Argen-teen Juan Martin del Potro wins his first career title at the expense of headcase Richard Gasquet, defeating the Frenchman 6-4, 7-5. The 19-year-old joins other 2008 first-time winners Kei Nishikori (Delray Beach), Sergiy Stakhovsky (Zagreb), Sam Querrey (Las Vegas), Marcel Granollers (Houston) and Victor Hanescu (Gstaad), and received a brand new white Mercedes-Benz SLK 350.
In the all-German doubles final, fourth seeds Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Michael Berrer and Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-4.
CATELLA SWEDISH OPEN
No. 3 seed Tommy Robredo repeated his past success in Bastad for his first title of the season, easing past injured No. 4 Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-1. “I felt something in my knee in the sixth game of the match when I was down 3-2,” Berdych said. “I’m not sure what is this pain but since I just came back from an ankle injury I was afraid to force too much. The crowd was amazing today so I didn’t want to retire without trying.”
In the doubles final the homecountry Jonas Bjorkman won his seventh Bastad title, partnering Robin Soderling to ease by Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-2, 6-2. “The standing ovation after the match was fantastic,” said the 36-year-old Bjorkman, who will retire at the end of the year. “I had to swallow hard a few times. I’m usually a very emotional person and I was very moved. I even forgot to do my signature Brussels step.”
ALLIANZ SUISSE OPEN
Romanian Victor Hanescu, who saved match points earlier in the event, defeated No. 7-seeded Russian Igor Andreev 6-3, 6-4 for his first career title. He became the first Romanian since Ilie Nastase in 1973 to capture the Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad title.
In the doubles final, No. 4 seeds Jaroslav Levinsky of the Czech Republic and Filip Polasek of the Slovak Republic clinched their first title with a 3-6, 6-2, 11-9 win over the Swiss duo of Stephane Bohli and Stanislas Wawrinka.
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Frenchman Fabrice successfully defended his Newport title with a 6-3, 7-5 win over first-time tour finalist Prakash Amritraj of India. Santoro joined Bryan Shelton (1991-92) and Greg Rusedski (2004-05) as repeat winners in Newport.
The 35-year-old is the eighth oldest ATP singles champion since 1980. In the doubles final Americans Mardy Fish and John Isner defeated Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 6-4, 7-6(1) to win their first title as a team.
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
So 36-year-old Michael Chang is engaged to married to 24-year-old WTA player Amber Liu, who he is coaching? Go Michael! Now they’ll have to cancel pre-production for the 40-Year-Old Virgin II….
World No. 1 Rafae…, oops, Roger Federer, and soon-to-be world No. 1 Rafael Nadal sent the Wimbledon ratings through the roof with their longest final in Wimbledon history. In Britain roughly half the televisions in existence were tuned to the match, and in the U.S., NBC saw a 44 percent increase over last year’s Federer-Nadal final, and the best overnight rating since Pete Sampras-Patrick Rafter in 2000. Despite the 9 a.m. ET start, Wimbledon was the highest-rated, non-primetime sports program of the weekend in the U.S…
Rogers Cup/Masters Series-Canada Tournament Director Karl Hale writing for the Toronto Sun: “I must admit, when the abbreviated summer schedule was produced to factor in the Olympic Games, I wasn’t sure what that would mean for our tournament. However, the momentum from a dream Wimbledon has translated into record ticket sales. The men of the ATP are enjoying popularity not felt in more than a decade…It’s only fitting that a city described as a cultural mosaic is the unofficial sendoff to the Olympic stage.”…
Where were the cameras at Wimbledon when Julia Vakulenko of the Ukraine wore a belted Nike jacket (aka Serena Williams) while warming up before her second round match against Flavia Pennetta?…
From Reuters on Rafael Nadal still being ranked No. 2 after winning the French and Wimbledon: “If the computer does not reflect what everyone else can see, its authenticity could soon be questioned, especially since Nadal’s haul of six titles in 2008 includes two Grand Slams and two Masters Series events. Federer in comparison has won two low-key events but still leads his Spanish tormentor by 545 points in the ATP standings.” — Or, you could not be an idiot and investigate that the rankings run on a 12-month cycle, and realize that Rafa is almost guaranteed to become No. 1 by the US Open. Take it easy there non-tennis writer assigned to cover Wimbledon…
Daniel Nestor’s Wimbledon doubles title gave him the “Golden Slam,” all four Slam titles during his career to go with his Olympic gold medal. He joins Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde of Australia as the only men to win the Golden Slam. “Wimbledon has the most history and tradition of any tournament,” said the 35-year-old Nestor. “Being the only Canadian to win, it is very special.”…
Steve & Barry’s sportswear, the carrier of Venus William’s EleVen line of tennis clothes, is facing hard times and possible liquidation according to Women’s Wear Daily. The once-red-hot chain specializing in trendy sportswear at low prices prices…
The Russell Simmons Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is sponsoring their ninth annual Art for Life event in East Hampton on July 19th, and charitybuzz.com is hosting an online auction to help raise awareness and money with a “special Serena Williams experience,” including a one-hour tennis lesson for one person with Serena Williams. Date and location to be based on Ms. Williams’ schedule. The direct link to the auction page can be found on the charitybuzz website at: https://auction01.charitybuzz.com/secure/viewItemDetail.do?auction_item_id=75191
German Nicolas Kiefer pulled from Gstaad with a foot injury…
The Fairmont Tamarack, a luxury hotel and residence development in the mountains of Idaho with Andre Agassi as an investor, has had its developers file for bankruptcy protection…
Andy Roddick pulled from his World TeamTennis match in St. Louis, citing a “lingering injury” but would not specify. “Due to the same injury that I’ve been rehabbing since mid-May, I’m seeing a specialist and have been advised not to travel,” Roddick said in a statement. Sounds like a back injury to us…
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