Tuesday Tennis

There was only one tournament last week in Newport, at the tennis hall of fame. Unfortunately for the tournament, the players were anything but HOF caliber. Fabrice Santoro was the highest seed after Mardy Fish left for the Davis Cup. The championship saw the 181st ranked lucky loser defeat the next American hope Sam Querrey in three sets. Pretty uneventful in terms of ATP tournaments, but the real focus was on the Davis Cup where the Israelis pulled off another humongous upset.

This time they defeated Russia 3-0, and will take on heavily favored Spain. Spain was actually extended to a deciding fifth match against Germany, but veteran Juan Carlos Ferrero sent the team to a spot in the semifinals. The Spaniards didn’t have Rafael Nadal or David Ferrer due to injuries, yet still advanced. The Spaniards are the only top seed to advance to the semis. Another upset saw the Czechs taking out the Argentinians in five matches. Juan Martin del Potro could only do so much (win both of his matches) but the Czech team won the doubles and defeated Juan Monaco twice. The Czechs will fly to Croatia, another surprise winner over USA. The Croats toughed out two five set victories the opening day. One of which saw Ivo Karlovic come back from a two set deficit on James Blake (the first time he’s ever won a five set match, let alone come back from two sets down) and Marin Cilic come back from a 2-1 set deficit on Mardy Fish. The two losses were very disheartening and impossible for the Americans to overcome.

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By the way, the US Open Series start next Monday. It’s only six days away. Get ready for some great, competitive tennis under the hot American summer sun. Among the biggest stories will be Rafael Nadal’s return from injury. Can he come back as good as he was? Will he be able to make the final of the US Open for the first time since he’s actually rested now? Or will his knee injury be too much to overcome? Can Andy Roddick continue to build upon his Wimbledon success? Will Andy Murray win his first major at his favorite tournament? Does Marat Safin have one last run in him in any of the tournaments this summer? Can Tommy Haas continue his surge to the top 10 or 15 in the rankings? And much more!!! Get ready! It’s Indy, L.A., D.C., Montreal, Cincinnati, New Haven and then the big one in the big apple.

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