ANDUJAR SETS ALL-SPANISH CASABLANCA FINAL WITH RAMOS
Albert Ramos of Spain returns to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 16 January 2012. EPA/DAVID CROSLING EPA/DAVID CROSLING AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT |
The Spaniard saved eight of nine break points against his serve to claim victory in one hour and 53 minutes, improving to 3-0 against the Russian.
“It was a difficult and very close match today,” said Ramos. “I had to run a lot and he was hitting the ball so hard.”
Ramos, ranked a career-high No. 52 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings this week, is bidding to become the first player this season to lift his first career title.
“It is my first ATP World Tour Final. I’m very happy and excited about the match tomorrow,” Ramos said.
On Sunday, the 24 year old will face defending champion Pablo Andujar. The No. 3 seed beat Flavio Cipolla 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 55 minutes to increase his undefeated record at the ATP World Tour 250 event to an 8-0 mark.
Andujar is through to his fifth final, all coming on clay. He is 2-0 against his countryman, winning their most recent meeting in the third round of theBNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March.
The Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, a WTA event that is part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series being held August 15-23 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, has granted the Dave Solomon Media Award to WTNH Sports Team members Noah Finz, John Pierson, and Erik Dobratz.
Those close to Rafael Nadal, who yesterday announced he would not be able to defend his US Open title when play begins at New York’s Flushing Meadows next Monday, maintain rest is all that’s required to get the world no.2 back on court and he does not require wrist surgery similar to Juan Martin del Potro and Laura Robson.
It's no secret that we are in the midst of a rough patch for American men's tennis--certainly on the singles front. The trials and tribulations of the United States contingent are well-documented. It has been more than a decade since an American man won a Grand Slam title (Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open).
AYS, the creators and producers of the Taste of Tennis, New Yorks premier pre-US Open experience, announced the first Taste of Tennis Week will take place from August 20th - August 23th, 2014 in New York City.