This week, I’m in London, for a bit of sightseeing …

London Eye

National Gallery

and (of course) for a bit of tennis:

Queen's tournament

The Queens tournament (its sponsored name is currently Aegon Championships, previously: Stella Artois Championships) is one of the most prestigious ATP tournament, and one of only five played on grass (the other 4 are: Gerry Weber Open in Halle, UNICEF Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, AEGON International in Eastbourne and the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport).

Queen's tournament

Queen's tournament

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Virtua Tennis 4

Virtua Tennis 4, the third sequel to Sega’s tennis game franchise, Virtua Tennis, has just launched in Europe and will come May 10 in North America.

Virtua Tennis 4 player line up include:
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Roddick, Fernando Gonzalez, Tommy Haas, Phillipp Kohlschreiber, Gael Monfils, Andreas Seppi
Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetzova, Maria Sharapova, Anna Chakvetadze, Laura Robson

Virtua Tennis 4 is available on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.

Virtua Tennis 4

Andy Murray

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Coming soon: Top Spin 4

Update: Enter our Top Spin 4 give away!

The brand new Top Spin 4 – the latest installment of the tennis video game franchise – is releasing March, 15th 2011 in the US and March, 18th 2011 internationally, packed with exciting new features!

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Top Spin 4 features 5 of the top 10 on the ATP rankings (Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray and Roddick), as well as four of the top 10 on the WTA rankings (Wozniacki, Serena Williams, Zvonareva, Jankovic).
Every detail from their look, attitude, attributes, strengths & weaknesses and play style have been implemented in the game. Each player has signature animations for their own swings and attitude.

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Roger Federer

Serena Williams

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Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych secured their spot in the last 8 with straight sets wins over Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco. It was a bad day for the Spaniards as another countryman, Tommy Robredo, lost to Roger Federer in 4 sets.
The surprise came from Stanislas Wawrinka who defeated Andy Roddick. It seems the US player will remain forever in the “one Slam winner” category .

Upset of the day: Andrea Petkovic defeats Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is just a pale copy of the dominant player she once was. She was dismantled 2-6 3-6 by 30th seed Andrea Petkovic. She joins former No.1s Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Justine Henin, Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic as players who have been sent out of the tournament in the first week.

Match of the day: Francesca Schiavone defeats Svetlana Kuznetsova
Today’s marathon features Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who set a record for the longest women’s Grand Slam match in the Open era… 4 hours 44 minutes. The 30-game third set alone lasted exactly three hours.

Quote of the day: Svetlana Kuznetsova

“At some stage I was like, what’s the score? Who’s serving? I was like, what’s going on anyway here?
“I had no clue sometimes. It was so hard to count. I was like, who is up? She? Me?”

Stat of the day: 27
With his win over Tommy Robredo, Roger Federer equalled Jimmy Connors‘ record of consecutive major quarter-final appearances.

Matches to follow on day 8:
4] Robin Soderling (SWE) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
[11] Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v [5] Andy Murray (GBR)
[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) v [15] Marin Cilic (CRO)
Ekaterina Makaraova (RUS) v [3] Kim Clijsters (BEL)
[25] Petra Kvitova (CZE) v [22] Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Iveta Benesova (CZE) v [2] Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v [7] David Ferrer (ESP)

Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils advanced to the third round in 4 sets.
The task was much more difficult for Roger Federer who needed 5 sets to defeat former top 10 player Gilles Simon. The world No.2 next faces Belgian Xavier Malisse in the third round.
It was also a tough day for Venus Williams and Francesca Schiavone, who battle 3 sets to win over -respectively- Sandra Zahlavova and Rebecca Marino.
Venus apparently suffered a muscle injury near her groin but with the Williams, you never know…

Day 3 results

Seeds upsets: Marion Bartoli (15), Kaia Kanepi (20), Yanina Wickmayer (21), Mardy Fish (16), Albert Montanes (25), Juan Monaco (26)

Stat of the day: 9
2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick is through to the third round of the Australian Open for the 9th consecutive year. He will face Robin Haase.

Match of the day: Fernando Verdasco defeats Janko Tipsarevic
Verdasco came back from two sets to love, saved 4 match points and finally prevailed 2-6 4-6 6-4 7-6 (0) 6-0.

Matches to follow on day 4:
Don’t miss tomorrow the match between Juan Martin Del Potro and Marcos Baghdatis: it should be highly spectacular and entertaining!
Nadia Petrova(RUS)[13] vs. Alicia Molik(AUS)
Juan Martin Del Potro(ARG) vs. Marcos Baghdatis(CYP)[21]
Bernard Tomic(AUS) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[31]
John Isner(USA)[20] vs. Radek Stepanek(CZE)[9]

2-time Australian Open champion Stefan Edberg turns 45 today, so happy birthday Stefan!