2009 Coverage

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Monday, 09 November 2009 00:04

Great Expectations

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Novak Djokovic at the 2009 Davidoff Swiss The last day of the 2009 Davidoff Swiss Indoors looked promising with the two top seeds squaring off in both draws, including, of course, the home favorite Roger Federer.


Doubles Take

In a surprisingly lopsided doubles final that never lived up to the anticipated quality, Canadian Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia dismissed the second-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan, 6-2, 6-3. The American team was in trouble early on when Bob Bryan was broken in the opening game of the match. Down 0-2, Mike Bryan hit his brother with a baseline shot, a scene that was telling for the first set, in which very little worked for the Americans. Nestor and Zimonjic, on the other hand, weren’t missing at all, winning their service games easily and putting pressure on their opponents’ serves, which they broke once more before Nestor served out the set 6-2.
Sunday, 08 November 2009 15:47

A Tale of Two Points

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2009 Davidoff Swiss“What is the difference between a champion and other players?” The Swiss TV journalist asked this of Marco Chiudinelli during the on-court interview following his straight set loss to Roger Federer. Chiudinelli paused for a moment and then replied, “A champion hits his best shot at the most important point.” If you are looking for a single sentence to sum up Saturday’s semifinals, this one is it. The favorites of both matches, No. 1 seed Roger Federer and No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, were pushed in their respective semis, but with the set or the match on the line, they delivered.


Djokovic vs Stepanek: 6-7 (4), 4-5, 0-40

Down three match points against the Czech No. 5 seed Radek Stepanek, the Serbian world No. 3 Novak Djokovic seemed all but out. He had lost the first set in a tiebreak, in which he surrendered two points on his serve when Stepanek smashed away his passing shot attempts.
Saturday, 07 November 2009 03:00

Basel Town Fair

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2009 Davidoff Swiss IndoorsBasel is having its annual Autumn Town Fair this week. But, since the many tennis fans who came to town on Friday to follow the Davidoff Swiss Indoors didn’t make it to the various rides at the fair, it was up to the quarterfinal matches to provide the entertainment.


Ring Toss

The game seems easy enough. Aim precisely, throw a ring around the neck of one of the twenty bottles before you and win a prize. But the rings are small, the bottles slippery and in the end you are more likely to leave feeling frustrated than carrying a teddy bear.

One got the impression that this was what the last two sets against Radek Stepanek were like for Croat Marin Cilic. The court seemed too small, the racket too slippery and, no matter how hard he tried to hit his shots with precision and drive, they flew wide, too short, or into the net.
Thursday, 05 November 2009 03:00

Homecoming

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2009 Davidoff SwissIt is a sure sign of living in someone else’s shadow when your most famous attribute seems to be your relationship with that someone. Just ask Roger Federer’s Olympic doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka, his former roommate Michael Lammer, or his childhood friend Marco Chiudinelli. But since Thursday was Federer’s day off, it was his compatriots’ turn to take the stage on Center Court, enjoying full attention from the home crowd and press.


Meet the Journeyman

World No. 168 Michael Lammer talked of pride when he entered the Interview Room. “I gave it all I had,” he said. “It was the biggest match of my career. The crowd was great. Moments like these are what I train for, what I play tennis for.” Some might consider his positive attitude surprising, considering that he just came off a three-set loss to Marco Chiudinelli.
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