02 October 2006

Daniilidou Wins Korea Open

This has been an exciting and unpredictable week for the WTA Tour, with two players winning their first titles and a title also going to a player who has not won a tournement for the last two years.

Greek star Eleni Daniilidou, came back from a set down and a bout of cramp to couragously take the Korea Open title in Seoul at the weekend. Once ranked as high as 14 in the world, Daniilidou has had to struggle with many injuries and various coaches over the past few years - leaving her confidence and her ranking low. A recent change of coaching team has given Daniilidou the motivation she so desperately needed - making it to the semi finals in Shanghai where she was eventually beated by top 10 player Nadia Petrova and then on to her incredible winning week in the Korean capital of Seoul.

In the final, Daniilidou took three match points from Japanese Ai Sugiyama to ultimately force the tiebreaker, during which Daniilidou collapsed on the court with leg cramps forcing an injury time-out brake, and after took all but one of the points to win the match 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3).

"I tried to play the tiebreaker as aggressively as I could. The key was to go for it," Daniilidou said. "It was my mistake not calling the physio (earlier). Ai is a fighter, I had to play very precise."

The Korea Open title is Daniilidou's first hard-court win over Sugiyama in four attempts. Sugiyama leads their head-to-head meetings 4-3 and last defeated Daniilidou at the French Open in June.

Eleni Daniilidou

Alona Bondarenko was the latest player to get the best of Italian Francesca Schiavone in a final of theLuxembourg Fortis Championships.

An unseeded player from the Ukraine, Bondarenko captured her first career title with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the fifth-seeded Schiavone on Sunday.

"She played great," Schiavone said. "She didn't give me a chance. She only gave away three or four points in the match. I was trying to find the solution, to try and break her, come into the net, I did so many things. But not so well, I guess."

Appearing in her first final since Hyderabad, India last year, Bondarenko, 22, avenged a straight-sets loss to the Italian in the opening round of the French Open. She earned $95,500 for her victory.

"I didn't think about how it was a final, and that I could win or lose," Bondarenko said. "I just played and concentrated on every point. I concentrated a lot on my first serve. Today, I just focused on my game and nothing else."

Also on the tour this week, third-seed Anna Chakvetadze captured her first career title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues in Sunday's final of the $175,000 Guangzhou International.

It was the fourth victory in as many career meetings against Medina Garrigues for the 19-year-old Chakvetadze, all in straight sets. A native of Russia, Chakvetadze has yet to be pushed beyond 6-4 in any set against the Spaniard.

"I knew I had to be really aggressive today, and it worked," Chakvetadze said. "Maybe the score looked easy, but it was a very difficult match. I just took my chances. Fortunately I came out on top today."

Anna Chakvetadze

26 September 2006

WTA Titles for Paszek, Hingis & Kuznetsova

Fifteen-year-old Tamira Paszek of Austria won her first WTA Tour title on Sunday, beating sixth-seeded Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 7-5, 6-1 at the Portoroz Slovenia Open.

Paszek, ranked 259th, played her first WTA tournament in October 2005 in Linz, Austria, where she reached the second round. She joined her country's Fed Cup team last year.

"I played eight matches in nine days," Paszek said. "It was hard, but unbelievable. I am very happy."

Tamira Paszek (right)

Martina Hingis defeated first-time finalist Olga Poutchkova of Russia 6-0, 6-4 Sunday to win the Kolkata Sunfeast Open for her second title since coming out from retirement.

"I'm happy with the way things have gone this year -- my climb in the rankings has been very satisfying," said Hingis, who was ranked No. 9 entering the final. "I'm now enjoying the game more than when I was 17."

The 18-year-old Poutchkova, who is based in Florida, lost in 55 minutes.

"It was a learning experience for me and I was a bit nervous," Poutchkova said. "I tried to make a comeback in the second set, but she doesn't give you many chances."

Martina Hingis

Also on the WTA tour, Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova won her second title in two weeks with a 6-4 6-0 victory over France's world number one Amelie Mauresmo in a rain-disrupted China Open final on Sunday.

The world number five, who also triumphed in Bali last week, claimed her eighth career title when top seed Mauresmo's game fell apart after a two-hour break for wet weather.

"I'm just so happy," said Kuznetsova, who was runner-up to Serena Williams here in 2004. "She was not playing great, not at her best, and I put pressure on her and played pretty well."

Mauresmo apologised to the crowd for not making more of a contest of the final.

"I'm disappointed, there's nothing much to say, she just played much better than me, especially after the rain," the 27-year-old said Mauresmo.

Svetlana Kuznetsova

"It's my goal to one day be number one but I'm not rushing to this, I'm just enjoying every moment," said the Russian champion. "I think I have the possibility of doing it but I'm not obsessed by it."

18 September 2006

Italy Wins the Fed Cup

This weekend saw the final of the Fed Cup - Belgium vs. Italy - played infront of a roaring crowd at the Stade Spiroudome, Charleroi, Belgium.

The final started with the fiery Francesca Schiavone vs. 98th ranked Kirsten Flipkens, after a few nervous games from both players the Italian showed her experience to easily come through in straight sets. Next match up was Belgian heroine Justine Henin-Hardenne vs. Italian hottie Flavia Pennetta. Any match against Henin-Hardenne was always gonna be tough and though Pennetta tried her hardest even with an injured wrist, nothing was good enough to stop the Belgian from winning the match and bringing the tie to Belgian 1-1 Italy.

Santangelo, Schiavone, Vinci

Day 2 began with high expectations from the fans from both sides - singing, cheering, chanting and flag waving gave the second day an atmosphere fitting for such a great clash of the tennis titans. Kim Clijsters was there to cheer on her compatriot Belgians as was Tathiana Garbin and boyfriend of Pennetta, Carlos Moya for the Italians.

First up was the battle of the one handed backhands - Justine Henin-Hardenne vs. Francesca Schiavone. The first set started once again with lots of nerves from both players and many breaks of serve. After a close set Henin upped the standard of her game to brake the Italian and take the first set 6-4, the second set was a bit more one sided with the mighty Italian showing what a great fighter she is and taking an early lead was a 4-0 advantage but after a few bad linecalls and a 'convenient' injury timeout from Henin, the whole momentum of the match changed. The Belgian managed to fight her way back into the match and took the second set and the match 6-4, 7-5 to bring a 2-1 lead for the local team.

Fourth match of the weekend - and a great turning point for Italy, was the clash of Mara Santangelo vs. Kirsten Flipkens. The young Belgian, affectionately nicknamed 'Flipper' by the fans, easily took the first set with the aid of the hugely partizan Belgian crowd - but the 26 year-old showed her real talent by dig deep and bring the game back level by taking the second set. The third set was always in totally control of Santangelo, playing with such style, focus and finesse - even though the rowdy Belgian fans shouted and booed her every shot. I think this match will be a great turning point in the career of Santangelo giving her the confidence to know she can win in these adverse conditions - and win she did, bagelling Flipkens in the process to win 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-0.

The fifth and deciding match of the weekend was the doubles played by Schiavone/Vinci vs. Henin/Flipkens - the Belgian team worked very well together, both playing great volleys to take the first set. The Italians were a bit slow to get going, but in the second played some mighty tennis with Schiavone on the baseline and Vinci at the net - one point saw Schiavone high 4 overheads against Henin, perhaps the earlier defeat was the motivation needed to fire up Schiavone who played the leader of the Italian doubles team. As the game headed into the third set and Italian played with confidence and were leading the game 2-0 30-0 when Henin-Hardenne called for the trainer to tend a knee injury, even though she was showing no signs of a problem the Belgian decided (against the wishes of her team) to retire from the match, giving the win to the Italians and the Fed Cup 2006 title too!

The Fed Cup 2006 Champions

This is deja vu for Henin who retired from the finals at the Australian Open earlier this year, against French world No1 Amelie Mauresmo, handing the title to the French women without her getting the chance to feel that winning 'match point moment' - the Belgian suffered much criticism over her actions in Australia and it does not take a tennis expert to guess that she will face the same criticism after retiring from the Fed Cup final also. The Italian team was not disheartened by the why the weekend finished and didn't let it stop them from enjoying the occasion - the first time Italy has ever won the Fed Cup - I'm sure the party will continue for the Italian ladies all year and after the great heart and spirit that the team showed, they truly deserve it enjoy it!

Garbin, Schiavone, Pennetta, Santangelo, Vinci, Barazzutti (captain)

Congratulations Italy!!!

First Title for Baghdatis

We have seen some great results in the past few days and the ATP Beijing final was one of these!

Croatian heart throb Mario Ancic played the entertainer of the tour, Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the Chinese capital. The match was filled with exciting play from both players, the Cypriot took the first set and was leading the second when the Ancic fell, from there on it was easy for Baghdatis who won 6-4, 6-0. This victory gives Marcos Baghdatis his first ATP title.

"It's my first title," said Baghdatis, who became the first Cypriot in tour history to win an ATP tournament. "It's a great moment and I'm really happy about that, especially playing a great match today."

Baghdatis first made his name on the tour by his great winning streak at the Australian Open this year, after over coming rain delays, fireworks and many great names of the tour, he got into the grand slam final were he was eventually beaten by the great Roger Federer.

Marcos Baghdatis

Also Jurgen Melzer won his first ATP title by beating Filippo Volandri 6-1, 7-5 Sunday in the final of the BCR Open.

Melzer served well and came to the net often. He broke Volandri's serve twice in the first set. Volandri improved in the second set, but Melzer broke to lead 6-5 and served it out.

"I knew Volandri is a great baseliner," Melzer said. "I served much better, I put much more pressure on his serve and didn't give him time to get into his rhythm."

It was Melzer's fourth career final and second this year. He lost to Mardy Fish in the Houston final in April.

Volandri's only title came in 2004 at St. Poelten. He lost the Buenos Aires final to Carlos Moya in February.

"Sorry I beat you in the final," Melzer told Volandri after receiving the trophy. "I needed a title and you already had one."

In the WTA, top seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame a slow start to beat France's Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-2 for her third Wismilak International title.

Kuznetsova and the sixth-seeded Bartoli played a close first set, but the Russian pulled away midway through the second to win her seventh career singles title. It was her second championship of the season, winning at Miami in March.

Svetlana Kuznetsova

A busy time for the WTA tour with week...

- China Open Official Site

- Sunfest Open, Kolkata, India

- Banka Koper Slovenia Open Official Site

WTA Live Scores

13 September 2006

The 'lovetennis' Gallery

lovetennis is proud to announce the launch of it's brand new exclusive photo gallery!


All photos in the gallery are taken by myself (Elisita) at Wimbledon, Roland Garros and Open Gaz de France.

The first ever tournament that I visited was Wimby 1996, I went there especially to see my first favorite player Gigi Fernandez, since then I have been to Wimby every year - I started going to the Open Gaz de France in Paris from 2002 and Roland Garros from 2003. Over the years I have seen nearly every player on the both tours at some time or another! As you can see from the gallery, my favorite players to photograph are Eleni Daniilidou and Amelie Mauresmo - but the gallery also features other players such as Conchita Martinez, Tathiana Garbin, Francesca Schiavone and many other players too.

Photography is very special to me - it gives me the chance to show others how I view things through my own eyes, my perspective on things. I'm sure we are all used to seeing the same sorts of stereotypical 'tennis shots' that grace the pages of tennis magazines around the world - you know the ones with the players grimmacing as they hit the ball! I prefer to take different types of photos to them, I like to show the beauty, humour and the personally of the players - I like to make them look damn hot! hahahahaha

Also included in the gallery is a section for some of the autographs I have collected for myself and for other friends over the years. Each signature has a story behind it, from the time I gave fan messages to Eleni Daniilidou to the time I had a lovely conversation with Conchita Martinez at Roland Garros. As they say...every picture tells a story!

We hope you will enjoy visiting our new gallery and hope you will come back often, as we will be continuing to update the gallery regularly with our lovetennis exclusive photos.

11 September 2006

US Open 2006

Maria Sharapova is no longer a 'one Slam wonder' after winning the million dollar title at Flushing Meadows yeasterday. The 19-year-old Russian showed determination and grit to overcome the shots of world number two Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in front of a crowd of 24,000 spectators.

The title marked the second grand slam of Sharapova's career, following her remarkable Wimbledon run in 2004.

"I experienced it two years ago, and I knew that I wasn't done, I had a lot more in me," she said. "That was just the beginning. This is not just preparation that happened a couple weeks before the tournament; this is preparation that I've done ever since I was a little girl."

Maria Sharapova - US Open Women's Champion

Roger Federer claimed his third U.S. Open title in a row with a flourish on Sunday, beating Andy Roddick 6-2 4-6 7-5 6-1 to capture his ninth grand slam singles crown.

The 25-year-old Swiss maestro captured the only service break of a tightly contested third set by breaking the ninth-seeded American in the last game and then charged to victory allowing Roddick just 13 points in the final set. Federer walked away with a winners cheque for $1.5 million dollars, a new Lexus car and a new record for being the only player to hold three consecutive Wimbledon titles and three consecutive US Open titles.

Roger Federer - US Open Men's Champion

In the women's doubles final, Nathalie Dechy of France and Russian Vera Zvonareva beat eighth seeds Dinara Safina and Katarina Srebotnik 7-6 7-5 to take the title.

The unseeded pair came through in just under two hours to give Zvonareva her third grand slam title and Dechy her first.

"That's what we work for, 20 years, to play in front of the crowd, in the center court of the grand slam in the finals," Zvonareva said.

"It's a great opportunity. You just got to enjoy. No matter how you play, try to do it."

The men's doubles title was won by the partnership of Leander Paes and Martin Damm, crowned with their first year as a team, after beating Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi 6-7 6-4 6-3 to win the men's doubles title at the U.S. Open.

"I don't think there are enough words to express how much fun and how much learning I've actually had playing with Martin, because we're actually opposites on the court," Paes said.

"It's been a fantastic year playing with him. I've really enjoyed it. I'd like to thank him for a wonderful year."

The victory gave Damm his first grand slam title, while for Paes it was his fourth men's doubles crown and seventh in all.

US Open mixed doubles title was won by the legend Martina Navratilova and her partner Bob Bryan. A month before her 50th birthday, navaratilova extended her already fantastic record to 59 Grand Slam titles with this win, but insisted this will be her last match as a pro player on the tour. She had originally retired in 1994, then returned to the tour in 2000 to play doubles and the occational singles match.

"You're only as old as you feel, and I certainly don't feel 49," Navratilova said. "I just wanted to inspire people."

09 September 2006

US Open Men's Final

Roger Federer
Andy Roddick

H2H - Federer leads 10-1

Livescores - US Open

US Open - Women's Final

Justine Henin-Hardenne
Maria Sharapova

H2H - Henin-Hardenne leads 4-1

Livescores - US Open

US Open - Men's Semi finals

Roger Federer
Nikolay Davydenko

H2H - Federer leads 7-0


Andy Roddick
Mikhail Youzhny

H2H - Roddick 2-2 Youzhny

Livescores - US Open

07 September 2006

US Open - Women's Semi finals

Justine Henin-Hardenne
Jelena Jankovic

H2H - Henin-Hardenne leads 1-0


Maria Sharapova
Amelie Mauresmo

H2H - Mauresmo leads 3-0

Livescores - US Open

01 September 2006

The Battle of the Brave

The fireworks, the rock concerts, the smell of burning hot dogs....oh and the small issue of a million dollar tennis tournament - this could only be the circus that is the US Open!

So far this week we have seen the early exits in the women's side, Anastassia Myskina, Martina Hingis and Nicole Vaidisova, we have had a day totally washed out by rain and we have seen probably one of the best matches of the tournament last night - Andre Agassi v Marcos Baghdatis.

The night session opened to rapturous applause as American hero Andre Agassi and Cypriot showman Marcos Baghdatis took to the court for their 2nd round encounter. The atmosphere was electric with the sort of energy and expectation usually kept for a heavy weight boxing bout, rather than for a simple game of tennis. This match was no simple game of tennis though...it had everything!

Played before a capacity crowd of nearly 24,000 on Arthur Ashe Court - the two men gave it their all in a three hour and 48 minute epic. After a close start to the match Agassi took the early advantage by leading the match by 2 sets to 0, but this was not enough to deter the mighty Marcos Baghdatis who managed to come back into the match and after playing some genius shot making took the next two sets to even up the score. After a fall on the court Baghdatis sustained a wrist injury which still was not enough to discourage the brave Cypriot.

Marcos Baghdatis

As they headed into the fifth set both men were playing at their best - and the crowd (predictably mostly biased in favor of the American) were loving every minute of the fight. Towards the end of the match the 21-year-old Cypriot suffered severe cramps in both legs and at one point was hardly able to stand but still managed to fire an ace down the court - this moment summed up the determination and couragous heart of both men in this great match! In the end Agassi was slightly the stronger mentally and managed to close the epic match with a 6/4 6/4 3/6 5/7 7/5 triumph.

"I just wanted to fight, you know? Playing Andre on the center court of Arthur Ashe, I was ready to die on the court." said Baghdatis in the post-match press conference.

"It's a guy like that that makes it easier to walk away from the game because you see what kind of hands it's in," said soon to be retiring champion Agassi

"He's just a true professional with a lot of style and a lot of charisma and a lot of talent."

Agassi now goes on to play German Benjamin Becker in the 3rd round.

27 August 2006

Henin & Davydenko reign in New Haven

Another tournament for the WTA tour - another week of rain, injuries and retirements.

Lindsay Davenport began Saturday seeking to defend her Pilot Pen title but ended the day not knowing if she would be able to play the U.S.Open. Davenport retired from the Pilot Pen final with an injured right shoulder, allowing Justine Henin-Hardenne to take the title in the last hard-court tuneup before the year's last Grand Slam tournament, which starts Monday.

"Rest is going to help no matter what. Of course, with the U.S. Open less than 48 hours from beginning, this is not where I want to be," Davenport said. "I certainly can't play if it's like it was today.

Both Davenport and Henin-Hardenne entered New Haven after long layoffs because of injuries and it was the 24-year-old Belgian that picked up the momentum heading into the U.S Open. Henin-Hardenne needed only 22 minutes to win the first set 6-0. Between sets Davenport called for a trainer and took a medical timeout. When she returned, Davenport lost her serve in the first game of the second set and was in obvious pain. She met Henin-Hardenne at the net and shook hands, and the longtime favorite drew an ovation from the crowd.

"I could feel from the beginning of the match she wasn't hitting the ball as usual," Henin-Hardenne said. "I did what I had to do. It's not easy in this kind of situation, but I stayed focused on every points."

Henin-Hardenne, the second-seeded player and wild-card entry, drew a first-round bye, but Davenport had to work her way to the title match from the first round. She won all four matches in straight sets, including against top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo.

"I just hope I can keep going this way," Henin-Hardenne said. "I've been very consistent." And most importantly, she said, she's having fun. "I enjoy my tennis," she said. "That's probably why things have gone so well these last few months."

In the men's final, Russian Nikolay Davydenko warmed up for the U.S. Open in the best possible manner as he beat Argentine 10th seed Agustin Calleri 6-4 6-3 to win the New Haven event on Saturday.

The second seed broke once in the first set and twice in the second as he wrapped up victory in one hour, 21 minutes. The win gave Davydenko his third title of the year, but his first on hard courts.

Davydenko has never been beyond the third round at the U.S. Open but said the victory was a big boost to his confidence going into the final grand slam tournament of the year.

"For my mind, to win the tournament here, I felt good already from the first round so I hope I play good (at the U.S. Open). Davydenko said.

Calleri rued a few missed chances to break in the first set. "I had three or four break points, but he served very well, he didn't give me a chance to break him. He just played very well on the important points." Calleri said.

"Obviously I would have loved to win the tournament. On the other hand, I felt very good here."

23 August 2006

US Open 2006

The matches for the last Grand Slam of the year have been drawn, the U.S. Open 2006

Women's Singles Draw
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Men's Singles Draw
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22 August 2006

Ferrero, Roddick & the legend of the Phoenix

The phoenix has been a symbol of the physical and spiritual Renaissance, the power of the fire, the purification and immortality - these are all the same qualities that were displayed in this year's Masters Series in Cincinnati. We have witnessed the resurgence of two greats of this sport, two ex-number 1's and Grand Slam winners, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andy Roddick. A Masters Series that was plagued with emotion and the unexpected early defeat of an exhausted Roger Federer at the hands of raising star Andy Murray. The Scot won through patience rather than by good tennis, knew the exact moment to capitalize on the numerous errors of his exhausted rival and to take control of the most important victory of his young career. Murray is applying the wise advice given to him by his new coach Brad Gilbert, and it definately seems to be working.

Brad Gilbert

Federer even in defeat acted like a true sportsman, which makes him an even greater champion. The Masters news didn't stop there, we also witnessed another great event the defeat of Rafael Nadal to former champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, in a match which was a mixture of emotion and a great display of tennis from both players. Nadal playing at his best level was still no match for the inspired Ferrero who managed to play with great flare and determination, going on to eventually win the clash of the Spanish champions.

Ferrero © Andrew Lewis

Another player who has risen again from the ashes in Cincinnati this weekend is American Andy Roddick, playing with aggressive, forceful tennis and ignition that literally blew his rivals away, including Ferrero who he beat in a great final (6-3 6-4) Roddick played like the old Andy Roddick that we used to see a few years ago, his incredible serve was back, and with full power blows and acceleration, these were the determining factors what helped Roddick gain victory on American soil again and makes his a definate favorite to lift the men's title at the US Open in a few weeks time.

Andy Roddick and Carlos Ferrero, Foto © Andrew Lewis

Now for the WTA, this last week has been particularily tough for the organisers of the Montreal tournament, in a week that has seen numerous absences, retirements and rain delays. The week concluded with the final being played a day last due to the showers over Montreal, seeing Serbian player Ana Ivanovic against Swiss Martina Hingis. The latter could not match the power, talent and youth of Ivanovic, who took the title with a 6-2 6-3 victory. The player from Belgrade, aged just 19 years of age and 19th in the world rankings, this is her second title and her first at Tier I level.

Serbian Ana Ivanovic (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Another WTA success came this weekend for legend Martina Navratilova who managed to gain title number 176 in doubles with her partner Russian Nadia Petrova, They deafeated the partnership of Black and Groenefeld 6-1 6-2. This new victory is added to the four previous ones that the American already obtained in Canadian in the years 1981, 1982, 1985 and 2004, each one of them won with different partner.

Navratilova & Petrova

More WTA news; Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne were the first two players to qualify for this years 'Sony Ericsson Championships', This event will take place in Madrid from the 7-12 November and will feature the world's top eight players of the year.

Amélie Mauresmo - winner of the Sony Ericsson Championships 2005

This week's tournaments: WTA & ATP in New Haven - 'Pilot Pen Tennis'


and the WTA Forest Hills Women's Tennis Classic


For more information and results visit the lovetennis forum and blog!

Greetings from the 'lovetennis' team


14 August 2006

Roger Federer: 25 years, 40 titles

This weekend, we have seen Roger Federer extend his great statistical record even further, the 25 year old has managed to gaintitle number 40 at the Masters Seriesin Toronto, his second trophy Rogers Cups, and seventh title of the season, extending his record of this year to 62-4. With this new title Roger Federer ties with Pete Sampras for the greater number of titles won at the age of 25 years. In front of Federer there is Borg who at 25 years had won the great number of 59 titles, (of which 10 of them were of Grand Slam) Connors with 57 titles (4 Grand Slam), McEnroe with 47 titles (5 Grand Slam), Lendl with 42 titles (1 Grand Slam), Federer with 40 titles (8 Grand Slam) Sampras with 40 titles (7 Grand Slam) Boris Becker with 36 titles (5 Grand Slam).

With respect to the Masters Series of Toronto, we can say that in general terms it's left a great taste in the mouth, with such fantastic preformances throughout the last week, leaving a very good impression of the young players like Tomáš Berdych who brilliantly defeated Rafael Nadal, winner of the 2005 title, in the third round. Another player to stand out is scottish Andy Murray, who under the guidence of Brad Gilbert, is showing very complete tennis and of such great quality. Another special mention has to be for the losing finalist, frenchman Richard Gasquet who has made a great impression, by his quality, talent and magical timing for executing great shots. During the final Gasquet made amazing shots, used great tactics and strategic brilliance; nevertheless, Federer is Federer and knew the exact time to react, to take the match 2-6 6-3 6-2 in 1:48 hours.

Roger Federer

Now on to the WTA in Stockholm, the Chinese Zheng Jie raised herslf to win her third title, by beating Russian Anastasia favorite Myskina in the final, 6-4 6-1.

Zheng Jie recieved the trophy from Bjorn Borg

In Los Angeles, Russian Elena Dementieva obtained her second title of the year, when defeating Serbian Jelena Jankovic, 6-3 4-6 6-4 in two hours and 23 minutes of play. An exciting match in where both players showed aggressive, very spirited tennis and in where Dementieva managed to control her nerves to finally overcome Jankovic.

Elena Dementieva

Next to the doubles, and the outstanding pair this week were the Argentine/Hispanic duo of Vivi Ruano and Paola Suarez, who took the tiles after beating the partnership of Hantuchova/Sugiyama by 6-3 6-4.

This week starts in Cincinnati for another stage of the ATP Masters Series.

Tournament information: Cincinnati

Next stage for the WTA, is the Rogers Cup tournament in Montreal.

María Sharapova on the poster for Rogers Cup in Montreal

Tournament information: Rogers Cup Montreal