2010 Coverage

2010 Coverage (47)

Sunday, 07 November 2010 23:33

Multiple Winners

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Both the Singles and Doubles Finals of the 2010 Davidoff Swiss Indoors were rematches of last year's finals, with the top two seeds of both draws facing off for the titles. Hence the underlying question of the day - whether the2009 Runners-up, the Bryan brothers and Roger Federer, would be able to avenge their losses or not, and there would be a little bit of history repeating after all.

Six Times Ahead
In winning Saturday's semifinal match, Bob and Mike Bryan reached yet another milestone in their highly decorated career. With their win over Yen-Hsun Lu and Janko Tipsarevic, the twins clinched the No. 1 year-end doubles team ranking for a record sixth time in eight years. But, as Bob Bryan put it after that match, there was still work to be done this week and the top seeds had theirs cut out for them, taking on the World No. 2-ranked team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic.

The Canadian-Serbian duo entered today's final with an 8-to-5 head-to-head advantage over their American opponents, but this year they had lost two title matches to the brothers. Today, Nestor and Zimonjiv were off to a bad start again. Bryan/Bryan broke Nestor's serve in the fourth game and went on to hold their own comfortably to win the set in just 22 minutes, 6-3.
Saturday, 06 November 2010 08:53

Age Division

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Quarterfinals day at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors featured a peculiar generational divide:  all the players in the upper half of the draw have been pros for over ten years, while the lower half only featured players younger than 24.

Smells like Team Spirit
The first match of the day saw Moscow Champion Viktor Troicki take on Frenchman Richard Gasquet. In a close first set, Gasquet was the first to flirt with a break of serve, forcing Troicki to deuce at 3-4. But when the Serb went on to hold serve, Gasquet seemed to suffer a lapse of concentration, double-faulting to go down break point.  His next serve was called an ace, but Troicki’s challenge showed it missed the line by a hair. Gasquet didn’t take it well. First, he missed an easy forehand to give Troicki the break. Then, after the Serb had served out the first set, Gasquet was promptly broken to start off the second.

“It was stupid to get broken like that,” Gasquet said afterwards.  “It was like a slap on the head.”  Indeed,
Sunday, 07 November 2010 07:59

Familiar Faces

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Top seeds Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic met a couple of familiar faces in today's Semifinals at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors. Federer was vying for his fifth consecutive final appearance in Basel, and Djokovic, his second.

Childhood Friends

In the first ever all-Serbian ATP World Tour Semifinal, Djokovic took on Viktor Troicki. While it was only their seventh meeting on Tour, the two have been playing tennis with each other since they were children. As Djokovic told us afterwards, "I've known Viktor since I was 8, 9 years old. We won the Under-16 and Under-18 European Team Championships together, played a lot of Davis Cup. We are good friends and it's not easy playing a friend."

As a result of his relationship with his opponent, the Serbian No. 1 was much more subdued in his display of emotions on court than he had been in his previous matches, when he had loudly cheered himself on after winning crucial points. His tennis, however, did not suffer.
Friday, 05 November 2010 00:58

Reflections on a Fall

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Post-match interviews are different at fall tournaments.  The “How are you feeling?” questions sound more concerned, the “What do you think about your season?” ones are lacking the “so far” qualifiers.   There are still plenty of points and money to play for, yet the focus already seems to be on what had been and on what will come to be next season.

David Nalbandian, for example, says he doesn’t have big goals for the remainder of the year. The Argentine is just out to collect some ranking points and confidence to be in as good a position as possible for 2011, when he hopes to close the gap to the Top 10.  For a player of his talent, Nalbandian sounds modest.  But modesty is probably what you are left with at the tail end of a season interrupted by a nine-month absence due to surgery; the player himself said his year has been “very strange.”  “You always have doubts [about surgeries]. I couldn’t continue playing, but if the surgery goes bad, then it’s over. That’s it,” he related, but quickly added: “I had a good recovery.  After Wimbledon, I played some tournaments that made me feel better. It is tough to feel 100 % after injuries, but I feel good.”
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