Bernard Tomic of Australia returns to Roger Federer of Switzerland in their fourth round match at Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 22 January 2012. EPA/JOE CASTRO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT |
Fifth seed Bernard Tomic reached his first ATP World Tour clay-court quarter-final on Thursday as he edged Italian Potito Starace 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3 in the second round of the BMW Open in Munich. The Australian trailed by a break of serve in the final set, but reeled off six of the last seven games to prevail in just over two hours.
Tomic was joined in the last eight by fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic, who won a second-round duel between two qualifiers, 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-2, against Colombia’s Robert Farah. The 26-year-old Matosevic is contesting his first ATP World Tour clay-court tournament and broke serve five times from 14 opportunities to reach his second quarter-final of the season.
Fernando Verdasco afrontaba un debut muy complicado en el ‘Valencia Open 500 ATP World Tour’ y no sólo ha salido con el triunfo bajo el brazo sino también con buenas sensaciones de muñeca. La victoria sobre Leonardo Mayer (6-4, 3-6, 6-3) ha dado valor al trabajo del tenista español, que se ha encontrado a gusto a pesar del buen partido de su rival.
For the last 30 years, dating back to the days of the Soviet Union and the Cold War, Shamil Tarpischev has not been a man to tangle with. The long standing head of the Russian Tennis Federation is well versed with the corridors of power in the Kremlin and has had the ear of men like Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. But he will now know not to demean the Williams sisters after a stinging rebuke and $25,000 maximum fine from the WTA.
Just a few weeks ago Andy Murray’s chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals seemed minimal but a second title in the space of four weeks, winning the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, has boosted the Scot’s 2014 position to the extent he currently holds eighth place in the Race for London.
This is about as good as it gets when it comes to a pair of 500-point tournaments. Roger Federer will play in front of home fans as the No. 1 seed at the Swiss Indoors Basel, where Rafael Nadal’s comeback from a wrist injury and perseverance through appendicitis will continue.