MONACO WINS

David Nalbandian’s countryman, Juan Monaco, has defeated Tobias Kamke of Germany in the third round of the ongoing Power Horse Cup. Monaco won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-4.

Monaco who has been given the third seed in this tournament played aggressive tennis in both the sets and never let his opponent settle down.

This was the 4th match between these two players and Monaco has won all those matches.

This win took Monaco into the semi finals where he will face his countryman Guido Pella.

In the post match interview, Monaco said, “The conditions were not ideal for tennis. It was freezing out there. I am glad that things went my way and I am in the final 4 now. I have to face a tough opponent tomorrow and I am quite prepared for it.”

In the first set, both the players held their serve in the first 4 games and the scores were equalized at 2-2 when the 4th game got over. Monaco got a breakthrough in the 5th game and he consolidated that with a serve hold in the next game to get ahead by 4-2.

The next couple of games went with the serve and the score was 5-3 in Monaco’s favour when the 9th game began. The Argentinean player needed a breakthrough to finish off the set in the 9th game and he got that. With some tremendous return shots, he broke Kamke’s serve for the second time in the set and sealed the opener by 6-3.

In the second set, Monaco didn’t start that well. He dropped his serve in the 1st game to get trailed by 0-1. However, he lifted his game after that and won 5 out of the next 6 games with the help of two consecutive breakthroughs to make the score 5-2 in his favour.

Kamke managed to sneak in a breakthrough in the 9th game to bring down the lead to 5-4, but, his serve was broken yet again in the 10th game and that secured Monaco’s win.

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ROBSON WILL TAKE PART

Andy Murray’s countrywoman, Laura Robson, has made it clear that she will take part in the AEGON Classic tennis tournament which is going to start from 9th of June at Edgbaston.

This tournament is played on grass courts and is organized just before the Wimbledon Championship. So, the players normally see this as a preparation for the big event coming up.

A couple of days ago, the French player Marion Bartoli and Robson’s compatriot Heather Watson had also confirmed their participation in this tournament.

Talking to the reporters about the participation of Robson, the commercial director of Lawn Tennis Lawrence Robertson said, “It’s really great for us that both Laura Robson and Heather Watson are going to participate in this event. It’s good for the spectators as well.  They will see some quality tennis out there.”

“Laura has done her reputation no harm as a player in the last one year or so and it’s good to have her in this tournament again.”

When Robson herself was asked about this tournament, she said, “I love playing on grass courts. So, I am looking forward to this tournament.”

“It’s a home tournament for me, but, I haven’t had much success in it so far. This time, I am looking to improve my record.”

Robson has participated in AEGON Classic twice in the past and on both the occasions; she got knocked out of the second round.

When asked about her becoming the top ranked British female tennis player recently, she said, “I have performed well off late and it’s a reward of that. I am really feeling proud about it. I want my ranking to go further up. For that, I will have to win matches consistently and I am up for it.”

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MURRAY TAKES ON TOMIC

Andy Murray has defeated Bernard Tomic of Australia in the second round of the Sony Open. Murray won the match in the straight sets by 6-2, 6-3.

It was a great start of the competition for the Scot. He was not at his peak, but, he did enough to get better of the Australian youngster who looked in horrible form.

This was the second time that Murray was competing against Tomic. Before this, these two players had lock horns with each other in the Brisbane International Tennis tournament last year. That match was won by Murray.

Tomic’s start in the match was not bad. In the first game of the opening set, he smashed a couple of aces and held his serve in style. Murray didn’t look as fluent as Tomic in his first service game, but, somehow, he managed to serve it out and the scores got levelled at 1-1.

Tomic was brilliant in his second service game as well. He was not looking nervous at all till that stage.

In the 4th game, Tomic had three break opportunities, but, Murray showed amazing calmness under pressure and saved all those breakpoints by playing some great shots. With a couple of great backhand volleys at the end, the British superstar held his serve and the score became 2-2.

In the 5th game, Murray got a breakthrough against the run of play. The Australian youngster suddenly lost the momentum in the 5th game. He committed quite a few errors and dropped his serve.

The next three games went with the serve and when the 8th game got finished, Tomic was trailed by 3-5. He could have extended the set with a serve hold in the 9th game. He began well and made it 30-30. But, after that, he committed a couple of unforced errors which gave Murray the chance to seal the set.

In the second set, Murray was unstoppable. He broke his opponent’s serve twice i.e. in the 4th and the 6th game and won the set with ease by 6-1.