Melbourne,Australia -- No. 5 seed David Ferrer struggled at times in his second round match at the 2012 Australian Open , but he was able to survive in a five-set win over Ryan Sweeting, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 .While Andy Roddick's 2012 season started off with disappointment as the American retired after three sets.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic also made it through easily into the third round.
Melbourne,Australia -- Second seed Rafael Nadal has fought his way into the third round of the Australian Open with a tough win over German Tommy Haas.
Nadal won 6-4 6-3 6-4, but every set was a battle against the veteran former world No.2.
While Just before Federer was due on Hisense Arena, the Swiss player found out that his scheduled opponent, Germany's Andreas Beck, had a back injury and had to withdraw.
MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer eased into the Australian Open’s second round as local teenager Bernard Tomic stole the show with an epic five-set upset of Fernando Verdasco.
Tomic, his country’s top-ranked men’s player at 38, dug deep as he came from two sets down to oust the experienced Spanish 22nd-seed in a four hours-plus thriller on a sweltering Rod Laver Arena. The 19-year-old produced the finest performance of his fledgling professional career to outplay Verdasco in only his third five-setter.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has criticized Roger Federer for letting other players “burn themselves” by complaining about tour conditions while maintaining his good reputation by rarely making negative comments about tennis.
The two have always been respectful rivals, but the ongoing debate about the overcrowded tennis calendar has exposed a difference of opinion on the eve of the Australian Open.
Doha, Qatar: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shrugged off a slow start to down Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3 in an all-French final at the Qatar Open on Saturday and give himself a confidence boost for the Australian Open.
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Top seed Andy Murray will face third seed Alexandr
Dolgopolov in the Brisbane International final on
A merciless Andy Murray subjected Australia's Bernard
Tomic to a 6-3 6-2 thrashing today to deflate local
fans and set up an intriguing final with Alexandr
Dolgopolov at the Brisbane International. "I served
very well today, which is important against Bernard,"
said Murray. "He started very well, but I managed
to get into a lot of long rallies at the end of the
first set and got through. I'm moving so much better;
it's just a huge part of my game." said Murray who has
started off well under his new coach Ivan Lendl.
"When I move well, the rest of my game goes well
and I made it difficult for Bernard to hit loads of
clean winners and got into loads of long rallies.
When I do that, that's when I play my best tennis."
Meanwhile, Alexandr Dolgopolov reached a hard-court
ATP final for the first time, beating second-seeded Gilles
Simon 6-3, 6-4. The 23 year old pony tailed Ukrainian has
lost in both of his previous meetings against the Scot including
the Australian Open quarter-finals last year.
World No.2 Rafael Nadal and 5th seed David Ferrer intend to skip the Davis Cup to focus on the 2012 Olympics in England.
Fresh from helping Spain win its fifth Davis Cup, Rafael Nadal said he will skip the event next year and focus on defending his gold medal at the London Olympics. Nadal, who took gold in Beijing in 2008, said the 2012 Davis Cup is out because of his busy schedule."It seems impossible to play with it being an Olympic year,'' Nadal said. "It's quite a few years running now that I'm the player with the most games played per season. It's going to be difficult. Thank God, Spain has a wealth of talented players that can fill in and play well.''The Olympic tennis competition will be on grass at the All England Club, the site of Nadal's two Wimbledon titles.
Nadal is unlikely to be the only player dropping out of the Davis Cup next year, with teammates David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco all hinting they also may not be available. "I want to be in London next year so it looks difficult,'' said Ferrer, who came from behind to beat del Potro in a grueling five-setter on Friday. "It's not going to be easy to get us four together again.''
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal overcame Juan Martin del Potro in the an exciting thriller winning the fifth Davis Cup title for his country. The Spaniards were 3-1 against Argentina.
Rafael Nadal defeated Juan Martin del Potro 16 64 61 76 (0) at Seville's Olympic Stadium on Sunday to hand Spain their fifth Davis Cup.
The classic contest lasted 4 hours 8 minutes.Nadal was completely dominated at the start of the match as del Potro raced out of the blocks and won seven straight games to take a set and a break lead, but the world No. 2 snatched a crucial game at the start of the second set that swung the momentum.
When Nadal broke again to win the second set it looked like he was on his way to a comfortable victory. He walked through the third set and went a break up at the start of the fourth, but then del Potro, lifted by the Argentine fans,staged a remarkable comeback. In an enthralling fourth set, which swung one way and then the other on more than a few occasions, del Potro served to take the match into a decider, only for Nadal to break back.