Monday, June 18, 2018

Weekend Tennis Roundup


Roger Federer surprised no one by coming back from a long break to capture the grass-court tournament in Stuttgart, with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory over Milos Raonic. Like Rafael Nadal on clay, he's already the odds-on favorite to pick up a ninth Wimbledon crown. 


"Gee, thanks"

The win put the Swiss legend back on top of the ATP rankings -- he had lost in the first round to now-retired Tommy Haas last year so all of these points were gravy -- but he will need to defend his title at the Halle Open this week to maintain it. (How's that for a geriatric seesaw?) 


Richard Gasquet defeated French compatriot Jeremy Chardy to win the Libema Open at Hertogenbosch. The big-assed coke fiend was in fine form in the final, showing off his grass court prowess on his way to a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win. The victory shot him from No. 30 to No. 15 on the ATP computer, and makes me think he'll lose in the first round at Wimbledon after having made two previous semifinals. (Bernard Tomic continued to impress, reaching the semifinals before losing to the eventual champion.)


The Sporting News reports that Ashleigh Barty beat a "furious" Johanna Konta (what are the odds?!) to claim her second career title on the WTA Tour at the Nottingham Open. Barty had lost her three previous singles finals but the top seed recorded a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory on Sunday to add to her previous triumph at last year's Malaysia Open. Konta vented her fury at the chair umpire on more than one occasion (shocker!), branding one decision "an absolute joke" after a Barty shot appeared to land long in a tense final set. She also refused to shake the official's hand at the end of the match after losing in the final of the tournament for a second successive year. (Gee, I wonder why she's been through 15 coaches in five years.)


And lastly, Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic came back from a set and a break down against Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium to take her first WTA Title at the Libema Open in Hertogenbosch. The world No. 55 came through 6-7 (0), 7-5, 6-1 to seal the deal.

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With everyone going gaga over Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup performance, it seemed like the right time to post this. 

Also: See some tennis stars fired up about the start of said futbol tournament HERE.

And maybe I spoke too soon about the "hottest couple" in men's tennis ...

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