Zvonareva wins Baku Cup title, Fish wins second straight year at the Atlanta Tennis, Simon beats Almagro in International German Open

Zvonareva wins Baku Cup title

World No.3 Vera Zvonareva won her second WTA title of the year and the 12th of her career, beating Ksenia Pervak 6-1, 6-4 in an all-Russian final at the Baku Cup.

In the doubles final, No.2 seeds Mariya Koryttseva and Tatiana Poutchek beat No.1 seeds Monica Niculescu and Galina Voskoboeva, 6-3, 2-6, 10-8, missing four match points in a row from 9-4 up in the match tie-break before finally closing it out.

 Fish wins second straight year at the Atlanta Tennis 

Mardy Fish beat John Isner in the final for the second straight year at the Atlanta Tennis Championships, earning a 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory.

Matthew Ebden of Australia won his second straight doubles title, teaming this week with Alex Bogomolov Jr., in a 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 super-tiebreaker victory over Matthias Bachinger and Frank Moser of Germany.

Simon beats Almagro in International German Open

Gilles Simon beat Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 for his second title of the year at International German Open

In the doubles Third seeds Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya captured their first ATP defeated fourth seeds Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek 6-4, 6-1.

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Li, Simon wins the Medibank International title

 

Na Li defeated Kim Clijster 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 for the Medibank International title and become the first chinese to win a Premier.

Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova won the doubles final with a 46 64 107 win

 

Gilles Simon beat Victor Troicki 7-5, 7-6 (4) for his eighth career title at the Sydney International.

Australian Paul Hanley and Czech Lukas Dlouhy defeated Bob and Mike Bryan 6-7(6) 6-3 10-5 for the doubles title.

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Simon wins Open de Moselle title

Eighth-seeded Gilles Simon of France beat qualifier Mischa Zverev of Germany 6-3, 6-2 to win the Open de Moselle and clinch his seventh career title.

Dustin Brown and Rogier Wassen defeated No. 2 seeds Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 6-3, 6-3.

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Simon won Thailand Open, against Troicki

 Gilles Simon of France defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-5, 6-3 at Thailand Open.

Gilles Simon of France defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-5, 6-3 at Thailand Open.

 Rajeev Ram of the USA and Eric Butorac of the USA won against Mischa Zverez of Germany and partner Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6(7-4) 6-3 at doubles final.

Rajeev Ram of the USA and Eric Butorac of the USA won against Mischa Zverez of Germany and partner Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6(7-4) 6-3 at doubles final.

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Mischa Zverez of Germany and partner Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.

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Simon interview after the match against Nadal

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Q. What is your take on the match today?

GILLES SIMON: What do you think (smiling)?

Q. You played it.

GILLES SIMON: Yeah, I played it. Unfortunately for me, I gave him the break every time in the first game of every set. It was hard after to come back. I didn’t manage in the first set. It was better in the second and third. But finally, he was far better than me.

I mean, the last time I saved so many breakpoints and everything, and this time no one. Every time I had the chance, he played better than me. He hits a winner every time. I mean, he was just too good today.

Q. Is that a matter of experience, that he plays best on the big points?

GILLES SIMON: No, I don’t know. I think it’s a matter of level. I really have to do some unbelievable shots sometimes just to come back in the match, and then it’s hard to play like this. It’s harder in three sets, ’cause when you start the match, when finally you lose the set, then you know you have three more sets to win if you want to win the match. So it’s harder.

But, I mean, I just gave what I had. It was a good match.

Q. You thought you got the maximum out of it, the maximum you could achieve?

GILLES SIMON: I don’t know. You never know. Sometimes just one points or two points different and the match can change. I mean, I have a set point. Even if I have no chance, because he played a good serve, and then he hits the forehand. So there was nothing to do.

But, I mean, it’s just one point, and if you win it, it can be a different match. It can always be better. But I think I did what I had to do on the court. He was just better than me today. He didn’t miss anything. He didn’t give any point during three sets. He was serving very well.

Q. You’re happy with what you’ve achieved this tournament?

GILLES SIMON: Yes, of course. It was the first time I was on the top eight seed and I reached the quarterfinals. So that’s why I told you I did what I had to do on this match, on the tournament. It’s very nice for me.

But when you lose a match, you’re never happy. I know that I had some chance to do better, and I really wanted to win maybe just one set, but just to feel different. To lose three sets to Love, it’s always hard.

Q. How do you assess Rafael’s chances of going on and winning the tournament?

GILLES SIMON: I mean, he has a good chance to win. He’s No. 1, so… He didn’t lose any set. He’s playing very good. Maybe Roger because he did a very nice match yesterday. But I don’t know. If he’s playing like this, he have a really good chance to win.

Q. What is better about his serve?

GILLES SIMON: I don’t know. It seems to me that I returned better the last time I played against him. And this time, it was only better in the third set. But in the two first sets, he did so many winners with his serve. Finally we were just playing from the baseline, but on my serve. So that’s why it was a good match.

But I was just not able to break him. That was good for confidence, I mean. I think that’s why he was really good in every important point because he hits a winner any time. I think you can watch the video. Every time I had the chance, he touched the line or… So there was nothing to do.

Q. Do you think that’s the big difference from the match in Madrid?

GILLES SIMON: Yes, I think, really. In the first set, it was really better, it was 6‑2. That’s not a problem. But if you have one chance, you have to take it against him. You can’t have three, four, five opportunities. That’s too much. If you miss one or two, then you lose in three sets, just like this.

I think I was better in Madrid. But finally it’s very close.

Q. What is his biggest strength?

GILLES SIMON: The mental. I don’t know. He’s doing everything very well on the court. He has a lot improved his game. He’s able to run. He can attack. He can comes to the net when it’s important. Sometime it was 15‑30 on his serve, and then he did a serve and volley.

Every time I play against him, he’s the best player, I think. He’s still improving.

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Nadal into semis, Simon out

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World No.1 Rafael Nadal has marched into the semifinals of Australian Open 2009 after defeating sixth seed Gilles Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5 on Wednesday night.
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Rafael Nadal will be facing Verdasco in semifinals.

Quick facts
Nadal served at 66 per cent for the match, and had five double faults
Simon hit 42 winners to Nadal’s 29, but made 41 unforced errors to the Frenchman’s 24
Nadal won 13 of the 15 points when he came to the net; Simon was successful with 19 of his 29 net approaches
The world No.1 capitalised on seven of his 12 break point opportunities; Simon went 3-for-7 on break point chances

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