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Monday, February 28, 2011

Vera Zvonareva: Champion - Doha Open 2011



Vera Zvonareva (#3) wins her first WTA title this year where she upset world #1 player Caroline Wozniacki for the championship!  This is her eleventh WTA title all in all.  Interestingly, Vera had to battle her way in the quarters and semi's before just cruising in the finals. This was her path to the championship.
F - Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) (#1) 64 64
SF - Jelena Jankovic (SRB) (#6) 61 26 64
QF - Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) (#30) 75 67(5) 75
2R - Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 61 62
1R - BYE

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fernando Verdasco: Runner-Up - San Jose Open 2011



Fernando Verdasco (#9) reached his first ATP Tour final this year in the San Jose Open.  He also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open.  Below was his path to the finals -

F - lost to Milos Raonic (CAN) (#89) 67(6) 67(5)
SF - Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) (#484) 64 64
QF - Denis Istomin (UZB) (#49) 64 64
2R - Ivo Karlovic (CRO) (#122) 75 75
1R - Rajeev Ram (USA) (#207) 63 62

Milos Raonic: Champion - San Jose Open 2011



Milos Raonic (#84), started the year at #156, and in just a span of two months, has won his first ATP Tour title in San Jose, becoming the first Canadian to do so in sixteen years!  He also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, which he had to qualify to enter the main draw, becoming the first qualifier to do so since 1999.  Enroute to the championship, he had wins over some heavy hitters like Verdasco and Monfils and former top veterans, Malisse and Blake!  Below was his path to the championship -

F - Fernando Verdasco (ESP) (#9) 76(5) 76(6)
SF - Gael Monfils (FRA) (#12) W/O
QF - Richard Berankis (LTU) (#74) 64 76(2)
2R - James Blake (USA) (#170) 62 76(4)
1R - Xavier Malisse (BEL) (#45) 63 64

WTA Rankings Update: Week Starting February 21, 2011

Caroline Wozniacki regains her #1 ranking this week, after winning the Dubai Open.  Samantha Stosur, a quarterfinalist in Dubai, goes up one notch to #4, while Jelena Jankovic moves two places to #6.

Svetlana Kuznetsova zooms ten places to #13 after she reaches the finals in Dubai.  Flavia Pennetta, a semifinalist in Dubai, moves three places to #15.

Magdalena Rybarikova, the Memphis Open champion, is the highest entry in the Top 100 at #67, moving 38 places.  Lucie Hradecka, a semifinalist in Memphis, also enters the Top 100 at #83, moving 19 places.  Coco Vandeweghe and Petra Martic, also enters the Top 100.

Lourdes Dominguez Lino, the Bogota Open champion, moves twenty-six places to #51.  Rebecca Marino, the finalist in Bogota, moves twenty places to #60.

Caroline Wozniacki: Champion - Dubai Open 2011



Caroline Wozniacki (#2) wins her first WTA Tour title this year in the Dubai Open, which allows her to regain her #1 spot from Kim Clijsters.  She has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open last month.  With the scorelines in her matches, you can really see why Caroline is #1 in the world today.  Below was her path to the championship -

F - Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) (#23) 61 63
SF - Jelena Jankovic (SRB) (#8) 75 63
QF - Shahar Peer (ISR) (#11) 62 64
3R - Ayumi Morita (JPN) (#57) 61 60
2R - Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) (#51) 61 35 RETD
1R - BYE

Svetlana Kuznetsova: Runner-up - Dubai Open 2011



Svetlana Kuznetsova (#23) reached her first final this year in the Dubai Open.  She has reached the quarterfinals in Sydney and the fourth round in the Australian Open where she lost to Francesca Schiavone in the longest match ever in women's tennis.  They met again here in Dubai, and this time, Sveta had the upper hand.  Sveta also won over another Top 10 player, Agnieszka Radwanska.  Below was her path to the finals -

F - lost to Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) (#2) 61 63
SF - Flavia Pennetta (ITA) (#18) 64 64
QF - Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) (#10) 76(7) 63
3R - Francesca Schiavone (ITA) (#4) 16 60 75
2R - Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) (#32) 57 62 64
1R - Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) (#127) 64 62

Flavia Pennetta: Semi-finalist - Dubai Open 2011



Flavia Pennetta (#18) reached her first semi-final this year in the Dubai Open, where she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova.  She had two tough three setters, and a win over a Top 10 player (Victoria Azarenka) before she bowed out in the semi's.  She has reached the quarterfinals in Sydney and the fourth round of the Australian Open.  Below was her path to the semi's -

SF - lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) (#23) 64 64
QF - Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) (#22) 62 60
3R - Victoria Azarenka (BLR) (#9) 63 67(2) 64
2R - Klara Zakopalova (CZE) (#33) 57 61 62
1R - Jelena Dokic (AUS) (#91) 62 62

Jelena Jankovic: Semi-finalist - Dubai Open 2011



Jelena Jankovic (#8) reaches her first semi-final this year in the Dubai Open.  She lost to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki.  She had two tough three set matches against very competent players, Kanepi and Stosur, and barely edged out the latter in their quarterfinal match.  This was her path to the semi-finals -

SF - lost to Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) (#2) 75 63
QF - Samantha Stosur (AUS) (#5) 63 57 76(4)
3R - Kaia Kanepi (EST) (#16) 26 63 75
2R - Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) (#78) 62 63
1R - BYE

Lourdes Dominguez Lino: Champion - Bogota Open 2011



Lourdes Dominguez Lino (#77) wins her first WTA Tour title at the Bogota Open this year, defeating Mathilde Johansson.  As yet, this is her best performance this year.  Below was her path to the championship -

F - Mathilde Johansson (FRA) (#98) 26 63 62
SF - Petra Martic (CRO) (#119) W/O
QF - Beatriz Garcia Vidagany (ESP) (#182) 64 63
2R - Eva Birnerova (CZE) (#143) 62 62
1R - Mandy Minella (LUX) (#138) 61 64

Mathilde Johansson: Finalist - Bogota Open 2011



Mathilde Johansson (#98) reached her first WTA finals this year in the Bogota Open.  However, she lost to Lourdes Dominguez Lino.  In this tournament, Mathilde won over two players ranked higher than her.  This was her path to the finals -

F - lost to Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) (#77) 62 36 26
SF - Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) (#65) 62 26 60
QF - Catalina Castano (COL) (#200) 63 76(5)
2R - Yvonne Meusberger (AUT0 (#124) 64 60
1R - Simona Halep (ROU) (#61) 76(5) 75

Carla Suarez Navarro: Semi-finalist - Bogota Open 2011

Carla Suarez Navarro - 2011 Australian Open - Day 4

Carla Suarez Navarro (#65) reached her first WTA semifinal this year in the Bogota Open.  However, she lost to Mathilde Johansson.  Below was her path to the semi-finals -

SF - lost to Mathilde Johansson (SWE) (#98) 26 62 06
QF - Xinyun Han (CHN) (#136) 64 63
2R - Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) (#103) 16 64 62
1R - Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) (#156) 63 62

Petra Martic: Semi-finalist - Bogota Open 2011

Petra Martic of Croatia hits a forehand during her Women's Singles First Round match against Mara Santangelo of Italy on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2009 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Petra Martic

Petra Martic (#119) reached her first WTA semifinal this year in Bogota.  She lost to eventual champion Lourdes Dominguez Lino in a walkover.  This appearance should help her go closer to the Top 100.  What's great about this achievement was she had three wins over players ranked much higher than her including a Top 50 player in Polona Hercog.  Below was her path to the semi-finals -

SF - lost to Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) (#77) W/O
QF - Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) (#92) 76(4) 63
2R - Polona Hercog (SLO) (#49) 62 63
1R - Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) (#81) 75 61

Magdalena Rybarikova: Champion - Memphis Open 2011



Daniela Hantuchova is not the only successful Slovakian this week, her compatriot, Magdalena Rybarikova (#105), also wins the Memphis Open 2011 title.  This should propel her to the Top 100 next week.  She actually almost loses in the first round to Vania King in a very tight three set, and had two other three set matches before reaching the finals.  However, in the finals, she won handily, as her opponent, Rebecca Marino, retired.  Below was her path to the championship -

F - Rebecca Marino (CAN) (#80) 62 Retd
SF - Lucie Hradecka (CZE) (#102) 62 46 64
QF - Alexa Glatch (USA) (#288) 63 62
2R - Anne Keothavong (GBR) (#90) 64 36 61
1R - Vania King (USA) (#86) 61 36 76(9)

Rebecca Marino: Runner-up - Memphis Open



Finally, Rebecca Marino (#80) is slowly showing her potential, reaching her first final this year at the Memphis Open where she lost to Magdalena Rybarikova.  However, she only defeated one player ranked higher than her.  Below was her path to the final -

F - lost to Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) (#105) 62 00 Ret'd
SF - Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) (#89) 67(1) 64 61
QF - Coco Vandeweghe (USA) (#106) 61 76(6)
2R - Sorana Cirstea (ROU) (#93) 62 46 63
1R - Jamie Hampton (USA) (#132) 64 61

Evgeniya Rodina: Semi-finalist - Memphis Open 211



Another Russian player, Evgeniya Rodina (#89) is making her presence felt by reaching the semi-finals of the Memphis Open.  This is yet her best performance this year.  Below is her path to the semifinals -

SF - lost to Rebecca Marino (USA) (#80) 76(1) 46 16
QF - Heather Watson (GBR) (#140) 64 63
2R - Melanie Oudin (USA) (#72) 61 75
1R - Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) (#180) 16 60 76(0)

Lucie Hradecka: Semi-finalist - Memphis Open 2011



Lucie Hradecka (#102) is one of the up-and-coming players from the Czech Republic who is now making their presence felt in the WTA Tour.  She has been playing mostly in the ITF circuit but her semi-final appearance here is her best performance yet.  Also, she had victories over two players ranked higher than her.  Her performance here should help her breach the Top 100 next week.  Below is her path to the semi-finals -

SF - lost to Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) (#105) 26 64 46
QF - Ksenia Pervak (RUS) (#94) 64 63
2R - Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) (#96) 64 63
1R - Julie Ditty (USA) (#278) 61 63

Andy Roddick and Wife Star in 'Just Go With It'




They are an incredibly hot couple, even in tennis terms, so I was really pleased to see Andy Roddick do a cameo in the latest Adam Sandler movie, 'Just Go With It'.  Their characters are supposed to be big 'N Sync fans and in their short scene, Andy is wearing a "I Love Justin" silver necklace!  Isn't that hilarious?  Also, his wife, Brooklyn Decker is a stunner and she has a bikini scene in it where you could hear the audience really holler!  She is really sexy!!  Good for Andy!!
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Daniela Hantuchova: Champion - Pattaya Open 2011



Daniela Hantuchova (#32) has always been one of my favorite players in the WTA Tour so I was really happy to learn that she won her fourthh WTA title this year in the Pattaya Open.  She has had a title drought for sometime, with her last titles coming in 2007, at Linz and Indian Wells, so this championship should help her ease higher up in the rankings.  Her victory over current #3 player, Vera Zvonareva must have really helped her gain more confidence.  Below was her path to the championsip -

F - Sara Errani (ITA) (#44) 60 62
SF - Vera Zvonareva (RUS) (#3) 76(3) 64
QF - Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) (#72) 62 60
2R - Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) (#55) 76(3) 63
1R - Kurumi Nara (JPN) (#130) 62 61

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sara Errani: Runner-up - Pattaya Open 2011


















Sara Errani (#44) gets to her first final this year in the Pattaya Open, but loses to Daniela Hantuchova.  Sara had to undergo three three-setter matches before she reached the semi's where she just rolled over compatriot Roberta Vinci.  Her only good showing this year, previous to this, was a quarterfinal appearance in Doha.  This was her path to the finals -

F - lost to Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) (#32) 06 26
SF - Roberta Vinci (ITA) (#38) 61 64
QF - Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) (#560) 26 63 62
2R - Ayumi Morita (JPN) (#58) 26 75 62
1R - Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) (#119) 46 62 64 
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Petra Kvitova: Champion - Paris Open 2011



Petra Kvitova gets her second WTA title this year after winning Brisbane last month, with a fantastic victory over the current world #1 Kim Clijsters!  After two tough 3-set matches in the second round and quarterfinals, Kvitova finally found her form and went on to win the title!  Two titles and a quarterfinal appearance in the Australian Open and it's only February, so it would not be surprising to see her enter the Top 10 this year.  This was her path to the championship -

F - Kim Clijsters (BEL) (#1) 64 63
SF - Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) (#48) 62 60
QF - Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) (#26) 57 63 76(3)
2R - Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) (#56) 64 67(6) 76(9)
1R - Vesna Manasieva (RUS) (#114) 75 64

Kim Clijsters - Finalist - Paris Open 2011



World #1 Kim Clijsters lost to Petra Kvitova in the finals of the Paris GDF Suez Open 2011.  This has been her second consecutive final after winning the Australian Open a few weeks ago.  This was Kim's path to the finals -

F - lost to Petra Kvitova (CZE) (#18) 46 36
SF - Kaia Kanepi (EST) (#17) 61 75
QF - Jelena Dokic (AUS) (#120) 63 60
2R - Kristina Barrois (GER) (#78) 46 62 60
1R - BYE

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Jelena Dokic - Player In Focus: Paris Open 2011



Jelena Dokic springs another surprise run on all of us, by reaching the quarterfinals of the prestigious Paris Open.  Currently ranked #120, she had two big victories over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic (#30) and Nadia Petrova of Russia (#20), before her run was cut short by Kim Clijsters 63 60.  That, in  a way, illustrates her current form, against the #2 player in the world.  Well, she should break near the Top 100 next week when the rankings are released.  We hope she continues her good form although she has been more famous for her erratic ones.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands: Semi-finalist - Paris Open 2011



Taking advantage of the sudden withdrawal of Maria Sharapova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands took care of the other seed, Andrea Petkovic, to take her spot in the semi-finals of this prestigious event.  This should really bolster her rankings next week.  She however, lost to Petra Kvitova.  She has had a good start to 2011, reaching the finals in Hobart (losing to Jarmila Groth), then her semi-final run here.  This was her path to the semi's -

SF - lost to Petra Kvitova (CZE) 26 06
QF - Andrea Petkovic (GER) (#24) 76(4) 26 63
2R - Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) (#188) 75 63
1R - Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) (#66) 60 63

Kaia Kanepi - Semi-finalist: Paris Open 2011



Kaia Kanepi reached the semi-finals of the Paris Open, but lost to Kim Clijsters.  Currently ranked #17, this is her first semi-final appearance in any tournament this year.  She is also one of the new players who threaten the Top 10 this year. This was her path to the semi-finals -

SF - lost to Kim Clijsters (BEL) (#2) 16 57
QF - Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) (#27) 62 26 62
2R - Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) (#60) 63 64
1R - Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) (#36) 76(5) 62

Nungnadda Wannasuk: Player In Focus: Pattaya Open 2011






Nungnadda Wannasuk was the only Thai player to have survived the first round in this year's Pattaya Open.  She won over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan ranked #154.  Nungnadda is ranked #475.  She has won several ITF titles already and with this win here, her rank should go up a little bit.  It would take a lot of work though for her to really reach the WTA level since she has to be in the main draws of the WTA tours.  Anyhow, she is the future of Thai women's tennis, which has long been ruled by Tamarine Tanasugarn.  I hope she gets more exposure on this level and get more victories, which are crucial to her rise in rank.

Vera Zvonareva - Semi-finalist: Pattaya Open 2011



Vera Zvonareva was the champion here for the past two years, but this year, she was stopped by Daniela Hantuchova in the semi-finals. She is currently ranked #3 in the world.  She also reached the semifinals of the Australian Open this year, where she lost to eventual champion, Kim Clijsters.  This was her path to the semi-finals -

SF - lost to Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) (#32) 76(3) 64
QF - Peng Shuai (CHN) (#40) 64 46 64
2R - Nungnadda Wannasuk (THA) (#475) 61 75
1R - Tamira Paszek (AUT) (#89) 64 62

Roberta Vinci - Semi-finalist: Pattaya Open 2011



Roberta Vinci reached her first semi-final this year, in Pattaya.  However, she lost to compatriot Sara Errani and her run ended.  She also reached the quarterfinals in Hobart earlier this year.  She is currently ranked #38.  This was her run to the semis -

SF - lost to Sara Errani (ITA) (# 44) 16 46
QF - Ana Ivanovic (SRB) (#19) 75 63
2R - Zhang Shuai (CHN) (#92) 75 61
1R - Ksenia Palkina (KGZ) (#243) 61 63

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rankings Watch: ATP Tour - February 7, 2011



Ivan Dodig is the biggest mover within the Top 100 this week, as he soars 24 places to #60, by virtue of his championship run in the Zagreb Open.  Kevin Anderson, the champion in the South Africa Open, soars 19 places to #40.  Tommy Robredo, the champion in Santiago, Chile, moves up nine places to #31.  Somdev Devvarman, the runner up in South Africa, soars 30 places into the Top 100 at #80.  Santiago Giraldo, runnerup in Santiago, Chile, moves up 10 places into the Top 50, at #47. Finally, Nicolas Mahut, soars 28 places into the Top 100 to #90.  Nicolas was the losing player in last year's epic match in Wimbledon where he and titan John Isner played for two days!

Santiago Giraldo - Finalist - Movistar Open



Santiago Giraldo is a finalist at this year's Movistar Open, losing to Tommy Robredo in the finals. This has been a good year already for Santiago, reaching the quarterfinals in Brisbane, the semifinals in Auckland and the finals here in Santiago, Chile.  Below was his path to the finals.  Below was his path to the finals -

F - lost to Tommy Robredo (ESP) (#40) 26 62 67(5)
SF - Potito Starace (ITA) (#49) 46 76(2) 61
QF - Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) (#39) 64 63
2R - Igor Andreev (RUS) (#72) 76(7) 46 62
1R - Facundo Bagnis (ARG) (#253) 26 63 62

Tommy Robredo: Champion - Movistar Open



One of my favorite players on the ATP tour, Tommy Robredo, wins his tenth ATP title in the Movistar Open in Santiago, Chile, defeating Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, in a very tight final.  Tommy is on a roll, as he also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open a week before! This was his path to the finals -

F - Santiago Giraldo (COL) (#57) 62 26 76(5)
SF - Fabio Fognini (ITA) (#56) 46 62 63
QF - Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) (#140) 63 61
2R - Ricardo Mello (BRA) (#77) 60 76(7)
1R - Frederico Gil (POR) (#80) 26 63 64

Michael Berrer - Runner-up - PBZ Zagreb Open



Michael Berrer of Germany plays the bridesmaid once again, in this year's Zagreb Open.  This time, he lost to local favorite, Ivan Dodig.  He was also runner-up here last year.  This was his path to the finals -

F - lost to Ivan Dodig (CRO) (#84) 36 46
SF - Florian Mayer (GER) (#38) 61 64
QF - Richard Gasquet (FRA) (#30) 52 RET
2R - Blaz Kavcic (SLO) (#83) 64 61
1R - Nikola Mektic (CRO) (#290) 75 61

Ivan Dodig: Champion - PBZ Zagreb Indoors

TENNIS: Australian Open - Novak Djokovic vs Ivan Dodig

A South African wins the South African Open, a Croatian wins the Zagreb Indoors.  What fitting finales!  Ivan Dodig, a local favorite does the honors for Croatia, by defeating Michael Berrer of Germany.  This is his first ATP title.  Currently ranked at #84, Ivan is poised to enter the Top 50 soon if he continues to play well.  Croatia adds yet another new player to its already formidable roster of players.  This was his path to the championship -

F - Michael Berrer (GER) (#66) 63 64
SF - Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) (#29) 46 76(5) 64
QF - Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) (#15) 64 64
2R - Ilya Marchenko (UKR) (#82) 62 63
1R - Marcel Granollers (ESP) (#46) 63 62

Somdev Devvarman - Runner-up - South Africa Open



Somdev Devvarman gets to an ATP final for the first time this year at the South Africa Open.  He, however lost to local favorite Kevin Anderson.  This is his best performance for now, for this year.  This was his path to the finals -

F - lost to Kevin Anderson (#59) (RSA) 64 26 36
SF - Izak Van Der Merwe (#170) (RSA) 62 64
QF- Rik De Voest (RSA) (#183) (RSA) 36 76(5) 61
2R - Jesse Huta Galung  (#120) (NED) 63 64
1R - Raven Klaasen (#307) (RSA)64 63

Kevin Anderson: Champion - South Africa Open



It is just fitting that a South African brings home the inaugural South Africa Open - and it's Kevin Anderson, an up-and-coming tennis player, who does the trick!  Kevin defeated Somdev Devvarman of India, to win the championship.  Currently ranked at #59, Kevin should slowly reach the seeded ranks hopefully, before Wimbledon, if he continues his current winning streak.

This was his path to the finals -

F - Somdev Devvarman (IND) (#110) 46 63 62
SF - Adrian Mannarino (FRA) (#67) 67(3) 60 64
QF - Karol Beck (SVK) (#100) 63 61
2R - Dudi Sela (ISR) (#90) 62 64
1R - Stephane Bohli (SUI) (#139) 46 64 62

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fabio Fognini: Semi-finalist - Movistar Open - Santiago, Chile



An all-Italian final was stopped at the Movistar Open as both Starace and Fognini lost in their semi's today.  Fabio lost to Tommy Robredo, who is now currently in a roll!   Fabio though reached his first semi-final this year!  He's currently ranked at #56.  Below was his path to the semi's -

SF - lost to Tommy Robredo (ESP) (#40) 46 62 63
QF - Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) (#31) 16 62 76(0)
2R - Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) (#125) 36 75 64
1R - Lukasz Kubot (POL) (#99) 76(6) 62
2R -

Potito Starace: Semi-finalist - Movistar Open, Santiago Chile



Potito Starace, ranked #49, reached his first semi-final of the year, here in Santiago Chile, in the Movistar Open.  He lost to Santiago Giraldo.  Potito also reached the quarters of Sydney earlier this year.  This was his path to the semi-finals -

SF - lost to Santiago Giraldo (COL) (#57) 46 76(2) 61
QF - Horacio Zeballos (ARG) (#108) 67(9) 63 76(2)
2R - Pablo Andujar (ESP) (#71) 64 61
1R - Paul Capdeville (CHI) (#163) 36 63 64

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez: Semi-finalist - PBZ Zagreb Indoors



Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, currently ranked #29, reached the semi-finals of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, losing to local hero, Ivan Dodig.  He also reached the quarters of Doha and the third round of the Australian Open.  Below was his path to the semifinals -

SF - lost to Ivan Dodig (CRO) (#84) 46 76(5) 64
QF - Alex Bogomolov Jr. (USA) (#165) 62 76(6)
2R - Lukas Lacko (SVK) (#107) 61 26 62
1R - BYE

I think Guillermo lost to an inspired Ivan, especially that he's playing for a home crowd.

Florian Mayer: Semi-finalist PBZ Zagreb Indoors



Florian Mayer of Germany, currently ranked #38, has reached the semi-finals of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, where he lost to countryman Michael Berrer.  It's his second semi-final of the year after Sydney last month.  He also reached the quarters in Brisbane.  He only reached the second round of the Australian Open.   Below was his path to the semifinals -

SF - lost to Michael Berrer (GER) (#66) 61 64
QF - Marin Cilic (CRO) (#20) 63 64
2R - Radek Stepanek (CZE) (#63) 76(3) 63
1R - Franko Skugor (CRO) (#181) 36 63 76(6)

It must have been disappointing for Florian to lose in the semis, after defeating Marin and Radek, both very good players.  Anyhow, his semifinal appearance is a respectable performance.