Friday, May 10, 2013
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Federer Loses In Madrid And Drops To Three Ranking
leading sports newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport ran a banner headline this
morning after Roger Federer was thrust out of the Mutua Madrid Open
after losing to Japan’s Kei Nishikori: ``Federer does hara-kiri''
Things weren’t quite as terminal as that but Federer’s defeat against
Kei Nishikori didn’t just prematurely end his title defense at the
Madrid Masters 1000 series event, it also effectively relegated him back
to third place in the world rankings and provided further evidence for
those ready to write off the great Swiss and reigning Wimbledon champion
as a spent force.
Nadal Wonders If Officials Get Scrutinized
Why don’t officials get warnings, too?
Rafael Nadal has been against the enforcement of the ATP’s 25-secod tie
violation rules since the start and he received a warning in his victory
over Mikhail Youzhny on Thursday. Nadal wasn’t overly upset about it,
but what does make him a little perturbed is that officials don't face
the same scrutiny.
Nadal Hints His Knees May Become A Problem
he progresses through a depleted draw in Madrid, Rafael Nadal has been
quietly dropping hints that the state of his problem knees may not be
Sharapova And Dimitrov Are Now An Item
about the latest tennis romance between Maria Sharapova and Grigor
Dimitrov have been rife for several weeks but the couple has now taken
their relationship public, literally. The pair have been caught by a
series of paparazzi photographs kissing and cuddling in the streets of
Robson Temporarily Working With Groeneveld
Robson is heading for a fresh start in Rome after her 11th double-fault
spelled the end of her third-round Madrid match against Ana Ivanovic.
But the 19-year-old ranked 41st will also be escaping to a new life on
court after splitting with her coach of nine months, the authoritarian
Croatian Zeljko Krajan.
British No 1 Robson will be coached temporarily as part of her adidas
contract by Sven Groeneveld, who is available to all marquee players
under contract to the marque.
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