Federer, Djokovic, Serena Romp In Rome; Nadal Opens Title Defense Wednesday
by Staff | May 14th, 2013, 11:15 pm
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The top seeds had it easy in their openers Tuesday in Rome. The newly coiffed Roger Federer rolled to victory crushing Italian veteran 6-1, 6-2. Rome, though, is among the few tournaments Federer has never won, but the Swiss is hoping this good start changes his fortune this year.

“It was a great first round, particularly against a local hero here,” said Federer. “I came out and was able to play my game and dictate at almost every point. That was a nice feeling to have. It was a very clean match, it was good from start to finish. I felt good, I moved well. Overall a great performance. I hope I can keep it up.”

Two-time champion Djokovic looked good dropping just five total games against Spanish veteran Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-3. Djokovic, who lost in the final last year to Rafael Nadal, admitted he hasn’t had much practice this clay season.

“It was a good performance for a start, even though I know I can do better,” said Djokovic. “I know my game has to be better in order to win my next challenge. But I’m heading in a good way because I didn’t have a great week in Madrid and didn’t have much practice.

“I came here very early. From Wednesday I spent a lot of hours on the court working hard, trying to prepare myself for what’s coming up this week and also after the tournament in Rome, two Grand Slams in less than a month time. It’s a very important period for all of us and I need to be physically, mentally, fresh and fit and I think I’m on the right way to be like that.”

The other three Top 10 seeds in action today also won in straight sets, that includes Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet who dumped Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4.

In first round play, Stanislas Wawrinka stayed hot winning in three over Carlos Berlocq. Tommy Haas, though, was upset by Mikhail Youzhny as was clay specialist Nicolas Almagro who was stunned by Juliean Benneteau.

In the women’s field, Serena Williams won her 20th straight match pounding on Laura Robson 6-2, 6-2. The win avenged Venus’s loss to Robson a day earlier.

“It went well,” Williams said. “It was a good match – she played really well and really smart. She’s just a great player and I think she has such a big future, and I really like her as a person, too.

“I’ve played lots of matches, but I’m the kind of player who likes to keep playing matches, at least now in my career,” Williams said of her current streak. “I just want to keep the confidence there.”

Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens and Maria Kirilenko were winners while the upset bug against hit hard with losses by Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and Ana Ivanovic. The former No. 1 Wozniacki, who was cheered on by boyfriend Rory McIlroy, has now lost her last four matches after falling today to Serb Bojana Jovanovski in a third set tiebreak. The Dane was up 4-0 and served for it at 5-4 in the final set before losing to the Serb who came into the contest on an 8-match losing streak.

On tap Wednesday, Nadal opens his quest for a seventh Italian Open crown against local favorite Fabio Fognini. Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova are also in action.

CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) vs J Janowicz (POL) – ATP
M Granollers (ESP) vs [3] A Murray (GBR) – ATP
[Q] G Muguruza (ESP) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
Not Before 7:30 PM
F Fognini (ITA) vs [5] R Nadal (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 9:00 PM
J Goerges (GER) vs [3] V Azarenka (BLR) – WTA


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69 Comments for Federer, Djokovic, Serena Romp In Rome; Nadal Opens Title Defense Wednesday

Rumble Says:

Djokovic and Nadal should play a long 4 hour semi, then Federer can beat whoever shows up on sunday and finally get the Rome title.

That’s if all of them reach that stage. Fed’s reaching the final is the least certain of the 3. I can’t see anyone other than Djoke or Nadal to be the finalist from their half.


harry Says:

Not the right thread, but here is some news on Raonic. He seems to have split from his coach:

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/05/raonic-splits-coach-blanco/47448/


Ahsan Najeeb Says:

The Rome surface looked quite quick which will suit Fed’s game…. This is his best chance to regain form and reach Finals at least… Nole also played well but still did not look at his best…


Wog boy Says:

Solid game by Nole. He needs to move into higher gear for his next match. For the first time he was wearing ankle brace, I guess it takes time to get used if you never had them before, particulay for his style.


Michael Says:

So far, so good. But we cannot make much out of it considering that they are weaker opponents. In the case of Roger, he played a decent match after a lull and Novak I thought is yet to regain his touch after that Montecarlo roll over. All said and done, we can expect these players to buck up and raise the temp even further in their upcoming matches.

On the other side of the draw, it seems Andy will have his hands full against Granollers. I even sense an upset here if Andy is careless. Granollers is no push over and I expect a tough match. As regards Rafa, well he will have a free run till the semis where I expect him to meet Novak. It is only there he will have his hands full with Novak standing before him on the other side of the net. After the Fedal era, we are into the Novak/Rafa era.


Giles Says:

Happy birthday Muzz. 26 today!


the DA Says:

Janowicz knocks out Tsonga and proceeds to rip his shirt a la Nole.


the DA Says:

And Wawa pulls out with a thigh injury sending Dolgo to meet Djokovic. Pity, I was looking forward to a rematch between those two.


gonzalowski Says:

Janowicz appeared to be “Hulk”.
Before that moment Tsonga was already a bit scared, because of Jano’s agressivity on court.


Wog boy Says:

the DA,

What do you think about Tsonga/Janowicz match?
Janowicz has some awkward shots.


the DA Says:

@wog boy – he’s definitely tough what with that serve, and those groundstrokes and drop shots. Tsonga started slow and couldn’t catch up. I’m surprised he plays so well on clay.


Wog boy Says:

the DA,

I have a feeling that bounce is not high and that helps him hit so many winners (37 or so) in two sets, but I still think that Tsonga could have played better, wrong choice of shots and very bad TB. Anyway good result for Janowitz.
I will leave you now, not good time to talk to you, Andy got broken.


Nole Rules Says:

Granollers is gonna give Murray a nice birthday present:flight tickets to France.


Nole Rules Says:

What a choke from Granollers.Going to the decider.


Nole Rules Says:

And Murray Retires!


Alex Says:

^
I call ”weak sauce!”


Nole Rules Says:

Granollers should have won the 2nd set but anyway progresses to the next round.I think it was a good decision to retire by Murray considering RG is a week away.


Alex Says:

^
Ha?

I didnt even catch that…switched back and it was over…

Do you know the reason?


the DA Says:

That was so weird. Andy rarely retires so I guess he figured he’d play until he lost and give the crowd a second set. Probably didn’t expect the massive choke. It must be hurting for him to give up after winning the 2nd set.


the DA Says:

Looks like it’s a hip problem.


Nole Rules Says:

A hip injury i think.


Nole Rules Says:

Tomorrow’s Federer-Simon match will be very interesting.Federer has a small matchup problem with Simon(2-2 H2H) and if Simon wins tomorrow he will become only the third player to have a winning record against Federer.Federer on the other hand has a good chance to take the lead in that H2H and if he wins tomorrow’s match he should get to the final.


the DA Says:

On a lighter note, here’s the funny, but odd, new Head commercial featuring Andy and Nole:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qsTuL2e0xQ

Open to all sort of interpretation. hehe


van orten Says:

murray is just zero on clay in comparison to the other top tiers !!! so no big hopes for him to be a threat for anyone in paris


Ben Pronin Says:

^hahahahhaha what? The expressions on their faces were priceless.


the DA Says:

^ yes, I bet they cracked up all through the filming.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Think it’s his back which was bothering him in Madrid. Also played up last year on clay. I guess it’s connected to him feeling uncomfortable moving on this surface. Apparently clay aggravates knee cap problems. It was wet, cold, cloudy too. For a man brought up in Scotland…..doesn’t play his best then…. Strange!
Only second time he has retired mid-match and the first was on or round his birthday too. Weird.
Last time he was out for 4 months so hope history doesn’t repeat. :(


Cena Says:

I am currently living in Chile and watch via ESPN. I find that the women’s matches are not shown at all here. I can’t believe that there is no women’s tennis being aired. Not any of the recent tourneys including this one is televising any women’s matches. Is that sexist or…? Is this happening only here is South America or is ESPN doing this same thing in the USA, too? I wonder if the same thing will happen at Roland Garros. ESPN, this is not right!!!!


the DA Says:

@ margot – the word coming from the journalists on site is that it’s definitely a hip problem. Don’t know if that makes you feel better or worse. We’ll get the details shortly.


Margot Says:

@the DA
Nothing at the mo. would make me feel better :(
Only cheery thing is that he has few points to defend.


Jimmy Says:

Nobody cares about women’s tennis. How much discussion goes on here about it? Reality.


coke man G Says:

That’s because the current quality of women’s tennis sucks.


nadalista Says:

RT @Mike_Dickson_DM: “Downbeat press conference with Andy Murray, he’ll give it 4-5 days and then take a view on whether he’s ready for ‘most physical’ Slam. Andy Murray says its ‘unlikely’ he will play french open due to lower back problems. “


Jimmy Says:

That solves the Nadal seeding issue nicely.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
What do journos “on site” know compared to us fanatics?????
@nadalista
Bad news, but hope he doesn’t play if there’s the slightest risk of exacerbating problems. No hope of winning RG anyway, best to preserve body for better chances.


Jimmy Says:

Is it just me or does Andy over -train? It is tennis not an iron man competition.


the DA Says:

So the journalists were wrong about the hip, typical. Not good news but maybe he’s being overly cautious. He’ll certainly be giving Nadal a gift (or Nole or Fed) because Rafa will be seeded 4.


alison Says:

Dissapointing to see both Dimitrov yesterday and Nishikori today,both going out so early after both had such great weeks last week.


Aon Says:

Andy and tsonga were come rome together by private jet for saving some time, now they’ve more time to save.


the DA Says:

@ aon – and you have more time to work on your wit. Not quite there yet.

@ margot – you know, I’m not that bothered if he skips it. I’d rather he takes no chances and focuses on Wimby & the USO. I think it’d be funny if he holds out until the seedings are set and then pull out. hehe

#naughty


alison Says:

Oh dear that is bad news,i think they should hold off about the FO for now before they find out how serious the injury is,although i wouldnt want to see him risking making the injury worse,maybe he should concentrate on getting ready for Queens and the GC season.


Giles Says:

I do wish some posters here would stop worrying about Rafa’s seeding at the FO ( Rafa isn’t) and concentrate on Andy’s recovery! As if the FO seedings are the be all and end all in tennis! Geez!!!


Jimmy Says:

If Rafa were to lose in the quarterfinals he might end up ranked 9 or 10 by the end of the year.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Terrible news on Andy, hope he can play the French. It will be desperate for storylines in the first week.

Re Janowicz: As Don Cherry would say, Act like you’ve been there before.


Giles Says:

Jimmy If. ……..


the DA Says:

@ giles – it’s the first thing that Tignor tweeted. Not any concern about the injury and not being fit for RG, just whether Rafa would get No. 4. smh


Aon Says:

@ da

thanks for suggesting, i,ll .

what about u say janowicz wild celebration after defeating tsonga ?


Jimmy Says:

I read that Andy does pull ups with a 40 pound weight around his waist.


Humble Rafa Says:

Mr. Lady Forehand can atleast stay home and watch Princess Catherine give birth to the baby during FO. Or is it too early, royal watchers?


Humble Rafa Says:

Federer has a small matchup problem with Simon

Haha. Small problem, yea.


RZ Says:

Yikes, it looks like Murray may skip RG altogether. http://tennis.si.com/2013/05/15/andy-murray-french-open-back-injury/

Hopefully he’ll be fit to play Wimbledon!


John Says:

I feel sorry for Fognini…Poor guys getting destroyed…

Maybe he should stay back, at least he can hit some balls that way…


contador Says:

Forza Fogna!!


contador Says:

did anyone else see the Gulbis v Troiki match??? hehehe…fireworks!!


Humble Rafa Says:

If Rafa were to lose in the quarterfinals he might end up ranked 9 or 10 by the end of the year.

Dream on..


Jimmy Says:

Well if he doesn’t play hard court events, do the simple math.


alison Says:

Personally as a fan of Rafas im not too concerned about the ranking,as long as he plays a season like 2010,and by saying that i mean an injury free year,not greedly thinking about winning 3 GS again,i dont know how he will fare the rest of the season but ATM hes doing fine,and was sensible by skipping Madrid,i think hes listening to his body,one step at a time.


Steve 27 Says:

Murray is doing la Lendl in 1990 to win The Championships. It didnt work, but at least Ivan won the French Open.


Steve 27 Says:

poor jimmy, his wishes are only wishes. be concentrate in your idol who is downhill.


Jimmy Says:

It is an open question if Rafa will play the US Open series and Open, along with the Asian hard court swing, followed by the European indoor swing followed by the year end championship, all on hard courts.

He would do very well if he plays, of course, but at what price to his knees?


Denver Says:

Jimmy,
Are you alright ?

The current world number 8 (Tsonga) has 3965 points.
Rafa’s points for this year is already 4000. So even if he shuts down this year today he will still end up at around the ranking of 7.

To retain his current ranking of 5 till the end of the year Rafa has to gain just 500 more. If Rafa wins FO he can just shut down the year and still end up being ranked 2 at the end of the year.

Get some perspective dude.


Jimmy Says:

Lol, at least you did the math! These Nadal fans sure are sensitive. Last year with an AO final and a French title he ended up number 5, I forgot about the grueling South American swing this year.


harry Says:

Jerzy dude looked good in his win over Jo. Powerful serve, big groundies, good drop shots and volleys… i felt his return stance looks a bit awkward [may be a weakness?]. Let us see how far he can hike up the rankings this year…


contador Says:

@harry

So you watched him, him being Jerzy :D

What did you think of some of his serve returns, dear me! And he’s got some real touch too.

I think he is scary!!

One more question. Did you see Gulbis and Troiki? The incident is on youtube – Viktor lost his cool, actually he was right, too. Maybe Tennis-X will post it, it is highly post-worthy!


Wog boy Says:

contador,

Thanks for Viktor news, I checked , “You can see from space” and “give me the camera” was entertaining, but he was right. What was strange was that umpire overruled point that was on the oposite side from where umpire was and then didn’t want to afmit he was wrong. Gulbis new it too, he played the point, but kept quiet. That is his right.

About Jerzy, I watched it, he played great but I think Tsonga didn’t .
I noticed there is no comments about “barbaric” shirt ripping by Jerzy, it looks for certain fans it is “barbaric” only if Nole is doing it;) I liked what I saw from Jerzy, tennis wise and showing emotion, including shirt ripping, but I think Nole should register that under his name and get copyrights.


skeezer Says:

“be concentrate in your idol who is downhill.”

You mean winning a Slam @ at a downhill age of 31?

Its not about downhill, its about other lowly tennis athletes chasing his all time records. Fed doesn’t need to do anything more. Others do.


harry Says:

@conty — yes, i really like Jerzy’s game :) As you say there is some touch in the beast after all!

Re Troiki v Gulbis: No, I did not watch the match but I did watch Troiki’s clip [actually posted in another thread]. I actually feel for Troiki — i mean these guys are put under so much tension everyday [with all the traveling, change of food, weather, jet lag etc] all the time that i wonder how these incidents don’t happen more often than they actually do…

@Wog boy —
“About Jerzy, I watched it, he played great but I think Tsonga didn’t .”
Yes, I thought in the first set Jo was a little taken aback by Jerzy’s overall game. And technically Jo should have served a lot more into Jerzy’s body than to either side; don’t you think?
“I think Nole should register that under his name and get copyrights.”
Personally I thought Nole’s shirt ripping fit that occasion — beating Rafa in a monumental 5-setter in a GS final [7th final in succession] after the 5-set Andy match etc etc etc… To be honest Jerzy’s shirt-ripping felt a little too much for the occasion — this is after all only a Master’s event, and it was not not even a QF etc etc :) But i kind of liked this too because it showed emotion!


Daniel Says:

Couldn’t watch last 2 sets. But looking by the acore and some coments it was a great match. Nadal once again coming through, amazing really because by what I saw in firt set it looked to be one straight forward match for Gulbis.

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