Anirban Majumder

Federer Wants Nadal This Year

on September 02 2012 8:13 AM
Federer Wants Nadal This Year

After John Isner, now it is Roger Federer.

The world number one wants to see Rafael Nadal back on court again this year itself despite the Spaniard is suffering from a career threatening knee injury.

Eleven-time Grand Slam winner Nadal is likely to miss the forthcoming Davis Cup semi-final and even write off the rest of 2012.

"It's obviously not great news but one that was a possibility," said Federer.

"I'm not shocked about the news. I'm still hopeful that he'll be okay for the rest of the year," added the world number one.

Despite being one of the biggest rivals in tennis history for last eight years, who won 24 of the last 30 majors between them, Federer has shared that his relationship with Nadal is based on a lot of trust, as they know that the issues they share with each other do not reach anybody else.

He said, "There's no real secrets out there, because he knows and I know when we tell each other that stuff it doesn't leave the room. That's a nice relationship I have with Rafa. It's based on a lot of trust."

Nadal Still Doubtful

on September 01 2012 2:35 PM
Nadal Still Doubtful

Big-serving John Isner wants to see a fully fit Rafael Nadal against him in next month's Davis Cup semi-finals, though the Spaniard is still unsure if he will recover from a nagging knee injury in time to feature against the United States.

The world number three, after a shock second-round Wimbledon defeat to Czech Lukas Rosol in June, has not played yet.

He missed the opportunity to defend his Olympic Gold at London, and was also forced to withdraw from the US Open.

Asked if he would be fit for the September 14-16 Davis Cup tie in Gijon, Nadal said, "I don't know".

"The truth is I really don't have any idea and when the time comes my knee will decide, and if the knee is fine, then the captain will decide," the 26-year-old said.

"I am feeling the calm that comes from knowing I'll be back when I genuinely feel ready to play at the level I really want to and not have to suffer through every match," Nadal told on the sidelines of Wednesday's Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

But Isner is keen to face Nadal.

No Mirza-Bhupathi at US Open

on August 29 2012 12:42 AM
No Mirza-Bhupathi at US Open

Honeymoon period is over for Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza. The Indian duo will not play mixed doubles together at the US Open despite having captured two Grand Slam titles as a pair.

It seems that it is the result of the bitter fall-out from the Olympics.

Bhupathi will be partnering Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in New York while Mirza will team up with Britain's Colin Fleming and could face each other at the last four stage.

Bhupathi-Hlavackova seeded 6th will play their first round match against American pair Samantha Crawford and Mitchell Krueger.

The unseeded Mirza-Fleming will start their campaign against wild card entrant Andrea Petkovic of Germany and Eric Butorac of USA.

Mirza played mixed doubles at the Olympics with Leander Paes after the later had demanded an assurance that only he would be allowed to pair with her.

Angry Mirza agreed to team up with Paes, but utter her discomfort in a huge press release hitting out about the arrangement, saying she was used as a "bait" to keep Paes happy, and was a victim of "male chauvinism".

Serena Williams: The US Open favorite

on August 23 2012 2:49 PM
Serena Williams: The US Open favorite

It was some 13 years ago, Serena Williams was victorious at Flushing Meadows. This was her first slam. The younger sister of Venus Williams made her mark in 1999.

After that she has not has as much success in New York as has been in Melbourne or London.

Being triumphant at the Australian Open and the Wimbledon Championships five times each, she won the US Open on three occasions, the last of those being in 2008.

For Serena, a year that began with losses to Ekaterina Makarova at the Australian Open and Virginie Razzano at Roland Garros in the first round itself was not going very well.

But Wimbledon was hers and so was Olympic gold, in both in singles and doubles, and she is the one who is again holding the title of the dominant figure in the women's game on the court.

At All England Club Serena served up 102 aces against just 10 double faults with a breathtaking 49-second, four-serve, four-ace game third set in the final against Radwanska that righted her momentum.

At the Olympics she totally devastated a shrieking and broken Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in the gold-medal match.

Roger Federer Captures Record 5th Cincinnati Title

on August 19 2012 3:31 PM
Roger Federer Captures Record 5th Cincinnati Title

Once again Roger Federer prevailed at the Cincinati for a record fifth title, after clinching it in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

The world number 1 posted a 6-0, 7-6 (9-7) victory over number 2 Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final at the $2.825 million Western & Southern Open.

The Swiss, with a dazzling array of groundstrokes, won the opening set 6-0 in just 20 minutes, allowing Djokovic to win just 10 points.

The Serb also looked out of sorts and threw in five double faults and countless unforced errors to compound matters.

But Djokovic is well known for his fighting qualities, finally found his range in the second, forcing it into a tie-break.

Though it was not enough to prevent the top seed from snapping Djokovic on his streak of 15 straight victories on hard courts.

Federer, conceded an early mini-break and squandered a match point.

Later a forehand winner gave the Swiss Master, in an ideal preparation for the US Open, which starts in New York on 27 August, his 76th career title, and year's 6th.

He also tied Rafael Nadal for the most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles with 21.