Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
In the second semifinal, Nikolay Davydenko didn't look like he had a 0-5 record against Andy Roddick (both players pictured left, click for larger). Looking like a different player than 24 hours before when he upset Roger Federer, Roddick was back to the passive meters-behind-the-baseline play that has lost him so many matches over the past few years. Untroubled by nerves, Davydenko took full advantage of Roddick's paceless short balls and served exceptionally well. Roddick was up 3-1 in the tiebreak but Davydenko won it in the end. At 1all in the second, Roddick played the only exceptional game of the match, pulling off an excellent backhand pass and return to break for 2-1. Just when it looked like he was getting some energy and getting the crowd to work for him, he went on to lose five games in a row and the match.
In the doubles final, Bob and Mike Bryan (pictured right, click for larger) played, according to them, one of their best matches in some time with a 6-2 6-2 win over Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi. It is the Bryans' 11th Masters title and good news that they finally won a final after four losses already this year.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Singles - Quarterfinals
 A Roddick (USA) d  R Federer (SUI) 76(4) 46 63
 N Davydenko (RUS) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 62 61
Doubles - Semifinals
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Coetzee (RSA) / W Moodie (RSA) 61 64
 M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) d  M Damm (CZE) / P Vizner (CZE) 76(5) 46 11-9 - Saved 3 M.P.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Paul-Henri Mathieu (pictured left, click for larger) beat Carlos Moya in straight, but not routine, sets. Mathieu was broken serving for the match in the second set but rebounded nicely to break again and take the match.
Juan Carlos Ferrero got off to a good start against Tomas Berdych (pictured right, click for larger) by breaking in the opening game; unfortunately, though, he was unable to hold in the set and could not recover in the second. Berdych took the match in straights.
The day's biggest drama came thanks to James Blake (pictured left, click for larger) and Fabrice Santoro. Santoro went up an early break but got broken right back and Blake went on to take the first set relatively routinely. As the match wore on, the physical effects of the hot and humid weather started becoming apparent for both players. Blake seemed to be dealing with an upset stomach and though he had the break in the second, he could not hold on and the set went to a tiebreaker, which somehow Santoro found the energy to win. The third set really came down to which man could last longer. The two traded several breaks but finally, Blake broke to win the match 6-4 in the third set.
In the night match on the stadium, two fiery players - Fernando Gonzalez and Guillermo Canas (pictured left below, click for larger) - played a fiery match, which Canas won in two tight sets that took over two hours. It was a high-quality encounter, in which both men played some fantastic points and hit some spectacular winners, including a between the legs winner from Gonzalez early in the second set. Gonzalez was the player with more chances in the first set, but Canas saved all four break points he faced. The set went to a tiebreak where Gonzalez had a set point on his serve and could not convert. In the second set, Gonzalez managed to get the first break of the match but was broken when he served for the set and Canas won the battle in the end.
In doubles, Marcelo Melo and Andre Sá (pictured right, click for larger) pulled off a nice upset over Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, who had won both the Australian Open and Indian Wells. Also in doubles, Gustavo Kuerten finally got a win of some kind, with his partner Nicolas Lapentti. They beat Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.