Daniil Medvedev, 2019 US Open

Third time lucky for Daniil Medvedev: in his third final in as many weeks, he defeated David Goffin to capture the biggest title of his career so far. He lost to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafael Nadal in Montreal, but this time he did not miss the opportunity to win his second trophy of the year, after Sofia in February.

“I have to say even if I wouldn’t have finished with the trophy, these weeks were amazing and the best in my life. But of course I think with the trophy is better. Especially if I would have lost three finals in a row, I would have not doubted myself but started asking myself how is it possible, three finals, lost all of them? What should I do differently in the final?
I don’t have to ask myself these questions because I won the final. It’s been the best weeks in my life. My serve was the best in my life. My tennis was really consistent. I didn’t have one bad match. I’m just extremely happy.”

He now leads the ATP Tour with 44 match wins this year (3 more than Nadal), 31 of them being on hard courts. He also makes his entry to the top 5, the first Russian to do so since Nikolay Davydenko in 2010.

And what will he do now?

“I need some days off. I’ve been playing tennis for so long in a row. I just need to stay in the bed for a few days watching the TV 24 hours a day. Hopefully I can regroup and get to the U.S. Open fresh.”

David Goffin who was bidding to become the first Belgian to claim a Masters 1000 event returns to the top 15. Roberto Bautista Agut, after 14 years on tour, makes his top 10 debut, while his opponent in the quarterfinals, Richard Gasquet jumps 22 places to 34. Andrey Rublev, who defeated Roger Federer in about an hour in the 4th round, is back to the top 50 (47).

Serena Williams, Li Na, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet raced into the third round. Sam Stosur dispatched Tsevetana Pironkova 6-2 6-0 and will meet Ana Ivanovic on Friday.

Seeds upsets:

Monica Niculescu def Sabine Lisicki (15), Casey Dellacqua def Kirsten Flipkens (18), Florian Mayer def Mikhail Youzhny (14), Sam Querrey def Ernests Gulbis (23), Denis Istomin def Dmitry Tursunov (30), Damir Dzumhur def Ivan Dodig (32)

Video highlights:

Stat of the day: 60

With her win over Vesna Dolonc, Serena Williams equals Margaret Court‘s record of most matches won at the Australian Open

Pic of the day: Ernests Gulbis

Ernests Gulbis

Site of the day: Grand Slam Gal

Mel did the tennis fan Slam in 2012, so she knows a thing or two about her tennis. Check out her site Grand Slam Gal where she shares her tips for buying Australian Open, her guide to going to the Australian Open, and enjoy her pics of Rafael Nadal, Sam Stosur, Rafter/Hewitt and more!

Video of the day: Gasquet and Davydenko rally


Matches to follow on Day 4:

Rafael Nadal (1) – Thanasi Kokkinakis
Benoit Paire (27) – Nick Kyrgios
Marin Cilic – Gilles Simon (18)
Serena/Venus Williams – Kristina Mladenovic/Flavia Pennetta

The last Masters 1000 of the season, the BNP Paris Masters starts in about a week. I got the chance to attend the tournament in 2010 and 2011 and I’ll be there again this year, so stay tuned for recaps, pics and videos!

Waiting for the 2012 tournament, here are a few pics and videos of the 2010 tournament won by Robin Soderling.

Robin Soderling

The hard-hitting Swede defeated Simon, Wawrinka, Roddick, Llodra and Monfils to capture his first Masters 1000 title, his sixth career 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.

Soderling has not competed since the 2011 Swedish Open in July 2011 due to injuries and illness and his return to tennis is in doubt.

Robin Soderling

Robin Soderling and Andy Roddick

Gael Monfils

2009 runner-up Gael Monfils qualified for the semifinals after victories over Becker, Verdasco and Murray. He then beat Roger Federer in a three set thriller 7-6 6-7 7-6, but Soderling proved too strong in the final.
Monfils, who was sidelined for several months this year with knee problems, has decided to end his season and won’t play the tournament this year.

Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils

Michael Llodra

Llodra, then ranked 34, beat two former Bercy champions, Djokovic and Davydenko, to reach the semifinals in Bercy.
And he was just one point away from the final: he got 3 match points in the 12th game of the final set, but Soderling raced to the net each time for winners.

Michael Llodra

Michael Llodra

Novak Djokovic

Winner in 2009, Djokovic lost to Michael Llodra in the third round of the 2010 tournament. One month later he lead Serbia to their first Davis Cup victory.

Novak Djokovic

Nikolay Davydenko

Davydenko won his first Masters 1000 title at Paris Bercy 2006 by defeating Dominik Hrbaty in the final. In 2010, he defeated Thomaz Bellucci and Tomas Berdych before losing to Michael Llodra.

Nikolay Davydenko

Nikolay Davydenko

Andy Roddick

Despite his powerful weapons, his serve and forehand, Roddick has never done well at Paris Bercy. In 2010, he lost to Robin Soderling in straight sets in the quarterfinals.

In the stands:

Former Roland Garros finalist Magnus Norman and Soderling’s coach at the time:

Magnus Norman

Larry Stefanski, Andy Roddick’s coach:

Larry Stefanski

Amélie Mauresmo:

Amélie Mauresmo

Guy Forget and Mansour Bahrami:

Mansour Bahrami and Guy Forget

More pics and videos of Paris Bercy 2010.

Even worse than the Spanish Olympic kit, but by the same brand: Bosco Sport.

Russian kit:

Russian Olympic tennis team:
Alex Bogomolov JR, Nikolay Davydenko, Maria Kirilenko, Ekaterina Makarova, Nadia Petrova, Maria Sharapova, Dmitry Tursunov, Elena Vesnina, Mikhail Youzhny, Vera Zvonareva

Ukrainian kit:

Ukrainian Olympic tennis team:
Alona Bondarenko, Kateryna Bondarenko, Sergiy Stakhovsky

Llodra, ranked 34, beat 2 former Bercy champions, Djokovic and Davydenko, to reach the semifinals in Bercy.
And he was just one point away from the final: he got 3 match points in the 12th game of the final set, but Soderling raced to the net each time for winners.

At 30, Mika has had the best year of his career in 2010: he won in Marseille and Eastbourne and qualified for this wonderful and unexpected semifinal in Bercy. He’s also part of the french Davis Cup team who will meet Serbia in final next month.

Photos and videos of the match Llodra vs Djokovic:

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