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Australian Open 2013: David Ferrer beats Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-1, 6-4

Ferrer sees off Japan's Nishikori in three sets as Spaniard eyes first Grand Slam title

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

04:51 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

04:51 GMT, 20 January 2013

Fourth seed David Ferrer used all of his cunning and exploited Kei Nishikori's nagging knee injury to advance to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory.

Japan's Nishikori, who had entered the tournament with a knee injury, needed to have his left leg re-strapped in the second set of the two hour, 10-minute match, and his normally fluid movement appeared to be slightly hampered.

Looking good: David Ferrer celebrates winning his fourth round match against Kei Nishikori

Looking good: David Ferrer celebrates winning his fourth round match against Kei Nishikori

David Ferrer

Kei Nishikori

Mixed emotions: David Ferrer celebrates a point as Kei Nishikori looks dejected

Baseline specialist Ferrer took full advantage of the 16th seed's injury, working him around the court and waiting for the 23-year-old to make one of his 65 errors, though the Japanese number one did put up some resistance in the third set.

The Spaniard will next play the winner of the fourth round encounter between eighth-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic or 10th seeded compatriot Nicolas Almagro in the quarter-finals.

Australian Open 2013: Janko Tipsarevic retired from match with Nicolas Almagro

Agony for Tipsarevic as he is forced to retire as Almagro goes on to face Ferrer

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

07:24 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:24 GMT, 20 January 2013

Eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic retired from his fourth-round match at the Australian Open with an injured left foot while trailing Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 5-1.

The 10th-seeded Almagro advanced to a quarter-final against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, who beat Japan's Kei Nishikori in straight sets.

Tipsarevic said he injured the foot while changing directions during a rally late in the seventh game of the first set, and could barely walk on it afterward.

In a bad way: Janko Tipsarevic receives treatment

In a bad way: Janko Tipsarevic receives treatment

Into the next round: Spain's Nicolas Almagro is into the quaqrter finals after Tipsarevic retired

Into the next round: Spain's Nicolas Almagro is into the quaqrter finals after Tipsarevic retired

Almagro said: 'That's not the way you want to win. But that's sport.

'Sometimes you can't do your best and you need to stop. I think he made the best decision.'

Almagro, seeded No 10, has lost all 12 of his previous matches with Ferrer but is hoping to buck that trend and reach his first grand slam semi-final.

Going forward: Almagro will meet David Ferrer

Going forward: Almagro will meet David Ferrer

In control: Almagro was ahead in the match when it was stopped

In control: Almagro was ahead in the match when it was stopped

'It will be a good fight. I know him and he knows me,' he said.

'It is a big opportunity for me to be in a semi-final. I'm ready to fight. I'm healthy and happy with my tennis.

'I think I'm playing really well and we'll see what will happen on Tuesday.'

Novak Djokovic issues warning to Australian Open rivals after Abu Dhabi win

I'm playing amazing! Djokovic issues ominous warning to Australian Open rivals after Abu Dhabi victory

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 29 December 2012

Novak Djokovic warned his Australian Open rivals that he is in ‘amazing’ form ahead of his quest for a third successive title in Melbourne.

The Serb beat Nicolas Almagro in three sets in the final of the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament after crushing tough Spaniard David Ferrer 6-0 6-3 in the semis.

And Djokovic, who has beaten Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the last two finals in Australia, wants to be the first man to claim three titles in a row Down Under.

Champion: Djokovic beat Almagro in three sets in the final in Abu Dhabi

Champion: Djokovic beat Almagro in three sets in the final in Abu Dhabi

Hat-trick: The Serb is looking for a third-straight Australian Open title

Hat-trick: The Serb is looking for a third-straight Australian Open title

‘I will be very motivated to hear that nobody has done this so I will try to make history there,' he said.

'I will be very flattered to be the first person to do that.

'The Australian Open is my most successful grand slam and hopefully I can get a shot at the title next year.'

Dominant: Djokovic crushed Ferrer 6-3 6-0 in the semis

Dominant: Djokovic crushed Ferrer 6-3 6-0 in the semis

Warning: The Serb thinks he is in 'amazing' form

Warning: The Serb thinks he is in 'amazing' form

Speaking after his dominant win against Ferrer, Djokovic said it was a 'perfect performance'.

'Last year I played an amazing few matches and this year I am playing amazing as well.

'It felt great, after a few weeks of preparation and hard work, more focusing on fitness and just gradually increasing the hours on the tennis court.

'It was a perfect performance against one of the best players in the world, especially in 2012 where he had his best year.

'It is a great confidence boost for me. It's something I will look at as a positive indication of my form in this tournament.'

Davis Cup final: Spain lose to Czech Republic in doubles

Berdych and Stepanek down Spanish pair to close in on Davis Cup glory

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18:08 GMT, 17 November 2012

London's O2 Arena will have seemed a long way off from its Czech counterpart for Spanish duo Marc Granollers and Marc Lopez as they slid to a Davis Cup final defeat, just six days after the high of winning under the Millenium Dome.

The champions of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals were downed by host nation’s Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek in a feverish atmosphere to put the Czech Republic within one victory of winning the 100th edition of the sport’s premier team competition.

In the pivotal doubles rubber it was again shown that there is no substitute for sheer ability and big match experience, whatever the format, as the two better known players prevailed 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3, in three hours and 19 minutes.

Czech mates: Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Spain in the doubles

Czech mates: Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Spain in the doubles

It was an impressive effort from Berdych, who finished his singles match not long before midnight on Friday, barely fourteen hours before resuming with the partner alongside whom he now has a 12-1 record in doubles in the team event.

Sunday will require one last slog from the Czech No 1 as he takes on his opposite number David Ferrer, who never gives an inch.

Assuming he still has enough puff left, 34 year-old Stepanek is slated to play the decisive singles against Nicolas Almagro if Berdych cannot finish off the job.

On the basis of what we saw on Friday, when the Spaniards played above themselves and looked comfortable with the pace of the court, the home side are still a long way off from emulating the old Czechoslovakia team of 1980 that won this title.

If they did manage to cross the finishing line then what is beyond doubt is that it would spark off delirious celebrations as the last two days have provided more proof that team competition stirs emotions in a way that the individual format struggles to match.

No answer: Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez were bought back down to Earth

No answer: Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez were bought back down to Earth

Without the luxury of a specialist doubles team to give them a day's rest, Berdych and Stepanek were slow off the mark against the Spanish pair, whose confidence gleaned from London appeared to have carried over.

It did not help that Stepanek, whose serve was vulnerable on Friday, dropped his in the second game to give the visitors the perfect start.

Only in the second set set did the Czechs begin to look more co-ordinated, and they were eventually able to prey upon what emerged as two key weaknesses in the opposition – the reflex volleying of Granollers at the net and the serving of Lopez, whose profile before this year has been connected to his friendship and sometime partnership with Rafael Nadal.

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Pure delight: The win sent the patriotic crowd into rapture

In the fourth the crucial break came for 4-2, and although Berdych looked edgy as he tried to serve the match out at 5-3 they summoned up enough composure to seal the win without ever looking completely convincing.

After a mediocre display on Friday Stepanek grew into the match, and will feel better about himself if he has to come out to play what would be a nerve-shredding deciding rubber against Alamgro, the talented baseliner who is nonetheless at his least comfortable when playing indoors.

Ferrer looked extremely accomplished in his opening match, and Berdych will need to be at his best to try and hit through him on a court designed to enable him to do just that.

So the Spanish may have more energy for the task, but as their Captain Alex Corretja succinctly put it: 'We would still rather be tired and 2-1 up.'

Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Latest score

Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Follow the latest from big ATP Tour Finals clash

PUBLISHED:

19:53 GMT, 9 November 2012

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UPDATED:

19:53 GMT, 9 November 2012

Alex Kay Talks Tennis

Andy Murray takes on Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP Tour Finals today. The Scot was beaten by world No 1 Novak Djokovic last time out in London, so must be at his best here.

Murray had opened his Group A campaign with a win against Tomas Berdych as the season comes to an end at London's O2.

Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic are in Group B.

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Great Scot: Andy Murray was beaten by Novak Djokovic at the O2 Arena on Wednesday afternoon

Great Scot: Andy Murray was beaten by Novak Djokovic at the O2 Arena on Wednesday afternoon

French fancy: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will provide a stern test for Murray as he looks to bounce back

French fancy: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will provide a stern test for Murray as he looks to bounce back

ATP World Tour Finals 2012: Juan Martin Del Potro beats Janko Tipsarevic in front of Sergio Aguero

Del Potro off the mark in front of his mate Aguero as Tipsarevic is brushed aside

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23:29 GMT, 8 November 2012

Juan Martin Del Potro boosted his hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a crushing 6-0 6-4 victory over a below-par Janko Tipsarevic in front of his close friend Sergio Aguero.

So comfortable was Del Potro's victory that he even had time to have a hit with Manchester City striker Aguero – a fellow Argentine – after the match.

Exhibition stuff: Aguero comes down and has a hit with Del Potro after the match on Thursday night

Exhibition stuff: Aguero comes down and has a hit with Del Potro after the match on Thursday night

Exhibition stuff: Aguero comes down and has a hit with Del Potro after the match on Thursday night

Putting the boot in: Del Potro showed off his football skills alongside the Man City striker

Putting the boot in: Del Potro showed off his football skills alongside the Man City striker

Putting the boot in: Del Potro showed off his football skills alongside the Man City striker

Putting the boot in: Del Potro showed off his football skills alongside the Man City striker

Serbian Tipsarevic has been struggling with illness and, after managing only four games against Roger Federer on Tuesday, he was clearly still less than 100 per cent as he was brushed aside by Del Potro.

Del Potro lost to David Ferrer in his first match so badly needed a good win to keep him in contention, and he will reach the semi-finals if he beats Federer in two days' time.

The defending champion secured his progress from Group B earlier on Thursday with a straight-sets win over Ferrer.

Del Potro had never lost a set against
Tipsarevic in three previous meetings and immediately set about
maintaining that record with a run of six straight games.

Easy does it: Del Potro brushed aside Tipsarevic (below) in no time

Easy does it: Del Potro brushed aside Tipsarevic (below) in no time

Easy does it: Del Potro brushed aside Tipsarevic (below) in no time

Tipsarevic at least stopped the rot in the opening game of the second set but he was constantly under pressure on his serve and cracked again in the fifth game.

To the 28-year-old's credit, he continued fighting to the last and forced Del Potro to serve it out, but that proved to be no problem for the Argentinian, who wrapped up victory in an hour and 16 minutes.

The defeat ended Tipsarevic's hopes of making the semi-finals at the tournament for the first time, but he was grateful for small mercies, saying on Twitter: 'Passed the one hour mark one more time baby!!!!Wooooohooooo!!!;)'

Del Potro, meanwhile, gave the crowd a little bit of extra entertainment after the end of the match as he Aguero knocked up on the O2 court.

Stick to the day job: Aguero looked far less at ease with a racket in his hand than he does with a football at this feet

Stick to the day job: Aguero looked far less at ease with a racket in his hand than he does with a football at this feet

Stick to the day job: Aguero looked far less at ease with a racket in his hand than he does with a football at this feet

Juan Mata and Novak Djokovic go to tennis at O2

The genius and the magician: Mata and Djokovic swap tips on way to watch Federer

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14:06 GMT, 8 November 2012

Have you heard the one about the genius and the magician watching the tennis

Fresh from helping Chelsea to a last-gasp Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, Juan Mata is enjoying a well-earned rest watching the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena.

The Spaniard is at the London venue to cheer on countryman David Ferrer who faces the imposing figure of Roger Federer in the second round of matches. And who better to show him the ropes than world No 1 Novak Djokovic

Band of brothers: Novak Djokovic (left) and Juan Mata head to the tennis

Band of brothers: Novak Djokovic (left) and Juan Mata head to the tennis

The pair traded gushing superlatives on Twitter after Mata posted a picture of them travelling to the venue together.

He posted the photo along with the caption: 'Going to O2 Arena with a genius' to which Djokovic replied 'Football magician 🙂 Enjoy tennis, amigo!!'

Main man: Djokovic beat Andy Murray at the O2 on Wednesday

Main man: Djokovic beat Andy Murray at the O2 on Wednesday

Murray tickets in demand

Tennis fans have been rushing to viagogo to snap up tickets for Friday’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals matches.

The site has seen searches for tickets quadruple since the bumper line up was revealed.

Those with tickets for Friday’s evening session will see Murray take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the singles and a repeat of Jonny Marray and Freddie Nielsen’s Wimbledon final against Horia Tecau and Robert Lindstedt.

The Australian Open winner is also
enjoying a rest day after he defeated Britain's Andy Murray in a tight
three-set match on Wednesday.

He faces Tomas Berdych in his final group match on Friday as he looks to end the season on a high.

The 25-year-old is a keen footballer and has admitted he could have pursued that sport had he not found tennis.

Mata meanwhile is no stranger to
posting pictures of his travels around London. Shortly after signing for
Chelsea from Valencia last year, he took his camera on a whistle-stop
tour of the capital.

The playmaker has been an integral part
of the Blues' side this season and was named player of the month for
October after scoring twice in the derby win over Tottenham.

Sightseeing: Mata has kept his fans updated on his London travels

Sightseeing: Mata has kept his fans updated on his London travels

Party time: Mata (left) celebrates Victor Moses' winner against Shakhtar

Party time: Mata (left) celebrates Victor Moses' winner against Shakhtar

Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic: Follow the latest score

Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic: Follow the latest from big ATP Tour Finals clash

PUBLISHED:

13:51 GMT, 7 November 2012

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UPDATED:

13:59 GMT, 7 November 2012

Alex Kay Talks Tennis

Andy Murray takes on his great friend and rival Novak Djokovic at the ATP Tour Finals today. Murray beat the world No 1 in the US Open final in September and the match is sure to be another thriller.

The Scot opened his campaign with a win against Tomas Berdych on Monday and will also play Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday after being drawn in Group A for the season-ending tournament at London's O2.

Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic are in Group B.

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Home favourite: Andy Murray is back in action at the O2 Arena on Wednesday afternoon

Home favourite: Andy Murray is back in action at the O2 Arena on Wednesday afternoon

David Ferrer beats Jerzy Janowicz in Paris Masters final

Murray's conqueror Janowicz beaten in Paris final by London-bound Ferrer

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16:26 GMT, 4 November 2012

Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz could not complete his fairytale week after he was dispatched in straight sets in the Paris Masters final by Spaniard David Ferrer.

World number 69 Janowicz has beaten, among others, top-10 players Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic en route to Sunday's showpiece event but he proved no match for Ferrer.

The fourth seed ensured he will enter next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London in supreme confidence after a 6-4 6-3 win gave him his first Masters 1000 crown.

David Ferrer celebrates victory against Jerzy Janowicz

David Ferrer celebrates victory against Jerzy Janowicz

Party time: David Ferrer celebrates victory against Jerzy Janowicz

ATP World Tour Finals: Andy Murray to face Novak Djokovic

They meet again: Murray and Djokovic are set to face each other at ATP World Tour Finals

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15:47 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 3 November 2012

Andy Murray will meet Novak Djokovic in the group stages of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after the draw was made in London.

As No 3 seed, the US Open champion was guaranteed to face either Djokovic or Roger Federer in the round robin stages of the season-ending tournament, which begins at the O2 on Monday.

As well as Djokovic, Murray will also face fifth seed Tomas Berdych and seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in what looks significantly the tougher of the two groups.

Raring to go: Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic warm up ahead of Monday's start

Raring to go: Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic warm up ahead of Monday's start

The top eight players over the season qualify for the tournament, although Rafael Nadal is absent through injury, meaning his Spanish countryman David Ferrer takes over as fourth seed.

Ferrer is in Group B with defending champion Federer, who will lose his world number one ranking to Djokovic on Monday, sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro and eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic.

The draw guarantees at least one meeting between Murray and Djokovic, continuing a rivalry that has quickly developed into the sport's most compelling of the moment.

Warming up: Murray and coach Ivan Lendl in London

Warming up: Murray and coach Ivan Lendl in London

As well as the US Open final, where Murray won his first grand slam title in a dramatic five-set match, the pair also met in the final of the Shanghai Masters last month.

On that occasion, Murray held five match points but it was Djokovic who eventually came out on top, and the Scot will hope to end an unwelcome habit of losing matches he was one point away from winning.

His third-round defeat to Jerzy Janowicz of Poland at the Paris Masters last week made it three successive defeats since the US Open in which he has held match points.

Clash of the titans: Djokovic and Murray have served up some classics of late

Clash of the titans: Djokovic and Murray have served up some classics of late

Murray will be looking to end his season on a high with a first title at the World Tour Finals, a tournament Federer has won a record six times.

In four previous appearances, Murray has twice reached the semi-finals, most recently in 2010, when he lost an epic three-setter to Nadal.

The tournament is being held at the O2 for the fourth time after moving from Shanghai on a five-year contract in 2009, and organisers are expecting record attendances.

There is a prize pot of more than 1million available for an undefeated champion and 1,500 ranking points.