Brisbane International - Qualifying Draw And Order Of Play
epa03051841 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia plays a backhand return during the women's final against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia at the Brisbane International tournament in Brisbane, Australia, 07 January 2012. EPA/DAVE HUNT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT |
Novak Djokovic has had better days at the office, and will undoubtedly have more in the very near future. Thursday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open was not one of them. Djokovic was stunned in the singles quarterfinals by Ivo Karlovic 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-4 then lost his doubles semifinal with Filip Krajinovic to Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco 7-6(3), 6-1.
For a fleeting moment it felt like Roger Federer would suffer the same fate that had befallen Rafael Nadal in Doha: a first-match ouster. Instead, Federer fought back to beat John Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in round two of the Brisbane International on Thursday.
In the first match of his 25th season on the ATP World Tour, Kastles captain Leander Paes picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win at the Chennai Open (Highlights). Paes is playing with the 99th men's doubles partner of his career, Raven Klaasen of the San Diego Aviators.
Pro tennis is back in the Southland this month. Thanks to the efforts of USC Trojans tennis coach, Peter Smith, we have two $15,000 USTA men's Futures events this week and next week. Today at the Marks Tennis Stadium on the USC campus you could actually see, side by side, two of the current "hopes" for the future of US Tennis.