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.

DEL POTRO FALLS

Juan Martin Del Potro has been knocked out of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. In the semi final match, De Potro was beaten by the Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 7-6(4). This was a convincing win for the world no. 1. It took him just 104 minutes to make his way into the finals.

Del Potro was expected to give a tough fight to Djokovic, but, the Argentinean was not at his best on Friday. Talking to the reporters after the match, Djokovic said, “In the second set, there were a few tough moments, but, I handled them well. I kept myself calm throughout the match. Del Potro is a very good player, but, I was backing myself to win the match in the straight sets and I am very happy that I eventually managed to do it.” (more…)

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CRUISING

Roger Federer has cruised into the third round of the Australian Open 2013 with a thumping win over Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. Federer won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. It was a dominating performance by the Swiss Maestro. He took approximately 2 hours to win the match.

Federer showed the same kind of form that he had shown in the first round match. He was brilliant on his serve again and smashed a total of nine aces in the match.

In the opening set, neither of the two players got a breakthrough in the first five games and at the end of the fifth game; Federer was ahead by 3-2.

Federer broke Davydenko’s service in the sixth game and then, served out the seventh game to take a lead of 5-2. He was not going to lose the advantage from that stage. He grabbed the set easily by holding his service in the ninth game.

Federer continued to dominate in the following set as well. He managed to sneak a breakthrough in the third game and then, by holding his service in the next game, he made the score 3-1 in his favour. He kept his lead till the end and won the second set by 6-4.

Federer had a superb start in the final set. He got a breakpoint in the very first game and he latched on that to take a lead of 1-0. He held his service in the second game to make the score 2-0. Davydenko needed at least one breakthrough to come back into the match, but, he wasn’t able to get that. Federer held his entire serve and won the final set to move into the next round.

In the third round, Federer will take on Bernard Tomic of Australia.

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FEDERER LOSES

Roger Federer has been defeated by Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in an exhibition match played at Sao Paulo on Thursday. Bellucci won the match by 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

This was the third match between these two players. In the previous couple of matches, Federer had come out victorious. But, this time around, he was surprised by the Brazilian youngster.

People turned up in large numbers to cheer for the local lad and they got their money’s worth.

Bellucci was off to a fantastic start in the match. He broke Federer’s service once in the first set and won it by 7-5. But, he couldn’t carry on the momentum in the following set. Federer played some gorgeous shots in the second set and Bellucci seemed to have no answer of those shots. The second set was comfortably won by Federer and the match was evenly poised at that stage.

Federer started the third set pretty well and took the lead of 2-0. But, he didn’t manage to maintain the lead till the end. His service was broken twice after that and he lost the third set by 6-4.

In the post match interview, Federer said, “Brazil is a glorious place. I enjoyed my trip over here. I would like to thank the fans who turned up here to watch the match. They supported both the players and that was nice to see.”

When asked about his performance in the match, Federer said, “I managed to bounce back in the second set, but, in the final set, I played some loose shots and had to pay the price for it.”

On the other hand, Bellucci was ecstatic after defeating Federer for the first time in his career. He said, “It’s a great victory for me. Federer is one of the greatest players of all times and securing a victory against him is always special.