John Isner wins 4th Newport title

John Isner defeated Alexander Bublik to become the first player to win four Hall of Fame Open titles.
Playing in just his second tournament since April, Isner battled his way through three-consecutive three-set marathon matches to reach the final, firing off an impressive 64 aces in victories over Kamil Majchrzak, Matt Ebden and Ugo Humbert. The World number 15 would add five more aces en route to closing out Bublik in the final.

“My very first ATP Tour event was here in 2007 and I didn’t enjoy the courts that much back then because I didn’t know how to play on them,” said Isner. “To say that I’ve won this event four times isn’t something I thought would be possible.”

22-year-old Bublik defeated Alex Bolt, Viktor Troicki, Tennys Sandgren and Marcel Granollers en route to his first ATP final:

“It’s my first final and I’m going to remember this day forever,” said Bublik. “John’s a great player and he showed me how to play in the important tournaments.”

With this result, he will make his entry to the top 75 for the first time.
In the doubles draw,  Marcel Granollers and Sergiy Stakhovsky, playing for the first time together, clinched the title, defeating  Marcelo Arevalo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-7 6-4 13-11.

France vs Spain Davis Cup semifinal recap

One year after the semi-final against Serbia, deprived of Djokovic, France hosts Spain … deprived of Nadal, injured. Nadal’s absence changes everything and the tie loses a lot of its interest. The French are now the clear favorites to reach the Davis Cup final for the second year in a row, the third time in five years. A feat that hides the catastrophic results of the French players in Grand Slams this year and somehow confirms the supporters of the Davis Cup reform.

Un an après la demie-finale contre la Serbie privée de Djokovic, la France reçoit l’Espagne … privée de Nadal, blessé au genou. Le numéro un mondial absent, cette rencontre perd beaucoup de son intérêt et les Français sont hyper favoris pour atteindre la finale pour la 2ème année consécutive, la 3ème fois en 5 ans. Un exploit qui masque les résultats catastrophiques des Français en Grand Chelem cette année et conforte les partisans de la réforme de la Coupe Davis.
Le fan club officiel de l’équipe de France a troqué samedi le maillot bleu pour un maillot noir, en signe de deuil et d’opposition au nouveau format. Qu’en pensez-vous? Etes vous pour ou contre ce changement?

Here’s the recap of my Davis Cup weekend:

Bob and Mike Bryan, Barcelona Open 2016

Bob and Mike Bryan claimed their third Barcelona title, their 111th overall by beating Marc Granollers and Pablo Cuevas 7-5 7-5. Only the doubles pair of Anders Jarryd and Hans Simonsson had won the tournament three times before.

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From 25 years of the Tennis Europe Junior Tour:

I never played against Rafa (in juniors) except in doubles. We played the deciding match of the Winter Cups ties on an indoor court. I was playing with Jamie Baker and he was playing with Marcel Granollers, and we lost. I beat Granollers in the singles, Nadal beat Matt Brown in the second singles and then we lost the deciding doubles. But I never played him in singles until we met as pros.

Does that defeat still hurt?

[laughs] Not so much, no. I’ve lost a couple of matches to him since then that have hurt more, but at the time it was definitely a pity.

Also read:
Andy Murray recalls his first match against Novak Djokovic

Tougher match than expected for Rafa who needed two tight sets to defeat countryman Marcel Granollers.
Nadal struggled to find his rhythm and made a lot of unusual forehand errors.

Next opponent for Nadal: last year surprising runner-up Jerzy Janowicz.

Rafa’s interview after the match:

More videos of Nadal’s second round match.