2013 Day 11 Highlights: Andy Murray v Jerzy Janowicz

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Maria Sharapova Fires Back at Serena Williams

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Isner Defeated

Mardy Fish’s countryman John Isner was defeated by Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the opening round of the Canadian Open yesterday. He lost in three sets by 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

This is the second event in a row in which Isner has suffered a first-round exit. The same had happened to him in Citi Open as well a few days back. He had been knocked out from there by his compatriot Steve Johnson.

There was a long delay in the start of the match between Isner and Dodig because of the weather conditions. It had to be played in afternoon, but, because of heavy showers, it was postponed to night.

The players find it a little uncomfortable to wait for their matches to get underway especially when the delay is so long. Dodig spoke about that in his post match press conference.

In the words of the Croatian, “It’s slightly difficult to be honest. Waiting for a long time and also, you have to go to another court. These things tend to frustrate you a little bit. Nevertheless, all is well for me at the end of the day.”

It was Dodig’s first appearance on the tour in 8 weeks. He had been out because of a fracture in his ribs. He had to cope with Isner’s lightening serves and he coped with them quite well.

Isner, the 6 ft 10 in tall player, smashed 13 aces in the match. He was so gutted after his defeat that he didn’t come to the conference room to talk to the reporters.

Isner, being the higher ranked player, was the favourite to win this match, but, Dodig created an upset with an all round performance.

Isner has already won a couple of tournaments this year.

Roddick Still Super Popular

Andy Roddick quit professional tennis two seasons back, but, his stardom in the United States is still the game. He went to Villanova the other day for a short visit and it was amazing to see people incredibly excited about his arrival there.

There is a reason behind the immense popularity of a retired chap like Roddick in America. The country has, all of a sudden, stopped producing top class players, in the male category. There are no new superstars whom people can embrace.

It’s the same land where people like Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras had come from, but, today, if you count the number of American male players who are placed in top 100 in the world rankings, you would be very disappointed with the result. It’s only 6 American guys who have a world ranking of less than 100 at the moment.

That’s pretty shameful for USA considering the rich history that they have had in the game. There was a period when at least one of the slams was almost guaranteed to be won by an American player, but, not any more.

More than a decade has passed now since a male player from USA had lifted the slam trophy last. It was Roddick himself who had done that in 2003. He had achieved glory at Flushing Meadows.

But, that was the start of a slam drought for America which is still going on and it doesn’t seem that somebody is going to end it in near future.

When Roddick was asked why the American players in the recent past haven’t managed to be as successful as they were in the last decade, he said, “There is huge pressure on the young players here and that affects them adversely. You’ve got to give the kids time to find their feet.”

“The same thing had happened with me when I had come first up, but, as I got experienced, I started ignoring criticism and I think the players of this generation need to do the same.”

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No marriage ties for Anna Kournikova yet

Difference of opinion and conflicting emotions are the two considerations of Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias as both have not denied yet both have something different to speak on the issue of marriage.

Enrique himself feels that getting married to Anna will not make him any happier but on the flip side he does not clearly denies it altogether. Later in an interview he rectified his comments on the marriage part. For him his personal life is private which he likes to keep it like that. As per the reporters it was he who made his personal life personal by stating that he has no intention of marrying Anna to which Enrique defensively replied that his situation will be the same even if he gets married. Since according to him she makes him happy and is the coolest girl.

Anna met Enrique years back when he came out with his album ‘Escape’ and both feel that marriage is just another step but that cannot make them any more happier than they are now. Both have the same opinion but it was a contradiction on Enrique’s part that made the headlines regarding him not marrying Anna.  According to reports and from Enrique’s statement it is clear that Anna has not met Enrique’s father Julio Igleias yet as Enrique himself does not see or talk to his father much.

It is clearly the connection or the vibe that is going around for both Anna and Enrique and are enjoying each other’s company for a really long time but both do not see marriage as the next option or the next step to take their relationship to. They seem happy with their current status as stated by Enrique as Anna hardly gives any comments about her personal life.