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Wimbledon champion Roger Federer took just 11 minutes to wrap up a convincing 6-2 7-5 6-1 win over Argentine teen Juan Martin del Potro.

Federer returned with a two-set lead and soon secured his 50th straight win on grass. Federer’s next opponent is Marat Safin on Friday.

There were also wins for Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt and Novak Djokovic.

Federer enjoyed a fairly easy victory against the 18 year old Argentininan as he was in control through the whole match.

Federer dominated the match with a number on unretunable serves and some amazing shots that Del Potro had no answer to. He is very pleased with this victory, but he expects a tough challenge from Marat Safin in the third round.

Elsewhere, fifth seed Nadal enjoyed an easy day’s work with a 6-2 6-4 6-1 second-round victory over Austrian Werner Eschauer.

The Spaniard produced some outstanding groundstrokes on his way to a comfortable win and will now face 28th seed Roger Soderling of Sweden, who beat Frenchman Sebastian Grosjean 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-2.

It was a good day for the seeds in general, though sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko had to battle from two sets down to reach the third round as he finally beat Australian Chris Guccione 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-2.

Fourth seed Djokovic needed four sets to get past world number 67 Amer Delic, finally seeing off the American 6-3 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4). Delic played very well, especially on the net, but Djokovic prevailed with his famous all around game hitting some great shots off the base line and playing well on the net.

Australian 2002 champion Hewitt steamrolled through his second-round match against Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-2 6-1.

American ninth seed James Blake enjoyed a second straight-sets win to move into the third round, defeating Romania’s Andrei Pavel 6-4 6-3 6-3.

The 15th seed Ivan Ljubicic needed just over an hour-and-a-half to get past Czech Jan Hernych 6-4 6-3 6-4 in his rain-delayed second-round match.

Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu faces the big Croatian next after he beat David Ferrer 6-3 6-4 6-3.

Big-serving Australian Wayne Arthurs defeated the Spanish 11th seed Tommy Robredo with a 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 6-3. But, it is a known fact that Robredo is playing very poor on grass.

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As the seeds for the Wimbledon tournament have been announced for both gentemen and ladies, it is time to look at the top ones.

1. Roger Federer

The World No. 1 is a strong favorite to successfully defend his Wimbledon title. He has not lost a grass-court match since suffering a 3-6, 6-7(2), 3-6, loss to Croatia’s Mario Ancic in the opening round of the 2002 Wimbledon. He has not participated in any tournaments on grass before Wimbledon this year, deciding to rest for the big event.

2. Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal was the only man to take a set from Federer at the All England Club last year, where they played in the final. This year, Nadal played in Queens where he lost to Niclolas Mahut in the quaterfinal.

3. Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick has played two times in the final of Wimbledon and both times he lost to Roger Federer. Roddick, who reached successive Wimbledon finals in 2004 and 2005, lost to Andy Murray in the third round last year. Roddick ripped 24 aces and saved a match point in edging Nicolas Mahut, to capture his fourth career Queen’s Club crown this year.

4. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic played in Queen’s Club, and lost to Arnaud Clement in the third round. Last year he was beaten by Mario Ancic in Wimbledon. Novak has been working hard for the grass court season, as he appointed Mark Woodford to help him prepare.

5. Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez played in Queen’s Club this year where he lost to the Russian Dmitry Tursunov. Last year he was stopped by David Ferrer in the last 32, which was then a big surprise as Ferrer is a clay court specialist. Gonzalez can be a threat on grass, especially because of his big forehand.

6. Nikolay Davydenko

He did not have much success on grass throuhout his career, and that is the reason he is seeded at number 6 despite being third on the ATP list. This year he played in Halle where he lost to Florian Mayer, and last year in Wimbledon he lost to Alejandro Falla (ranked 127 back then) in the first round.

7. Tomas Berdych

We will have to pay close attention on Tomas Berdych on Wimbledon as he is one of the best players on grass in the world. He won the trophy in Halle this year beating the likes of Nieminen and Baghdatis. Last year in Wibledon he defeated the likes of Fabrice Santoro and Tommy Haas, before eventually losing to Roger Federer in R16.

8. Andy Murray

The Brittish hope is still undecided whether he will participate in Wimbledon or not, because of his wrist injury. It will be hard for him to reach top gear right away, but anyway he is still one of the favourites because of his talent.

9. James Blake

Not the best of seasons for James Blake, looking the whole season. On grass he played in Halle and lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quaterfinal. Last year in Wimbledon he lost to Max Mirnyi in R16.

10. Marcos Baghdatis

Atother player our eyes should be focused on, as he has great results on grass. He played the final in Halle where he lost to Tomas Berdych, and last year in Wimbledon he reached the semifinal where he lost to Rafael Nadal. Look for Baghdatis to reach one of the top spots on this years Wimbledon.

(source: tennisweek)

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Here are some interesting things that the top tennis players and coaches in the
world said:

“I would so like to be Lenny Kravitz.”
– Roger Federer.-

“Sometimes, actually, I see myself a little bit in him sometimes, you know,
talking to his coach, you know, yelling a couple of negative words towards the box,
which it’s good to see I’m not the only one.”
– Tommy Haas on Andy Murray.-

“I would honestly rather lose to the same guy twice than lose to two different guys.
I think if I lost to two different players I would think I wasn’t playing well, but with one
guy I can think ‘OK, this guy is on a roll’. It’s just easier to digest.”
-Roger Federer on his losses to Guillermo Canas this year at
Indian Wells and Miami.-

“For me it’s something that doesn’t quite fit into the schedule. It’s going to be
real tough to go from Houston all the way over to Monte Carlo, then come
back just for a week or two to train for Rome. For the Americans, that tournament
has never been exactly the easiest one in the schedule. I’m not going to be able
to make it to that one.”
– James Blake on skipping the Masters Series Monte Carlo.-

I wore that to a sixth-grade dance.”
-Robby Ginepri on Vince Spadea’s outfit in Miami.-

“I hope guys don’t go into it already beaten. That happened when Pete was around.
Guys definitely in the locker room felt like, a match against Pete Sampras,
it was time to book your flight for the next day.”
– James Blake on the intimidation factor against players facing Roger Federer.-

“The good thing about him is that he doesn’t do anything special but he wins
most of his matches easily. That means that he’s good.
– Carlos Moya on Andy Murray.-

“It’s like a book. It’s the first chapter. You don’t know what’s in the middle and
you don’t know what’s in the end. That’s what the coolest thing is. Andy has an
opportunity to make an incredible book.”
– Brad Gilbert on coaching Andy Murray after coaching Andre Agassi and
Andy Roddick.-

“The Argentineans practice on the court for two hours a day, then they must
practice in front of a mirror for two more hour saying ‘I’m not guilty.'”
– Vince Spadea on the Argentines on the men’s tour and drug testing.-

“A great coach can lead you to a place where you don’t need him any more.”
– Andre Agassi on Brad Gilbert.-

(via thetennischannel)

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Andy Murray, Jamie Murray and Tim Henman will be among the stars when a six-man tennis spectacular at the O2 Arena in London gets away in September.

The trio will be joined by former Wimbledon champions Pat Cash and Goran Ivanisevic and American James Blake at the 15 September ‘Betfair Turbo Tennis’ event.

Each match will last just 30 minutes, and the player in the lead will be declared the winner after 30 minutes is up.

After five knock-out encounters the unbeaten champion will walk away with £100,000.

Tim Henman said that he is looking forward to this event, because it should be a lot of fun and because it send out the message to kids everywhere that tennis is fun.

The 02 is an Olympics venue and will be hosting the basketball and gymnastics, as well as the world gymnastics championships in 2009.

It opens with a Bon Jovi concert on 23 June.

(source: LTA)

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The seeding for next week’s Wimbledon championships were announced on Wednesday with the All England Club again using players’ grass-court credentials to come up with their top 32. Unlike the other Grand Slams where the top 32 seeds in the men’s and women’s singles are decided purely on world rankings, Wimbledon takes into account results on grass in the past two years, particularly in the men’s draw.

For example, Tomas Berdych who is seeded seventh in the men’s event compared to a world ranking of 11.

Russian world men’s No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko drops to sixth in the seeding, meaning Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Chilean Fernando Gonzalez go up to fourth and fifth respectively.

World No. 7 Tommy Robredo finds himself down at 11th because of his poor record on grass.

Marcos Baghdatis, a semifinalist last year, is seeded 10th, six places higher than his world ranking.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, was No. 16, three spots above his ranking.

Here are the seeded players:

1. Roger Federer
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Andy Roddick
4. Novak Djokovic
5. Fernando Gonzalez
6. Nikolay Davydenko
7. Tomas Berdych
8. Andy Murray
9. James Blake
10. Marcos Baghdatis
11. Tommy Robredo
12. Richard Gasquet
13. Tommy Haas
14. Mikhail Youzhny
15. Ivan Ljubicic
16. Lleyton Hewitt
17. David Ferrer
18. Mario Ancic
19. Jarkko Nieminen
20. Jonas Bjorkman
21. Juan Carlos Ferrero
22. Dmitry Tursunov
23. Guillermo Canas
24. David Nalbandian
25. Juan Ignacio Chela
26. Carlos Moya
27. Marat Safin
28. Philipp Kohlschreiber
29. Robin Soderling
30. Agustin Calleri
31. Filippo Volandri
32. Juan Monaco

(source: ESPN)

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Should Lleyton Hewitt defend his Artois Championships title this year, the Australian would become the first person to win this trophy for the fifth time. With that result he would pass John McEnroe and Boris Becker in the number of titles won in Queens.

Last year the Australian beat James Blake in the final, and he also won three consecutive titles from 2000-2002.

Hewitt, who reached the fourth round of the French Open in Paris, said he’s happy to get back on the grass. It is his favourite surface, and look for Hewitt to be a real contender in Wimbledon because his form is going upwards.

Seeded No. 6 this year, Hewitt will begin his campaign against either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the Frenchman who combined qualification for the main draw and winning the Challenger tournament in Surbiton, or Denmark’s Kristian Pless. His potencial opponent in the third round is Tim Henman, his former doubles partner and a good friend.

(source: artoischampionship)

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