March 11, 2010 |
In the last year, Mario Ancic has been both a commerce lawyer in Zagreb, Croatia, and a tennis player. He prefers the outdoor courts to the indoor ones. Ancic, 25, who was a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2004, missed most of last year after being diagnosed with mononucleosis that had first been diagnosed as a bad flu in 2008. There was a time, Ancic said, when he would spit up blood while hitting a tennis ball because he didn't know what was wrong. On Thursday, Ancic beat American qualifier Bobby Reynolds, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and he was ecstatic to have had the opportunity to play.
November 30, 2009 |
Nikolay Davydenko won the first big tournament of his career Sunday, running down just about every ball and using a consistent serve to beat U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro , 6-3, 6-4, to win the ATP World Tour Finals at London. Davydenko was coming off his semifinal victory over top-ranked Roger Federer and dominated his service games against Del Potro, losing only five points on serve in the first set and eight in the second. "Maybe I had good concentration.
November 29, 2009 |
Top-ranked Roger Federer was eliminated from the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Saturday, losing to Nikolay Davydenko , 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, in the semifinals. Federer, who was broken three straight times in the first set, came within two points of winning while leading, 5-4, in the third set. But Davydenko held on and then broke Federer to take a 6-5 lead before serving out the win. Davydenko will face U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in today's final. The 21-year-old Argentine advanced by beating Robin Soderling , 6-7 (1)
November 27, 2009 |
Juan Martin del Potro squeaked into the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals by beating Roger Federer , 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, on Thursday -- the slimmest possible margin to advance and knock Andy Murray out of the tournament. That result means Del Potro and Federer advance after a three-way tie in Group A. All three players finished the round-robin stage with two wins and identical 5-4 set records. However, Murray was eliminated after winning the lowest percentage of games.
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September 14, 2009 |
Jack Kramer, a world-renowned tennis player in the 1940s and early '50s and a well-known businessman and tennis promoter in Southern California for more 60 years, died late Saturday night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88. The cause of death was a soft tissue cancer that was diagnosed in July. Kramer, the No. 1 player in the world for much of the late 1940s, won the Wimbledon men's singles title in 1947 and the men's U.S. Championships, the forerunner of the U.S. Open, in 1946 and '47. He also won seven other Grand Slam titles in doubles, all at Wimbledon or the U.S. Championships.
August 17, 2009 |
Andy Murray took the court to face Juan Martin Del Potro knowing no matter what the result of the Rogers Cup final at Montreal, he would be soon be ranked No. 2 in the world. Not satisfied having reached that goal, Murray withstood his toughest test of the tournament and defeated Del Potro, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-1, Sunday. "I love winning tournaments; it's great, and every player will tell you the same thing," Murray said. "But it's tough because I've never been to No. 2 in the world before, so that's new to me. I've won a couple of Masters Series [events]