YOUZHNY FACES KEI

Kafelnikov’s countryman, Mikhail Youzhny, will face Kei Nishikori of Japan in the second round of the Gerry Weber Open tomorrow.

This will be Nishikori’s first match in the tournament as he was given a bye in the opening round.

Youzhny made his way into the second round with the help of an easy win over Daniel Gimeno- Traver of Spain.

Nishikori who has been given 13th seed in this tournament has been in terrific form in the ongoing season so far. He started the season by taking part in the Brisbane International tennis tournament and he managed to cruise into the semi finals of that tournament. In the semi final match against Andy Murray, he had to retire due to his knee injury.

Nishikori’s performance in the Australian Open was decent as well. He made his way into the fourth round where he got defeated in straight sets by David Ferrer of Spain. In that match also, Nishikori was struggling with his knee injury and he took the help of the physiotherapist several times.

Nishikori then went on to win the US National Indoor Championships by securing a straight set win over Feliciano Lopez in the final. He didn’t lose a single set in that tournament.

Nishikori had a pretty good outing in the recently played French Open as well. He reached the fourth round at Roland Garros before being defeated by Rafael Nadal.

Nishikori has played a total of 28 matches this year and has won 22 out of them.

As far as Youzhny is concerned, he doesn’t have a great season so far. He has lost 13 out of the 26 matches in the ongoing season and that’s not a great record at all.

However, Youzhny is a very experienced player and he has versatility in his game. He doesn’t need a particular kind of surface to perform well. He is quite comfortable playing on any kind of surface.

These two players have never faced each other in the past which means that they would be unaware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. So, this might be a cracker of a contest.

The winner of this match will move into the quarter final round of the tournament.

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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