Nadal Saves Matchpoints, Survives Troicki in Tokyo; Djokovic Reaches Beijing Final
by Staff | October 9th, 2010, 11:56 am

The last two men standing at the US Open, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, both advanced to Asian finals this weekend. ADHEREL

World No. 1 Nadal had to save two matchpoints to survive a game effort from Serb Viktor Troicki 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(7), in the Tokyo semifinals.

Troicki’s matchpoints came at 6-5 and 7-6 in the final set breaker. He served for the match at 6-5, 30-15 before Nadal broke to force the tiebreak.

“The match was very close, he played well the whole time,” said Nadal who slammed 18 aces and led 5-3 in the third. “The worst part of the match was when I lost my serve serving for the match; I was not happy with how I played the last few games. But the important thing was that I got the win this time, unlike last week in the Bangkok semifinals. Maybe also affected me a bit today.”

Said Troicki, “It is frustrating, even if I won the second round here after being match point down. I still think it was a great match from both of us.”

Nadal will play Frenchman Gael Monfils in the final. Monfils, who beat Andy Roddick on Friday, had little trouble beating Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3.

Nadal has won six of seven against Monfils losing just once at 2009 Doha.

The final in Beijing features Djokovic against Spaniard David Ferrer. The defending champion Djokovic ran his win-streak during eight after beating John Isner 7-6(1), 6-2.

“I returned and played well on the return games and had a lot of opportunities throughout the whole match,” said Djokovic who broke Isner three times. “[I] used them when I needed to. [I’m] just happy to get through this one.”

Ferrer went the distance to turn away Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Ljubicic had upset Andy Murray a round earlier. Djokovic and Ferrer have split their eight meetings, but Djokovic has won four of five on hardcourts.

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14 Comments for Nadal Saves Matchpoints, Survives Troicki in Tokyo; Djokovic Reaches Beijing Final

sar Says:

Poor Viktor.

i am it Says:

ATP writes that Djoko will “become the second player in the history of the ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament to win back-to-back titles. Roger Federer lifted the trophy three times in a row from 2003-2005.”
Does this mean no other player has defended 500-level title on hard court? Yes, in the way the ATP did the math.

How many ATP 500 hard-court events do we have today?
Five: Dubai, Washington, China, Tokyo and Valencia. The 500 Indoor Hard seems to be in a different category: Basel, Memphis, and Rotterdam.

Haas won Memphis in ’06 and ’07, being Indoor Hard, not counted.

Del Potro won Washington 500 in ’08 and ’09, an outdoor hard court event, which must be apparently counted in this category but it is not because it was 175-point event until ’08 (or, double it in the revision, 350-event).

Fed won Dubai 500 in 2003 and defended in 2004 and 2005.
He won Basel 500 in 2006 and defended in 2007 and 2008. So ATP did not count Basel because it is Indoor Hard.
But then he won Doha back-to-back in 2005 and 2006, during which it was 250 event and should have been counted as 500 though it failed to be upgraded to 500 in the revised edition, so not counted.

Ben Pronin Says:

I am it, that doesn’t really make sense. Especially since the whole 250, 500, 1000 thing only came about 2 or 3 years ago, so it’s even harder to categorize. I feel like the ATP is just saying random things to make it sound better.

i am it Says:

Ben, in my understanding, the ones that were 250 before 2008, the year the change occurred and points had to be calibrated in the mid season, but were upgraded to 500 are counted as 500. So, a tourny has to meet 2 criteria to earn the designation: It had to be 250 in the old category and 500 in the new.
Since not many of us look for the details and explanation for “how,” no doubt it is about “sounding better,” but is not the whole thing about sounding better (presentation thing) when they revised the categories?

Daniel Says:

Wow, Nadal is possessed!

Nowadays if the ball lands with no power on his forehand side he jsut go for the winners. He must be really enjoying what he can do now and wasted a lot of time on court playing extremelly caution in the pass.

grendel Says:

Daniel – I’ve tried posting on other thread without avail. Yet. I’m on Tennisform, but only gives score, don’t know what to click on to see match? Help?

margot Says:

Oh dear grendel, so u didn’t take my advice about tennistv…;) never mind, massacre going on now anyway…

contador Says:

monfils is not playing like he did in the semi. this is going very easy for nadal so far.


it is finished. my bracket, that is. and i’m not comfortable at all with it. i think the deadline is in 10 minutes, i just realized.

contador Says:

oops. sorry. posted that on the wrong thread

Daniel Says:

grendel, I am watching it on my TV. Brazil get great TV Sport coverage in general. I even follow golf on Sundays to run away from soccer for a change.

But usually works.

Follow the link:

Daniel Says:

Damm it,, sorry!

margot Says:

Hi all u early/late birds. Haven’t quite woken up yet..and nor it seems has Monfils:) 2 things when playing Rafa, you’ve gotta serve very well and NOT play defensive or you will go very quickly. So come on gorgeous one, please make a match of it and getting up at this awful hour, worth it!!

grendel Says:


well, you gave me the correct time, so thanks for that. I didn’t try “tennistv” because you said you’ve got to subscribe – I presume on computer. You’re looking, in me, at a real – I wouldn’t say technophobe, since I’m kind of fascinated by technology, but ignoramus, anyway. I need to be carefully guided, hand stroked. i might try “tennistv” – wot’s website, etc?

Vulcan Says:

Daniel Says:

Wow, Nadal is possessed!

Nowadays if the ball lands with no power on his forehand side he jsut go for the winners. He must be really enjoying what he can do now and wasted a lot of time on court playing extremelly caution in the pass.

Yep, its the difference between a hard court mindset and a clay court mindset. He is no longer playing a clay court game on hard courts.
His inside out forehand has to be one of the best of all time.

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