Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have passed their first real test with success: the Scot destroyed Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-1 6-1 and Nadal won 6-2 6-4 6-3 over 2010 semifinalist Marin Cilic in just over two and a half hours. Next for them: Dolgopolov and Ferrer.
Despite his loss, Melzer will enter the top 10 for the first time in his career when the new rankings list comes out next Monday.
Ferrer ended Raonic‘s incredible run in 4 sets. Not since Goran Ivanisevic in 1989 had a qualifier made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

Upset of the day: Alexander Dolgopolov defeats Robin Soderling 1-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-2
I must say I didn’t see that coming. Soderling was for me one of the favorite for the title. Winner in Brisbane, he had not lost a single set since the beginning of the year. He lost to Dolgopolov in 5 sets.

Aussie of the day: Rennae Stubbs
The outspoken doubles specialist played her last Grand Slam match today. Stubbs won 60 doubles titles including four women’s Grand Slam titles (with Lisa Raymond and Cara Black) and two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles (with Jared Palmer and Todd Woodbridge).
She will again be part of the Australian Fed Cup team which faces Italy in the first round on 5 February.

Matches to follow on day 9:
[30] Andrea Petkovic (GER) v [9] Na Li (CHN)
[19] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v [2] Roger Federer (SUI)
[1] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) v [6] Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) v [3] Novak Djokovic (SRB)

Site: O2 London
Dates: Sunday, November 21 – Sunday, November 28
Surface: Hard
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Singles:

Group A: Rafael Nadal (1), Novak Djokovic (3), Tomas Berdych (6), David Ferrer (7)
Group B: Roger Federer (2), Robin Soderling (4), Andy Murray (5), Andy Roddick (8)

Doubles:

Group A: Bob and Mike Bryan, Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes, Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, and Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner.
Group B: Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach, Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi, and Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman.

You can watch the tournament online on tennistv.com.

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In this Tennis Buzz #3, a look at Soderling and Rafter‘s wins in Bercy and Sydney.

It’s a well deserved victory for Soderling, who defeated Simon, Wawrinka, Roddick, Llodra and Monfils to capture his first Masters 1000 title.

“I don’t have a very good record in finals, and especially here in Paris, but I think a final is that one match you really want to win. I’m really happy that I played well today, and now I’m here winning the title. When I won that last point, I just felt so happy and I felt so relieved. I really wanted to win this match so much.”

Following his win, he reached a career high number 4 ranking.

Robin Soderling

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Some big names crashed out today at Roland Garros:

– Number 6 seed Andy Roddick was ousted in straight sets by qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili. I ‘ve seen Gabashvili play twice: once in a Futures tournament in Lille a couple years ago and last Saturday in Roland Garros, when he was playing an exhibition set against Gianni Mina during Benny Berthet Day. I must say he is a solid player but I wasn’t really impressed by his game.

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