Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Alisa Kleybanova (24) def. Anastasiya Yakimova, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Bobby Reynolds def. Juan Ignacio Chela, 0-6, 7-5, 6-4
Sam Querrey def. Gilles Muller, 6-4, 6-3
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Nadal, the world number 1, has never triumphed in Miami, but he has been a finalist twice before. Last year, Nadal was defeated by Nikolay Davydenko in the finals. This year, Nadal looks to go one match further and win his second straight Masters 1000. Nadal has a very easy road to the semis, as the highest seed in this quarter besides Rafa is Juan Martin del Potro. Nadal easily defeated the Argentine in Indian Wells and del Potro doesn't have any major weapon to defeat Rafa. One particular threat to Nadal though is fellow Spaniard, David Ferrer. Ferrer has beaten Rafa the last 2 time they have played on a hard court, but Nadal has improved drastically on the surface over the past 6 months. Stanislas Wawrinka, a native of Switzerland, coul pose a miniscule threat to Rafa, as could Croat Marin Cilic, but they both are hot and cold at times, as would need to consistently keep up their best tennis to have a chance to take out the Spaniard. Nadal's first seeded opponent could be 6"10 Croatian, Ivo Karlovic. Nadal has neer lost to Karlovic, but he has had some problems with his over-powering serve. Nadal will roll through his quarter, but his semis might not be so easy.
Quarterfinal Prediction: Nadal def. Ferrer
Andy Murray, the highest seed in the second quarter, was a semifinalist in Miami 2 years ago. He had a very succesful 2 weeks in Indian Wells, and he even said he didn't expect to reach the final. The second highest seed in Murray' section is Fernando Verdasco, who defeated Murray 2 months ago in the Australian Open. Murray has only 2 losses this season, one to Verdasco and one to Nadal. Murray's biggest problem though, could be Argentine David Nalbandian. Nalbandian had 5 match points in his Indian Wells match against Nadal, but couldn't seal the deal. Nalbandian is always a threat on hard courts and reached the semis in 2006 and could play Murray inthe Round of 16 this year. Another factor is that Murray has never beaten Nalbandian, posing an 0-2 record against him. Fernando Gonzalez, Richard Gasquet, Radek Stepanek and Mardy Fish are all looking to break through ans reach the semis as well, but Murray is at a high point in his career and looks to strong for any of his competitors in this section.
Quarterfinal Prediction: Murray def. Verdasco
Novak Djokovic put himself on the map when he won here in '07, but a recent slump is forcing spectators to doubt him. A dissapointing Australian Open, a controverial racquet change, and an embarrasing loss to Andy Roddick in the IW quarters are just a few problems surrounding Djoko right now. Nole did win in Dubai though, and the second highest seed n this quarter, Gilles Simon, was his victim in the semifinals. The match was exhilirating, as Simon served for the match in the second set. jokovic pulled it out though, wining the last 2 sets 7-5. Simon had a bad Indian Wells, as he was upset early. Jo Wilfried Tsonga, who has racked up 2 titles so far this year, is the number 10 seed looking to make a big run on his favorite surface. In IW, the hard courts are as slow as they get, but in Miami, they re faster and they fit Tsonga's style like a glove. James Blake, Thomas Berdych and Robin Soderling are a few of the most powerful guys on tour, and Blake will have a load of fan support in front of his own country. non-seeded player who ha made a huge leap through the rankings is Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who could make a big run. I see Chardy defeating Blake to make a big run to the Round of 16, but his journey ends there when he runs into a more expierenced and better Djokovic.
Quarterfinal Prediction: Djokovic def. Tsonga
Roger Federer enters this tournament coming off a dissapointing semifinal loss to Andy Murray. Federer has not won an ATP title yet this year and needs a championship to prove doubters wrong. With all of the pressure on Nadal and Murray, Federer will come out with a chip on his shoulder and a will to fight like none other. A threat to Fed in this quarter is Andy Roddick, who has the most wins on tour this year. He has 2 trophies so far in his bag and defeated Novak Djokovic badly in IW. One problem for Roddick is his ugly record against Federer. He has beaten the Swiss just twice in there 18 meetings. World number 9, Gael Monfils is another star that is on the rise, having just recently enetered the top 10 for the first time. Monfils, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Dimitry Tursunov and Mart Safin are all potential threats, but Federer has a combined 30-2 record against them. 2006 Miami Finalist, Ivan Ljubicic had a great Indian Wells and he also looks to make some noise.
Quarterfinal Prediction: Federer def. Roddick
Nadal def. Murray
Federer def. Djokovic
Nadal def. Federer
Monday, March 23, 2009
To see the draws click: http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/3/en/assets/pdfs/draws/09WTA_MDS1.pdf (Womens)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Men's Singles- 3rd Round
Rafael Nadal (1) def. Dmitry Tursunov (26), 6-3, 6-3
Novak Djokovic (3) def. Tommy Haas, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1)
Juan Martin del Potro (6) def. Jurgen Melzer (30), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Andy Roddick (7) def. Nicolas Kiefer (31), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
David Ferrer (12) def. Jeremy Chardy, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
David Nalbandian (14) def. Viktor Troicki, 6-4, 6-2
Stanislas Wawrinka (16) def. Sam Querrey, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
John Isner def. Marat Safin (24), 6-4, 6-4
Women's Singles- 4th Round
Dinara Safina (1) def. Jill Craybas, 7-5, 6-4
Vera Zvonareva (4) def. Li Na, 6-4, 6-4
Ana Ivanovic (5) def. Flavia Pennetta (12), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Agnieszka Radwanska (7) def. Agnes Szavay (22), 6-0, 5-7, 6-3
Victoria Azarenka (8) def. Shahar Peer, 7-5, 6-4
Caroline Wozniacki (9) def. Urszula Radwanska, 7-5, 6-3
Sybille Bammer (23) def. Daniela Hantuchova (30), 6-3, 6-2
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Nuria Llagostera Vives, 6-3, 3-0, retired
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
P.S. I am watching Djokovic's IW match against Martin Vassallo Arguello. Djokovic attempted to serve a ball, when the racquet flew out of his hand, landing near the first row.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Dear Fans I arrived in Indian Wells earlier this week and I am eager to get back out on court. My back is feeling much better and I am ready to go.
I also have some really awesome news to share with all of you: Mirka and I are excited to let you know that we will be parents this summer! Mirka is pregnant and we are so happy to be starting a family together. This is a dream come true for us. We love children and we are looking forward to being parents for the first time. Mirka is feeling great and everything is going well.
Speak soon and thanks for all your continued support!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Rafael Nadal goes into Indian Wells as the number 1 ranked player in the world after winning the Australian Open and helping Spain triumph in their Davis Cup first round last weekend. The first seed that Nadal could play is Dmitry Tursunuv, a Russian who can be dangerous on hardcourts. Argentines Davod Nalbandian and Juan Martin del Potro also look to be a threat. Frenchman Gael Monfils defeated Nadal once on hardcourts earlier this year in Doha, so an upset of the Spaniard by Monfils wouldn't be too surprising. Tomas Berdych and Marat Safin also look to break through and stir up the draw.
Predicted Quarterfinals- Nadal def. Monfils
Novak Djokovic is the highest seeded player in the second quarter, but numerous dangerous players await him. Andy Roddick, David Ferrer, Sanislas Wawrinka and dangerous Czech Radek Stepanek all have good chances at making the semifinals. Stepanek already has 17 wins this season and 2 titles, which is tied for the best on tour. American, Mardy Fish is seeded 20th and has a tour title under his belt from Delray Beach last week. In the end, my first big upset comes in this quarter from Radek Stepanek, but fan favorite Andy Roddick is headed for the semis.
Predicted Quarterfinals- Roddick def. Stepanek
The 3rd quarter looks like the most exciting one, with world number 4 Andy Murray attempting to win his first Indian Wells title. Standing in his way are Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon, Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Tommy Robredo. Cilic won big for Croatia in the Davis Cup last weekend and looked stellar doing it, while Simon was points away from upsetting Novak Djokovic in the Dubai semfinals 2 weeks ago. Robredo already has an impressiva 18 wins this season, racking up 2 titles as well. Tsonga also has 2 wins this season, but has a tour best 21 wins so far. Many people seem to be a threat to Murray, but the Scot, who has only lost 1 match this season, is just too strong for any of his competitors.
Predicted Quarterfinals- Murray def. Tsonga
Roger Federer comes into Indian Wells not ranked number 1 for the first time in 5 years and he has a back injury that has been knagging him for the past few months. Federer's loss to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final might still be in his mind, but the Swiss knows how to turn on the power button when needed. Aussie Open semifinalist, Fernando Verdasco is in this quarter and is one of the players that is being picked by many to make a run. Nikolay Davydenko, who has never beaten Federer won in Miami last year, and is always a threat on the hard courts. Richard Gasquet and Robin Soderling could also make good runs, but Federer has a 47-3 lifetime record against Verdasco, Davydenko, Blake, Gonzalez, Gasquet and Soderling. Ivo Karlovic defeated Federer in their last meeting in the summer of 2008 in Cincinnati, but Federer, who has a rumored coaching affiliation with Daren Cahill, will have to much will and determination to get back his number 1 ranking to be upset by any of the players in this quarter.
Predicted Quarterfinals- Federer def. Davydenko
Rafael Nadal def. Andy Roddick
Roger Federer def. Andy Murray
Federer def. Nadal