it up."

The 20-year-old Californian is the 11th American champion at this event, joining the company of John McEnroe (1986), Brad Gilbert (1987), Andre Agassi (1993-4, 1998, 2002), Jim Courier (1995), Jan-Michael Gambill (1999), Vincent Spadea (2004) and James Blake (2006).

With Querrey's win Sunday and Andy Roddick's title win in Dubai on Saturday, it marks the first time two Americans won titles at ATP events in the same week since August 1996 when Pete Sampras won Indianapolis and Alex O’Brien won New Haven.

The 21-year-old Anderson was contesting just his third career ATP-level tournament, and was winless (0-2) before Las Vegas.

"It's always disappointing to lose," he said. "I'm obviously extremely competitive, and I would have loved to win today, but it's definitely important to look at the week as a whole and all the benefits that have come out of it. There's been many. That belief of being able to compete with the guys, it's helped by ranking a ton. Overall, I'm extremely happy about the whole week."

Prior to Sunday's final, the 6'7" (2.01m) Johannesburg native has not dropped a set in the main draw and only one in three qualifying matches. He upset No. 6 seed Michael Llodra in the first round.

Anderson, the first South African to reach an ATP final since Wesley Moodie won the title in Tokyo on Oct. 9, 2005, will move from his current career-high ranking of No. 175 to No. 121.

Anderson said: "My next aim is to be Top 100, the main draws of the Grand Slams. That was actually my yearly goal, and I think that goal is definitely attainable a lot sooner than that. But still, to attain my ultimate goal of being Top 10 in the world. It's going to take a lot more hard work. There's obviously some things I need to work hard to compete with the very best of the game. It was an awesome week, but I still am extremely motivated to keep working hard."

The former University of Illinois star is the third player in the last month to make it out of the qualifying draw and reach an ATP final. Last month, Japanese teenager Kei Nishikori qualified and won the title in Delray Beach. Last week, lucky loser Sergiy Stakhovsky lost in the final round of qualifying in Zagreb but advanced into the main draw when a player withdrew. He took advantage of that opportunity and won his first ATP title.


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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Sam Querrey claims Vegas title

Sam Querrey
Sam Querrey claims Vegas title

Unseeded American Sam Querrey claimed his first career title by defeating South African qualifier Kevin Anderson, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, on Sunday in the final of the $436,000 Tennis Channel Open.

Ranked 66th in the world, Querrey used a powerful serve to record 12 aces en route to claiming the first-prize check of $68,800.

The 20-year-old improved his match record to 12-6 this year and became the second American to capture an ATP title this season. The other is Andy Roddick, who won in San Jose last month and Dubai on Saturday.


Querrey reached his first career final with a 7-5, 6-2 semifinal victory over No. 4 seed Guillermo Canas of Argentina on Saturday.

Top seed Fernando Gonzalez, No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt - the defending champion - and No. 3 seed Marcos Baghdatis all were ousted in a rash of second-round upsets earlier in the week.

A former University of Illinois star, the 21-year-old Anderson ousted American Robby Ginepri, 7-6, (7-4), 6-4, in the semifinals to also advance to his first final.

Ranked 175th, Anderson continued the uncanny recent success of qualifiers, becoming the third such player to reach an ATP final in the last month.

In February, Japanese teenager Kei Nishikori won the title in Delray Beach as a qualifier. Last week, “lucky loser” Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine captured his first career crown in Zagreb.

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Tennis Channel Open Finals Results: Sam Querrey Champion

Kevin Anderson
Tennis Channel Open Finals Results

Sam Querrey is the 2008 Tennis Channel Open Champion.
Querrey started a little slow, he lost the first set 36 but he battle bake to take the match and the championship in 3 sets.

Sam Querrey defeated Kevin Anderson, who was a qualifier.

In Doubles the champions are J Benneteau/M Llodra.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Singles - Final
S Querrey (USA) vs [Q] K Anderson (RSA) 46 63 64

Doubles - Final
[3] J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) 64 46 10-8

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Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey to meet in Las Vegas final

Sam Querrey
Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey to meet in Las Vegas final

South African qualifier Kevin Anderson defeated American wildcard Robby Ginepri 7-6 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the Las Vegas Open.

Anderson will face unseeded American Sam Querrey, who beat fourth-seeded Argentine Guillermo Canas 7-5 6-2.

The 21-year-old Anderson, ranked 175th in the world and bidding to become the first South African to win an ATP final since Wesley Moodie won in Tokyo in October 2005, took the opening set 7-4 on a tiebreak.


Although his first-serve percentage slipped in the second, he was broken only once as he clinched victory in one hour and 28 minutes.

The 6-foot-7 (2.01-metre) Anderson, who won his first ATP match in Monday’s opening round, has reached the final without losing a set.

“Each match I’ve felt I could compete and I’ve played my own game,” Anderson told reporters. “I’m not trying to do anything special.”

The 20-year-old Querrey, ranked 66th and looking for his first ATP title, converted five of nine break points to upset the 20th-ranked Canas in one-hour, 39 minutes. (Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Sam Querrey upsets Guillermo Canas, advances to final in Vegas


Sam Querrey upsets Guillermo Canas, advances to final in Vegas

Unseeded American Sam Querrey advanced to the final of the $436,000 Tennis Channel Open with a straight-sets victory over fourth-seeded Argentine Guillermo Canas, 7-5, 6-2, on Saturday.

Querrey, moved on to his first career final, where he will meet South African qualifier Kevin Anderson.

“I played well tonight and I was hitting my forehand well,” Querrey said. “It’s great (to be in my first ATP final) and I have a great chance to win tomorrow, and hopefully I can. It would be a big confidence booster.”


The world No. 66, Querrey continued the string of upsets in this tournament as he knocked out the last seeded player in the field.

Top seed Fernando Gonzalez, No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt - the defending champion - and the third-seeded Marcos Baghdatis all were ousted in a rash of second-round upsets earlier in the week.

After a close first set, the 20-year-old Querrey dominated the second by winning 80 percent (12-of-15) of his first-serve points, breaking Canas’ serve twice. He also broke Canas three times in the first set en route to his 11th win of the season.

“I just had to be patient. He’s a great defensive player, and if you’re going to come in, you have to pick the right ball to come in,” Querrey said. “I was consistent and I thought I served very well.”

Querrey’s previous best effort this season was a loss in the semifinals at Delray Beach to eventual champion Kei Nishikori of Japan last month.

Now Querrey faces Anderson, who rallied and advanced to his first career ATP final with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over American Robby Ginepri.

A 6-7 former University of Illinois star, the 21-year-old Anderson won the ninth game of the second set at love to snap a 4-4 tie, then broke Ginepri’s serve in the 10th game to seal the win.

Anderson, who had been 0-2 in ATP matches prior to this week, has not dropped a set in four matches here.

“I am very surprised to be in the final and, at the same time, I don’t feel like I’m overwhelmed by the situation,” Anderson said. “The biggest key for me is that I have the confidence to be playing at this level.”

Aside from Anderson, the only other qualifier to reach a final this year was Nishikori at Delray Beach.

Meanwhile, it was another bitter end for the 25-year-old Ginepri, who was appearing in his third consecutive semifinal. He also reached the round of four in Delray Beach and San Jose.

First prize is $68,800.

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Kevin Anderson, South African qualifier, advances to Las Vegas final

Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson, South African qualifier, advances to Las Vegas final

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson advanced to his first ATP final, beating American Robby Ginepri, 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Saturday in the Tennis Channel Open.

The 6-foot, 7-inch Anderson will face the winner of the second semifinal between fourth-seeded Guillermo Canas of Chile and unseeded American Sam Querrey.

“I think the biggest key for me this week is that it gives me confidence of knowing that I can compete at this level,” Anderson said.


Anderson shut out Ginepri in the ninth game of the second set to break a 4-4 tie, then broke Ginepri’s serve to seal the win in the 10th game.

The South African never led in the first set until the tiebreaker. After he took the lead for the second time with a 5-4 advantage, Anderson finished off the tiebreak with an ace and a serve that Ginepri returned long.

“I was behind and I really didn’t have any luck with his serve at all,” Anderson said. “I just knew that I had to keep playing and, fortunately, I was able to get that lead in the tiebreak.

“I felt pretty confident with my serve during the tiebreak. I thought I served really well. I hit an ace and then an unreturnable (serve) at 5-4 to seal the set.”

Anderson also had an ace clocked at 137 mph for his second point of the tiebreaker and averaged 134 mph for his three tiebreak aces.

“He has a huge serve,” Ginepri said. “I also didn’t expect him to be hitting that well off the ground for the whole match. I thought he would spread some more balls loose. He moves pretty well for his size.”

After failing to win a regular-draw ATP match before this week, Anderson hasn’t dropped a set during four matches in Las Vegas.

“I’ve played my whole life on the baseline,” Anderson said. “The biggest thing I am working on is trying to move forward a little more, trying to be a little more aggressive. I still say my game is good serves, mainly from the baseline. But having said that I felt I hit the ball really well today.”

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Tennis Channel Open Semifinals Results and 3/9 Order of Play

Robby Ginepri
Tennis Channel Open Semifinals Results and 3/9 Order of Play

The semifinals at the Tennis Channel Open are underway.

The first player to make it itno the final was Kevin Anderson, whi is having an amazing run in Las Vegas. Anderson got into the main draw after winning the qualy and now he will be playing on Sunday for the Title.

Anderson defeated Robby Ginepri today in 2 sets.

The other semifinal will be played between Guillermos Cañas and Sam Querrey.

Check out all the results from the Tennis Channel Open.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Singles - Semifinals
S Querrey (USA) d [4] G Canas (ARG) 75 62
[Q] K Anderson (RSA) d R Ginepri (USA) 76(4) 64

Doubles - Semifinals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) / K Economdidis (GRE) 62 75
[3] J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d [2] J Bjorkman (SWE) / K Ullyett (RSA) 76(5) 64



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Guillermo Canas faces San Querrey in Tennis Channel Open

Sam Querrey
Guillermo Canas faces San Querrey in Tennis Channel Open

The lone seeded player still standing, Guillermo Canas attempts to push his way into Tennis Channel Open final on Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Argentine will face unseeded American Sam Querrey in the semifinals of the $436,000 hardcourt event.

In a tournament with no shortage of upsets, Canas was the only player to survive the first two rounds here. H e kept rolling Friday, emerging from the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over American qualifier Amer Delic.


It has been a dominant run for Canas, who is playing in his second tournament after being sidelined by wrist tendinitis for the first part of the year.

The world No. 20 has not lost a set in three matches here, has won 78 percent (40-of-51) of his service points and committed just 35 unforced errors, compared to 95 by his opponents.

The 30-year-old Canas has never faced Querrey, who is in his second semifinal of the season.

The other semifinal will see the first meeting between South African qualifier Kevin Anderson against American wild card Robby Ginepri.

The 21-year-old Anderson is trying to become the second qualifier to reach a final this season. Kei Nishikori did so during his incredible run to the Delray Beach title last month.

Ginepri, 25, is 9-2 this season and is appearing in his third consecutive semifinal, also reaching the round of four in Delray Beach and San Jose.

First prize is $68,800.


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Guillermo Canas avoids upset bug, advances to semifinal at Vegas

Guillermo Canas
Guillermo Canas avoids upset bug, advances to semifinal at Vegas

Guillermo Canas put an end to the string of upsets in Las Vegas with ease.

The fourth-seeded Argentine advanced to his first semifinal of the season with straight-sets victory over American qualifier Amer Delic, 6-4, 6-4, on Friday at the $436,000 Tennis Channel Open.

The world No. 20 and the lone seeded player left in the field, Canas took advantage of 29 unforced errors and easily dispatched of the 126th-ranked Delic.

The 30-year-old Canas lost only four points on his first serve and never faced a break point during a match that lasted 80 minutes.


It has been a dominant run for Canas, who is playing in just his second tournament after being sidelined by wrist tendinitis for the first part of the year.

In three matches, Canas has won 78 percent of his service points (40-of-51) and committed just 35 unforced errors, compared to 95 by his opponents.

While Canas has been solid, the same cannot be said of his seeded peers. Top seed Fernando Gonzalez, No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt - the defending champion - and the third-seeded Marcos Baghdatis all were ousted in a rash of second-round upsets.

The lone survivor, Canas next will face American Sam Querrey, who advanced with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

Querrey pulled away in the second set as he broke in the first and third games en route to a 4-0 lead.

“I played well and everything was working for me tonight,” said the 20-year-old Querrey, who improved to 4-0 lifetime against Benneteau. “I was going for a little more tonight and it paid off.”

In other action Friday, American Robby Ginepri reached his third straight semifinal with a straight-sets victory over 19-year-old Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, 6-1, 6-2.

Ginepri converted all four break points and needed just 53 minutes to advance. He will meet South African qualifier Kevin Anderson, who posted a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Russian Evgeny Korolev.

Korolev had the tables turned on him after advancing with an upset win over Hewitt.

The 21-year-old Anderson, who had been 0-2 in ATP matches prior to this tournament, needed just 53 minutes to dispatch Korolev.

“I really felt really good with all my shots and I took every opportunity I had in the match,” Anderson said.

First prize is $68,800.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Guillermo Cañas, Robby Ginepri, Anderson Advance to Semifinals

Guillermo Cañas
Guillermo Cañas, Robby Ginepri, Anderson Advance to Semifinals

No. 4 seed Guillermo Canas advanced to his first ATP semifinal of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over American qualifier Amer Delic.

The 30-year-old Argentine, who has not dropped a set during the week, converted two of seven break points while never facing break point in the one hour and 20 minute match. Canas only lost four points on first serve (26 of 30).


Canas, playing in his second tournament of the season after coming back from a left wrist injury, will face the winner of Sam Querrey and Julien Benneteau in the semifinals.

South African qualifier Kevin Anderson reached his first career ATP semifinal with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Russian Evgeny Korolev.

The 6'7" (2.01m) Anderson, who never had won an ATP-level match (0-2) prior to this week, needed only 53 minutes to eliminate last year's Tennis Channel Open semifinalist.

The 21-year-old from Johannesburg, South Africa turned pro last summer after a standout career at the University of Illinois and he came into the tournament ranked a career-high No. 175.

"I really felt really good with all my shots and I took every opportunity I had
in the match," said Anderson, who will attempt to become the first South African to reach an ATP final since Wesley Moodie won the Tokyo title in October 2005. Moodie was a semifinalist in Newport last summer.

Anderson will take on American wild card Robby Ginepri, who reached his third consecutive ATP semifinal in the last month with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Latvian teenager Ernests Gulbis.

Ginepri, a semifinalist in Delray Beach (l. to Blake) and San Jose (l. to Stepanek), also won in 53 minutes as he converted all four break points.

Ginepri, who was No. 169 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Feb. 11, came into Las Vegas at No. 111. He will move back into the Top 100 next week for the first time since Oct. 22, 2007 when he was No. 88.


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Tennis Channel Open Friday Results and 3/8 Order of Play

Amer Delic
Tennis Channel Open Friday Results and 3/8 Order of Play

We had the first 2 semifinalist of the Tennis Channel Open.
Fourth seed, Guillermo Cañas from Argentina, defeated qualifier, Amer Delic, and took her place in the semis.

Anderson, from Russia, did the same after an easy win over Korolev.

Check out all the results from the Tennis Channel Open and Saturday order of play.


Friday, March 7, 2008

Singles - Quarterfinals
[4] G Canas (ARG) d [Q] A Delic (USA) 64 64
[Q] K Anderson (RSA) d E Korolev (RUS) 62 60
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) d E Gulbis (LAT) 61 62
S Querrey (USA) d J Benneteau (FRA) 75 62

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) / K Economdidis (GRE) d [4] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 62 64

Tennis Channel Open Saturday Order of Play
Coming soon.

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Guillermo Canas set for action in Tennis Channel Open

Guillermo Cañas
Guillermo Canas set for action in Tennis Channel Open

One cannot blame Guillermo Canas if he is a bit nervous heading into Friday’s quarterfinal action at the Tennis Channel Open.

The fourth-seeded Argentine attempts to reach his first semifinal of the season when he faces American qualifier Amer Delic at this $436,000 hardcourt event.

Canas is the only seeded player remaining in the draw following a rash of second-round upsets. Among the biggest names to fall were top seed Fernando Gonzalez, No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt - the defending champion - and third seed Marcos Baghdatis.


The world No. 20, Canas is appearing in just his second event of the season, having been sidelined the first part of the year with left wrist tendinitis.

The 30-year-old has enjoyed a relatively easy path to this point, disposing of Thomas Johansson and Chris Guccione in straight sets.

The 126th-ranked Delic is appearing in his first ATP quarterfinal after upsetting No. 5 Potito Starace on Wednesday.

The winner of that match will book a semifinal clash with either Sam Querrey of the United States or Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who ended Hewitt’s bid for a fourth championship here.

Quarterfinal play in the top of the draw will see Evgeny Korolev face South African qualifier Kevin Anderson and Robby Ginepri take on 19-year-old Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

Korolev, who reached the semifinals in his debut here last season, stunned Gonzalez, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), on Thursday.

Ginepri was responsible for Baghdatis’ early exit, handing the Cypriot a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 defeat. The American is seeking his third straight semifinal after reaching the round of four at Delray Beach and San Jose.

First prize is $68,800.

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Fernando Gonzalez, Marcos Baghdatis latest seeds to fall in Las Vegas ATP

Fernando Gonzalez
Fernando Gonzalez, Marcos Baghdatis latest seeds to fall in Las Vegas ATP

Top-seeded Fernando Gonzalez and number three Marcos Baghdatis became the latest seeds to tumble out of this ATP hardcourt tournament on Thursday.

Chile's Gonzalez, playing in his first tournament since suffering an abdominal injury that sidelined him for almost a month, fell 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to Russia's Evgeny Korolev in the second round.

"It was a great match for me," Korolev said. "I was feeling really great. The conditions today, everything was perfect. I found my touch, I found my game."


Gonzalez, who won his most recent event at Vina del Mar last month, couldn't get past Korolev, who recorded the final four points of the tiebreaker after wasting several match points earlier in the second set.

"I was a little bit surprised, a little bit nervous, a little bit (upset)," the 100th-ranked Korolev said of his missed chances. "I was really, really down when it came to 5-5, and I lost the game easy. Then somehow I got back and decided to fight. I was a little bit lucky I won it at the end of the tiebreak."

Gonzalez followed second seed and defending champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, fifth-seeded Potito Starace of Italy, sixth-seeded Michael Llodra of France and eighth-seeded German Nicolas Kiefer out of the tournament.

On Thursday night, third-seeded Cypriot Baghdatis also fell, losing 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 to American Robby Ginepri.

Korolev next will face South African qualifier Kevin Anderson, who outlasted American wild card John Isner 7-6 (7/2), 7-5.

Anderson did not face a break point in the match against Isner.

Teenager Ernests Gulbis of Latvia advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Australian qualifier Peter Luczak.

The 19-year-old Gulbis blasted 12 aces and saved both of the break points he faced to book a quarter-final clash with Ginepri.

In Friday's other quarter-finals, fourth-seeded Argentinian Guillermo Canas will play US qualifier Amer Delic and American Sam Querrey will play France's Julien Benneteau - who ousted Hewitt on Wednesday.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Fernando Gonzalez bundled out in Las Vegas

Fernando Gonzalez
Fernando Gonzalez bundled out in Las Vegas

Top-seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez saved 10 match points before being knocked out of the Las Vegas Open second round by Russian Evgeny Korolev 6-3 7-6 on Thursday.

World number 13 Gonzalez, who struggled with his second serve throughout the match, was swept aside in just over 90 minutes.

Although he came from 5-2 down in the second set and broke the Russian to level at 5-5, he lost the tiebreak 7-4 to become the sixth seeded player to make a premature exit.


Second seed and defending champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia was upset 6-3 7-5 by Frenchman Julien Benneteau in a second-round clash on Wednesday.

“It was a great match for me,” a beaming Korolev told reporters after reaching the last eight in Las Vegas for the second successive year.

“I was feeling really great. The conditions today, everything was perfect. I found my touch, I found my game.”

The 20-year-old from Moscow, who lost to Gonzalez in their only previous meeting at last year’s Australian Open, was frustrated after needing an 11th match point to seal victory.

“I was really, really down when it came to 5-all and I lost the game easily,” said Korolev, who is ranked 100th in the world. “Somehow I got back and started to fight. I was a little bit lucky that I won it at the end in the tie-breaker.”

Gonzalez, who clinched his ninth ATP singles title at Vina del Mar last month, won only 11 of 27 points on his second serve against his more consistent opponent.

Korolev will face qualifier Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals, the South African having scraped past American wildcard John Isner 7-6 7-5 in a contest of big-serving.

Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis thrashed Peter Luczak of Australia 6-2 6-1 to book a place in the last eight against either third-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus or American Robby Ginepri. (Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Evgeny Korolev Needs 11 M.P. to Oust Fernando Gonzalez

Evgeny Korolev
Evgeny Korolev Needs 11 M.P. to Oust Fernando Gonzalez

Chilean Fernando Gonzalez became the lastest seeded casualty at the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas despite saving 10 match points to force a second set tie-break, succumbing to Russian youngster Evgeny Korolev 6-3, 7-6(4) on Thursday in Las Vegas.

"It was a great match for me," said Korolev. "I was feeling really great. The conditions today, everything was perfect. I found my touch, I found my game."


Korolev ran off four straight games against the No. 1 seed in the second set, and with a break in the seventh game to go up 5-2, put himself in a position to serve for the match. But he squandered three match points before being broken, and then failed to convert on two more match points on Gonzalez's serve in the ninth game.

The tenth game was a tightly played marathon. Korolev raced to a 40-15 lead, but Gonzalez was able to level the game score. On each of the first two deuce points Korolev was able to get an advantage, but again Gonzalez leveled the score. After saving a break point, Korolev got his fifth match point of the game, and 10th of the afternoon. He lost that point, and the next two, handing the game to Gonzalez.

Gonzalez held to love in the 11th game, but Korolev was able to serve out the 12th game to force a tiebreak. Gonzalez took a 4-3 lead in the tie-break, but Korolev did not surrender another point in closing out the match.

"I was a little bit surprised, a little bit nervous, a little bit pissed," said Korolev about his missed chances. "I was really, really down when it came to 5-all, and I lost the game easy. Then somehow I got back and decided to fight. I was a little bit lucky I won it at the end of the tie-break."

With the loss, Gonzalez followed No. 2 and defending champion Lleyton Hewitt out of the main draw, who along with No. 5 Potito Starace and No. 8 Nicolas Kiefer had bowed out in second round action on Wednesday. Gonzalez, who won the Vina del Mar title in his last appearance in early February, now falls to a 7-2 record for the season.

Korolev, No. 100 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, reached the semifinals last year in his Las Vegas debut and will attempt to advance to his second ATP quarterfinal of 2008. He reached the Sydney quarterfinals as a qualifier in the second week of the season (l. to Santoro).

Latvian teenager Ernests Gulbis also secured his place in the quarterfinals as defeated Australian qualifier Peter Luczak 6-2, 6-1 in 54 minutes. He fired 12 aces and broke Luczak's serve five times in nine chances.

The 19-year-old Gulbis is making his debut in Vegas, and moves through to an ATP quarterfinal for just the third time in his career. His prior showings came the last two years in St. Petersburg.

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Tennis Channel Open Thursday Results and 3/7 Order of Play

Fernando Gonzalez
Tennis Channel Open Thursday Results and 3/7 Order of Play

Top seed Fernando Gonzalez couldn't find his form at the Tennis Channel Open. Gonzalez failed in the second round to Korolev in 2 sets.
Gulbis and Anderson were victorious today and made it into the quarterfinals.

Third seed, Marcos Baghdatis, was also defeated.

Check out all the scores from the Tennis Channel Open and Friday Order of Play.


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Singles - Second Round
E Korolev (RUS) d [1] F Gonzalez (CHI) 63 76(4)
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) d [3] M Baghdatis (CYP) 76(2) 63
E Gulbis (LAT) d [Q] P Luczak (AUS) 62 61
[Q] K Anderson (RSA) d [WC] J Isner (USA) 76(2) 75

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [WC] C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) 63 36 10-7
[2] J Bjorkman (SWE) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d L Arnold Ker (ARG) / F Gonzalez (CHI) 76(1) 63
[3] J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d M Mirnyi (BLR) / J Murray (GBR) 76(6) 67(2) 10-6


Tennis Channel Open Friday Order of Play
Stadium Court 11.00 am

Evgeny KOROLEV vs Kevin ANDERSON

followed by
Amer DELIC vs Guillermo CANAS

followed by
Robby GINEPRI vs Ernests GULBIS

Not Before 5.30 pm
Marcelo MELO / Andre SA vs Marcos BAGHDATIS / Konstantinos ECONOMIDIS

Not Before 7.00 pm
Sam QUERREY vs Julien BENNETEAU


Stadium 2 & Stadium 3 11.00 am

WTA


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Julien Benneteau upsets 2nd-seeded Lleyton Hewitt to reach Las Vegas quarterfinals

Julien Benneteau
Julie Benneteau upsets 2nd-seeded lleyton Hewitt to reach Las Vegas quarterfinals

France’s Julien Benneteau upset second-seeded Australian star Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 7-5 on Wednesday night to advance to the Tennis Channel Open quarterfinals.

Benneteau will face Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals. Querrey advanced to his second ATP Tour quarterfinal of the season, beating eighth-seeded Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-1 in windy afternoon conditions.


Querrey had six aces and converted 74 percent of his first serves.

“I was pretty aggressive,” Querrey said. “On the second serve, I was taking some chances. I also was trying to be aggressive with my forehand and see if it worked.”

Fourth-seeded Guillermo Canas of Argentina advanced with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Chris Guccione of Australia. Guccione had 29 unforced errors.

Canas saved seven of eight break points.

“The wind today was hard,” Canas said. “But I had confidence at the beginning of the match, and I knew after that they (points) are going to be more easy.”

Canas will face qualifier Amer Delic. Delic reached the quarterfinals when fifth-seeded Potito Starace of Italy retired because of a back injury. Delic led 6-3, 3-0.

Starace, ranked 32nd in the world, was trying to reach his third quarterfinal in four events this season.

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Lleyton Hewitt stunned in Las Vegas

Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt stunned in Las Vegas

Lleyton Hewitt’s good fortune finally ran out in this city.

Unheralded Frenchman Julien Benneteau produced a huge upset at the Tennis Channel Open on Wednesday, ousting defending champion Hewitt, 6-3, 7-5, in the second round of this $436,000 hardcourt event.

The second-seeded Australian has dominated the tournament in recent years, also claiming titles here in 2000 and 2003. Additionally, the 27-year-old had reached the final in five of his six appearances, including the past two years.


Benneteau brought those streaks to a screeching halt, breaking Hewitt five times and handing him just his fourth defeat in the last 31 matches here.

“It’s a good win,” Benneteau said. “I played a very good way and I’m happy about this match. I have to be fit like this on the quarterfinal on Friday.

“(The key) was first not to give him some free points, and not make some mistakes. After that, take some opportunties when I could.”

Hewitt looked to be back in form after an impressive 6-1, 6-1 opening-round win over Marat Safin. But the world No. 24 was betrayed by his serve against Benneteau, who never has won an ATP singles crown and improved to just 6-4 this season.

The Frenchman had two service breaks in the first set and two more in the second to seize a 5-3 lead before Hewitt briefly flashed the form that has won him 26 career singles titles.

Hewitt held serve and then broke Benneteau on a double fault to pull even at 5-5, but Benneteau broke right back before serving out the final game for the match.

Benneteau next will face unseeded Sam Querrey of the United States.

Querrey needed just 58 minutes to knock off eighth-seeded German Nicolas Kiefer, 6-3, 6-1. The American converted 5-of-6 break-point chances to reach the quarterfinals here for the second straight year.

“I played really well today,” Querrey said. “I started off a little sluggish, went down a break, 2-1, but then just played solid and kept the ball to his forehand - kinda break him down a little bit - and just played aggressive, especially when I was returning his second serve.”

The world No. 66 and highest-ranked American in the draw, Querrey had won just one match since he had been struggling coming into this event, falling in the first round at San Jose and reaching the second round last week in Memphis.

In other action in the bottom of the draw, No. 4 seed Guillermo Canas of Argentina moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Australian qualifier Chris Guccione.

Canas broke Guccione’s serve four times to reach his first ATP quarterfinal since October at Metz.

The world No. 20, Canas is competing in just his second event of the year, having been sidelined with left wrist tendinitis.

“Always when you play with these tough players or big-serve players, always it’s dangerous,” Canas said. “But I feel very confident in my game - I’m returning very well, I’m moving very well. It was great and I’m very happy.”

Next up for Canas is American qualifier Amer Delic, who advanced when fifth seed Potito Starace of Italy retired with a back injury while trailing 6-3, 3-0.

Delic also had won the only previous meeting with Starace - a five-set battle in the opening round of the 2006 Australian Open.

It marks the first career appearance in an ATP quarterfinal for Delic, who defeated last year’s runner-up Jurgen Melzer in the first round.

“Definitely feels good to get through for the first time,” Delic said. “No better place to get lucky than in Vegas, I guess.”

The top seed in this hardcourt event is Fernando Gonzalez, who captured his 10th career title last month at Vina Del Mar and reached the Australian Open final a year ago.

The Chilean is scheduled to face Evgeny Korolev in second-round action Thursday.

First prize is $68,800.

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