Federer, Azarenka, Raonic Among Weekend Tennis Title Winners
by Staff | February 19th, 2012
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Federer Rebounds for ATP Rotterdam Title

In his first even since Switzerland was swept 5-0 by the U.S. in Davis Cup play, Roger Federer claimed the ABN AMRO Rotterdam title, defeating Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 in the final.


“In the first set, I was rock solid. I played great from start to finish,” Federer said. “In the second set, it got tighter. I’m happy I was able to sneak it out.”

Del Potro didn’t get on the board until the sixth game of the first set, and in the second set was broken in the fifth game.

“He couldn’t pull the trigger the way he wanted to,” Federer said. “Just like yesterday, I had a good mindset. I really believed I was going to make it difficult for him, especially on the break points. I know the second set could have been a whole lot different.”

Federer improved to 71-30 in finals, and del Potro dropped to 9-5. “I didn’t take the break points when I had them,” del Potro said. “It’s really difficult to beat Federer if you have the chances and don’t take them. He was more confident and concentrated than me in the important moments and I think that was the key.”

Raonic Ices Istomin for 2nd Straight ATP San Jose Title

In San Jose, Calif., Milos Raonic won his second straight SAP Open title, beating surprise unseeded Uzbekistan finalist Denis Istomin 7-6, 6-2.
 
“It’s definitely a different feeling from the first time last year,” Raonic said. “I think I’m more aware and a lot happier. I think everything I wanted to do, I did and I did it right. I’m very proud of that.”

The two San Jose titles are now three of the Canadian’s career titles, along with the Chennai (India) title. Raonic was a question mark coming into the event after missing a Davis Cup match due to a doctor’s recommendation.
 
“I just hope to keep playing good tennis,” Raonic said. “Hopefully the things go my may…Hopefully on to better and bigger things.”

Almagro Claims 3rd ATP Brazil Open Crown

Spain’s Nicolas Almagro won the Brazil Open Sunday for the third time, defeating Italy’s Filippo Volandri 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to successfully defend his title.

After the victory Almagro went to his chair and changed into a shirt that said “I love Brazil.”

“It was great to see the stadium packed,” Almagro said. “We always enjoy the atmosphere here, with the fans pushing us.”

Sao Paulo was hosting the event for the first time after 11 years in Costa do Sauipe.

“This was not my best match here in Brazil, as I was tense and nervous,” Almagro said. “But once again, I had control of my emotions, which is what I have always demanded, controlling the important moments.”

Azarenka Steamrolls Stosur for Doha Title

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, despite an ankle injury, continued her bludgeoning of the opposition on Sunday, defeating Aussie Sam Stosur 6-1, 6-2 for the WTA Doha title.

Azarenka did not drop a set all week.

“I was trying to be really aggressive and not let her command it, because that’s what she likes to do,” Azarenka said. “She has a huge serve, and the first shot, that’s where she puts the opponent on the run, and you run so far behind the baseline. I tried to take that away from her.”

The Belarussina added her ankle injury will be manageable.

“It’s not as bad as it could have been,” Azarenka said. “I have a couple of days to recover before Dubai and see how I feel. Right now I just want to enjoy the moment and not think ahead too much.”
 
Azarenka is 17-0 in 2012, the best start to a WTA season since Maria Sharapova went 18-0 to start 2008, and she improved to 11-8 in career finals.

Stosur dropped to 3-11 in tour finals.
 
“It’s been great to turn my form around so quickly after a disappointing month first up,” the Aussie said. “She doesn’t stand up and hit 50 winners a match, but she makes you work for every point and moves very well, stays on the baseline and really takes time away from you that way. It was obviously pretty tough for me to play aggressively.”

Spanish Teen Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino Breaks Through for 1st WTA Title at Bogota

Unheralded Spanish 19-year-old Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino captured the XX Copa BBVA Colsanitas crown on Sunday in Bogota, beating Alexandra Panova 6-2, 7-5 in her first WTA final and only her third WTA tournament.

“It was a very tough final today,” Arruabarrena-Vecino said. “Alexandra has been playing so well this week, so I knew it would be tough and I would need to run a lot. But I played well — I was very happy with my forehand today and even though I was nervous at the end, I managed to finish the match.”

It was also a name-gasm for the WTA, which wrote on their website, “Arruabarrena-Vecino also achieved a somewhat unique first — with 18 letters, no WTA champion has ever had a longer last name, excluding married names. Marie Neumannova-Pinterova (19 letters) and Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi (18 letters) also captured WTA titles, but those are both married names.”

The 22-year-old Panova was also appearing in her career-first final. She went on to win the doubles title with Czech Eva Birnerova.


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12 Comments for Federer, Azarenka, Raonic Among Weekend Tennis Title Winners

Michael Says:

I was surprised by the ease which Roger managed to dismantle Del Potro considering their recent form in the semi-finals where Del Potro just pulverised Berdych while Roger struggled against Davydenko. But a Champion will always raise his game when it matters most and Roger was upto the task. Moreover, the match up seems to quite work very well for Roger and he had the numbers of Potro. Above all, this paved the way for his 71st ATP title and what a fantastic achievement that is ?


Skorocel Says:

Michael: Davydenko often troubled Federer in the past, so it’s not that surprising. Like Nalbandian (who too used to be Fed’s nightmare), he hits the ball early, moves well, and has a pretty decent return game. It’s just that he (more often than not) usually cracks when it comes down to make that final step in the match (just as was the case on this Saturday when he led 4-3 in the 3rd and had 3 BPs)…

About JMDP, well, the last 2 matches went totally in favor of Fed, so it seems like he’s indeed got his number. How ironic when you think that Fed’s won 9 out of 11 matches against this guy – yet lost the most important one…


Humble Rafa Says:

In my book, anyone who can’t break Federer after having multiple break points is a mental midget. All you have to do is put the ball back in play and the Arrogant One will cave in. His break point conversion rate is stuff that legends are made of. Playstation is a card carrying member of the Mental Midget Society – an off shoot of the ATP.


Fruitcake Says:

Do you mean the way Nadal crumbles against Novak Djokovic, HR?? 7 lost finals and counting I think. Even Federer never lost 7 straight finals to anyone!


skeezerweezer Says:

@Fruitcake,

Lol ;).

And he has “caved in” , “choked”, whatever crap they want to all on him, to win 16 you know whats.


skeezerweezer Says:

Milos sounds real positive this year about his tennis. Hope we all see a healthier better guy this year. Interesting to see how he handles the dirt season. And hope he doesn’t burn out early on the HC season, remember IW?


Ajet Says:

HR:

Nobody’s buying your book anyway. It’s hardly worth it!

And speaking of stuff that legends are made up of, your comments hardly fit into that category!


Mark Says:

To all Fed worshippers here – remember this – he will never beat the Great Rafael Nadal in the great outdoors!!


van orten Says:

he would on a fast outdoor hard court..i really believe so he would beat nadal on a fast hard court


tennisfan Says:

In life all that matters is how positive you are about yourself. The way he has rebounded back from his loss in AO/Davis Cup just goes on to show how determined he is to reach his goals.

As he rightly said once: There maybe tough moments maybe for, you know, an hour or a couple of days potentially, but life goes on and you get a second chance!. Roger Federer & His Secret of Success? http://bit.ly/ySgH7K


Daniel Says:

Me too Van Orten,

They have never played on Cincy or US Open. Oddly, when Fed was making US Open finals, Nadal wasn’t , now Nadal made the last 2 and Fed didn’t show up after having match points in both years (2010 and 2011) against Djoko. Maybe it isn’t meant to be!


Michael Says:

Skorocel, Regarding Davydenko I agree that he is an underrated player who has failed to fulfil his potential. I know that apart from Novak, he is the one who is troubling Nadal. I am not sure about the choking part of Davydenko because it can be a mixture of opponents good play as well as executing bad shots. If it is the later, then surely you can call that as choke.

Regarding Del Potro, I wanted him to win in Rotterdam for him to break into the top four. A win here would have given him tremendous confidence for the battles ahead. But he has fumbled yet again against Roger. Even that US Open win was a very luck one for Del Potro. He could have easily lost the match in straight sets to Roger. He was helped by Roger’s bad play in crucial moments which normally doesn’t happen especially the year Roger had in 2009.

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