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Pacino and De Niro go for ice cream.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

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Tracking four contenders at Monte Carlo.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

Joker Aces. Sets lost Ist serve
pct.
Tie-breaks/ bagels
dished
Bk pt conv pct. Time on court Matches played
Federer  15 56  1/0 62 6:32  4
Nadal  1 74 0/1  52  4:37 3(Stats on 1 match NA)
Djokovic  8 63  0/2 53 3:39 OUT
Nalbandian  4 66  0/1  49  2:28  OUT
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               

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Who is this? No, it’s not Djokovic – yet!!!!

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Another first title winner of 2008. From Jenny. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

Spain's David Ferrer returns a shot to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber during the quarterfinal match of the tennis Davis Cup Germany vs Spain, on April 11, 2008 in Bremen.   AFP PHOTO   DDP/ NIGEL TREBLIN   GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read NIGEL TREBLIN/AFP/Getty Images) 

Spain's David Ferrer celebrates after defeating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in  the quarterfinal match of the tennis Davis Cup Germany vs Spain, on April 11, 2008 in Bremen. Ferrer won  6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. AFP PHOTO   DDP/ NIGEL TREBLIN   GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read NIGEL TREBLIN/AFP/Getty Images) 

David Ferrer of Spain plays a forehand during his Tennis Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal match against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in Bremen, northern Germany, Friday, April 11, 2008. 
Jenny

Another first title winner of 2008.

20.4.2008
“David Ferrer is the champion of the sixth edition of the Open de Tenis de la Comunidad Valenciana
The champion of the sixth edition del Open de tenis de la Comununidad Valenciana already has a name, David Ferrer. The performance that we have seen on the clay court has benn spectacular. Nicolas Almagro´s quality and fighting spirit made it very difficult for world’s number five player in the ATP Ranking who was finally stronger and won the match”.

Well done David, he fought like a tiger, great clay court tennis.

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Federer-Davydenko final in photos.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

Swiss Roger Federer gives a thumb-up as he poses with the trophy during the Estoril Open podium ceremony at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon. Roger Federer won his first title of the season when he clinched the Estoril Open with a 7-6 (7/5), 1-2 win over Nikolay Davydenko who was forced to retire with a leg injury in the second set. 
Roger Federer, from Switzerland, sprays champagne after winning the final match of the Estoril Tennis Open to Russia's Nikolai Davydenko, in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Sunday, April 20, 2008. Federer won 7-6, 2-2, after Davydenko retired due to an injury. (AP Photo/Steven Governo 
Nikolai Davydenko, from Russia, left, has a laugh with Roger Federer, from Switzerland, while holding the trophies after the final match of the Estoril Tennis Open, in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Sunday, April 20, 2008. Federer won 7-6, 1-2, after Davydenko retired due to an injury.  

Roger Federer, from Switzerland, holds the trophy after winning the final match of the Estoril Tennis Open to Russia's Nikolai Davydenko, in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Sunday, April 20, 2008. Federer won 7-6, 2-2, after Davydenko retired due to an injury.  
Roger Federer, from Switzerland, is saluted by ball boys as he leaves the court after winning the final match of the Estoril Tennis Open to Russia's Nikolai Davydenko, in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Sunday, April 20, 2008. Federer won 7-6, 2-2, after Davydenko retired due to an injury.  

Swiss Roger Federer exibits the trophy as he leaves the court after the podium ceremony of Estoril Open on April 20, 2008 at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon. Federer won the title after Russia's Nikolay Davydenko retired In the second set. AFP PHOTO/JOAO CORTESAO (Photo credit should read JOAO CORTESAO/AFP/Getty Images)

Roger Federer, right, from Switzerland, talks with Russia's Nikolay Davydenko as Davydenko announces he can't finish the  final of the Estoril Tennis Open in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Sunday, April 20 2008. Davydenko retired with an injury when Federer was leading 7-5, 1-2.  

Roger Federer, right, from Switzerland, shakes hands with Russia's Nikolay Davydenko as Davydenko announces he can't finish the final of the Estoril Tennis Open in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Sunday, April 20 2008. Davydenko retired with an injury when Federer was leading 7-5, 1-2.  
Roger Federer, from Switzerland, lifts up the trophy after winning the final match of the Estoril Tennis Open to Russia's Nikolai Davydenko, in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Sunday, April 20, 2008. federer won 7- 6, 2 - 2, after Davydenko retired due to an injury.  
Swiss Roger Federer holds the trophy during the podium ceremony of Estoril Open on April 20, 2008 at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon. Federer won the title after Russia's Nikolay Davydenko retired on the second set.   AFP PHOTO/JOAO CORTESAO (Photo credit should read JOAO CORTESAO/AFP/Getty Images) 

Swiss Roger Federer drinks during the Estoril Open's podium ceremony on April 20, 2008 at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon. Federer won the title after Davydenko retired on the second set.   AFP PHOTO/FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's Nikolay Davydenko reacts to a point by Swiss Roger Federer during the Estoril Open final on April 20, 2008 at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon. Federer won the title after Davydenko retired on the second set. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, waves to supporters after winning the final of the Estoril Tennis Open against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Sunday, April 20 2008. Davydenko retired with an injury when Federer was leading 7-5, 1-2.  
Swiss Roger Federer salutes the crowd at the end Estoril Open on April 20, 2008 at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon. Federer won the title after Russia's Nikolay Davydenko retired on the second set. AFP PHOTO/JOAO CORTESAO (Photo credit should read JOAO CORTESAO/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's Nikolay Davydenko reacts during the final of the Estoril Tennis Open against Roger Federer, from Switzerland,  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Sunday, April 20 2008. Davydenko retired with an injury when Federer was leading 7-5, 1-2.  
Russia's Nikolay Davydenko goes to the net during the final of the Estoril Tennis Open against Roger Federer, from Switzerland,  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Sunday, April 20 2008. Davydenko retired with an injury when Federer was leading 7-5, 1-2.  

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Tennis fans exhale a huge sigh of relief alongwith Federer and Jose. But could he have won if Davy had not retired?

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

Swiss Roger Federer (R) and Russian Nikolay Davydenko pose with their trophies during the Estoril Open's podium ceremony on April 20, 2008 at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon. Federer won the title after Davydenko retired on the second set.   AFP PHOTO/FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

It’s tough to say. But it would surely have been very very close. But one thing I am sure of: If the match had gone the distance, irrespective of the result, it would have done a world of good to Federer in his bid to regain his form, lot more than what this win brought.

Nevertheless, Federer should be happy to have come out the right end after the gruelling up and down week. Most importantly this tournament validates his decision to play here before moving to the big events. This play provided him with the much needed cushion to absorb the shock of the big stage. There is no question of what would have happened if he had landed at Monte Carlo without this experience.

If you look at this match purely from the stats of the first set, it could have gone either way. Federer served at 64 percent, had four aces and could not convert any of the five break points he had in that set. Davydenko on the other hand, was faring much better compared to his previous matches against Federer. Davydenko was serving above his average at 72%, had two aces and had four break points, although he was also not able to convert any one of them.

But Federer’s record at this event, would have helped him as the match progressed. He had come twice from a set down to win the match here, after having almost a blow out set in the third. So clearly he felt much better as the match wore on.

It must have been a huge relief for Federer to win his first title this season, irrespective of who he faced and how it was accomplished. Loss here would have been devastating for a variety of reasons, least of which being knocked out of the No. 1 perch by mid season.

What are some of the obvious lessons from this experience?

-Federer has to be more conscious of his shot selection when he has a break point. He converted just 44 percent here. That won’t get it done.

-He cannot lose the first freaking set anymore. It’s too much pressure for where he is right now physically and mentally.

-First serve percentage has to be over 65 percent at least, for each set.

-Ace count is the easiest and guaranteed way to ride this slump till the horses come back.

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Iglesias says Kournikova keeps rebuffing marriage proposals. Could it be because you are not good in the ‘long’ run?

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

Moron, keep banging your head on the door, it may eventually turn into a window. Move freaking on, you knucklehead.

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Monte Carlo Draw is out. From Anand. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

Anand 101

Congrats on #54 and Monte Carlo Draw is out:

Fed seemed to be holding his own vs kolya at Estoril, although the jury is still out, due to the retirement.

Monte Carlo Draw:
http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2008/410/mds.pdf

It will be intersting to see how Fed stays the course at Monte Carlo. He has stern tests but it escalates gradually:
– Nalby in the QF
– Djoker in the SF
– Rafa in the F

Here’s hoping Fed is there on Sunday and what’s more, holds up the trophy for the first time!

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Two funny “movie trailers” starring Federer as Julius Caesar. From aeniclud. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

aeniclud

Two funny “movie trailers” starring Federer as Julius Caesar. Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic co-star in the second part. I’m new to this site, so I apologize if these have been posted before.

P.S. If the above links didn’t work, try these:

Part One: Conquests

Part Two: Love&Death

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Conan O’Brian beats Serena at tennis. From A Tennis Fan. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

A Tennis fan

Conan O’Brian beats Serena at tennis! Very funny!
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8266797288451201272

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Federer Snaps Title Drought in Estoril. From Jennifer. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

Jennifer

Federer Snaps Title Drought in Estoril

ATP World No. 1 Roger Federer snapped a five-month title drought by winning his 54th career ATP trophy at the Estoril Open on Sunday.

The Swiss was leading World No. 4 and 2003 champion Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 7-6(5) 1-2 after one hour and 20 minutes, when Davydenko retired due to muscle strain in his left leg that he sustained towards the end of the first set.

Federer extends his perfect 12-0 record over Davydenko, who captured his second career ATP Masters Series shield at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida, two weeks ago. It was the pair’s third clay-court meeting.

The 26 year-old Federer put Davydenko under pressure from the start, failing to convert two break points in the first game and three more in the fifth game. Davydenko went 0-4 into the tie-break.

Federer moved into a 5-1 lead in the tie-break and eventually won 7-5 in 62 minutes.

Davydenko received treatment for his injury at the end of the first set, but returned to Central court

While Davydenko responded with a break of the Federer serve in the opening game of the second set, the 26-year-old retired minutes later.

Federer has now won 54 ATP titles in 17 different countries, the most among active players on the ATP circuit.

The Swiss has also reached the semifinals of three events this year at the Australian Open in January (l. to Djokovic) and ATP Masters Series events at Indian Wells (l. to Fish) and Miami (l. to Roddick).

He improves to 16-4 on the season, with his first ATP title since capturing his fourth Tennis Masters Cup title in Shanghai in November 2007.

Federer has been working at the Estoril Open with Spaniard Jose Higueras, the coach to former Roland Garros champions Jim Courier and Michael Chang.

Davydenko, who was on an 11-match winning streak going into his ninth career clay-court final, drops to 24-6 on the season.

Having made his debut at the Estoril Open in 2001, the Russian has a 13-5 record at the Estadio Nacional. He captured the 2003 title (d. Calleri) and finished runner-up in 2006 (l. to Nalbandian).

Davydenko drops to 17-39 against Top 10 players.

Federer wins €59,100 in prize money and 175 points in the South African ATP Rankings, while Davydenko collects €31,000 and 120 points.

http://www.estorilopen.net/1/en/news/newsarticle_993.asp

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If they had won all of their GS finals how many majors would these jokers end up with?

Posted by tennisplanet on April 20, 2008

Clown GS won GS finals Total        
Lendl 8 11 19        
Sampras 14 4 18         
Laver 11 6 17        
Borg 11 5 16        
Emerson 12 3 15        
Connors 8 7 15         
Agassi 8 7 15         
McEnroe 7 4 11         
Wilander 7 11         
Edberg 11         
Becker 10         
               
               
               
Federer  12  14         
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               

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