No big names like yesterday (I had ground passes today), but some interesting matches and practice sessions.

I arrived quite late today and headed to court 9 to watch Mikhail Youhzny and John Isner at practice:

Court 9 at Roland Garros

Mikhail Youzhny

Mikhail Youzhny

Mikhail Youzhny
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Stadium Court at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL. was buzzing on Saturday afternoon, as fans piled-in to witness the highly anticipated headline match on day two of the Miami Tennis Cup.

Andy Murray and Andy Roddick took part in an afternoon 12 and under coaching clinic before returning to the locker room to prepare for the day’s spectacle. Roddick, known for his on-court antics, taunted the crowd before serving the first point, which set the tone for what was to come. “Are you tired yet?” he asked Murray after the first game.

Roddick dominated Murray from the start of the first set, as Murray seemed sluggish around the court, compared to a grunting and aggressive Roddick. Roddick won the majority of his first service points, which gave him a home-court advantage and Murray couldn’t seem to gain any type of lead with breaking Roddick’s serve. Roddick broke two of Murray’s service games in the first set to take a 6-2 lead. Despite Murray’s attempts to out-rally Roddick, the retired American gave fans a taste of his old baseline perseverance as he dug even deeper in to the second set to take it 6-3.

Shortly after the tournament’s headline match, the top-ranked American, John Isner, took to the court against the world’s number 11 Nicolas Almagro in the other semi final. The Spaniard edged past Isner 6-3 6-4 in roughly 90 minutes.

The final of the Miami Tennis Cup will feature Andy Roddick against Nicolas Almagro on Stadium Court starting at 5:00pm.

Photo credit: Getty Images

Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, John Isner, Nicolas Almagro and Alejandro Falla are taking part this weekend to the first annual Miami Tennis Cup exhibition.

Here are a few pics (credit: Getty Images) and day 1 results:

Nicolas Almagro def Alejandro Falla 6-4 6-1:

Almagro:

I’m quite happy with how I’m playing at the moment and I’m glad to be in the warmth of Miami for the first year of the Miami Tennis Cup. Hopefully the crowds were treated to an enjoyable game

 

John Isner def Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 6-3:

Isner:

I’m happy to be competing in the Miami Tennis Cup. It’s a good crowd with some top players competing. I’m looking forward to seeing Andy Roddick play Andy Murray and hope to meet one of them in Sunday’s final.

 

 

Day two of the Miami Tennis Cup features the tournament’s headline match between the retired Andy Roddick and the reigning U.S Open and Olympic Champion, Andy Murray, currently ranked number three in the world.

David Ferrer vs Marcel Granollers

First match on Court Central was between Spaniards Ferrer and Granollers. The match started early (at 10.30) so I missed it. 6-1 6-3 for Ferrer who won the Valencia tournament last week.

Kevin Anderson vs Richard Gasquet

Big server Anderson against Richard Gasquet. As often with Gasquet, I got the feeling he only plays a few points, not the whole match and he has absolutely no game plan. A complete waste of talent.

Anderson wins first set at tiebreak:

Gasquet serves for the second set:

Match point:

Sam Querrey vs Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

8-0 in 28 minutes for Djokovic.
At that moment I just wanted this match to end as quickly as possible, but Querrey suddenly woke up, started to make some returns, kept the ball in the court. He somehow managed to win one game, two games, the second set and then the match! And well, let’s say Djokovic didn’t try a lot.

Djokovic serving for the first set:

Querrey serves for the second set:

Match point:

Sam Querrey’s interview after his victory:

Michael Llodra vs John Isner

Last year, Isner beat Wawrinka, Kunitsyn, Lopez and Ferrer on his way to the semifinals, where he held three match points before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. This year he lost to Michael Llodra in straight sets 6-4 7-6.
It was my first time watching one of his matches and probably (hopefully) the last time. The only thing he can do is to serve. He was totally unable to keep the ball in the court, and he’s ranked number 11… Spectators should be paid to watch him “playing”.

Who will win the 2012 BNP Paris Bercy Masters?

  • David Ferrer (43%, 9 Votes)
  • Other (19%, 4 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (14%, 3 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (10%, 2 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Juan Martin del Potro (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Milos Raonic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Isner (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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That’s it for my Paris Bercy recap. I’ll be there back again next year.
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Enjoy a few videos of Paris Bercy 2011 and stay tuned for more pics and videos!

Roger Federer

By winning his first Paris Bercy title, Federer became the only player to reach the final of all 9 Masters events.
The win also made him the second player, after Andre Agassi, to take titles at both Roland Garros and the Paris Bercy Masters.

Novak Djokovic

Suffering with an ailing shoulder, Djokovic withdrew against future runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals.

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