Ivan Ljubicic has set a match with James Blake from America at the Thailand Open 2006. In the seminals, Croatian won a match against Paradorn Scrichapan with a result 6-3 6-2. It took him only one hour and seventeen minutes to beat him.
Ljubic best weapon was his serve; he had astonishing seventeen aces in this match. Paradorn Srichaphan from Thailand was very disappointed after his defeat; he said that this was not his day, and his best game, and that the Ljubicic was a worthy opponent. Ljubicic, who is a top-seeded player in this tournament, will face off American favorite James Blake. Blake, in semifinals, defeated Marat Safin from Russia in a three-set match.The result was 3-6 6-4 7-6(3). Safin, who had just recovered from his injury, and was five months out of the game, said it was a very difficult match for him. Blake said that he is a very talented player, and wishes Safin all the best in the following season, and hopes that his confidence would come back quickly. As far as doubles go, brothers Andy and Jamie Murray from the United Kingdom, who just started playing together, reached their first ATP doubles final. They won a match against Chris Haggard from South Africa and Jordan Kerr from Australia 7-6(2) 6-4. In the finals, they will face top seed Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel.
James Blake to won a title at Thailand Open 2006
American James Blake, who was seeded third, won the Thailand Open 2006, and his fourth ATP title. Next, to the title, he won a check with 555,000 USD. Blake defeated first seed Ivan Ljubicic in the very short match, only 59 minutes. Blake made early breaks which helped him to won a match by 6-3 6-1. After the match, he stated he was playing well, and that he took advantage of Ljubicic serve, which wasn’t at his best. Blake was a debutant at the Thailand Open, and manage to win his fourth title, after Sydney, Las Vegas, and Indianapolis. Blake was now behind Roger Federer who had eight titles, and Rafael Nadal who had five. Tennis player from Croatia, Ljubicic, managed to past Andy Roddick at the ATP ranking list, after reaching semifinals here.
After the match, he said that his opinion is that he didn’t play so bad in the finals and that his opponent was so good, and hard to beat. This was his first lose from Blake in five meetings. Blake received 35 ATP Race points, and a chance to qualify for the Master Cup in Shanghai. In doubles matches, tandem from Israel, who had won this tournament in 2003 and were runner-up in 2005, defeated young brothers Jamie and Andy Murray from the UK, in just one hour and seven minutes, by the result of 6-2 2-6 10-4. This was the fourth title for a double from Israel, who previously won Adelaide, Nottingham and New Haven. They said that the experience was on their side against Murray brothers.
Australian Open 2017
First Grand Slam of the season, Australian Open, is an opportunity for all tennis players to start a season in big style, and to prove their form. But tennis number one and number two failed to do so, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were eliminated in the second and fourth round. Number one in woman’s ranking Angelique Kerber was also knocked out at an early stage. Roger Federer, a player who hasn’t played a tournament since Wimbledon 2016, later won this Grand Slam in final against Rafael Nadal. In women’s competition, Serena Williams won her 23rd major title.
Rolan Garros 2017
Winner of this year’s Rolan Garros was not a surprise, Rafael Nadal once again held the trophy of the 2017 French Open. After winning Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, he was favorite at this year’s Rolan Garros, which was played on the clay, his beloved surface. Nadal beat Stanislas Wawrinka in the finals; the result was 6-2 6-3 6-1. Nadal won his tenth title at this tournament, first after 2014. In women’s part of the competition, the situation was very uncertain. Serena Williams did not compete due to her pregnancy, and that was a chance for Jelena Ostapenko. Tennis player from Latvia was a surprise of the tournament. She never won, before this, a WTA Tour title before. Ostapenko was 47th at the WTA ranking list, and only 20 years old.
The 2017 Wimbledon was marked by Roger Federer. Seeded third Federer was still a favorite to win this year Wimbledon. Grass court was always a place where he played and looked best, but he didn’t win Wimbledon in five years. In this final Federer defeated Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4. This was his eight singles title in this tournament. In woman’s tennis, Murguza won her second major.
US Open 2017
Rafael Nadal won his third title at the US Open 2017. In the final, he defeated Kevin Anderson, who came into his first major final. Sloan Stephens won her first US Open title, with the help of the audience cheering her on. This was also her first major title.
Novak Djokovic Serbian tennis player and former number one had to take a break from tennis in July 2017 due to his elbow injury. This injury is a reason why he withdrew from Wimbledon in quarter finals in a match against Tomas Berdych. But a few months later, Djokovic announced his new decision, to split his collaboration with his coach Boris Becker, who had been Djokovic’s coach for three years. The decision was mutual, and all the goals they set in this period were accomplished.
A Legend to succeed a legend
With a right elbow injury in the past, Djokovic will go back to the court at the end of this year, participating in Abu Dhabi from 28th of December to 30th. He will be competing along side with Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem and Pablo Carreno Busta. But one of the big news this year for Djokovic was to enlist Andrea Agassi as head coach. Djokovic pointed out that Agassi was always his idol growing up, and that is a big honor to work with him in the new season. He will only travel with Djokovic to the Grand Slams tournaments. That is why, as his assistant, Djokovic hired Radek Stepanek, who just retired in autumn this year, after 21 years at the professional tour. He is eager to make a debut as Djokovic coach. Experts believe that he will be a good teacher and a guide to the former number one, thanks to his knowledge of the white sport. The result of this collaboration we will be able to see in January at the Australian open 2018.
Starting fresh in 2018.
Djokovic did not only make changes in his main team, but he also enlisted a new fitness trainer Ulises Badio and physiotherapist Marko Paniki. He has been working a few months with his new team and declares he is exited and impressed by the whole dynamic of the group. By the decision he has made, we can see that he is eager to go back, and claim the first place back.
Bryan brother, Mike, and Bob, born in California, are professional doubles tennis players from America. They first got on top of the ATP doubles ranking in September 2003. Currently, they are holding 11th place. Bryan brother hold many records in doubles tennis, by the number of titles, some matches and tournaments played, and the most weeks spent on the top at the ATP doubles ranking list, to be exact 438. They finished ATP year in number one record ten times. They currently have more than hundred titles, including gold at London and bronze in Beijing Olympic Games. Their current coach is Phil Farmer.
The famous 2007 Davis Cup final
Davis Cup is international competition in men’s tennis, it is played every year, and it is run by the International Tennis Federation. First Davis Cup match was played back in 1900, between Great Britain, and the United States, and it is held till this day. The United States is holding the absolute record in 32 titles won, and 29 times when they were runners-up. The 2017 champion is France who beat Belgium in the finals.
The 2007 Davis Cup took place in the Portland, Oregon. It was the 96th edition of Davis Cup, and sixteen teams participated in the World Group. The final was held in the 30th November till December 2nd, when the United States defatted Russia 4-1. Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, beat Russians Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 6-4 6-2 to earn their country third win, and the Davis Cup title. The Americans had not won the team title in twelve years, and their last win was also against Russia on the clay in the Moscow in 1995. Bryan brothers said that Davis Cup 2007 was one of their biggest moments in the career and that they would cherish this moment for the rest of their lives.
14 years long run
Bryan brothers are retiring from Davis Cup, after fourteen years of playing for the United States. They announced this news on their Instagram account and stated that 2007 Davis Cup final was the greatest highlight of their carrier when twin brothers secured US record 32nd title. They also said that they are blessed to have played for two greatest captains Jim Courier and Patrick McEnroe. Both of them said that understand their decision, and that it was an honor to train them.
Marion Bartoli a French tennis star, and a former Wimbledon champion announced that she would be back in court in the March next year, after quitting tennis almost five years ago. Since she quit actively playing tennis, she worked as a commentator in Eurosport, and other televisions, while sometimes playing legends match. Bartoli, now 33-year-old, announced her news on social network Instagram. She said that her return is going to be a big challenge, and hopes that she will be ready to come back in March at the Miami Open.
Reasons behind her retirement
Former Wimbledon champion said that the reason for her withdraw from tennis was that her body just couldn’t cope anymore and that she felt the big amount of pain shortly after playing. In 2016 she was in the spotlight for her dramatic weight lose. Bartoli told in an interview that she got infected by the mystery virus during her trip to India. After diagnosis doctor told her she was close to dying, and that the virus triggered an allergic reaction to almost anything, from food to electrics. In that period her hair also started to fall off. In months to come, she started to recover and now believes that she come back is possible, and she is barely waiting to come back and play.
French tennis star with an unorthodox style of playing
Marion Bartoli became famous for her unorthodox style of playing with two hands both in her forehand and backhand, which is attributed to being a fan of Monika Seles when she was growing up. She is known as a strong and aggressive player, who is playing mostly from a baseline. Bartoli started playing tennis when she was six years old, and her first couch was her father, Walter. She won eight WTA titles and three in doubles. Her most important results are a title in 2013 Wimbledon Championships, she was a runner-up in 2007, and semifinal in 2007 Rolan Garros. Her victory at Wimbledon made her only a sixth player in open era history to win a title without losing a set.
2013 was a big year for Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. We can easily say that he deserves an award for the best comeback in 2013 because he was just a year before watching a 2012 US open finale from his room. The tournament he won the following year, coming back after his knee injury. He added this to Roland Gaross title, a trophy he won eight of the past nine times. The 2013 tennis season was complete, Novak Djokovic had won the Australian Open, and Andy Murray the title at the Wimbledon, and made the United Kingdom very proud. Nadal scores in 2013 were very impressive, he had recorded a 22-0 victory on a hard surface, and got to the second place at the ATP ranking list, following Djokovic who was in the first place.
Nadal had won thirteen Grand Slams titles, just one less than Pete Sampras, and four behind Roger Federer. 2013 was a big year for Novak Djokovic also. He had beat Andy Murray in four sets to win Australian Open, but later that year lost at the French Open from Rafael Nadal. In this year Stanislas Wawrinka had made one big change. He hired a new coach Magnus Norman, which brought a new list of good results on the court, like taking part in most important Grand Slam matches in 2013. In Australian Open he was beaten by the Novak Djokovic in the fourth round, but Djokovic later won the title and got defeated by Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal of French Open. This year Wawrinka had won seven matches against players from top 10. That year for Roger Federer was not the best in his rich career. He lost in the third round of the US open from Tommy Robredo, a player he has beaten ten times. He did not reach any of the Grand Slams finales in 2013, and his best result was semifinals at Australian Open.
Where are they now
2017 was a turbulent year for Novak Djokovic. He announced he was taking a break due to his elbow injury, which other players took as an opportunity to attack the top of the ATP ranking list. Federer came back and won Wimbledon after five years, even though he was seeded third. Federer also won a title at the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal in the final. Rafael Nadal triumphed at his favorite surface and won his 10th French Open title, and also US open title.