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Top seeds Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny were sent crashing out of the Swiss Open in a rain-hit first round.

Frenchman Gael Monfils defeated the number one seed Davydenko 3-6 6-4 7-5 after resuming Tuesday’s rain-delayed match at 5-5 in the third.

Fellow Russian Youzhny lost to Austrian Stefan Koubek 6-4 6-3 in Gstaad.

The players in Gstaad are unlucky, as rain has interupted almost every match. Gael Monfils himself said that it was the coldest day he has ever played in.

(source: BBC)

With all the recent success of Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the Serbian Tennis Federation came up with the idea of releasing tickets early for Serbia’s Davis Cup play-off against Australia.

The plan has definitely worked, as the September event sold out for every day within hours. Also, with the capacity of Belgrade’s Beogradska Arena at 19,962, this already assures the highest attendance in the history of the competition outside a final.

(via Davis Cup)

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We saw Roger Federer lifting the Wimbledon trophy for the fifth consecutive time, and thus the question remains can someone beat him on the grass surface.

After watching the Swiss master in Wimbledon, Tim Henman thought that one man alone could not get the better of Federer. “If you take Roddick’s serve,” Henman said, “and Agassi’s returns and my volleys and Hewitt’s speed and tenacity, then you’ve probably got a good chance against Federer. That’s a lot of people involved in beating one player.”

So, let us try and create an ultimate player, the one who could maybe stand a chance against Federer on Central Court.

Goran Ivanisevic’s first serve

The rest of Ivanisevic’s game may have been prone to falling apart depending on his mood, but he could always rely on his serve. Tall at 6’4” (three inches taller than Federer), and left-handed, the Croat could blast aces to a band playing. Unlike Andy Roddick, who just belts the ball for all he is worth, Ivanisevic could thump it, kick it, spin it and place it – and always it was devastating. When he won Wimbledon in 2001, he racked up a record of 212 aces over the course of the two weeks and when he was facing Tim Henman in that epic semi final spread over three rain-sodden days, he was as nervous as a kitten and yet still managed to serve his way into the final.

Pete Sampras’s second serve

Maybe not the most obvious of the American’s talents, but it was the one that brought him 14 grand slam titles, seven of them in SW19. He beat Jim Courier to win his first Wimbledon title in 1993 and Courier could not believe what he was facing. “I thought I played pretty well but it’s hard to beat a guy who plays two first serves on every point for the entire match,” the runner-up said. In that match, the average speed of his second serve was 110mph yet despite that, he only double faulted four times over four sets. The fans may not have noticed Sampras’s second serve, but his opponents dreaded it.

Andre Agassi’s return

Gifted with perfect vision and lightning reflexes, there was not a serve that Agassi could not read and defuse. He took the ball so early that he virtually picked it off his opponent’s strings and like a master of the martial arts, Agassi would take the force of the serve and turn that power back on the server. Backing up every break with a service game that was never flashy, never overdone but always as solid as a rock, he was a ferociously aggressive counter puncher.

Boris Becker’s intensity

Becker’s winning match face was a scary sight. With those pale blue eyes fixed on a point somewhere in the middle distance during the change overs, he was living in a place of his own making, a place where no one else was allowed to intrude. In his pomp, he would stride onto Centre Court as if he really believed he owned it and the opponent was simply not welcome. Players face Federer with that sinking feeling, hoping that they will not be humiliated by the Swiss, but against Becker, they were made to feel surplus to requirements.

Stefan Edberg’s movement

He was possibly the quietest and most unassuming of champions, but, as the old saying goes, the quiet ones are the worst. No one was ever sure quite how or when Edberg made his move to the net but he did it like greased lightning. In the blink of an eye he went from preparing to start his service action to hanging over the net like a preying mantis. Every part of his game was beautiful to watch and all of it depended on his ability to glide across the grass as if on castors.

John McEnroe’s volley

Maybe it is the effects of age or maybe it is just the old tapes of matches from a bygone era, but McEnroe seemed to move in slow motion at the net. Where others rush to snap their volleys away, Mac the Mouth appeared to have all the time in the world, holding the ball on his racket strings until his opponent had committed himself, leaving McEnroe to put the ball into the space left behind. He made it look so simple. Helped enormously by a left handed serve, his approach to tennis was the same as his approach to life – take it head on and attack.

Jimmy Connors’s fight

Connors was pathologically incapable of giving in, even when the cause seemed lost. In 1987, he came to Wimbledon with a leg injury and, aged 34, he was supposed to be in the twilight of his career. When he slumped to a 6-1, 6-1, 4-1 deficit against Mikael Pernfors in the fourth round, he should have been down and out. But with his pride wounded, Connors began to fight and, running away with 18 of the last 25 games, he cussed, hollered and roared to a five set win and was only beaten in the semi finals. He was not done as in 1991, aged 39, he scrapped his way to the US Open semi finals and only retired the following year.

Bjorn Borg’s ice-cold reserve

The man with a resting heart rate that was only marginally above unconscious, Borg could not be rattled on a tennis court. If they had dropped the bomb beside him during a match, he would have finished match point before looking up to see what all the fuss was about. His cold reserve was catching, too, and not even the volatile McEnroe would dare disturb the calm with an outburst when he was playing the Swede. Refraining from sex and shaving (an odd combo) during Wimbledon, he allowed nothing to disturb his focus on winning the title. The effort was exhausting, though, and he retired at the age of 26, mentally spent.

Now, the only thing that remains is to name this player.

(source: scotsman)

Three tournaments are strating on monday 9th July. Here is a little preview of all three:

Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad

Place: Gstaad, Switzerland
Date: July 9-15, 2007
Draw Size: 32
Surface: Clay
Prize Money: €421,250

W 175 points €58,700

F 120 points €34,500

SF 75 points €20,300

QF 40 points €11,960

R16 15 points €7,025

R32 0 points €4,130

Last year’s champion: Richard Gasquet

The biggest names on this year’s tournament: Nikolay Davydenko, Richard Gasquet, Mikhail Youzhny, Marcos Baghdatis, Juan Carlos Ferrero.

official site: www.allianzsuisseopengstaad.com

Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

Place: Newport, Rhode Island
Date: July 9-15, 2007
Draw Size: 32
Surface: Grass
Prize Money: $416,000

W 175 points $65,850

F 120 points $35,500

SF 75 points $19,750

QF 40 points $11,000

R16 15 points $6,450

R32 0 points $3,800

Last year’s champion: Mark Philippoussis

The biggest names on this year’s tournament: Mardy Fish, Vince Spadea, Michael Llodra, Fabrice Santoro.

official site: www.tennisfame.com

Catella Swedish Open

Place: Bastad, Sweden
Date: July 9-15, 2007
Draw Size: 32
Surface: Clay
Prize Money: €353,450

W 175 points €55,820

F 120 points €30,000

SF 75 points €16,700

QF 40 points €9,300

R16 15 points €5,500

R32 0 points €3,250

Last year’s champion: Tommy Robredo

The biggest names on this year’s tournament: Tommy Robredo, Carlos Moya, David Ferrer, Robin Soderling, Jonas Bjorkman.

official site: www.swedishopen.org

Andy Murray will delay his return to competition for up to two weeks in order to have more physiotherapy on his injured wrist. The British No 1, who has been out of action since suffering the problem in the Hamburg Masters in May, had hoped to play in the Los Angeles Open, which starts a week on Monday, but is not now expected to return until the Legg Mason Classic in Washington DC two weeks later.

The 20-year-old Scot tried to get ready in time to play at Wimbledon, where he was the No 8 seed, but he eventually had to admit defeat on the eve of the tournament. The Los Angeles event marks the start of the American hardcourt season, which Murray has said is his favourite part of the calendar, making it an ideal place to begin his comeback.

But Washington, where Murray reached the final last year, is more important in terms of defending his ranking points.

He rose three places from world No 11 in June despite his inactivity, but will begin to slide down the rankings unless he gets back to winning matches soon.

via: scotsman

The 20 year old Serb has done it one more time. Novak Djokovic defeated Marcos Baghdatis in the quaterfinals of Wimbledon 7-6 7-6 6-7 4-6 7-5 to set up a clash with the number 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Nadal previously brushed aside Tomas Berdych.

Serb Djokovic, 20, took the first two sets on tie-breaks, winning the second 11-9 with his first set point after Baghdatis had missed six of his own.

Cheered on by his vocal Cypriot fans, Baghdatis won the third tie-break and came from behind to win the fourth set.

But third seed Djokovic broke Baghdatis’s serve at 5-5 in the decider before serving out for a 7-6 7-6 6-7 4-6 7-5 victory.

Once Djokovic had snatched the second set and gone a break up in the third, it looked as if he was on course for a straight-sets win.

But Baghdatis then reeled off five games in a row and although he was broken serving for the set, this time he held his nerve in the tiebreak.

In the fourth set, Djokovic was again a break up but once again 22-year-old Baghdatis fought back to force a deciding set.

Games went with serve until 5-5 when Baghdatis put a simple forehand into the net to give Djokovic the chance to break.

He then calmly served out for victory but there will be no time to celebrate as the Serb, who needed treatment for a back injury during the match, will be back on court at 1100 BST (12CET) on Saturday.

“After what I have been through in these last two weeks – and after playing 9½ hours in two matches, I don’t know how I have managed,” said Djokovic. “I’m playing the best tennis of my life but I’m pretty exhausted.”

(source: BBC, photo: getty images)

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