Last tennis week by the numbers:

2010 Paris Bercy Masters: Novak Djokovic

24:
Novak Djokovic has now won every tournament entered this year: the Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami. 24 matches in a row. With the clay court season coming, will he maintain his high level of play?.

11:
Thanks to his semifinal at Miami, Mardy Fish rises to rank number 11. With Andy Roddick dropping down to world number 14, Fish is now the top ranked American player on the men’s tour.

Mardy Fish

6:
With her win in Miami Victoria Azarenka reaches a career-high No. 6 on the WTA rankings.
I’m really sorry for the people who had tickets for this high decibel final between Azarenka and Sharapova. Life of a tennis fan is sometimes really cruel.

9:
After a semifinal at Indian Wells and a final at Miami, Maria Sharapova is back in the Top 10 for the first time in more than two years, going from No.13 to No.9.

0:
Andy Murray has not won a single match since his semifinal win over David Ferrer at the Australian Open. He has split with part-time coaching consultant Alex Corretja. British press speculate about a future collaboration between Murray and Ivan Lendl.

1:
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4:
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In this week’s Tennis Buzz: Federer is not happy with Navratilova’s comments, Sharapova wears her grandmother’s underwear and Djokovic is flying high.

Following Djokovic’s victory in Indian Wells, Federer has dropped to number 3, and Navratilova predicts it will be hard for him to get back to number one:

Roger is on the other side of the float, I don’t think he’ll ever play as well as he did three or four years ago—that’s not to say he can’t still win a slam, but it’s difficult to see him climbing back to No. 1.Nadal is dominating and Djokovic’s confidence is off the chart. Roger has lost three matches (this season) to Djokovic and lost to him at U.S. Open last year as well, it will get under his skin.

And Federer is grumpy:

Maybe she missed the London World Tour Finals. Maybe she was somewhere else climbing Kilimanjaro. I love her. Look, I think she’s been an inspiration to my wife [Mirka] and I always love seeing her, but if you had the microphone in front of you and you get a negative question, you get dragged into it. And she’s in front of the microphone a lot of times like other experts and eventually you can’t just say only good things. You have to also say more negative things.

I must say I agree with Navratilova: Nadal came back succesffuly from injury, Djokovic plays the tennis of his life, and Del Potro is again a Grand Slam contender but Federer is so used to be praised for everything he does -even for breathing air- that every little critic is a drama for him.
What a hard life for Federer….

During this time, number 2 Novak Djokovic was playing tennis on wings of flying plane in this HEAD commercial…
[youtube width=”640″ height=”390″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebBMqcjoo94[/youtube]

whereas Nadal stars in this commercial for Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani Underwear:

[youtube width=”640″ height=”390″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbfFeXPkvsQ[/youtube]

And speaking of underwear, Maria Sharapova graces the cover of Russian Tatler’s March issue… in her grandma’s underwear:

More pics on Sharapova’s website.

ATP has unveiled his new advertising campaign to mark the beginning of the 2011 ATP World Tour season.
The campaign features a range of above and below-the-line executions including a 30-second television spot, player vignettes, print ads, posters, billboards, and web and mobile treatments. The new look will be incorporated across all ATP World Tour communications channels including ATPWorldTour.com, ATP World Tour Uncovered, and published materials such as the Media Guide and Year Book.

“GAME ON. Every shot. Every point. Every game counts”.

Honestly, any 15 year old geek could have done posters like that with Photoshop. Seriously, I wonder how much they paid for this “fantastic new campaign”….

ATP campaign - GAME ON

ATP campaign - GAME ON

ATP campaign - GAME ON

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First off, I would like to wish you all an Happy New Year! I wish you all the best for 2011.

And now, a few tennis news:

After Dementieva, Moya, Hrbaty and Dent, Nicolas Kiefer announced his retirement.
A gifted player, Kiefer -like Haas- was expected to be the next Boris Becker, and even though he reached the semifinals at the 2006 Australian Open and the top 4 ranking in 2000, he never was a major threat. Turned pro in 1995, he captured 6 singles titles, the last one ten years ago in Hong Kong, beating Mark Philippoussis in final.
He played for Germany in the Davis Cup and teamed with Rainer Schuettler for a doubles silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics (lost to Gonzalez/Massu).
Honestly, I won’t miss this player but I wish him good luck for his new life.

Speaking of Dementieva, she was named Vice-President of the Russian Tennis Federation, after retiring from playing two months ago.

Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in the final of the Abu Dhabi exhibition, and Kim Clijsters beat Caroline Wozniacki in Hua Hin, Thailand.
Well, I must say that I don’t get why players can’t stop complaining about the length of the season, and then keep playing those stupid exhibitions. Would it not be better to rest a bit or spend some time with the family?
That being said, here’s a nice pic of Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki .

Tournaments to follow this week:
– the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, Aircel Chennai Open in Chennai, Brisbane International (ATP)
– the Brisbane International and ASB Classic in Hobart (WTA)
You can find the complete 2011 calendar here.

And to begin this new year in style, Tennis Buzz will feature Tennis Buzz Marathon. From Monday til Friday, I will watch and comment a match from the past:
– on Monday: Graf-Hingis, Roland Garros, 1999
– on Tuesday: Laver-Newcombe, Wimbledon, 1969
– on Wednesday: Borg-Nastase, Wimbledon, 1976
– on Thursday: Nadal-Gonzalez, Olympic Games, 2008
– on Friday: Edberg-Courier, US Open, 1991

Have a good tennis week on Tennis Buzz!

Well, I must admit it: I have not seen any match of these ATP World Tour Finals. I guess the season is too long for the players but also for the tennis fans!

So, here are just a few thoughts about the last tournament of the year:
– how can one be the so-called “best ever” and be 8-14 against its biggest rival? That’s for you Federer.
– how can one have such a behaviour and receive the Stefan Edberg Sportmanship award? Poor Stefan. Yep this one is for you Nadal.
– it’s a pity for you, Novak, you’re an awesome player, but you acted so many times as an injured player that nobody believes you anymore, even when it’s true.
– when will someone finally have the guts to disqualify both Nadal and Djokovic for the 10 miunutes they take between each point?
– and finally Andy, did you really think you would play like Lendl by wearing his shirt?

Next week end, while every french tennis fan will be focus on Belgrade for the Davis Cup final, I will be in London for the Aegon Masters Tennis, a seniors tennis tournament with Tim Henman, Goran Ivanisevic, Pat Cash, Pat Rafter.. So, lots of photos and videos to come!
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