Diego Schwartzman, Los Cabos 2019

Third seed Diego Schwartzman only dropped one set en route to his third career title, his first on hard courts. After a bye in the first round, he defeated both Ernests Gulbis and Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets to reach the semifinal where he met fellow countryman and number 2 seed Guido Pella. He triumphed in the all-Argentine battle, coming out on top 6-3 3-6 6-1 to reach the final.
He then saved three set points in the final to defeat Taylor Fritz 7-6 6-3. The young American who knocked out number one seed Fabio Fognini in the semifinal was playing his third final of the year (win over Querrey in Eastbourne, loss to De Minaur in Atlanta).

“This feels really great because I’ll take a lot of confidence with me for the next tournaments,” said Schwartzman. “It was really important for me to come here and win big matches against the big guys. The title is like the cherry on top for me.”

In the doubles draw, Romain Arneodo and Hugo Nys saved two championship points to defeat top seeds Dominic Inglot and Austin Krajicek 7-5 5-7 16-14 and claim their first doubles title.

Andy Murray, Davis Cup 2014

Andy Murray: “A fantastic challenge I’m looking forward to in 2014 is representing Great Britain in the World Group of Davis Cup. We played a great match in Umag, Croatia, in September to gain promotion. There is a great sense of togetherness in the British camp. A lot of good people work for the game in this country at so many different levels and the Davis Cup is an opportunity for us all to show what it means to represent Britain. The sense is different from when you are out there on your own. I know I have the support from my box – that’s a given – but this is right there, in your face, the whole time.”

1st round: GREAT BRITAIN – USA 3-1, San Diego, clay

After Andy Murray‘s routine win over Donald Young, British number 2 James Ward caused a big surprise by defeating former top 20 Sam Querrey in five sets. Bob and Mike Bryan kept the US hope alive, but Murray finished the job to put Great Britain into the quarterfinals for the first time since 1986. It is also the first time Britain have beaten the USA since 1935!

Andy Murray defeats Donald Young 6-1 6-2 6-3
James Ward defeats Sam Querrey 1-6 7-6 3-6 6-4 6-1
Bob and Mike Bryan defeat Colin Fleming/Dominic Inglot 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-1
Andy Murray defeats Sam Querrey 7-6 6-7 6-1 6-3

Petco Park Davis Cup Setup 3

Davis Cup 2014: USA vs GBR
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Novak Djokovic, Bercy Masters 2015

I spent a few days in Paris last week for the BNP Paribas Masters, the ninth and final Masters 1000 event of the season. Novak Djokovic captured the title, dispatching Andy Murray 6-2 6-4 in the final. Enjoy my pictures and recaps of day 1 to day 4.

Rafael Nadal and Leander Paes

Rafaael Nadal teamed up with veteran Leander Paes to play doubles in Bercy this week. They lost in straight to Dominic Inglot and Robert Lindstedt in the first round. Rafa seemed to have trouble finding his rythm and missed lots of volleys. He’ll play his second round singles match against Lukas Rosol tomorrow.

Rafael Nadal
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Djokovic and Federer in the subway
David Ferrer defeats Alexandr Dolgopolov

No struggle for the 2012 champion David Ferrer who beats Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 6-2 in just an hour!

David Ferrer

Alexandr Dolgopolov

David Ferrer
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