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Like Tennis? October 23, 2008

Posted by Osprey037 in Mapping The Mind.
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I am a bit of a tennis fan, and incase you aren’t totaly into tennis but wish to know what is happening in the tennis world here is the latest tennis article!

 

Tennis Ace Federer Survives Fight To The Finish

Federer had to save a set point in ninth game of the first set as Nieminen fought hard to try and win the first set of his career against the world number two after losing 18 dating back to 2002 in Moscow.

Nieminen’s brave game failed him as Federer finally took the opening set and then recovered from an early break in the second for 4-4. He then raced away through a second decider to convert on the first of five more match points, advancing in just over 90 minutes.

The Finn now stands 0-10 in the series where he had said just to win a set might have felt like a victory as the pair played a repeat of the 2007 final.

“I have such a good record against him, that I never felt in danger,” said Federer, winner of the last two editions of his hometown tournament.

“We played doubles ten years ago as juniors and we know each other well.

“This was a good match but not my best, I was playing passive sometimes and waiting for him to make the errors.”

Federer will aim for the semi-finals on Friday against Italian Simone Bolelli, who beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-2.

James Blake kept up his hopes of making the ATP season-ending championship when he defeated Spain’s Oscar Hernandez 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-4.

The American advanced past the Basel second round for the first time in four appearances, with the fourth seed now lining up against another Spaniard in Feliciano Lopez.

Second seed David Nalbandian needed nearly two and a half hours to subdue qualifier Kristof Vliegen, posting a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7/4) win.

The Belgian refused to fold against the world number eight who says he will skip the season-ending championships in China despite being on course to possibly qualify for the eight-man field.

The Argentine is devoting his full focus on the November 21-23 Davis Cup final against Spain in Mar del Plata, where his South American compatriots will attempt to come good after losing title challenges in 1981 and 2006.

Nalbandian lifted the Basel title in 2002 and is playing the indoor event for the seventh time in Roger Federer’s hometown. He next faces German Benjamin Becker, another qualifier.

“It’s going to be tough to play a guy for the first time. It’s tough when you don’t know your opponent. But I must play well if I’m to win,” said Nalbandian.

Blake is keen to make his way to Shanghai for the second time in three years and needs a solid result this week before making his final push next week at the Paris Masters.

“Paris will be the decider, like over the past three years. I made it in 2006 and missed it last year,” said Blake.

“I’m not that worried but I’m keeping my schedule flexible – I’ve got no holidays or anything planned during the week of Shanghai.””

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