Del Potro, Melzer, Radwanska Among Champs; Coming Previews
by Staff | February 27th, 2012, 12:44 am
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Melzer Steals Memphis Title from Raonic

Austrian Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer stole a title on Sunday, defeating next-up Canadian Milos “Big Baby” Raonic 7-5, 7-6(4) in the final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis.


Melzer relegated Raonic to runner-up status for the second year, becoming the first 30-year-old to win the Memphis title since Ivan Lendl in 1991.

“After a tough season last year, it’s obviously something nice,” Melzer said. “I played a really good match today, I kept my head in the game. I knew it was tough. He’s probably the best server on tour at the moment. Sometimes you just walk left to right without doing anything, but I felt like when the ball was in play and when I had my chances, I played really solid.”

Raonic also lost in the final last year to Andy Roddick.

“It doesn’t feel like it’s too far out of my grasp,” Raonic said. “It’s like somebody dangling a piece of cake in front of my face and then taking it away at the last second. I’ll definitely be back.”

Del Potro Beats Former Champ Llodra for 1st 2012 Title at Marseille

No. 4 seed Juan Martin del Potro defeated homecountry favorite Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4 in the final at Marseille for his first title of the year.

“Llodra has a very difficult game to play against. He hits drop shots, he slices, so it’s not easy to play against him,” said del Potro. “I was really nervous. I didn’t make a double fault since the Davydenko match and I had one at 5-4, serving for the match, so you could see how nervous I was. I’m really glad I won another tournament here in France, so it’s amazing for me.”

It was the first indoor title for del Potro, who is now 1-3 indoors.

“Juan Martin played a great match and didn’t give me any opportunities on his serve. He was impressive on his serve,” Llodra said. “He served well and we know the quality of his ground strokes so there wasn’t much I could do.”

Ferrer Beats Almagro for ATP Buenos Aires Title

Spaniard David Ferrer stopped Nicolas Almagro’s 10-match win streak, beating his fellow Spaniard and defending Buenos Aires champion 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the Copa Claro title.

“This is a very nice and happy moment,” Ferrer said. “To win here is very special as it is a tournament that I really like…I knew that I had to improve [after the first set]. I ended very stable and Nicolas had more ups and downs.”

Almagro was attempting to win his second consecutive title after the Brazil Open.

Radwanska Grounds Down Goerges for WTA Dubai Title

Agnieszka Radwanska’s fiery 2012 campaign continued over the weekend in Dubai, where the Pole claimed the championship after a 7-5, 6-4 decision over Julia Goerges.

In the semifinals Radwanska topped former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, while Goerges battled past former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.

“I was pretty close to losing in the first round, so I’m extremely happy right now,” Radwanska said. “Tonight I think I was just better in a couple points, to be honest. In the important moments I was more consistent.”

Radwanska, projected to rise to a career-high No. 5, improved to 8-2 in career finals while Goerges dropped to 2-2.

2nd WTA Memphis Title for Arvidsson

Swede Sofia Arvidsson claimed her career second title at Memphis on Saturday night, defeating New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic 6-3, 6-4 in the championship match.
 
“Marina beat me really easily the last time we played, so I expected a really tough match,” Arvidsson said. “After the first two games I really came into it. I think my serve was working really well, and my backhand was really good, especially down the line.”
 
Erakova dropped to 0-2 in career finals, while Arvidsson improved to 2-2.

“Sofia went out swinging. She made it difficult for me,” Erakovic said. “Her serve was a key factor today. Her serve is very tricky, in the sense she moves it around well and varies it with slice and spin. I felt I couldn’t attack it.”

Babos Beats Back Cadantu for 1st Title at WTA Monterrey

Hungary’s Timea Babos captured her first career title at the Whirlpool Monterrey Open on Sunday night, defeating Alexandra Cadantu 6-4, 6-4.
 
Two weeks ago the 18-year-old Babos had only one career WTA win, but this week ran to the title, with her scalps including No. 3 seed Sorana Cirstea and No. 2 seed Sara Errani.
 
“I was actually surprised because it was my first final and I wasn’t nervous or tight,” Babos said just after the final. “I just tried to play my tennis and stay aggressive. I was also really trying to keep my serve all the time, and she didn’t have a break point, which was really positive for me.”
 

PREVIEWS

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships; Dubai, U.A.E; Surface: hard

Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Mardy Fish, Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Martin Del Potro

Floaters: Ivan Ljubicic, Nikolay Davydenko, Marcos Baghdatis, Mikhail Youzhny, Richard Gasquet, Michael Llodra

Notes: Tough openers include (4) Tsonga vs. Baghdatis, (2) Federer vs. Llodra, and Gasquet vs. Youzhny; Fish and Del Potro are the seeds making first-time Dubai appearances; wildcard to Marko Djokovic; former champs in the field are Djokovic (2011-09) and Federer (2007,’05-03).

Abierto Mexicano Telcel; Acapulco, Mexico; Surface: clay

Seeds: David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Gilles Simon, Kei Nishikori, Florian Mayer, Juan Monaco, Marcel Granollers, Fernando Verdasco

Floaters: Carlos Berlocq, Thomaz Bellucci, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Stan Wawrinka, David Nalbandian

Notes: Tough openers include (3) Simon vs. Berlocq and (7) Granollers vs. Bellucci; seeds Simon, Nishikori and Mayer makes debuts at event; former champs in the field are Ferrer (2011-10), Almagro (2009-08) and Juan Ignacio Chela (2007,’00).

Delray Beach International Tennis Championships; Delray Beach, Florida, U.S.A.; Surface: hard

Seeds: John Isner, Marin Cilic, Viktor Troicki, Andy Roddick, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Kevin Anderson, Bernard Tomic

Floaters: Jurgen Melzer, (WC) Tommy Haas, Philipp Petzschner, Xavier Malisse, Ivo Karlovic, Ernests Gulbis, Olivier Rochus, Jarkko Nieminen

Notes: Tough openers include (8) Tomic vs. (WC) Haas, (4) Roddick vs. Petzschner (or anybody), (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Rochus, and (2) Cilic vs. Nieminen; seeds Cilic, Troicki, Tomic make debuts at event; former champs in the field are Gulbis (2010), Malisse (2007,’05), and Haas (2006).

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL; Acapulco, Mexico; Surface: clay

Seeds: Roberta Vinci, Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Irina-Camelia Begu, Alexandra Dulgheru, Johanna Larsson, Gisela Dulko, Alberta Brianti

Floaters: Alize Cornet

Notes: Tough opener for (8) Brianti vs. Cornet; Pennetta (2008,’05) is the lone returning champ.

BMW Malaysian Open; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Surface: hard

Seeds: Agnieszka Radwanska, Jelena Jankovic, Peng Shuai, Jarmila Gajdosova, Petra Martic, Ayumi Morita, Jelena Dokic, Anne Keothavong

Floaters: none

Notes: Dokic (2011) is the lone returning champ in the field.


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18 Comments for Del Potro, Melzer, Radwanska Among Champs; Coming Previews

steve-o Says:

Woot! First indoor title for Del Potro after three previous indoor finals. Great for the confidence, hope he’s ready and raring to go by the clay season.


TomA Says:

Carlos Berloq is no good. Simon will have no problems


bstevens Says:

Impressive field in Dubai with 8 out top 10 players (both Spaniards not playing). You would think it is a Masters event instead of mere 500 points, but I guess there is the money factor …


dari Says:

Missed a lot of good stuff it looks like

Congrats to JMdP!
Happy for old melzer to pull off the win, too.
And On the rankings, John I is right outside the top ten door at #11!!!
Jw Tsonga now at #5 is a big move too. Busy weekend for a lot of guys! :)


Humble Rafa Says:

Apparently, the Arrogant One has confidence problems. LOL. He realized after the entire world has known that fact for 2 years.

Next up on the list. You are no longer the best.

Dripping..Dripping..one day, you drown.


El Flaco Says:

Isner now #11


scineram Says:

Very strong fields at all three ATP tournaments. Nice to see.


Anna Says:

Agi’s consistancy is impressive this year. I’d like to see her break the Azarenka strangle hold.


carlo Says:

It’s fun looking at the rankings each Monday, El Flaco.

Very tight race between Tipsarevic and del Potro – only 5 points separate them; also 5 points separating Isner and Almagro.

Tsonga passed Ferrer by 55 points but that was because Ferrer’s points from last years’ win in Acapulco dropped off. I think David can win them back this week and take back #5, depending, of course, on how far Jo gets in Dubai.


carlo Says:

In the Tennis-X Appeal poll, I voted Djokovic losing his 1st match in 2012 at Indian Wells. (to Murray, in my imagination)

Not sure why, but my first thought was that he’ll win through the French Open and lose his 1st match at Wimbledon. But repeating his 2011 streak seems improbable. I want to see him win FO and make Djoker Slam history. To me, if he loses in Indian Wells and gets the loss out of the way; the monkey off his back, so to speak, maybe he can sail right through to Wimbledon or further.


jane Says:

carlo, jeez, you have high expectations! I see Murray is through at Dubai but at the ATP site it says he “battled illness” – what’s up? Just a flu or something? Anyone know? Am off the google.


carlo Says:

Do you mind telling how you voted in the poll, jane?

And, explain? :D ;)

well over 3,000 votes. The majority voting Nole loses in Dubai – why ?

I still think to vote, one should have to register and then all the usernames are listed under their votes when you ‘see results.’ Then you could give everybody s**t :D

Davydenko out to Chewbacca?


jane Says:

I didn’t vote carlo! Haven’t even seen the poll as have been super busy. LOL. The majority voting Nole loses in Dubai? Not surprising I suppose; he has to lose sometimes. And you know, he has only a handful of fans who post here regularly, so perhaps the poll simply reflects that. Fans tend to vote with their hearts? Or perhaps minds, as Nole has to lose sometime! :)

I looked up Murray; he isn’t sure what was up, but he felt like vomiting, thinks maybe he was “overhydrated” had drunk too much. Saw it on ESPN.uk.


carlo Says:

I try to keep my heart and mind out of it lol
jane, the poll has been on Tennis-X front page for a long time. ;) I figured the majority votes to be Federer and Nadal fans or, anti-djokes

2 of my favorite players are on court warming up! Dolgo v Delpo

Or, as those who don’t like them so much might say, “dog and pony show” I watched them play live a year ago and it wasn’t much of a contest – Dolgo couldn’t handle the power – have to try and see some of this match if I don’t get interrupted.


carlo Says:

Well, this match is a little disappointing. Dolgo doesn’t appear too into it. Can’t believe how much I want dolgo over del Po, strange. Come on, Pogoserve.


Kimmi Says:

murray sick? hmmm, i dont like the sound of that. when was that year were he got sick and everything went downhill after that?

happy federer is thru. tough first round. Llodra was in the final last weekend.

tomorrow he takes F-lo.


jane Says:

Kimmi, I don’t think it’s too serious with Murray; at least I didn’t get that impression when I read the ESPN.uk article. He thought maybe he had overhydrated and felt nauseous, but if that’s the case he can fix it next round.

Llorda looked to have begun slowly but the second set looks like it was competitive.


jamie Says:

Psychic Predictions for 2012:

AO: Djokovic(duh)

FO: Nadal

Wimbledon: Murray

Olympics: Federer

USO: Djokovic

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