After posting my recent poll asking readers who they thought needed to win the women’s event at Indian Wells based on the opportunity there (the leading choice was Jelena Jankovic), the blog Tennis Talk, Anyone rightly pointed out that on the men’s side of the draw, no one needed a title win at Indian Wells more so than Andy Roddick.
Some might have given the American a chance to reach the finals but I doubt few would have given veteran Ivan Ljubicic any shot to get there. But with Ljubicic’s impressive win over Rafael Nadal today in the semifinals, it sets an intriguing matchup between two players who many had written off. Continue reading →
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The quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters Open saw more drama and unfortunately more retirements.
Nikolay Davydenko improved his chances of making the ATP London finale by taking out Radek Stepanek 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
He will face in the semis Novak Djokovic who passed a stern test by Gilles Simon winning 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
The surprise of the day was Feliciano Lopez’s defeat of No. 9 seed Robin Soderling 7-6(4), 6-3. Lopez, known more lately for his good looks than good results, has changed coaches and cut his trademark locks and it seems to be working. Soderling couldn’t figure out Lopez’s massive lefty serve and silky slice backhand.
Lopez will next face Rafael Nadal who survived an onslaught by veteran Ivan Ljubicic 3-6, 6-3 (ret). Ljubicic, you guessed it, had to retire in the third set after suffering a groin pull.
At this point who will win the whole thing is anybody’s guess. It is nice to see Lopez playing well again. But the real question is, do you like his new look?
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